Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Nostalgia Overload

This morning's run was a walk. I really just wanted to stay in bed thanks to a bad dream. Nightmare had me running a race in Italy, hurting my foot, and then suddenly being at the Oil Creek race that I have coming up in a month. Not exactly the pre-race jitters I was hoping for.

Anyway, I got out the door, walked, and generally just tried not to crawl back into bed. I saw my dad out walking so I talked to him for a couple of minutes. Also saw the widow out walking. And Mrs. Brown. While she is always the source of some nostalgia when I see her but today I went on overload when I dug into new research today. I can't go into details because it's personal but the information I read wasn't new. But it was deeply personal and I'm grateful I had the chance to read it. It was just a bit much to chew on this morning.

Thankfully things balanced out when I started getting into goofy pictures of myself and my friends. It was incredibly hard not to post them and have a good laugh. So tonight, I get to search for two people. Christine Ingermarsson and Nicole Schnittger.

I believe I found Christine on Facebook, but I can't be sure. The photo says "Mars 1990" on the back and "Mars" is "March" in French. So maybe? And the story behind the photo is, well, weird. I have no idea where it came from. And why did I keep it? Because she looked pretty. I was at least smart enough to never pretend she was my girlfriend.

Nicole's story has a bit more history. I met Nicole Schnittger in 1991 on a train trip I was taking across the country with my dad. There's some video of it on my YouTube channel but I'm pretty sure she's not in any of the videos. I don't remember exactly which section of the trip we met, or which direction she was going (either to her home in Illinois or away from it). I think her parents were divorced and she was going between the households but I could be wrong. All I remember is we hit it off, talked and hung out, and wrote to each other a few times after the trip.

So there you have it. Just a small side-trip down memory lane. A preview of a prologue of things to come.

Photos:
From my run this morning. There were three deer at the tree line. Dad's house is on the right.



This is the rear of the photo I have of Christine.


And this is Nicole's photo. I would post the back, but it has an address and phone number.


Weather:
Temps were about 85F. Humidity was high. Sky was clear. No wind.

Fluids and Fuel:
Coffee before the walk. Nothing during the walk. Recovery was two eggs, oatmeal, and two sausage links. And more coffee.

Aches and Pains:
None.

Gear:
Wore shorts and a t-shirt.

Today's Motivation:
Feeling lackluster today left me with very little desire to run. So the mental compromise was to walk instead. And I did 3 miles, so at least I stayed on plan.

Naughty Neil:
I had a wacky cake cupcake with ice cream last night. It was good. And I almost had a damn Whopper today for lunch.

Splits:
None. Didn't bother to wear a watch.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Bittersweet

Today's run was driven by heartburn. And bitterness. And anger. And a little bit of self-loathing. One of my son's "tics" is that he chews on stuff. Normally, it's just an everyday reminder to have him chew gum or to *not* chew on something in particular. Well, today was he was a little more amped up than normal since he has a sleep-over tonight and a 9th birthday to celebrate tomorrow. Kind of a big deal. Well, that brought out the tic, along with some frustrating behavior, and he chewed a hole in the bottom of his plastic water bottle.

Which really pissed me off.

So after stewing about it for a while, I took his computer away.

Then went for a run.

After the run, I'm glad I stewed on it before deciding on his punishment. And I'm glad I didn't go as heavy-handed as I wanted to at first. And I'm glad I went for a run and cleared my head and improved my mood. By the time my 5 miles were done, I was hot, tired, a little wobbly, and in a much better place mentally. I wasn't pissed off. I wasn't angry. I still had that taste of heartburn in my mouth from being angry, but it was going away fast. More of that self-loathing after-taste after you barf.

Anyway, I'm glad I went. And speaking of flavors, the first loop was hot (I went way too fast). The second was mild (I slowed down). And the third was a little sweet and salty (sweet because I was feeling much better and salty because I was sweating so damn much).

Photos:
Saw this in the Wegmans parking lot. Would have thought they'd shop at WalMart instead.


Crystal Pepsi. The 80s live!


These are the "fancy" mailboxes in my neighborhood. There's usually a few more.






My son's birthday cake. Wacky cake. Also known as Depression Cake.


Weather:
Temps were about 95F. Humidity was moderate. Wind was light but nice. Sun was out in full.

Fluids and Fuel:
No breakfast. Lunch was lemon-pepper fish, pepper steak, green beans, and a black bean enchilada. Snack was some pita chips and club crackers with coffee. Plain water during the run. Recovery was water, tea, a dinner of pizza, and dessert was wacky cake.

Aches and Pains:
None really.

Gear:
Wore shorts and a t-shirt.

Today's Motivation:
See above.

Naughty Neil:
I had cool whip on my wacky cake. And I'm going back for another slice. And I don't feel guilty about it at all. Although I feel a little guilty about that 5th slice of pizza.

