Friday, April 18, 2014

Hang your hat up

Had to bail out early on this morning's run. I just didn't have enough go-juice to make it happen. But on the flip side, I did manage to hit 3 of the 5 cameras on the trail and swap out memory cards. Guess there's always room to be Pollyanna about things.

The run itself wasn't terrible, it just wasn't there. I wanted to do 4 miles but as I got closer to my halfway turn-around point, I realized I wouldn't make it that last mile so I cut it short. And sure enough, the last mile sucked and the last half-mile really sucked. So I guess I made the right call.

Sadly, the worst part was I eased my pain by eating some bad food. Still an emotional eater but I had an urge for junky food before my run so adding the stress/depression of not doing well on the run only fueled the fire. At least I knew the fire was coming.

Somebody left there hat on the trail. So I hung it up.

Temps were about 45F. No wind. Sky was cloudy.

Fluids and Fuel:
Before the run I had a little coffee. During the run I had a bottle of plain water and an applesauce. Recovery was two hashbrowns and a breakfast burrito. And an iced latte.

Aches and Pains:
Nothing really hurt but I felt even more sluggish than normal. Like trying to run on sand. Or quicksand.

No special gear but I did take along my camera gear and knife. Clothes were shorts, pants, thermal shirt, long sleeve shirt, BUFF, and gloves.

Heart Rate:
Ranged wildly between about 120 and over 150. Couldn't find a happy spot between them, it was just either way high or way low. I knew I went out too hard but even when I tried to dial it back, it kept swinging radically.

Mile 1 - 12:35 (AVG HR 133)
Mile 2 - 14:20 (AVG HR 134)
Mile 3 - 17:29 (AVG HR 133)
Finish - 44:24
AVG HR - 133
MIN HR - 78
MAX HR - 160
RHR - 62

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Belt Work

A horribly slow run but it felt awesome to actually get out (or in this case stay in) and run. And watching some TV was just icing on the cake.

Since I was inside, the run itself was fairly boring. No exciting animals or other runners to talk about. So with that, let's get into the stats.


Inside temp was 72F.

Fluids and Fuel:
Breakfast was two eggs, three waffles, and an iced coffee. During the run I had a banana and plain water. Recovery was coffee mixed with half a serving of Hammer Recoverite. That was followed a bit later by yogurt and Belvita cookies.

Aches and Pains:
Left hip hurt this morning when I woke up but it didn't hurt during the run.

Incline - 6
Speed - 2.0 to 4.0
Distance - 1.6 miles
Elevation - 491 feet
Entertainment - Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Finish - 30:39
RHR - 62 (higher than normal but still fairly low considering stress from work)
Weight - 225.6 (also higher than normal but expected with the lack of training)

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Elizabeth Turns 10

Here's a blast from the past, way back when Elizabeth turned 4. Scary how time flies. And even further back, we have my first blog post with Elizabeth. Wow.

Well, today is her 10th birthday and I'm feeling ancient. Last night Yvonne wanted to know how in the world we got a 10 year-old in our house. I said we didn't, she was still 9. At least for a few hours. Well, that time is up. She's 10 now and I don't know where the time went. Seems like only yesterday I was 10. Which lead me on a path to find some old photos. I don't have many handy but managed to find a couple. Not sure I'm exactly 10 in both of these but it's close enough. Close enough to bring up memories.

This photo was taken in 1986, likely in the spring. My guess is it was taken in Washington DC during Cherry Blossom season. I was wearing my favorite pair of camouflage pants and hat. Knowing me, I was probably also wearing a matching shirt. My jacket was from the USS Ticonderoga. I think. The logo was in yellow and on the upper left chest. It was green, kind of vinyl-like, and had snaps. I liked it too.

The second picture is full of more memories. It was taken in Williamsburg, VA on January 11, 1986. The background is my uncle's motorhome, probably a Foretravel brand. I vaguely remember it but I'm not sure if I remember this one or his newer one. Standing next to me is my father wearing some stylish brown and a mustache. My clothes aren't much better but I only remember my belt. It was made by my great-uncle and I still have it. Well, technically I still have it but I gave it to my son so he could wear it. The thing around my neck is a stuffed Loch Ness Monster from Busch Gardens. I never went but my uncle gave it to me since his company was working for the park making hats. Anyway, that about sums up this particular picture. I have a lot of other memories about our trips to Williamsburg but I'll save those for a later time.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Garden Update

It's that time of year again where I realize I'm falling behind on my garden and there's still a forecast for snow. Sheesh. So I looked through my seed packets and marked them with the planned planting dates. I was doing great with everything until I came to the tomatoes and peppers. You'd think I would have learned from last time but it looks like I screwed up. Again. I should have started the damn seeds weeks ago but didn't. So tomorrow I get to shop for a small greenhouse thing to get them started indoors and then I can transplant them to the "normal" garden after we finally make it into spring. And this year, who knows when that will come.

