Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
We made it to the parking lot, got out and started to walk in the direction of the dam. There, we noticed a sign "Liberty Dam. 1.8 miles" 1.8 miles? That's a bit of a hike with two kids. The trail was actually a two lane paved road and it was nice out. We headed that way. The kids were having a good time.... for awhile, then the whining started. Connor had to be picked up. Paige wanted to be in the car. It was turning out to be not a fun hike.
There were plenty of other families out and the speed at which they were moving far exceeded our own. It took us well over an hour to reach the dam. The dam itself was pretty cool. The water was cascading over the concrete down the side to a river, smooth and peaceful. One could imagine sliding down the water like a waterslide.
The return was even more eventful. Shortly after we left the dam, it started raining. Then we heard it, the crack of thunder. SHIT, we're stuck outside and a thunderstorm is rolling through. By this time, we were the only ones left out on the road as everyone else has far surpassed our speed. Ducking for cover, we sat huddled in the understory of some trees waiting for the storm to pass. After about 20 minutes it did and we continued on. I hold Connor nearly the entire 1.8 miles back, Jen and Paige not far behind. Finally, we made it to the car. We ended the trip by stopping at Dairy Queen (Texas Stop Sign) and having dinner and ice cream. For all the whining, rain, and lightning, it still beat sitting at home.
On the running front, I'm currently grounded. Yesterday I awoke to some pain in my left big toe and it continues today. Naproxen and Voltaren Gel (Both NSAIDS) are currently working their magic to lower the inflammation. At first I was hoping for the best, but alas, Gout has struck it's ugly head once again. I haven't had a bit of pain since going on the Gout Meds about 9 months ago. I did have several missed doses lately and I've gained some weight back since the marathon. I hope that's all it is. Depending on how it feels this afternoon, I may attempt a short run.
Friday, April 22, 2011
The course is a 3.6 out and back, the furthest I've run in a month. Going into it, I knew I wasn't going to hold steady the entire time without walking. I decided to leave it unstructured and just walk when I felt the need. This method works best with a hilly course. The out was great. I walked a couple of the very steep hills but otherwise ran fine. The return was tougher. I was wearing down and had several shoulder stitches. I don't get side stitches, they always hit my shoulder for some reason. Shortly after I returned to the rally point, it started raining. I'm glad I chose to run as it was cold. I finished in 38:57. Not too bad for a trail run.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
"What in the holy hell is PMBS?" Or "PMBS? isn't that Premenstral Buttocks Syndrome?" No, no it isn't.
"How about Poly Morphic Bowel Syndrome?" That'd be a hell no.
"So what is it then? One of those rare, but all over the internet so you think you've got it diseases?" Again... nope.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
No, it’s not a new page in my life. I simply created a facebook page for The Runner’s Bug. Go check it out here. My running has been, well lacking lately. I’m on the look out for another goal to kick start my butt in gear. I guess I’ve been in the post marathon blues. Today I did have a nice 1.5 mile run at a 9:37 pace. Going to try again tomorrow if work isn’t too busy.
Monday, April 11, 2011
I ran only 1.54 miles, but they were significant. One, it was the first time since the beginning of last fall that I ran in shorts. It was only 76F but I could have sworn it was in the upper 80s. Time to get used to running in the heat. Two, this was the first run in about 9 months that I didn't take a walk break. I've been doing run/walks for so long it felt odd not stopping. My time was good. A decent 14:23 for a 9:21 pace. I didn't feel like I was going hard but I did develop some shoulder pain (my form of side stitches) coming around the last lap. I know it's from my breathing, not stopping for a quick catch of my breath. It'll take a few runs to settle back into breath management. Three, this 1.5 miles marked the 500th mile I've tracked since starting to run last year. It may not be near as much as many other runners get in, but with various setbacks, I've had many instances of going two weeks plus without running. Now off to my next 500!
I'm going to start running 3 times during the week instead of two Mon, Wed, and Fri. Hopefully I'll burn off that extra weight soon. :)
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Works been busy and I'm currently sitting in a hotel room in Upstate New York. I'm working on an accreditation program for child and youth services on Army installations regarding pesticides. If all goes well, this program will involve more short trips as an assessor of the program. With the budget crisis, things have been iffy, but it's a program with significant merit for the health of our military children.
Snow - It rained all last night, but this morning we were in a down right blizzard. It only lasted about an hour, then slowly tapered off to a rain, but made for a rough morning.
Sunsets - The day cleared up and we ended it watching a great sunset over Lake Ontario, too bad it wasn't warm enough to get out of the car!
Springtails - These are fascinating insects with an odd appendage that attaches under their belly which they use to fling them in the air. Their about 1/4 the size of a flea and live in moist environments. You can usually find them under rocks in the soil. One of the daycare facilities we inspected today has had a reoccurring problem with springtail infestations. Only one of the odd things I deal with and why I love my job!