Monday, July 19, 2010

Not In Kansas Anymore

This past weekend, my wife and I traveled to northwest Iowa for her 10 year class reunion….and while we were there ate more fried food and consequently spent more time on the toilet than I previously thought humanly possible. I had drug her to both my 5 and 10 year reunions, so I felt obligated to cash in my frequent flier miles and make the trip. It was one of the more memorable trips to date with fires, fast cars, tornados, and even some running.

This trip, for the first time ever, we just borrowed a car from my dad instead of renting one. Little known fact: I’m sort of a closet Hagen Daz binge eater car guy. My dad is less of a closet car guy and is more a full on gear head/Harley guy. This is what we drove the entire weekend:


2010 Camaro SS. Yes, we were totally that couple who rents the Ferrari and drives it to the reunion….while wearing tuxes….while making it rain…drinking Cristal. It was a blast. Turns out Cristal Champagne corks CAN take out an eye! (Who knew!?)**


While the car was fun, the entire weekend I was SUPER nervous that something was going to happen to it. This of course was made all the worse by the tornado spotted at 1am just as things were winding down at the reunion! I quickly decided that even though hanging out in the dark to see the tornado that was 2 miles away would be FUN, we should probably head to my dad’s place where there is a garage and a basement. Was I worried about my wife? Unborn baby? My own health? Naw, mostly about the car. So, 5 miles later (3 minutes, 95 mph pace***) we hunkered down. Everything eventually blew over and all was well.

My wife’s maid of honor and yours truly making everyone else look normal
(taken before th tornado)

While there, I was able to stick to my normal running routine. On Friday, I ran my intervals on the local HS track. Turns out, what I thought was a HUGE track area growing up turned out to be rather small. I guess having a graduating class of 60 doesn’t require an Olympic sized venue:




I ran another set of 12x400 (3 sets of 4) with an average pace of 5:59. I was right where I wanted to be, if not just a squeak fast, again. One thing that I didn’t like is that I fell off pace a bit towards the end, adding 3 and 4 seconds to the last two intervals. Must work on that.

The next day, I ran my long run of 14 miles. It was hot, humid, and I ran out of water around mile 10. However, it was the weekend of the local county fair, so I was able to stop there and snicker at the thought of ‘Rocky Mountain Oysters refill my water bottle. Honestly, the fact that it was so hot was a bit my fault. I didn’t want to run around and around and around the (approximately) 1x2 mile town so I ran on county highways with little shade and less wind. But, it was good training and I held a decent pace (8:21).

Other fun tidbits about my trip to Iowa:
  • A few statistics: Population of the town I grew up near: 600. Population of the town my HS is in: 1900. Number of people in my HS class 60ish. Miles to the closest WalMart: 40.
  • I was in 4-H for 8 years and had the Grand Champion Market Steer two times. Respect.
  • The fire department is all volunteer – including my wife’s grandfather. When I was chatting with RunningLaur**** on the phone outside of the local bar he came RUNNING (literally) out of the bar because he had received a call that the local grain elevator was on fire (a big deal). I am pretty sure that I’d only seen him move that fast INTO the bar, not out of it.
  • Finally, to get just a bit sappy, I am always sad whenever I leave Iowa. As I see the symmetrical grid of corn and beans get smaller and smaller out of the airplane window, I’m flooded with the memories of growing up. Seemingly, you can take the boy out of rural Iowa, but you can’t take rural Iowa out of the boy.

**Actually it was Bud Light cans…for $2 each…at a bar! #SmallTownWin!
***Hooray county roads and cops busy storm spotting
****Totally a business call, my Brooks Green Silences are in!!

22 comments:

Chad said...

I didn't know you were a hayseed. I always suspected, but I didn't KNOW.

Jamoosh said...

Yuk, yuk, yuk...

Leah B. said...

Way to go sticking to your training while on vacation! I'm not very good at that. I'm going on vacation to visit college friends in about a week and you are my inspiration :)

Teamarcia said...

Nice job in the heat!

EZEthan said...

Bitchin' Camero!

kilax said...

I think you should come out of the closet and talk about your loves for cars more. I would enjoy it.

I always have fun when we go back to Iowa too. All the cute things - like the cheap beer you mentioned... okay, cheap everything. And friends and fam! And tornadoes...

Wow. I am impressed by those 14 in the brutal sun. Awesome!

Tricia said...

sweet ride!

Emz said...

Are you two perfect for each other or what?!

No, not you and the Camero.

RunningLaur said...

aw, your nostalgia makes me nostalgic. It's weird to see things be green, isn't it?

Pam said...

Trade you my 'vette for that Camaro.

BTW, a TRUE car person knows it's CamAro, not CamEro.

Just sayin'.

Running Through Phoenix said...

Nice speed repeats. I'm jealous. 5's? Animal!!

Jill said...

I don't get back to Iowa much as my folks are not living anymore and haven't been for ages, so when I go back, I get a little teary-eyes as memories flood the gates. Glad you had a great time!! :)

Angie Bishop said...

I was driving to Marshalltown and Waterloo to do nuun sampling on Saturday and thinking that Iowa really is beautiful! I do love it here :)

64 CLASSIC said...

Adam, I forgot you were from Iowa. I had read that but this jogged my memory.

We have some friends in Iowa. They live in Des Moines. The guy that teaches across the hall from me (their nephew) is from Nebraska but has a bunch of relatives from Iowa. His grandma lives in Waverly.

Our big trips up were for RAGBRAI, the DAM to DAM run in Des Moines, and Bix 7 in Davenport. Oh yeah, and FIELD OF DREAMS in Dyersville.

Anne said...

Laughing by myself at the computer once again :)

Good lookin' Camaro!!

Pam said...

Yes, I most certainly DID enter your CEP giveaway.

So why the suspense? Weren't you supposed to have picked a winner like two days ago???

Get on it, boy!!!

Cynthia O'H said...

The long run alone was impressive but great intervals (1200 in 5:59, right?)
It's tough sticking to training when you're away. Good job.

Chris K said...

Isn't Iowa really into wrestling? I bet you were the bad ass mo fo of you h.s. class. You look like a mean s.o.b. You definitely don't look like a runner.

Glenn Jones said...

Nice wheels! But where is the corn? I hear that Iowa is nothing but flat fields of corn.

Ace said...

If you need some Rocky Mountain Oysters, you can always hit the Montana Testicle Festival, their tag line is, "Come have a ball!"

Colin Hayes said...

Wow, sweet ride! I think I would have spent all weekend driving it around.
I grew up in the midwest myself, and even though I haven't been back there in...jeesh, 29 years...I'm sure I'd get a major flood of nostalgia, too.
Nice job on the running, too!

The Laminator said...

Cool ride! Hey, can I borrow that for my next reunion? =)