Below are pictures of the newly expanded garden boxes I built. I wish I had the ability to mill my own timber from downed trees but I don't so I just bought the lumber. After a few weeks storage in the shed, I finally got the chance to build them. William helped for a little bit but got bored and went inside. Elizabeth helped with both but still took a few breaks to play on the swing set. I guess swinging a hammer isn't very fun when your old man is swinging it. Although they did seem to be interested when I said a few swear words.

You see, I attached the brackets and the two ends to one of the boxes and then realized I built it wrong. So of course I said "shit" or something like that under my breath. Both kids perked up but I don't think they heard the word itself. Not that it really matters if they did since I'm sure they already know it. I think what caught their attention was my tone of voice. Anyway, I got it fixed and finished the build.

As for the design specs, there were none. I just went to store and bought lumber and brackets. They're 2x6 (I think) treated boards that are 8 feet long. For the middle braces, I just cut one in half. So all told, I used 7 pieces. For the brackets, I just went with some decking brackets and screwed them in with galvanized decking screws. The screws were a little longer than expected but they work. I had ot hammer the pointy ends a bit to make sure nobody cut a finger open. Underneath each corner and in the middle, I put some paving stones. Nothing fancy but enough to let some of the water drain out as needed. I used four square ones and two rectangles for each box. I cleared out the sod and put down the cardboard that was leftover from the treadmill. In between the new boxes and the old one, I left about 4 feet of ground, put down weed fabric, and covered with mulch. We'll see how it does.

The day was pretty nice for a build like this. The next day we got 5 inches of snow. I swear spring is never coming.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

The Hills Are Alive With A Chafed Dick

Today's run was much better. Probably because I got to run outside. It was still chilly but it wasn't too terrible. The worst part was the change in time and the dumbass drivers. My alarm went off and I promptly went back to bed for an hour. When it went off a second time, I snuggled with my wife for a good long while. And yes, we snuggled. No hanky panky. And I'm sure she loved the snuggle time.

Anyway, once I finally got my rear out the door, it wasn't too terrible outside. The sun was up and so was the wind. Woof. Had several stretches of road where I just about stood up because of the wind. And those damn drivers, I mean, seriously? You can't move the fuck over a foot or three? I had one woman I swear I could have high-fived her mirror. She had no reason to not move over and as far as I'm concerned, she has no reason to be allowed to drive. I understand if you're distracted. Like the guy that was texting on his phone, I know he didn't see me. I knew I needed to keep an eye on him. But this lady made fucking eye contact. While she was driving. And still didn't move over. If I had something in my hand, I would have thrown it at her. And I would have been more than happy to tell the police why.

Enough of the ranting. Along the way I saw a bunch of dead deer, both road kill and body dumps from hunters. Saw some old scenery on some old routes I haven't gone down in ages. And the one time I wanted to stop and wipe my ass, a car drives by. Figures. I eventually found some privacy and did the deed. I also made a pit stop at the local Sheetz to grab some resupplies. And that was about it.

No matter how tired I got, I was NOT taking a nap on that thing.

These are the new power poles going up across the county.

Temps were about 50F. Sun was out along with some clouds. Wind was high at 20 to 30 mph.

Fluids and Fuel:
Had half a bottle of GenUCAN before the run. During the run I had plain water, a bottle of Hammer Fizz, and apple sauce. The Hammer Fizz was in the second half of the trip. The first applesauce pouch was at the halfway point and the second was near the end. At the halfway point I also had a small coffee. Recovery was Hammer Recoverite mixed with chocolate ZICO and coffee along with two ham/cheese/lettuce wraps.

Aches and Pains:
Had some minor chafing down below. Nothing too bad but enough to make for a slightly uncomfortable shower. I also noticed at one point that the ball of my left foot was getting rubbed the wrong way and I suddenly realized that I was turning my foot to the side so I landed on the outside edge of my foot and then when I pushed off I was kind of scratching at the dirt like a chicken and pushing a bit to the inside. Weird. After that, things felt fine. Even during the last mile I was able to crank out a sub 12 pace. Felt nice. Hard, but not gasping for breath like I was going to die kind of hard.

Wore shorts, thermal shirt, t-shirt, gloves, two Buffs, and my Nathan hydration pack. Once again, the Buffs saved my face from freezing off in the strong head winds. The hydration pack helped carry any extra gear I needed but I didn't take much. Just my knife, my applesauce, and my Hammer Fizz mix. And some cash. Which got a little sweaty by the time I needed to use it.

First Half - 1:18:59
Aid Station - 8:53
Second Half - 1:31:24
Last mile - 11:36 pace
Finish - 2:59:17
RHR - 60
Weight - 222.4 (after the run but before eating)