Splits:
First loop was about 17:30, second was about 19:30. After that, I ignored the splits because my route was abnormal.
Finish - 1:10:36

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Movie Time

Lots of pleasant excitement at work today. But more interesting is what I found in my research. First, King George County had a drive-in theater! Somewhere in the Arnold's Corner area (that's where Routes 3 and 206 intersect near the middle school that was the high school). And they showed movies every night. How cool!

Second, the Dahlgren Naval Base once operated on it's own time zone. As in, the high school bus would make a stop outside the base at 3pm, on the base at 2:10pm, then off the base at 3:15pm. Okay, so the times are just examples, but you get the idea. They were like Arizona is now and didn't recognize the whole Daylight Savings Time adjustment. Crazy!

Okay, on with today's run. I got out the door earlier than expected this morning which was great because I wasn't awake and my brain probably would have said nope to the run. But I did it and got outside. The weather felt decent during the first loop but muggier during the second. Didn't see much while I was out and about. Except my dad. He looked like he was just starting his walk as I was finishing mine.

Photos:
That orange speck way up there is my dad.


Bus route time zone confusion. 


King George Drive-In Movie Theater. 


THIS is my favorite kind of traffic jam - picking the kid up from school.


Weather:
Temps were about 70F at the start but probably warmed to 75F by the end. Humidity kicked up a bit from low to moderate. Sky was clear. No wind.

Fluids and Fuel:
One coffee before the run. Plain water during the run. Recovery was three slices of toast, two eggs, and two sausage links. And more coffee.

Aches and Pains:
None.

Gear:
Wore shorts and a t-shirt.

Today's Motivation:
I think I was too tired to be motivated this morning. Thought several times about just not finishing but I knew this was the only time I could finish so I finished.

Naughty Neil:
Getting back on track with my food. It's a damn tough row to hoe but I think, THINK, I'm back on track.

Splits:
Loop 1 - 19:36
Loop 2 - 25:33
Finish - 45:09

Friday, August 19, 2016

Going Back To College

Decided to go for my run after breakfast this morning. I had hoped to push it to 5 miles instead of 3 just to get ahead of my training plan a bit and I did about as well as could be expected. After about 4 miles of on/off running, I pooped out and just walked the rest of the way. Which makes me happy but sad at the same time.

Along the way, I stopped frequently to take pictures, read sign posts, and catch my breath. I got overheated a few times and seriously winded a few times but each time I just stopped, walked, and waited for my body to recover.

Photos:







Weather:
Temps were about 85F. Humidity was high. Sun was out in full but there were a few clouds. Wind was light but noticeable.

Fluids and Fuel:
Breakfast was french toast, two eggs, bacon, and coffee. GenUCAN Hydrate during the run. Recovery was Chipotle and Starbucks.

Aches and Pains:
Aside from being too hot and too tired, nothing out of the ordinary. Had some chafing to deal with at the end of the day though.

Gear:
Wore shorts and a t-shirt.

Today's Motivation:
I had some time and it was nice to see some new scenery on a run. That was enough to get me going and to keep me going.

Naughty Neil:
Probably shouldn't have eaten so much Chipotle but I was rungry.

Splits:
Splits are via RunKeeper.
Mile 1 - 14:00
Mile 2 - 15:02
Mile 3 - 17:02
Mile 4 - 14:01
Mile 5 - 16:50
Finish -  1:25:28

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Everybody In The Neighborhood

Today's run was steamy. Super steamy. But not the steamiest I've ever gone through before. But it wasn't so bad that everyone in the neighborhood didn't come out for a trip around the neighborhood. I saw Mrs. Brown walking her dog. The widow in the corner house was also out walking. And the couple from Pine Tree that's not the Halls was also out walking. Although I think he runs sometimes too. Anyway, it was nice to see some neighbors out and about getting sweaty.

After the run, it was off to breakfast with my dad, then we spent some time bleeding the brakes on his car. It's moments like this that make quitting my job totally worth it. The rest of the day was spent running errands and doing some research at the library. And trying to avoid cutting my grass.

Photo:
Steamy.
 Weather:
Temps were around 80F. Humidity was about 95%. Sky was probably clear but there was so much fog it was hard to see it. Not much wind.

Fluids and Fuel:
Coffee before the run. Plain water during the run. Recovery was two eggs, hash browns, and bacon. And more coffee.

Aches and Pains:
Left glute was pinching a bit but it cleared up after a mile or so. Everything else felt fine.

Gear:
Wore shorts and a t-shirt.

Today's Motivation:
With everyone getting back on school schedules, I wanted to get back on my training schedule. The past few weeks were not where I wanted them to be but I feel confident I can at least steer the ship back to where it needs to be.

Naughty Neil:
Snacking hasn't been great this week but the quantity of food has been on target. Not sure how the weigh-in will go in a few days, but I'm hoping I dropped at least another pound.

Splits:
I wanted to avoid the watch today even though I put it on and planned on timing myself. It was a last minute decision to just ignore it. Still peeked a couple of times and figured I was doing about 18 minute loops. So my total time was around 36 minutes.
Finish - 36:00