Thursday, April 30, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
The email that I was sent said "I wonder what the pilot's pants looked like after this one!?"
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
- My marathon ‘taper’ has officially begun. I’m not running much less now, but I will very shortly. Hopefully I can work on throttling back my food intake before then. I did some rough calculations and I’m at about 2700 cals or so a day! Bring on the feed bag! Nom Nom Nom Nom
- Speaking of eating a lot, I was on the phone with my mom yesterday talking about how I was going to go get dinner at California Pizza Kitchen. Since I am traveling alone in Atlanta, she said “Oh, do they have personal pizza’s there?”. Uhhhhhhh….. The answer is that is a biiiig NO. I pretty much clear a normal medium pizza on my own now. Thanks mom! :) Ha! I did NOT mention that in addition to my pizza I had bought a bottle of wine to drink….by myself…. In my defense, California Pizza Kitchen wouldn’t let me take beer to go. I asked.
- Even though it is Earth Day, for some reason I can’t really get into the spirit. Since I grew up on a farm, I always think of plants in a more utilitarian way than something that should be taken care of. In my world, plants are a ‘tool’. Their purpose is to produce something. That said, I do ENJOY the Earth so I guess I should celebrate that we have it and try to keep it around for a few more years. Hey, I DID choose the SUV rental over the Mustang. That has got to be a start right? Baby steps.
- Every few months I get in a bit of a funk. I’m in one of those right now. I’m sure it is just some sort of hangover from all of the stress in my life lately (or maybe the wine last night?). The good thing is that they usually don’t last long. Before I know it I’m back to my annoyingly chipper self.
- I think what may bring me out of the funk is the awesome weather. Based on what Al Rocher told me this morning, most of the US should have great weather for the next 2 or 3 days. Get out an enjoy it. I’m going to try to do the same!
- Finally, since I am cranking out as many Microsoft Word docs as a teenager with turrets drops F-bombs, I’ll leave you with a very relevant quote I saw on a website: "Fragment (consider revising)" has got to be the most useless grammatical suggestion ever in Word.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Well, today is the day. TAX DAY! I'm a dork so I've had mine done for a while, but I know that some people are stressing about it. Good luck! You’ll need it. I won’t want to get too political, but I will just say that I agree with Ben Franklin – death and taxes – gotta have them. Unless I can find the holey grail that is. Seriously though, at a minimum, we need taxes to pay for policemen and streetlights. Everything ELSE is up for debate :)
Cinnabon: Participating mall-based Cinnabon bakeries will give away free samples of Classic Bites from 5-8 p.m.
MaggieMoo's Ice Cream and Treatery: Participating restaurants will give away one free single-scoop of ice cream.
Chick-Fil-A: Make a purchase and save your receipt. Bring the receipt back within the next 30 days starting April 16 and you can get the same items free.
P.F. Chang's China Bistro will take 15 percent off your entire bill in what the chain is calling a Tax Relief promotion.
TGIFridays: Tax day stress relief at Friday's $5 or $10 Bites Cards with $15 or more purchase
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
- It took a lot longer than I thought that it would. The movers were there from 8:30 to 2:30. How could I have that much shit!? My wife counted and we had over 80 boxes. Maybe it is time to de-clutter....
- I'm going to make 3x as much as I thought that I would on the house sale - SCORE
- The fact that I could be off by a multiple of three tells you how little I expected that I would make. SUCK
- I was about as emotional as I thought that I would be (I'm a little girl...who is very 'emotional')
- I'm now in my corporate apartment which is basically a hotel room. It is really bizarre to be watching local news in a hotel room. I watch a LOT of news and that is what I associate each town with. So it is strange to be in a hotel room watching my buddy Gary Lezak.
- I am not sure where the camera cord is, but I took a million pictures. I probably won't get those posted until next week. So, instead, here are a few pictures from a 5K that my wife and I ran (The Olathe 5K). It was supposed to be two weeks ago, but was canceled because of snow. No race report, but I want to give credit where credit is due. A new PR! :)
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Today's run was tough. I was tired, my ankle hurt, and it seemed colder than the 45 degrees that the thermometer said. I was able to knock out the miles, but it took a lot more effort than the 8:21 pace would lead on. I'll pause for effect and to take a sip from my baby bottle....
Most of this is my own fault. I had one (Read: 3) too many beers the night before so I didn't sleep all that well and I woke up with a bit of a headache. I also was a bit dehydrated for the same reason. Note to self - do not do this the day before the marathon. I'll log that one in the same spot as "Do not jump in front of oncoming trains" and "Do not try to hold angry cobra snakes".
