Friday, January 25, 2013
Another cold one here today, but I decided to get out anyway. Normally Friday is 13+ miles, but my project has been progressing slowly so I decided out the door that I would time limit myself to 90 minutes.
And 90 minutes was slow today. The inch of snow was still on the sidewalks and some of the melt/refreeze was on the streets. Besides, it was cold.
Here's my question, Professor Science: It was well below freezing all day and all night since the little bit of snow fell. What was up with the melting? It happens all the time, but I have never figured it out. One chemistry Professor went on about "sublimation" but that made little sense either because I thought sublimation was passing from solid to gas without going through liquid, like dry ice to CO2.
There was much ice. So careful running was slow. 7.5 miles today, 22+ miles for the week. Not too shabby.
The real issue was when we took up the terracotta tiles near the laundry, we discovered that the subflooring was rotted through. Apparently several years ago when the Washer had a leak, water got trapped and in addition to mold that is still making me sneeze, it rotted about 12 square feet of the floor. At least the joists are good. But that means carpentry. Luckily, I have the skills to do it myself. Unluckily, cutting outside is going to be COLD.
Ah, well, I got all the rot gone (I watched as my son's dog was too dumb to stay away and he fell right through the insulation to under the house) and I can start filling it back in tomorrow.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
I don't mind running in the cold. I do mind going from a nice warm house out into the cold even though I know that within a quarter mile, I won't be cold any more.
It took me a while to screw up my courage but I did it.
This year, while still warmer than normal so far, we have finally gotten hit with a deep freeze. Not like you all in the mid-west. My niece, Krissy, in Minneapolis has been reporting -18F (-27.8C) back to us. She is laughing at our +18F (-7.8C).
So today, with Krissy on my mind, I ventured out:
After a couple of miles, that scarf does get unwrapped a bit. Under the scarf is a balaclava (not to be confused with a baklava) which helped keep my nose warm but also fogged my glasses. So for long stretches, I was running with naked lips and nose.
And my beard froze.
I got down to near the house and I saw that I was "only" at 8.5 miles. On a warmer day, I may have pushed on for that last half mile, but my water was freezing. My beard was freezing. It was time to be done.
Not quit. Just be done.
Monday, January 21, 2013
Mike called last night from Los Angeles. "I have bad news." he began.
I hate it when you kid starts a phone call like that. Worse is when they begin "Everybody is all right." Or the one I haven't yet gotten from Mike, "I need bail money."
It turns out that his car was broken into. He had $80 cash in the glove box (?), and his GPS, phone charger, and cable. The broke a window, slashed a tire. At least they didn't cut the roof or rip out the dash. "But, Dad, I have never changed a tire before." Yeah I am three thousand miles away. You are on your own sucker.
As I have said many time before, I am not a big NFL fan. But I am a big fan of Baltimore so I did watch the football game last night. The Ravens won! The Patriots who looked before the half to have things well in hand, came out and laid a big stinky on the field for the entire second half. So while I might consider it an inferior game to the one last week (the Raven also won that one) this was good because ....
THE RAVENS WON! THEY'RE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL™!!! Ooops. I don't want to run afoul of the NFL's trademarked words: THE RAVENS WON! THEY'RE GOING TO THE BIG GAME!!!
I got to run today. I still have things on my to-do list from the weekend, but doggone it, I didn't run on Wednesday (cold nasty wet icky rain) or Friday (trying to get the carpet out and tile out of here etc). Today I put it at the top of my list: 6 miles or 60 minutes which ever is more. I did 6.5 in 72 minutes.
It was almost cold. I started at 30F (-1.1C) and finished at 32F (0C)
She(WMBO) arrived home this afternoon and was pleased with my progress for the day. Laundry finished, another room knocked out, and a 6.5 mile run. I was not as pleased as I developed a headache after lunch. Usually water is the cure, but not today. So I worked slower.
She had a big bag from the Apple store. She had bought a Fit Bit Scale and FitBits for each of us. Aren't these things just glorified pedometers?
I suppose I shall find out.
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