Saturday, July 17, 2010

Today's Tweets


  • Set a new PR in a 5K this morning. Ran it in 28:22, which is a 9:05 per mile avg. Not too bad with all the time off I took for my heel. #

  • Almost 9:00 PM and suddenly I am beginning to feel a bit sore all over. Hopefully that means I had a good run today. #


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Another 5 K completed!

I have seriously been bitten by this running bug. I can tell it has gotten me because after having been forced by injury to take time off, I found it difficult to not run. Every day I think about running, and even on days when i ran early in the morning, by afternoon I wonder if I should run a little more because I am feeling good. Of course, that is exactly why I ended up with an over use injury in my heel and ankle. I have cut back dramatically though, just like I should have, so hopefully it will allow me to go forward now without all the pain.
Today was a 5 K run in a nearby town. It was a fairly small event, and didn't have too many people. I liked the course though because it was mostly flat and shaded. As I started the race I did as I normally do, and that is locate someone about 20 feet ahead of me, and slowly gain on them until I catch them. Then look for the next victim. Today however I caught the gentleman and never got past him. The guy I was targeting turned out to be in the 70 - 74 year old age group. It took me a while to catch him, and when I did we started talking a bit about the race. For a few minutes I was actually ahead of him as if I was going to move on, but he never relented. About the second mile he slowly started to pull ahead of me. I checked my watch and saw that my pace was way too fast right then, so i just held my own pace and let him move on ahead. At the final half mile he was a little ahead of me. I waited until the last 200 yards or so before I picked up my pace, and in the end he beat me by one second.
It was fun to have a distraction in the race. We talked occasionally, and when one of us pulled away the other got to focus on catching up. Mostly it was me doing the catching up, but it made things more fun.
In the end, I ran a new PR of 28:22 for the 3.1 miles which came out to around 9:05 per mile average. I think the last 5 K I ran around 9:09 which was my first race, so that was a new PR by default. I am really impressed at how close I am to getting below the nine minute mile average. The fact that I had some sprint left in my legs at the end was a nice bonus. Maybe I can get under the nine minute mile mark yet.
Running a 5K in the 28 minute range when you are in your 40's gets you nothing. The gentleman I was pacing myself with however took second in his age division. So, I have that to look forward to if i can just keep this pace that long.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Today's Tweets


  • My road is blocked off. A fire truck is park across the street. Apparently there is a gas leak at my neighbors. #


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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Today's Tweets


  • Stung on the head by yellow jackets while trying to mow the lawn. I'm OK, but found an underground nest in the yard I need to remove. #


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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Today's Tweets


  • Doc said my heart was strong and healthy, cholesterol was good. Running seems to be working for me. Just need to test my heel out today. #


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Today's Tweets


  • Doc said my heart was strong and healthy, cholesterol was good. Running seems to be working for me. Just need to test my heel out today. #


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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Today's Tweets


  • Saturday morning rode over 8 miles. Saturday night suffered from some sort of flu. Sunday didn't do much at all. Happy 4th to everyone. #


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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Today's Tweets


  • Tendon still not ready for running, but need to exercise. Got bike out today and went for 6.5 mile ride. A nice 35 minute workout. #


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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Today's Tweets


  • May have done some damage to my Achilles tendon on a six mile run this morning. Not sure why since I was taking it rather easy. #

  • Q is having trouble sleeping through the night again. She wakes up every few hours wanting someone to come put her blanket on, or off... #

  • T has been a great big brother lately. He even takes Q's hand when she walks down stairs so she won't fall. I am very lucky. #

  • I just scheduled a preliminary appt with the doc. to set up a stress test. Want to make sure the heart is ready for this half marathon. #


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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Today's Tweets


  • I was out of the house running @ 0530this morning. Earlier than I usually wake up. Running hills early is still just as difficult. #


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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Today's Tweets


  • Ran 6.1 miles yesterday in 1:03! That's two 5ks back to back. Look out Athens GA Half Marathon, I am so gunning for you! #


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Monday, June 14, 2010

Today's Tweets


  • Hill workout today. It was over 80 deg. when I started. Still did 4.8 miles including a nice warm up. #


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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Today's Tweets


  • Ran my first 5K this morning. My time was 28:25. Can't wait for the Athens GA Half marathon now! Lots of time to train before then. #


