Hey all. Today is Saturday, October 26, 2013.
I've not been Sparking a lot this past week or so ... work has been ... well ... work! Ack! I've been online the past hour and a half trying to catch up ... got to some forum posts ... a few blogs ... but ... I still want to catch up on a few more forum stuffs ... and DEFINATELY get to a few more blogs I like to read. And emails too. I owe some emails I know ...
Anyway, more stuff about today.
But first I want to say - I am NOT a runner. Wah. I'm not ... not that I don't want to be one. In fact, I get soooo envious of those of you that do run. I am in awe of you.
Basically, I've had trouble running all my life. I used to get INTENSE shin splints. My doctor told me I am super prone to getting them ... it's just that way with me. If you want to know ~ when I do get them, its like someone has slit a cut above my shins, and gripped the skin, and PULLED my skin off my shins ... and then blown cold air over the exposed nerves as they toss IODINE on the bleeding flesh.
(Ok ... I might be exaggerating a bit. I mean the part about slitting a cut above my shins is not true ... but the rest is true!)
Also, I got diagnosed with spinal stenosis this past year ... and that is what I determined gives me back and hip and leg issues. (If I stand or walk for more than 5 or 10 minutes my left hip starts to hurt ... and my left leg and foot go numb.) Strangely, doing ANYTHING else does not bother me. Bike riding -good. Gym exercises -good. Hauling gravel -good. But I figure running is like walking (just faster) ... so have stayed away from it. Anyway ...
I forgot what I was going to say after that mess of a diversionary ramble ... let me go back and re-read stuffs ...
Ok ... so, I'm not a runner yada, yada ....
Nevertheless ... there was a 5K run today in the Portland area. (Actually, it was in the Hillsboro area ... but if you don't live in the Portland area you wouldn't know where Hillsboro was so ... Portland area it is.)
It was for the 2013 5K Color Vibe Run. Soooo cool. Run 5K and get covered in colored powders as people get splattered as they run! It looked like an ABSOLUTE blast. A color blast!
My favorite line in the brochure was a FAQ -
"Is the race hard? No, thatís no fun! Hard races aren't fun. Hard races are hard! We are a fun race ..."
That totally sold me on it.
And actually, it was my wifey that signed up for the run. I actually just signed up to volunteer ... toss colored stuff at the runners.
Unfortunately my wifey had to bow out. She had another commitment that she was unaware of when she signed up.
Still ... I decided to go and do my volunteer duties. And besides, my wifey still paid for the run and shirt ... so the least I could do was pick up her freebie shirt.
The cool thing?
My volunteer duties started early and ended early. (Instead of color tossing, I was sent to the check in table to help hand out the runners bag of goodies.) As my duties ended I looked over and saw that there were still people lining up to run. (It was a LOT of people ... and they were letting waves of people go every 5 minutes. The start line was going on for almost a full hour I think.)
Soooo ... I rushed back to my car, got my wife's bib # ... and did the run! I have NEVER run a 5K. Heck, I've never run a 1K. But people were looking like they were having so much fun I had to try.
Admittedly, my quads were REALLY sore when I finally stopped. (Does it always feel like that? I have nothing to compare this experience to.)
And when I got home, after about an hour, my right knee started to ache. (I have been icing it off and on.)
Still ... it was FREAKIN FUN!
I still don't think I am a runner ... but at least I know I can finish a 5K now. Sooo ... come December, there is a 5K called the Jingle Bell Run ... and I know wifey wants to do it ... so maybe this time I can run WITH her and not just be on the sidelines. Yahhhh!