Sunday, February 26, 2012
Part 1: Long History
Last August my wife, Annette, accepted an invitation from her cousin Anne to run the Disney Princess Half Marathon. Anne and her girl buddies had big plans to dress in pink tutus, poke along, and take many photos along the way. Annette was horrified, however, she decided she would be a good sport and stay with carefree, albeit, slow group. Annette decided not to use a qualifying time to move up to an earlier wave.
Part 2: Cousin Anne's Hurt Back
About a month ago, Annette's cousin Anne severely hurt her back. Once upon a time, Anne had been a professional dancer. I understand dancing places a tremendous amount of stress on the human body. Anne has a lot of aches and pains. Anne was not going to be able to run.
Part 3: Annette's Running Buddy Lindsay
Annette has a good friend named Lindsay that is also a runner. Lindsay met Anne during Thanksgiving at my house. Lindsay got along great with Anne. Lindsay registered for the Princess Marathon in September because she wanted to have a week in Florida with her friends. Lindsay and Annette left Denver for Orlando on Wednesday, February 22nd.
Part 4: I Know My Wife Very Well - No Tutus
I knew that when the race started, my wife, for all her good intentions, would run! And run she did! The girl buddy responsible for getting the tutus did not follow through. Annette wore a black capri, v-neck and white ball cap.
Part 5: Run Baby Run
Since she was in one of the last waves, her clock time was almost an hour longer than her chip time. She told me for the first 5K she ran on the far side of the course jumping over drainage pipes. She really regretted not getting in an earlier wave. She said she spent the entire race weaving in-and-out passing other runners trying to get where she could cut loose. She told me she felt like she was just jogging.
Here are Annette's finishing stats:
Chip Time: 2:20:29
Pace: 10:43 min/mile
Overall: 3,909/19,417 = Top 20%
Gender: 3,516/16,737 = Top 21%
Division: 251/1329 = Top 18%
Number of runners passed: 6,512
She was OK with her performance. Annette said she wasn't the least bit tired when she finished. Lindsay did OK, also.
Here are Lindsay's stats:
Chip Time: 2:38:52
Pace: 12:07 min/mile
Overall: 7,315/19,417 = Top 38%
Gender: 6,720/16,737 = Top 41%
Division: 1,379/2,999 = Top 45%
Number of Runners Passed: 5,286
I will post photos when I get some. Thanks for reading my blog. I think Annette and Lindsay did great but they were both disappointed.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
A. Age: 54
B. Bed size: King
C. Chore that you hate: Scooping Dog Poop
D. Dogs: Beagle named Lucas
E. Essential start to your day: Very Strong Coffee
F. Favorite color: Red
G. Gold or Silver: Gold
H. Height: 6'1"
I. Instruments you play: Harmonica (Just one tune - "When the Saints Go Marching In")
J. Job title: IT Security Risk Analyst
K. Kids: Five - Four boys and one girl
L. Live: Bailey, CO
M. Mother's name: Ellen
N. Nicknames: Bruno, Boo Boo, Unkie, Unkola, Wrinkie, Hoss, Bro, Dad, Accident Waiting to Happen
O. Overnight hospital stays: 2 years old - skin grafts from severe burns; 3 years old - Dog Attack (72 stitches in face); 6 years old - Complications from Tonsillectomy; 16 years old - Broken bones and internal injuries from auto accident; 20 years old - Shattered ankle and internal injuries from mine accident; 22 years old - Internal bleeding, soft tissue damage, and perforated eardrum from mine explosion; 48 years old - Closed head injury, broken ribs, neck injury, and internal bleeding from skiing accident. (Total overnight hospital stays = 43)
P. Pet peeves: When somebody borrows your car and changes the radio presets!
Q. Quote from a movie: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Marion: "You're not the man I knew ten years ago."
Indiana Jones: " It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage."
R. Right- or left-handed: Right
S. Siblings: One older and one younger brother
T. Tattoos & Piercings: None - but I got losts of scars!
U. Underwear: Briefs
V. Vegetable(s) you hate: Kidney beans in chili - chili is why pinto beans were invented!
W. What makes you run late: I am easily distracted and lose track of time.
X. X-Rays you've had: Every square inch of my body! Many, many times!
Y. Yummy food that you make: Chili and Bread
Z. Zoo animal: I like squirrels - I noticed that the zoo doesn't keep them in cages
Totally random facts about me! Let me know if you fill this out, too!
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Mountain racing season is just around the corner! Just two months away! I already have two of my favorite races scheduled, which are the Long Scraggy and Lake George Flatlander. I have participated in both these races since they were first held.
Race 1: 4th Annual Long Scraggy
Saturday April 28th, 2012
Distance: 4.25 miles
Elevation: 7,900 feet
Maximum Grade: 25%
My Best Time: 42:56 @ 10:05 min/mile (2010)
My Best Finish: 5th
My friends, John and Lisa, are hosting the 4th Annual Long Scraggy Ranch Run. This course climbs 700 feet in first 1.2 miles. I want to get my pace into the solid 9 minutes per mile. The problem is that the first 1.2 miles takes a lot out of you.
Race 2: 3rd Annual Lake George Flatlander 5K (BTW, Not Flat)
Saturday May 5th, 2012
Elevation: 8,010 feet
Maximum Grade: 20%
My Best Time: 27:36 @ 8:52 min/mile (2010)
My Best Finish: 4th
Last year, I ran both the Long Scraggy and Lake George races with a sprained knee and was slower than 2010. If I can stay healthy, I think can be faster in 2012. With my level of clumsiness, staying healthy is a bigger challenge than racing!
