Saturday, August 11, 2012
It rained a lot yesterday. That being the case, I figured that ... I HOPED that ... it meant a dry cold front had passed through the area. When I got up and prepared to leave, I didn't even bother poking my nose outside, I was so sure.
And of course, I was wrong. As soon as I headed for the truck, I got a nose full of humid air. The cloud deck was low. There was a little new rain on the pavement. I was still convinced that it was going to be a cooler, nicer day than last week.
It was not. Except for the fact that it was mostly cloudy for the entire duration of the race, it was almost identical to Sunday at Riley's Rumble. And while the hills were not quite as brutal, they were not entirely different from what I run all the time in Catonsville.
In my mind, it just HAD to be better conditions than Sunday, so I started out much better but by about halfway through the course, I started to feel it and I started to drag. Everything was ok with me. No ankle or knee pain. Oddly enough, where I did hurt was in my left big toe. Weird, right?
I finished in 2:35:15. Better than the last two half marathons. It looks like as long as it's hot, my times will be not as good as I would like. My current PR for a Half is 2:06:38. That's OK. I have several races coming up in the fall. We will get back on track.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Today felt like a Saturday. It was last weekday of vacation. She(WMBO) was home. But it rained into the afternoon and I got little done except to watch some TV.
I felt like a slug.
On the other hand, tomorrow is my second Half Marathon in six days so a resting day was certainly in order. We went out to an Italian restaurant so I got my carb load.
I think I am ready. All I need to do now is get laid out, relax, and go to bed so I get a good night's sleep.
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.
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