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  • Ran my first 5K this morning. My time was 28:25. Can't wait for the Athens GA Half marathon now! Lots of time to train before then. #


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Friday, June 11, 2010

Today's Tweets


  • Q woke up in a good mood, and her temp is back to normal. Seems like whatever she had was short lived. =-) #


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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Today's Tweets


  • My baby has a fever again. Just a mild one, but now is not a good time for a fever. Hopefully tomorrow she will be back to normal again. #


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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Today's Tweets


  • I ran a practice 5K today and finally broke a 10 minute mile pace. Someone alert Guinness!! LOL Man, so far to go. #


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Friday, June 4, 2010

Becoming a Runner

I ran again today. 4.46 miles of painful hills stood between me and a new personal best time for this self established route. In the end I won the battle against the pavement and reduced my time to 46 minutes. Two days ago I ran it in 50 minutes, and last week end I ran it in 48 minutes. I was sure I could be under 50 minutes, because I lacked motivation on that run. Every hill seemed like it would go on forever and I ended up walking too many times trying to catch my breath. I knew I could beat that time today, because I knew how I felt after that run. I had let myself down and I ended up punishing myself mentally for it for the rest of that day. I only get so many training days a week. (I run about every other day because research online suggest that people who give their body that extra day between runs suffer significantly less overuse injuries. Nothing would be worse for me than to finally get back into shape only to be sidelined by an injury and give myself a chance to go back to the couch potato I was before. Motivation is hard to rebuild, so I'll do what I can to keep me on target.) If I spend one of my training days giving a weak performance and not pushing myself hard enough it is a wasted day. Then I need to wait another day before I work out again, so it is like three wasted days. Mentally I have a hard time with wasting that workout especially if what caused me to not give my all was lack of will power, and not some physiological reason. Basically a weak mind that didn't want to push through the tiredness, even though it could have.

I know that the difference between a 50 minute run and a 46 minute run is really not that much. I felt the same pain running up the hills, fought the same feelings of exhaustion and had the same negative thoughts that came into my head as I struggled along. The difference to me is how I handled it. Today I told my body that I was in charge, not the other way around. When it wanted to rest I kept on going, and that is what makes it so much more of a victory for me. Even if it is the difference of only about one minute per mile. It is a huge mental victory and that is what I need to have now. As my mileage picks up to train for the half marathon, I need to know that my mental strength is growing as well as my physical strength and endurance. That combination is what will take me to the finish line of a 13.1 mile race and beyond, nothing less will do. I know I will have other bad workouts, but I just hope that every time I have one I get the same motivation from it to make the rest better, and me stronger. I hope that every time I work out I can remember how bad it feels to let myself down by not giving enough effort, and how awesome it feels to finish a run knowing that every thing I had is laying out on that road in tiny droplets of sweat.

So, congratulations to me for a good effort today. I have a long way to go, but I know I can do it if I can keep up the motivation. My first 5K run (3.1 miles) is coming up soon. I am very excited about getting into it and seeing what I have in an actual race environment. I am not kidding myself by thinking I will actually be competitive, but rather that this first race will set a time for me that I can shoot for in the next race. This way the only one I really have to compete against is me. As long as I can keep surpassing my own personal bests, I will be getting better, healthier, and who knows, maybe someday I can be up closer to the top in a race.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Running

I like Saturday morning runs. I use the treadmill all week, so Saturdays I go outside and do a slightly longer run. Today I ran about 3.5 miles straight without walking, which is my best so far. I am hoping to be up to 4 miles before the 5K on June 13th. That will give me the confidence to run a little faster during the 5K. It also gives me confidence that I will be able to do a 10K eventually. There are not many 10Ks in our area. I think L told me there was one. So, I guess when ever it is, that is when we will give it a try. It is a little scary to think about right now. I don't know that I have ever run 6 miles before at one time. It must be done though. I would love to one day say I ran a marathon. I don't care what time I did it in, I just want to have run one at least once. To get to that point I'll want to have completed a 5K, a 10K, and a half marathon first. I assume this is a process that will take me at least a year to work through, maybe more. I don't know I haven't actually thought the whole thing out yet, but I will.

