Thursday, August 09, 2012
We are home from North Carolina. I have mixed feelings on that score. Monday was the only day worhty of a beach visit. The other days were kind of dreary.
Today before we left for home, we went to the "oldest winery in North Carolina." I joked to She(WMBO), "Yeah, 1963."
I was off by only 13 years: 1976.
Ok, so that means that the wine industry in NC in young.
Sadly, I could only be a supporting character to everyone else's fun because I am allergic to sulfites and sulfur dioxode. And Unless it's organic wine, everyone puts it in.
My biggest problem with vacations is that we eat out every evening. I have no control over the food in the restaurant and I have to listen to comment from my brother in law like "Well, I don't care about what you think, but I'm having the french fries." Well, you know what, I don't care if you do have the french fries and I am not entirely sure why you think I care ... but I am not allowed to say that to him. I have to be polite. Yes dear.
The other problem is that I don't get enough work out in. My gear is at home. The YMCA is 25 miles away. If I disappear for a run, I am being rude.
I know! Even if I don't work out, my autonomic functions still burn 2000 calories a day and if I eat righ, it won't be a problem. But still ...
Then there was the drive home. Six plus hours in the car. Just sitting. And my Restless Leg Syndrome would kick in. I was going nuts.
I am home, on my own turf. I can set up my bike in its trainer or hit the treadmill. I have some outside work to do tomorrow.
It's all part of living the life.
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
known to us SparkPeople as KKINNEA
made a video for Chocolate Milk and she needs our vote. This is one of our own. Let's get behind her. (Actually I was behind her a lot in Chicago, but that's a whole other story.)
Here is what she said in her blog:
"While I was in Chicago for the Rock and Roll Half Marathon, I made a video for Team Refuel about how I use chocolate milk to recover post-run.
"I've been chosen as a finalist!
"Would you be so kind as to vote for my video? You can vote once a day!
"Let's make Summer of Run into Team Refuel!!
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
She(WMBO) went out for the day with her sister, Jim's She(WMBO), and bought more stuff that has to be dusted ... she calls them antiques.
While she was out, I basically hung around the house and chilled and waited fort he rain to break ... it had been off and on since the morning. Finally it looked good, so I grabbed my camera and went for a purposeful walk. I knew where there some old tobacco sheds I wanted to shoot and they were within about two miles.
I got no more than a half mile out and the sky opened up. Fortunately, there was a house nearby with a porch and I availed myself of their Southern hospitality. It was over in a couple of minutes, but then it spittered and spattered for the rest of my walk. When I got home, the clouds parted and it was a lovely afternoon.
I did not go out again. Fool me once ...
She(WMBO) texted me that Patrick had finally gotten his GED results. He has been waiting 7 1/2 weeks. He had to take the GED because he home schooled. I was his teacher and mentor.
Of course, he called his mother.
Like those football players on TV: Dad taught them football but it's "Hi, Mom" when they get on camera.
Monday, August 06, 2012
Yesterday, Sunday, after I ran Riley's Rumble, I got in my car and drove for nearly an hour to get home. As I drove, I could feel my legs cramping up. Getting out of the car was a bit tricky, but once I did, I walked for a while to stretch things out.
A good thing too because as soon as I showered and ate, we were getting into the car and heading seven and a half hours (breaks included) to Newport NC. That is near Atlantic Beach.
I was able to sleep until 9:00 this morning. They say you cannot make up fr lost sleep. But after getting up at 4:00 and running 13 miles, I did my best. At least I hit the reset button. Then sitting at the beach was decadently restful.
We go home on Thursday and I get the pleasure of running another Half on Saturday in Annapolis.
Maybe it will be cool.
Sunday, August 05, 2012
Incredible! I just discovered/realized that I did not post a blog entry yesterday. I was so intent on getting to bed and asleep so I could get up early, I flat forgot.
That is the first time in 347 days.
Today I start a new Spark Streak.
------Today was the Riley's Rumble Half Marathon. It's my seventh of the year and the first of two this week.
The wanted us there by about 6:00 for a 7:00 horn. This race had no advance packet pick up, no shirt, and no medal. This was to be done for the pure love of the game. My distance from Boyds, MD required me to be out the door NLT 0510. I set my alarm for 0400.
But Mother Nature has her own alarm clock and called me at 0330. There would be no going back to sleep for me.
When I stepped outside, the fat last quarter moon and Venus were both bright in the sky whit not a hint of sunrise on the horizon. And it was already warm. About 78º warm. Ugh!
I drove to Boyds and was there in time, got my packet, hit the John, enjoyed another cup of coffee as the sun finished rising.
When the horn went off it was 80º.
But I muddle through and I finished maybe the prettiest run I have done on this side of the Atlantic (Ireland was better). My time was not really great, but considering the brutal hills, the humidity at 80%, the temperature by the finish at 88º, just doing it was victory enough.
I clocked in at 2:38:08. Slowest road half yet.
Pictures! A few Pictures.
This guy's beard is longer than mine ever was ... and mine reached just about my nipples.
These cows had the right idea.
There were lots of barns to be seen.
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