My ankle was also a bit sore for some strange reason. I'm not sure why it hurt more this morning than any other morning. It has been a bit sore the last two weeks or so, but not so bad that it stopped me from doing anything. I'm going to watch it closely, while still trying to keep up my mileage. Next week is another 40 mile week with my final 20 mile run on the weekend. 4 weeks and counting before the Fargo Marathon!
All in all, I put in 26 miles the week after the marathon - not bad!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
I think that I can rearrange my schedule to a certain extent to be able to get in my stories, but I am afraid that unless I become a complete hermit, some sacrifices will have to be made. I may have to trim my TV watching even further! This move across the country is not starting on the right foot.
Friday, April 10, 2009
4/7: 4 Miles. 1/2 mile walking at 20:00 pace and 3.5 miles running at 9:00pace
4/8: 5 Miles. 8:36 pace
4/8: 5 Miles. 8:16 pace
Tuesday: Wee doggies. My bedonkedonk was still on FIRE. I tried to look up some ‘post marathon recovery’ schedules online, but it seemed like most of them just said something to the effect of: “DO NOT RUN THE WEEK AFTER A MARATHON YOU IDIOT!”. Soooo, since that advice was dumb, :) I dug even deeper and found that a lot of them suggested that if you were stupid enough to keep plugging away, you should mostly just walk. So, I walked for 10 minutes on the treadmill, decided that I couldn’t take it anymore and sped up the treadmill for a 9:00 pace jog. Now, I’m not saying that I’m the brightest bulb, but it did help limber me up. The only downside is that because my glutes were so trashed, my ass was all jiggly while I ran. Has that ever happened to anyone else??
Wednesday: Today’s run was outside. I couldn’t do another run on the hotel treadmill. Overall it was good to get out in the fresh air. I could start to feel myself coming back from the race and start to regain some of my running form. I held a pretty good / relaxed pace throughout the entire run and only felt some minor discomfort in my ankle and some minor jiggles in my ass.
Thursday: Ok, I didn’t do exactly what I was supposed to do with this run. This is supposed to be a cool down week. You know, rest my body before another 20 miler next weekend. But, for some reason, I wanted to see if I could actually hit 8:00 pace with really tired legs. Was I risking injury? Yes. Was I not letting my body rest like I should have been? Yes. Was I able to hold the pace for the last two miles? Yes…Basically….sort of. My splits were 8:31, 8:07, 8:31, 8:11, and 8:00. With a little warm up mile and a mile with a huge hill in there, I was basically able to hold steady right where I wanted to be. Score 1 for me.
On a side note, last week with my marathon I set a PR for distance in one week. I ran a total of 44.2 miles (in 4 running periods).
Thursday, April 9, 2009
I LOVE Scott Adams. If he were a girl, I think that it would be a little unhealthy..... Or, is it even more unhealthy because he is a guy? Don't judge me because of my man crush.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I will admit that I am too nostalgic of a person. I like to collect random crap because it reminds me of a particular person, place, or event. You however, are too expensive to collect so I had to let you go. It wasn’t you, it was me. I needed to take my life in a new direction. I am sure that your new owners will take good care of you. I didn’t use ALL of your space anyway. No kids. No pets. So, it is really better for the both of us.
I had a lot of good times living in Kansas City. I’ll miss living here. I owned my first home here and really took a sense of pride in having such an important responsibility. I had a blast getting you ready to move into, finishing off my basement – and even some of the little things…mowing the lawn and trimming the trees. For some reason I can’t help but feel like I am taking a step backwards in the progression of life. I am moving back into a (corporate) apartment, I am forwarding my mail to my (wives) parent’s house, and I am getting rid of my grill (nooooooooo). I suppose that I could look at this as one of those ‘one step forward, two steps back’ type of deals. Take one for the team to get ahead. Still, I can’t help but feel a bit sad to see you go.
I will admit that breaking up hasn’t been easy. Packing has been a PAIN. Luckily, my wife has been responsible for the at home logistics (packing, cleaning for showings, etc) while I have been responsible for the paperwork logistics (finalizing the offers, working with the realtor, closing off utilities, changing mailing addresses, etc).*** Still, you haven’t made it easy. It has been very stressful to try to get everything completed. It was certainly harder because I am traveling, but mostly I think that it was your fault.
However, I think that it is all for the best. I’m going to be moving to a great climate – and my new house is going to have a pool come hell or high water. (Since it is Phoenix, my money is on the hell part – not too many floods there.) We’ll meet tons of fun new, likely very tanned, people and I am sure that there will be lots of fun house projects for me to take on. If not, I guess I can always sit by the pool!
Thanks again house,
***I’m a project manager, bite me. :)
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
- Is it just me, or is that new Zack Efron movie, 17 Again, a TOTAL rip off of the movie Big? I swear to god, if there is a Zoltron machine somewhere in there, I’m going to scream.