Good news, no calf cramp during the run today! Thanks all for the advice. I have been icing it relatively soon after I finish a run, and then heating it later on and stretching gently. Works great so far, so I will stick with it. It is a lot easier to run longer when your not worried every step that your calf might rip in half.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Today's Tweets


  • Ran 2 miles last night. Not as far as I would like, but I did some at a much faster pace, so it should all work out OK #

  • Had a rare opportunity to workout on the treadmill today while BOTH kids took a nap. That never happens, but I got in 30 mins of running. #


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Monday, May 17, 2010

Today's Tweets


  • Ran a slightly longer run on Saturday which re-injured my calf muscle. Ice and heat seem to be working though. Ready to try again. #


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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Dear Dad,

The recalled piece of the play-scape came today. I got out your tools and started to work on it right away. I hope you don't mind that I talk to you while I use your tools. They were so much a part of you I just feel like you are there watching me when I use them. If you're there watching, I might as well go ahead and talk to you, right? Don't worry, I know you have always had some issues about putting them in exactly the right spot. I make sure that as soon as I am done I put the tools right where they were just in case. Q is also quite taken by your tools and I had a serious battle on my hands trying to keep her from grabbing them. Every time I turned around there was Q holding a tool in her hand saying,"Here Daddy!" T was behaving himself very well. He is turning into such a good kid. I know your proud of him. He does a great job helping us keep Q safe. He is like an early warning system. When she does something dangerous he comes running into the room and tells us right away so we can stop her. Poor girl doesn't have a chance.
As I was assembling the swing set, T watched me closely. I explained to him what I was doing and we talked about screws and bolts and nuts. He laughed pretty hard when I showed him the nut driver. I had to laugh a little with him on that one. It reminded me of the time some kid destroyed my bike when I was a kid, and you went and got an old bike for us to rebuild together. We stripped it down to the bare frame and rebuilt it together. It is one of my favorite memories. I hope T and Q can someday look back on some memories like that.
The project is finished now, but not yet tested. The mosquitoes in the back got pretty bad this evening, so my testers were not able to play on it yet. T is very excited about it though, so I a sure it will get a good work out after school tomorrow. Here is what it looks like:

[caption id="attachment_832" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Right half is what was rebuilt today. "]Right half is what was rebuilt today. [/caption]

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Soy Story

As I sat at the lunch table yesterday drinking my soy chocolate milk, eating a whole wheat English Muffin coated with soy cheese, nibbling on some soy beans, I began to wonder,"How much soy is too much?" Well, how difficult would that be to find out, right? A simple Google search should easily return an answer.
As usual, I got distracted with life, and by life I mean my almost two year old who spends the day training me how to best care for her. It sounds something like this,"Apple pease", "wa wa pease", "cheese pease", "Gabba Gabba! Gabba Gabba!" which is soon followed by "No Gabba Gabba!, Barney!" then after seeing the back door it becomes, "Ouside". All day long we move around from one location to another based on whatever she happens to see, and any independent thought I once had is quickly replaced with how to appease the ever active child.
This morning however the thoughts I had regarding the consumption of soy returned. I ran my simple Google search and found an answer. Soynutrition.com made it easy for me. There is nothing dangerous about soy. People eat it, some eat lots of it, and no one ever suffered any negative effects. Cool! Good to know.

Wait a minute. Having had all that college education, including that one semester when I was a journalism major, I remember that maybe it would be a good idea to check another source. So I look at some other articles online to see what the consensus is. Here is what I now know. Soy is an inflammatory word. Being one of the foods that is subsidized by the government, the soy industry has a lot of powerful people supporting it. Any industry that is powerful also has a lot of people against it. Which meant that the search found huge amounts of data with facts all over the place. In all honesty after reading articles on both sides for nearly an hour I only come away saddened by the lack of ethics in our society. Money seems to buy scientific research supporting your side of the argument. So everyone has a study that supports their side.
In an effort to think for myself, at least until my daughter tells me what I should be thinking, which should be any minute now, I have come to a few of my own conclusions:
- More evidence seems to say it is healthy for you than says it is not (when eaten in moderation).
- People with hypothyroid problems can eat soy, but need to let their doctor know if they have it regularly so that they can be tested and have their medicines regulated to adjust for the effects soy has on them.
- It seems safe to say that even if you are a vegan, your diet should not be primarily one food source such as a soy based diet. We were meant to eat a variety of food to satisfy our nutritional needs. So, mix it up a bit.
- Finally, I learned that when gathering information, always check with a few sites, and then determine which ones are more likely to be biased because of a financial incentives. It is a crazy world out there and a lot of people could care less about your health if it meant they could own a bigger house and faster car. Oh man. I just realized I am going to be one of those people with tin foil hats soon. How does the saying go? "The TRUTH is out there."

