Thursday, September 15, 2011
A quick update? From me? We'll see how well that goes...
I have one more day of GPS work (Friday) before my boss returns, but I may possibly still be picked to finish off the rest of the work. Only time (and my boss) will tell.
I've been super hungry, lately. I just can't seem to stay away from the snacks. It probably has a lot to do with my exercise routine switching up from pure running to all this hiking. Maybe that's a good thing? My wife and I are ready to get started with P90X, hopefully soon after my boss returns and we get our household back to a normal size. I certainly wouldn't mind gaining a few pounds of muscle.
Next week I start a 6 week regimen of physical therapy for my shoulder. I'm hoping this one is the final kicker. I am so done with this whole shoulder thing.
Despite having to skip my Tuesday run due to a thunderstorm, I still managed to run on Wednesday and this morning. This morning's run was a little slower, but mid-way thru I got a call from my wife to let me know our daughter had woken up early and then threw up and if I could please run home a little faster. So, the last part of my run went a little quicker than planned and I skipped my cool down walk as it suddenly became lower priority.
After a trip to the doctor, she seems just fine. No fever, ears, nose, throat seem just fine. This was not the first time this has happened. She spit up quite a lot for most of her first year of life and so it seems that crying and nursing early in the morning seems to upset her stomach for whatever reason. Either that or she has a minor stomach bug? Whatever the cause, she seems to be fine and got the green light from the doc for our weekend camping trip.
Once I find time to write a longer blog I can tell you more about the fact that I am signed up with a team to run the Ragnar Relay Las Vegas!
Tried to get in on that and the Red Rock Relay last year, but they both fell through. This year, tho, I was invited by a team to join them and I am signed up and we're looking good and ready. I can't wait! But for now, I'm trying to figure out when/if I can get some double workouts in to prepare my body a little better for extra running. But, I think I'm already more than ready and I'm getting excited! More later. :)
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Wow, It's been a busy week and a half with another busy week to go before I have some time to breathe!
My boss (and good friend) went out of town on a wildland firefighting detail and and I've been super busy at work covering for him and also busy at home the rest of the time watching his 12 year-old son and our 15 month-old daughter! He dropped his son off early Saturday morning of Labor Day weekend and I haven't had much time to think since then.
This weekend my wife ran a 9.11k race (and did great!) while I watched both the kids in the morning. Then we went to our friend's son's 1st birthday party. Then we went from there to another friend's surprise 30th birthday party. We were gone from 11:45am until 9pm! Sunday was my turn to run in the morning (just a training run, but I did do a virtual 5k and ran it in 24:03, a PR!), then we went over to Nana's house to start getting our camping great ready for next weekend. Then went to Home Depot and got supplies to make a cover for our daughter's sandbox (fake grass!). Before I knew it, the weekend was over!
And last week I was in a bunch of meetings and then out all day on Thursday GPS'ing, then in the office all day Friday fixing up the data from Thursday. Today I was back out GPS'ing some more. I will be out doing more hiking/GPS work at least once, maybe twice (possibly three!) more times this week, plus a couple meetings and time fixing up the GPS data... Then we'll be off to go on a quick camping trip for the weekend. I'm going to need a vacation to rest up!
I'm taking the little time I have right now to type up this blog while my wife puts our daughter to bed. Then it's off to get a glass of water and then to bed before getting up early for a run. Life doesn't stop for anyone or anything! At least I feel productive and all the extra hiking feels great. I'm usually stuck in the office, so I'm enjoying my time in the mountains while it lasts. Soon enough they'll be covered with snow...
Friday, September 09, 2011
Last night I had problems sleeping. There were three problems, actually. My left calf, my right calf, and my daughter. My daughter is getting her first molars, which my wife and I hope come in sometime real soon so we can ALL sleep a lot better. But, back to my calves.
Why were my calves disturbing my sleep, you ask? Well, I'm glad you asked!
At work I am usually stuck in front of a computer like I am right now... However, occasionally we get the opportunity to go out on the mountain to GPS various things. Yesterday, with my boss being gone, I was able to go out with our trail designer to GPS a new trail system that is being built.
I met him at 10am and we hiked 4 miles of new trail in approximately 3.5 hours. Most of the hike wasn't on actually, trail, however. Over half of it was following flags along planned routes by tromping through the underbrush while trying to find the next set of flags in the mountain foothills at 6,500 ft.
In short, it was a lot of fun!
However, as I said before, this is not something I do very often. I may be in good shape endurance-wise, but I do not climb hills like these very often. I expected to be quite sore when I got home. But, after 2 or 3 hours I was pleasantly surprised that I was still feeling pretty good.
That changed as the night wore on. Around 8pm, I started to feel my calves beginning to tighten up. I stretch them a little bit, but feared that today I was going to be VERY sore when I woke up.
Well, when our daughter woke up screaming at 1:30am, my calves were definitely tight and painful. I couldn't soothe our daughter, so after 10 minutes my wife took over and I went back to bed. I could barely sleep, and when my wife came back in 90 minutes later, I was still half awake and in pain. It was like having two charlie horses.
Fortunately, they are feeling much better this morning.
