Monday, October 11, 2010

What a weekend!

This weekend, I honestly think that I could have given a Starbucks fueled Richard Simmons a run for his money. I.was.BUSY.

As I think back to the last two days, something very interesting occurs. While I got a lot done, I can’t exactly pin down a particular “theme” to what I was doing the entire time. So, much like Richard Simmons can sweat himself though everything from Abba to Bette Midler, this post is going to be a bit random:

Running:
Last week saw 46 miles topped off by my last 20 miler before the Rock and Roll Denver marathon. What is that you say? The Denver marathon is NEXT weekend? Yeah, I guess I have never been very good at three things: Coloring in the lines, sobriety tests, knowing when screaming “that’s what she said” is not appropriate, and tapering before Marathons. Fortunately though, Rock and Roll Denver will be a training run with a very specific pace plan. This 20 miler shouldn’t mess that up.

The 20 miler itself wasn’t all that bad but I was very very tired. What normally takes me 15 minutes to get out the door took me an hour. This cascaded into a guilt trip from my wife on how we were going to have to skip church because I was late. Run/Life balance – FAIL.

However, during the run I was able to keep a 7:56 pace overall and ran the last 4 miles at my current marathon goal pace of 7:38. Unfortunately, because I was so late the stoplights slowed me down a LOT:


Post Run Meetups:
Since I have been busier than a dog with two peters, I haven’t had a chance to run with some of my local running buddies. Unfortunately, that streak wasn’t broken this weekend. HOWEVER, I did hook up with Jeff and RunningLaur for coffee after they ran 7 and 17 miles respectively. I think that I should be able to count 3 of those miles myself – running via osmosis.

Jeff trying to look mean with both a scowl and a faux hawk hairdo


RunningLaur looking much less menacing


A self portrait of me looking exhausted. Running via osmosis makes me tired


Other stuffs:
Since I am volunteering as a swim spotter for Ironman Arizona (IMAZ) (I sure hope you can swim!!), I wanted to go check on the status of the filling of Tempe Town lake.  As you may remember, a few months back the dam broke and let all of the water out!  The city has been scrambling to get everything fixed and the lake refilled in time for the race.  Unfortunately, there were 3 events (two tri's and a rowboat race I believe) that had to be canceled because of the lack of H2O.  Fortunately, everything is on track to have it filled with 2 weeks to spare before mid November.


Water flowing into the lake – likely directly from toilets and showers


Still lots more water to go. For scale, each of those orange bouys is approx 2-3’


Finally, a weekend wouldn’t be complete without at least a little baby prep. For my wife that involved hanging some shelves while I “helped”:



My wife is officially in her 32 week. Two months to go. Eek!


Of course, I did all sorts of other things this weekend that I’ll talk about later in the week: Foot “surgery”, Tour De Fat, Denver race plans, etc. Stay tuned for other random posts!! See what I did there? Perfected the tease. Richard Simmons, with his chest hair teasing out of his unitard, would be proud.

23 comments:

Jamoosh said...

This week I shall give an extra flush for you and Tempe Town Lake!

C2Iowa said...

Looking forward to post on Denver plans.

run4may said...

Your a busy busy guy. Your wife looks great for 31-32 Weeks.

Whitney said...

Love that you post pictures of your wife's bump! I'm 34 weeks and starting to feel MISERABLE.

Ed said...

Sounds like an exhausting weekend alright. I know what those ones are like... where you're running on fumes only before crashing. Hope your week is easier... get as much sleep as you can. In 2 months, you won't be able to.

BrianFlash said...

Copying the tease, I'll just say you should head over to my blog for the opportunity to win fabulous prizes...

Adrienne said...

Sounds busy but doesn't it feel good to accomplish so much. Running 20 before marathon week? Your an animal. Say HI to Denver for me when you are there!

AM-GoalsfortheWeek said...

that's great you're volunteering for AZ IM. That's a great, great course and race...oh no I didn't do it...the DH did.

you'll have fun there!

and kudos to the wifey and her belly!;-)

Leah B. said...

Good job on your 20 and good luck next weekend!! Can't wait to hear all about it.

Runners Fuel said...

Sometimes busy weekends can be good!

RunningLaur said...

Jeff looks skinny in that photo. I'm sure it's an illusion, but it worked out!
You can osmoss (fake verb) miles from me any time - they'll slow down your average pace though!

Chad said...

When were you at the lake? I was there a LOT on Sunday. I only managed a 9:00 pace. One day I will be able to keep up with you.

Kovas Palubinskas said...

If running by osmosis is real, and I assure you it is, I was exhausted yesterday from all the running I did at CM10? Did you see me win, by the way?

Tricia said...

yeah yeah youre busy busy blah blah blah

now on to the important part,

adorable baby bump :)

Forward Foot Strides said...

It's hard to imagine that lake empty!

I honestly don't know how I would deal if I met Richard Simmons in real life. I know your post wasn't exactly about that, but still, it got me thinking.

Jill said...

Hahah, that Tricia nailed that one :). Looking forward to seeing you (hope you can swing a lunch).

ShutUpandRun said...

Looking forward to meeting the famous and not so boring Adam in Denver!!! Wanna go run 20 miles on Saturday?

Cynthia O'H said...

Your wife looks amazing for 31/32 weeks.
I didn't know you were going to be a swim spotter.
Good pacing on the run. I wouldn't fret about the traffic lights; on race day, you'll run through them.

Chris K said...

Random posts are awesome. I cracked up about 18 times reading this one. Looks like your jersey mojo didn't help your team this weekend. At least you didn't lose to the Raiders. Oh the shame.

Her Name is Rio said...

Now I can't get Richard Simmons off my mind. Thanks, Adam, thanks a lot!

AZ said...

Volunteering for IM = Doing IM in the future???

Julie said...

You are a busy little beaver! OMG...just eight weeks left before you are bringing home a baby!!!!

I have the biggest respect for anyone that can handle running in Denver!! Holy cow! I spent time there when I worked as a flight attendant and I went out on a few runs. I felt like I had an elephant sitting on my chest:) Good luck to you!

kilax said...

Tiffany looks so great!

My coworker is doing IMAZ. I will tell you what he looks like so you can look for him. Ha. Not!