Here are some links to check out if your interested:

http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3037113

http://www.utne.com/2007-07-01/Environment/How-Much-Is-Too-Much.aspx

http://www.vegfamily.com/health/vegan-soy-information.htm

http://www.bryannaclarkgrogan.com/page/page/3476771.htm

http://www.soyonlineservice.co.nz/

http://soynutrition.com/SoyHealth.html

http://www.diseaseproof.com/archives/healthy-food-too-much-soy.html

Friday, March 26, 2010

Today's Tweets


  • Just passed the one year of unemployment milestone. Hope there is something positive coming my way soon. #


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  • Just passed the one year of unemployment milestone. Hope there is something positive coming my way soon. #


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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Check this out!

One of my favorite types of exercises is the elliptical machine. This video from the Active.com site shows what some creative people did to take the elliptical machine and actually turn it into a means of transportation which is fun and great exercise. It is called the ElliptiGo. Watch the video and let me know what you think of it.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Today's Tweets


  • Should we be concerned when Q's "I love you, you love me" Barney song turned into "I love cheese, I love cheese"? #


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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Today's Tweets


  • Excited about the @lancearmstrong and Contador showdown coming up in about 10 days! It's not the Tour de France, but should be fun to see. #


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Monday, March 8, 2010

Today's Tweets


  • Visiting the VA job center today to see if they can spark some life into my job search. #


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  • Visiting the VA job center today to see if they can spark some life into my job search. #


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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Today's Tweets


  • Still getting slapped by this cold. Hoping to get over it so we can go visit the family. #


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Friday, March 5, 2010

Today's Tweets


  • The Kleenex hanging out of my nose is interfering with my coffee drinking. Looks like another bout of the cold season has hit our house #


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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Thinking Out Loud

I just listened to the hottest new pop singer, who happens to have the number one album out this week, and the number one and number two song on the Billboard Top 200 for the week. With stats like that you would think the music would be phenomenal. No. It is not. In fact, you know what it sounded like to me? It sounded like Caligula in the form of a twenty something female singer. It sounded like the end of morality. It sounded like maybe, just maybe the terrorists have won, because we have gone so far in the opposite direction of their right wing religious extremest ways that we now allow an album that is nothing but musical pornography, filled with the foulest of language and sexual context typically found in gentleman's magazines to be recorded and sold to children as legitimate music.
OK, maybe I have gone too far. Maybe it isn't the marker for the beginning of the end of civilization. It has to be close though. What scares me, is this is the digital age and parents who used to be able to look at the CD cover and see a sticker warning them that this contains lyrics they would not approve of no longer know what their kids are listening to. These songs set records for highest digital downloads in a week. It seems too easy to let kids download an album that is on the top of the pop charts, with a little Brittany-esque girls face on the cover of the album. Click, it is downloaded, click, it is loaded onto the Ipod, and click, it is played repeatedly by kids all over the country without parents even having a clue as to what evil, vile, perverted words and ideas are downloading into their kid's brains.

[caption id="attachment_802" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Mommy can I downlaod this album?"]Mommy can I downlaod this album?[/caption]
Want to hear it for yourself, you can listen to it for free at Grooveshark.com Just search for Ke$ha and her songs come up. See how long your stomach can take it, I dare you.

Oh man, have I gotten old. I remember the older generation saying the same things to the music I liked when I was younger. All kids go through the same things, have the same feelings and desires when they are teens and early 20's. There had always been limits on how songs portrayed that stage in our lives though. Artists have always tried to push the envelope on that line, but at what point do we just say, "That is just too far. We refuse to go this far beyond our moral values as a society"? Or, we can just ignore it. I am sure YOUR kids and their friends don't listen to this kind of music...