Saturday, my wife has signed up for a 9.11k run (yay, for her!), so I am switching my lsd to Sunday, so that should give my legs an extra day to rest. Then it's back out on Monday for more hiking. I will need to switch around my running schedule for next week, but I am looking forward to getting in a bunch of extra fitness minutes!
I hope the benefits I get from all this hill work sticks around thru the end of October for my next big adventure... which I will be writing about in my next blog!
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
I went to the orthopedist again, today, for a follow-up on my shoulder. The short story is that I am really beginning not to like him.
Since I was only occasionally doing my exercises, he wants me to do some more physical therapy - which I think is a good idea. The cortisone shot helped some, but not enough. I've really been slacking on the exercises he gave me, so some formal PT should definitely be helpful, although also expensive and will take up extra time I just don't really have. (Also, at least I like my physical therapist)
However, he was very blunt in saying that if it I didn't improve with the PT in 5-6 weeks, then he was going to do surgery to shave off the bone spur in my shoulder.
He said it so quickly and matter of factly - and acted like it was no big deal and a foregone conclusion and the end of the discussion (i expected him to then walk out the door without any discussion at all, but at least he didn't do that).
I was like "whoa, whoa, whoa!" I asked if a second cortisone shot would be a better idea before jumping into surgery and he said this was definitely too soon for another one, but maybe when I came back it could be an option.
Well, at least I got him to backtrack that much.
Anyway, I'm really hoping this second round of PT does the trick because I just don't want to have to go back in 6 weeks and have to beg him to try a second shot and not jump right in to surgery. If it came to that, I'd would just suck it up and live with a bum shoulder. After all, nothing is torn or broken. Surgery is just way too drastic, in my opinion, to try and cure some inflammation. I lived with chronic back and leg pain for 3 years, so I can live with this, if I have to.
But, I'd rather not, so I pray this does the trick.
Friday, September 02, 2011
I've been meaning to post this blog all week, but I have been so busy that I haven't had a chance to finish it until now!
Saturday night, our daughter slept all night long, again! She has slept through the night since she was about 6 weeks old - give or take a night here and there - until three weeks ago. In the last three weeks she's slept through the night just three times, now, tho two of them were this past weekend. We're hoping she's getting to the end of this particular phase, tho she woke up at 4am, Saturday morning (but I was able to get her back to sleep in 15 minutes). At the time we were seriously worried about her sleep regression - and also getting very tired from waking up so often. Fortunately, since then she's been getting back in the the sleeping through the night routine and mommy and daddy have been getting some much needed rest. But, anyway, I digress.
So, I followed my plan that I mentioned in my last post, and ran with my wife on Sunday morning in lieu of my Saturday morning run.
Running with my wife is definitely a little slice of the "Odd Couple."
I've been running for quite some time, now, plus I have a running background from when I was in school. My wife has a tennis background and chronic asthma (tho she's mostly outgrown it), and only began running for any real distance in the year before she got pregnant (my fault, of course, for killing her momentum, but hey, i'm not apologizing).
I do my training runs at a 9-10 minute/mile pace. My wife does her training runs at 13-15 minute/mile pace.
We ran together at the gym twice. The first time went well, but the second time she ran too fast (said she was trying too hard to impress me) and wore herself out before we got that far. I begged off the last time she tried to get me to run with her, but this last week she convinced me to run with her because that this was really how we needed to do our runs to fit into our weekend schedule.
So, we dropped off our daughter at nana's house and then went for our 6 mile run. We didn't start our run until 8am, so it was definitely going to be warm. The high for that day ended up around 108/110 and it was already around 85 when we started our run and had to have been well into the 90's when we finished it around 9:30.
As we ran I gave her some tips and we chatted about running and life and various things. We decided that instead of running a long out-and-back that we would do laps around the park down the street. Part of the run went by a section of the park where they have all the various exercise things like chin-up bars, push-up bars, monkey bars, etc. My wife discussed doing the monkey bars and she bet me that I couldn't do them. So, off I ran ahead of her and swung very clumsily across the monkey bars as well as I could with the bars being hot from the sun and my hands sweaty from running - But, I did them!
We had a good time, but it got hot and we were definitely glad when it came time to head back.
This was my wife's longest run, yet - not just her longest training run, so far, but also her longest run, ever, in her entire life! She was a good sport right up until the extra block I made her do to ensure she finished a full 6.0 miles (she HATES running *just* under when her gps shows 4.98 or even 4.99 like her previous two runs). We ended up running around a 15.25 minutes/mile pace, but she ran the whole way and was very proud of herself - as I was of her.
My mistakes on the run were fiddling with my fingernails on the first part of the run because I wasn't used to running so slow, and then the one time I stopped running and was walking nearly the same pace she was running. She said if she didn't know better that I was bored and trying to show her up. Oops! Definitely not good coaching if I'm making her feel bad. I'm the one who told her she should run as slow as it takes for her to be able to finish after I realized that the reason she was previously having a problem with not being able to run very far was because she was trying to run too fast. The rest of the run went swimmingly after I corrected those mistakes and quickly apologized.
Anyway, she continues to work hard and train hard and surprises herself every week. I tell her she doesn't surprise me because I knew she can do it as long as she commits to the training.
I have no worries about her not being able to finish her half marathon in December. She will be more than ready and I know she will surprise herself yet again. I can't wait to be at the finish line with our daughter to cheer her on to the finish!
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