- Is it bad that I sorta want to see it though? I mean, Efron is annoying, but I realllly liked the movie Big. Shit, did I just lose another man card? I don’t even care, Zack is sooo dreamy. :)
- Things on the moving front have been fast and furiously coming to a close. I’ll post more details on that later in the week, but I can’t help but admit that I’m really bummed out that I will only be spending a few more days in MY home. I’m sure that some of it is the stress of moving, but I can’t help but feel a bit depressed at it all.
- I think that I need a vacation or something. I’m going to the Caribbean in June, but am really looking forward to hanging out in Austin over memorial day. I think that I’m going to be a day late than everyone else which means that instead of going out downtown, I’ll get to hang out on Lake Travis most of the time. That is just fine with me. I’ve always been more of a water balloon fight kind of a guy than a clubin’ kind of a guy anyway.
- Ok, one running tidbit… I am used to being sore after a super long run, but I am always surprised at WHERE I am sore. This time it is in my….bedonkedonk. You know, the junk in my trunk? For those of you that are unfamiliar with the term, I have enlisted my buddy Kim Kardashian to help point out where the pain is. Kim is totally my new Paris Hilton.
Monday, April 6, 2009
A picture of my gear, my pace band (note the frowns), and me rocking the start with my dad's business' sweatshirt on.
The race started off quite well. That is probably because of the MASSIVE downhill at mile two. At one point the hill was steep enough that I had to stutter step down it – I couldn’t make my gait long enough! At the 8ish mile point, the half marathoners and their crazy fast pace peeled off and the marathoners were on our own. So, I went from having a pretty fair number of people around to almost nobody…. Just like a training run! Also, just like a training run, I ate powergel every 6.5 miles and I wore my water belt. I am really glad I wore my water belt because I couldn’t figure out the spacing of the aid stations. So, all that I had to do was fill up around mile 23 and I was just fine!
These miles, like during most marathons, went off without too much to say about them. I was hitting my 3:40 splits, and actually was about 90 seconds ahead of time because of the hills on mile 2. I will say that the minimal hill work that I have done on some of my longer runs really paid off. I was able to keep pace (for the most part) up the hills and speed up a touch on the downhills.
There were 3 separate out and backs which made the course a little ‘interesting’. I’m not sure if I liked them or if I didn’t. They did let my wife see me a few times without moving where she was. She just had to park at the main point where they all met in the middle and hang tight until I was able to run past.
The last thing that was different about these miles (as well as the rest of the race really) was that they were on paved trails. It was actually a little fun. They really reminded me of a trail behind my house which probably put me a bit at ease.
A picture of me running away:
These miles went by as follows: Good, good, blah, blah, SUCK, HILLS. I am pretty sure Boston’s little wussy heartbreak hill’s got nothing on this little ditty... Meh, maybe it does - who knows
One of the smallish hills at the end of mile 26:
So, I still don’t know my official time. At the awards ceremony where I received my tote for finishing first in my age category, they said that I had 3:44:XX (I can’t remember the seconds that they said). If I had one gripe with the race it is that it wasn’t chip timed. The race was SUPER cheap at $55, so I honestly would be willing to pay an extra $10 to get a more ‘instant’ time. I’m sure that the people who had to figure out all of the times would have appreciated that as well!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
I finished ~28 / 130 and I placed FIRST in my age category. Go me! I got a cool gym bag for my efforts.
I'll have a full review of the course, the hills, the wind, and everything else tomorrow. Happy Palm Sunday all!
Friday, April 3, 2009
Girl: (on cell) "I just can't take any more stupid sports. It's twenty four seven with you! If ESPN is on when I get home, I'm leaving. No you shouldn't pack my things, you jerk!"
- Water Tower Place
Woman to coworker playing hangman: Your little man isn't doing so well.
Man: That's what she said!
Pilot over intercom after rough landing: Whooaa, Nessie! (makes galloping sound) Easy, girl! (makes baaing sound) Whoops, wrong animal.
Female cube neighbor, whispering into cell: Jeff*, I woke up this morning with a naked gay man in my bed, and it wasn't you. I'm highly disturbed. Call me immediately.
Four-year-old boy: Daddy! I wanna get hammered!
(mom pulls out a toy rubber hammer, sighing)
Dad, to everyone around: Shhhhh, nobody heard that! If you did, little forgetfulness fairies will fly into your mind!
Airport - Phoenix, Arizona
Guy #1: "Spring break in T minus 5. Hell yeah!"
Guy #2: "Who cares? We aren't going anywhere and we have to work."
Guy #1: "But just IMAGINE we were staring at chicks and getting laid. Makes spring break all that much better."
Guy #2: "Yeah. Because picturing Amy at the front desk naked definitely makes me want to party. I'd rather see the Bears O-line naked."
