Thursday, December 08, 2011
This time I was dealing with a frozen hydrant that we use to fill our horse's water tank. The property owners are gone for the winter but I fortunately had a contact person who is a neighbor and a contractor who took care of things and he did so expertly yesterday, digging a 4-foot deep and 2 foot wide hole and replacing the whole hydrant. I spent most of the day at the barn helping out and picking up gravel from the gravel pit. Thankfully yesterday the temps were in the mid-40's during the day. I got way behind on several projects but it all got finished this morning. Tonight temps are going to be below 20 degrees F so we got it done just in time, much better than if it had happened with several feet of snow and the ground frozen rock hard.
Last night we watched the special on "Biggest Loser" where the contestants ran a marathon. I had lots of thoughts go through my head as I saw several contestants that had to be pulled from the race by the attending physicians because they were at very high risk for severe injuries. The question is not if people who are still significantly overweight can run a marathon, they can, but if it's worth the risk. One of the contestants in his mid-sixties walked the whole marathon and that seemed like the smart and admirable thing to do.
All this confirmed to me that I definitely don't want to sign up for a marathon until I have done training runs that are about 20 miles. This could easily take another year even without any downtime for injuries. It really matters to me more that I can still run in 25 years than whether I can run a marathon next year. I'm contemplating making a t-shirt to wear in the March half-marathon saying something like: I'm slow now, but I'll beat you in 25 years.
Today I did a 3 mile run on the treadmill. The first mile I could tell that I had gone to bed too late the night before and felt a little tired, but then the half cup of coffee I drank must have kicked in.
Mile 1: 4 mph
Mile 2: 4 mph
Mile 3: 4 mph
average speed: 4 mph
average heart rate: 133 bpm
My one frustration at the moment is that I'm not getting my e-mail notifications from Spark which means I only have the time to check a few teams for postings every day. I hope the help topic/thread will have some answers on how to fix that.
On another note, I'm so glad we had a big vegetable garden this year. Tonight we were eating broccoli, onions, corn and tomatoes from our garden in a nice stir-fry with some beef and beans. We also still have lots of apples. In a little while I'll go out to harvest the last few leeks. I haven't even gotten to the potatoes and carrots yet, that will have to wait until the grounds thaws a little. In our basement we have quite a number of winter squash, zucchini and onions still waiting to be eaten. A garden definitely makes eating organic affordable and eating in season has been shown to be healthier anyhow.