Friday, November 02, 2012
Got to Savannah yesterday afternoon. I wanted to make sure to get a good parking place at the Savannah Visitors Center. They allow RV parking overnight, and it's less than a mile from the starting line!
We got to the Expo Center at 2PM - so it was really easy to get in and get out. Virtually no traffic problems. I had heard it was a real nightmare last year on the Friday before the race, so that's another reason I decided to arrive Thursday afternoon.
The staff was all very hospitable, and smiling faces everywhere. I didn't shop or look around at all. I beelined it for my race number, T-shirt and swag bag - all at different tables.
DW waited in the RV and was surprised I got back so quickly.
Then we headed to the visitors center to park the RV and settle in for the wait 'til race day. It's now Friday morning, and 51 degrees. They are expecting high temps of 75 tomorrow. Not too bad.
Here I am with my swag.
Today, we'll take the dogs, my 2 boston terriers, down to the start line and check things out.
At my age, I don't get excited about much anymore. I've seen and done a lot, and nothing excites me anymore. This is one of those exceptional times where I am a bit excited. It feels good.
Thanks for reading and have a great day.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
A strong cold weather front brought temps of 51 degrees way down here in Florida this morning! Perfect weather for running.
Today will be my last training run until my marathon this Saturday. My back was injured recently, so I've been having constant soreness. I hesitate to call it pain, although it does hurt sometimes when I get up from lying down. I've cut way back on my training, so as to recover enough to finish on marathon day. However, it is taper week, so I believe my prior training will be enough.
This morning I ran just about 5K, a tad over, actually, in 32:02 without any real pain, or discomfort. I ran the entire distance at a nice even pace and felt fine, not like I was racing or overdoing the run.
Very encouraging. I still have 3 more days of recovery, too.
The weather forecast is for lows of 49 deg and highs in the low to mid 70s on race day. Not ideal, but good enough. I certainly have prepared for warm weather running, another plus for me. I doubt the humidity will be too high either, not like here.
I am getting a bit ansty now. There are so many things to remember.
Okay, this was supposed to be short, so I'm ending it here. Wish me luck.
Thanks for reading and have a great day.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
My back/rib pain had been improving all week. I was able to run up to 6 miles without too much discomfort. Then yesterday, since all my repair parts had arrived, I decided to work on the motorcycle. Not a big job, just replacing clutch perch and lever, and remove and replace shifter peg. I was able to do this without real pain. Nevertheless, I was up and down a lot, and had to be a bit aggressive turning a rusted bolt on the clutch adjustment cable. I did feel some pain then. So, I may have overdone it with exercising the sore back.
When I fell, I landed on my left side, and more on the back. My pain was on the rear of my left ribs. The soreness was improving somewhat, and I was optimistic that I'd be ready for my marathon next Saturday.
Then last night after all that work, it got to hurting again. So, being concerned about my fitness to do a marathon, I spent another couple of hours researching stress fractures, deep bruising, and blunt trauma injuries to the ribs and back. Also, checking if runners had been able to run long distances with these types of injuries.
I was rewarded with story after story of those who had run marathons with similar injuries. Apparently with this type of trauma, and without sharp pain during running, runners have able to run through the pain and complete their races. This anecdotal sampling of mine included a few older runners, as well.
Being as driven as we can be, and having paid in advance for these marathons with time, money, and not an insignificant amount of training, we don't find it easy to cancel our big day. Even if we've run 30 marathons before, we don't want to cancel.
So, today, I have an 8 mile run scheduled. I am also very sore again. I will not do that 8 miler, I'm thinking about taking the entire week off and just recover as much as possible before race day. Then run a damn 'to finish' race come Saturday. In my last 6 miler, I actually got into a zone where I forgot I was injured, and was just running comfortably. That's not to say I will duplicate that zone for 26.2 miles, but still, it was encouraging.
I know some people will find my decision unwise, but I truly believe I can do this, as others have. I have a pretty good pain threshold, and I am able to deep breath comfortably. My DW is a retired orthopedic nurse, and even though not enthusiastic about my running on Saturday, is not really pushing me to stay home on race day, either. I know she's been watching me too, so I suppose she hasn't seen any behavior in me that would give her reason to insist I not run.
I have the option of dropping out at the half marathon point, and going on to finish the half only, if I find I am in trouble and can't finish the entire marathon. So, there's a way out of the DNF category. I can't see that happening, but there is an out for me.
Thanks for reading and have a great day!
Sunday, October 21, 2012
That's what you do when you live. You weigh the odds and take your chances.
Being a natural born genius, I am aware that riding a motorcycle is both a dangerous and fun thing to do. So, I went to Biketoberfest. My friends would be there, my daughters were going, and it is a fun time indeed.
In the back of my mind, is this little voice, no doubt that left side that keeps me safe. - "Dude, you have to run a marathon in two weeks, do you really NEED to go to Biketoberfest? You could get hurt, and there goes all that training" Right side says, "Dude you aren't getting any younger, go ride you bike and have fun, you'll be fine. That left side can keep you out of trouble, but he also weighs the odds for you. He's told you that the odds of getting injured are so miniscule that it's fine to go have some fun."
I love both these guys. And lately, left side wins out almost all the time. But I wanted to have fun at Biketoberfest AND run a marathon so off to Biketoberfest I went.
And yes, dear blog ready, as you have correctly inferred, I did indeed run into trouble. Trouble in the form a four wheel Crown Victoria driving person, who did not feel it necessary to fully ascertain that the left lane was unoccupied, before swerving into it.
I was in that left lane. I saw him coming, but could not stop quickly enough. He clipped my front tire, and I spilled onto the pavement. Luckily, at a slow rate of speed. I could probably run faster than I was going.
I got a bloody elbow and knee. My left side is hurting a bit. I landed with my left arm tucked into my left side. Yes, I was well enough to ride the bike back to my hotel. But, yes, I was hurting.
That was Friday, Today is Sunday. I feel a lot better. (Thanks) and am able to fill my lungs with air, and stretch out fully, but I think I will skip my longer run I had scheduled for today.
I'm optimistic that I will be well enough to run my marathon in 2 weeks. But, let's just see about that. Fingers crossed, to say the least.
I really didn't want to write this blog, But, there ya have it.
Even though the guy who hit me was 100% at fault, I take full responsibility for my actions and choices in life. I would do it that same tomorrow. It does seem, on the surface, to be kind of stupid to get on a motorcycle and enter traffic these days. I know. Perhaps I will stop doing that some day.
Thanks for reading and have a great day!
Saturday, October 13, 2012
The Green Thing
Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.
The woman apologized and explained, "We didn't have this green thing back in my earlier days."
The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."
She was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.
Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.
We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.
Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right. We didn't have the green thing back in our day.
Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana . In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she's right. We didn't have the green thing back then.
We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn't have the green thing back then.
Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus, and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.
But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?
Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smartass young person.
Remember: Don't make old people mad.
We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to piss us off.
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