- Lincoln Park
Flight attendant: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, welcome aboard flight 1751 to Raleigh-Durham. My name is John and I am your head flight attendant today. I will be assisted by my lovely fiancee Sarah and my ex-wife Jill. It may be a little awkward but we hope you have a pleasant flight.
Runway Atlanta, Georgia
Peon #1: So, I finally got my new car--it's a Scion.
Peon #2: Oh yeah, dude, you like?
Peon #1: Yeah, it's sweet. It's a standard.
Peon #2: Why?
Peon #1: Well, my brother only has one arm, so this way he can't borrow my car.
West Street Boston, Massachusetts
Seven-year-old girl: Daddy, do you know what stinks?
Dad: No, what?Seven-year-old girl: Dog farts.
Dad: Let's not talk about that here.
TJ Maxx Ann Arbor, Michigan
IT manager: I wish I worked in HR, they're always either eating cake or firing people.
New York City, New York
Pod dweller #1: So, I might take tomorrow off.
Pod dweller #2: Nice, what're you gonna do?
Pod dweller #1: Nothin, going to the gym and stuff...I'll probably come in to work.
Pod dweller #2: That's the shittiest day off I ever heard.
Little boy, grabbing his crotch and jumping up and down: Gotcha! Gotcha! Gotcha!
Pilot to passengers: Everyone, please make sure your seatbelts are fastened. I'm gonna fly this plane like I stole it.
Flight from Nashville, Tennessee
Customer: Excuse me, where is your non-fiction section?
Salesgirl: What type of non-fiction are you looking for?
Customer: Harry Potter.Bookstore
Female coworker, after cutting in line to get her lunch: What happened to "ladies first"?
Male coworker: The womens' rights movement.
Potrero Hill San Francisco, California
Thursday, April 2, 2009
4/1: 10 miles, 8:18 pace
4/2: Rain delay. 0 miles
Tuesday: Today’s run was actually in the afternoon. I use the hotel alarm clock and unfortunately it was set to PM when it needed to be set to AM. Fortunately, I only overslept 30 minutes, but that was just enough to not get in my runs. So, in the afternoon, I started out. I had a bit of stiffness in my knee but it settled out almost immediately and I was able to get in some really good miles. I pushed the pace a bit towards the end because I had so much energy from not running much over the weekend. I probably went a BIT too fast with the Hogeye marathon coming up this weekend, but whatcha gonna do?
Wednesday: This was a great run. I think that I am safe to say that my knee is completely healed. Yay! I still have a bit of a tweak in my opposite ankle (probably due to some compensation for my knee) but nothing that has ever slowed me down. So, this run was really good. It was 65 degrees, no wind, a bit overcast – basically perfect running weather. I did a few things today that I think that I am going to incorporate going forward.
- I super hydrated before hand. Now, this did mean that I had to pee behind a strip mall (sorry random furniture store!) around mile 5.5, but it was totally worth it.
- I really focused on running faster downhill to compensate for my slower pace uphill (not sure why I haven’t been doing this before). It doesn’t make me any more tired and it enables me to grab 20 or so seconds here and there.
- I didn’t wear my headphones because of a dead battery. It really allowed me to focus on what I was doing vs bopping along singing w/ my tunes.
- I ran with some shot-blocks. While they were a pain in the ass to eat while gasping for air, I think that overall they really helped my energy levels.
This is basically the pace that I want to run the Hogeye marathon this weekend. A bit slower than full MP, but still faster than my long run pace. If it is as nice as it was today, I know that I could have held it for 15 miles, probably through 18. Unfortunately, I can’t predict much further out than that. Fingers crossed that it goes well!
Thursday: Stupid rain didn’t let me run today (and I didn’t want to risk tweaking anything on the busted up hotel treadmill). I was only going to do 2 miles anyway, so no huge loss here.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
What has this world come to when someone who is as much of a stud muffin as Vince needs to pay for some genital to genital contact? I would have thought that there would have been loads of women (and some guys) throwing themselves at him during his trade show style show. “Oh my goshhhh. Your felt cloth can soak up 2L of coke!? Do me now, Shamwow!!”
Speaking of bad commercials, what is up with Gieco lately? I used to love the caveman series of commercials. For that matter, the little lizard guy wasn’t that bad either – I liked his accent.
But WTF is the deal with this money making googly eyes at me? The money I could be saving with Gieco? I’m no marketing expert, but I imagine that it was getting late and the commercial writters didn’t have any good ideas. So, they dug into the marketing goody bag, found some googly eyes, slapped them on some money and called it good. Actually, now that I think about it I think I should have been in marketing. I could come up with a million shitty ideas like that a week! I’d be a millionaire!