Thanks for reading my blog.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
PART 1: I Don't Do Exercise Classes
I have never been much interested in taking any kind of exercise class. Many years ago, when I last belonged to a gym, the only exercise class that was available was called Aerobics. Ninety percent of participants were women dancing to music dressed like Jane Fonda. Even 30 years ago, I had two left feet. I decided to pass on aerobic classes and stick with doing the aerobic weight circuits and stair climbers.
Back in the 1980s Jane Fonda was selling a bazillion aerobic VHS tapes. She even released her workout on vinyl records.
Ok, I am showing my age. The Jane Fonda era soured my view of group exercise. But last week all that changed. For the first time in my life I participated in group fitness classes. Things sure have changed. These classes were fun.
PART 2: Kettlebells
Kettlebells originated in Russia over 300 years ago and were first used as counterweights on market scales. The Russians measured trade goods in poods. A pood is equivalent to 16.38 kg, or 36.11 pounds. Kettlebells are still manufactured in poods. No one really knows when the Russians started throwing around Kettlebells for exercise. Suffice it to say, Kettlebells have been around for a while.
I started a new job in January. I now work in an office instead of being a road warrior. A guy at work, named Steve, is a Kettlebell instructor at a nearby fitness center. He talked me into taking a class and gave me a coupon for five free visits. I have not been able to run lately because the weather has really sucked. I needed to do something. I figured, "what the heck". I'd give it shot.
The guy with the blond hair is Steve.
On Monday, February 13th, I took my first Kettlebell class. I got there a little late and noticed that everybody was dressed like me. Jane Fonda spandex was no where to be seen. I got to tell you, I loved it! The class lasted 40 minutes and was brutal! Sweat poured off me! I kept up with the instructor by sheer force of will. This Kettlebell routine worked muscles I didn't even know I had!
On Wednesday, February 15th, I took another class. This second routine was quite different from the routine on Monday. I did get sore. But not too sore. I think there may be an infinitely number of different ways to workout with Kettlebells. I am hooked!
I bought a 26 and 35 pound Kettlebell from the fitness center. They have a trade-up program. Kettlebells cost $1.50 per pound. I can trade-in the 26 pound Kettlebell for a 44 pound Kettlebell just by paying for the 18 pound difference, which works out to $27. The fitness center gave me 10 more free visits because I bought two Kettlebells.
I need to get some new shoes for doing Kettlebells. Trying to balance on one leg while pressing a Kettlebell is tough to do on my nice cushy Nike Pegasus.
PART 3: Spinning
The Kettlebell class is only twice a week. I figured I would try spinning. On Friday, February 17th, I took a spinning class during lunch. I found this class really strange. Quite a few guys were wearing full team racing outfits. I did not have my cycling shorts, nor my cleated shoes with me. I will bring these items in the future. I was there early and asked the instructor how to set up the spinning machine.
This is a photo I got from the fitness center website.
Other than falling off my bike with startling frequency, I am a pretty decent mountain biker. I was determined to keep up with the spinning instructor. I can't remember much about the class. The instructor was a very fit and very young . His choice of music was horrible. I did everything he said. Things like "accelerate", "out of the saddle", "add resistance", back in the saddle", "80% effort", "full effort". This went on for an hour. Some participants took breaks.
I know that spinning is good for me. The intensity level is great. I plan to do spinning once a week. I really like the Kettlebells. I am hoping that this cross-training will make me a better runner.
PART 4: Fighting a Bad Cold
Friday night my throat started getting sore. By Saturday morning I had a full-fledged chest cold. This darn cold is going to put my new fitness activities on hold for a while. My wife was in a class all day Saturday. I was on my own. I rolled out my two secret weapons to fight a cold: Nuwati Herbals Healer Tea and chicken soup.
I have a great recipe for chicken soup that I got from a doctor. The soup really works.
SPECIAL CHICKEN SOUP TO FIGHT FLU AND COLDS
Chicken soup recipe from Dr. Stephen Rennard, Chief of Pulmonary Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center:
1 5 lb chicken
3 large onions
1 large sweet potato
12 large carrots
6 celery stalks
1 bunch parsley
salt and pepper to taste
Clean chicken, put in a large pot of cold water. Bring to a boil.
Add onions, sweet potato, parsnips, turnips and carrots.
Boil for 1.5 hours. Skim fat off as develops.
Add parsley, celery and cook an additional 45 minutes.
Remove the chicken, put vegetables in a food processor, chop until very fine and add back into broth. Serve.
The soup tastes great and my entire family likes this soup very much. Unfortunately, I didn't have a lot of the key ingredients. As my wife was leaving for her class, I told I was going to go get ingredients. She said, "You need to stay home and keep your germs to yourself!" She was right, of course. So I did the best I could with what we had. Here is what I came up with:
BRUCE"S CLEAN OUT THE FRIDGE CHICKEN SOUP
2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
Salt and Pepper
I didn't measure anything. I just threw stuff in the pot until it looked right.
This is the pot boiling on the stove. I simmered this soup for about an hour.
I also drank a lot of Healer Tea. This stuff is pretty harsh but clears up a stuffy head. The ingredients are Green Tea, Rosehips, Cayenne, Elderberries, Juniper Berries, Marshmallow Root, Coltsfoot, Feverfew, Horehound, Licorice Root, Slippery Elm Bark, Spearmint, While Willow Bark and Wild Cherry Bark.
I don't know why the tea works. It just does!
So I ate soup and drank tea. I also drank tons of water. My father-in-law had this same cold and it took him over a week to fight it off. I hope my "treatments" will help me get over this cold faster.
Tea and soup ready to go. I put honey in the tea. The soup is really good.
Thanks for reading my blog.
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