Saturday, May 22, 2010


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]