Monday, November 8, 2010

Bun in the oven, husband in the icebox

13 miles of bliss
I’ve said before that only half of my 20 mile runs are what I would consider good. Life** gets in the way of my best performance. I grunt and groan more than a hotel pay per view movie and get in the miles, but they are not fun. Not exactly the best mental state to be in just before a key race. Since I believe that 70% of running is mental and the other 50% is physical, during any taper period I really focus on the mental aspect. Happy thoughts, picture the finish, focus on form.

What my 20 miler 19 miler a week ago lacked in performance……..my 13 miler this weekend made up for. It stole the ball from Kobe Bryant, made a 3 pointer from half court and turned around mocking him saying: “hey, why is everyone so hard on Tiger Woods? Didn’t Kobe Bryant do basically the same thing a few years back?” My run was confident AND good.

The stats were rather average (which of course is relative) with 13 miles at 7:54 pace. However, the run seemed effortless. I was constantly creeping towards 7:20s without a thought of increased effort. Those are the runs I live for. That is the reason I run.

I’ve got a fever, and the only prescription is to…turn down the air***
With a due date of Dec 13, my wife is now essentially 9 months pregnant. In fact, if my wife has her way, the doctors would carve that little boy out of her tomorrow like a 5 year old carves a pumpkin. The growing “bump” is uncomfortable, putting a crimp on sleeping, walking, and apparently regulating body temperature.

When she was just barely pregnant, we honestly joked about how horrible it would be to be full term**** during the Phoenix summer. Murphy’s Law: Never mock what you do not understand. Little did we know that regardless of the outside temperature, any 9 month pregnant female wants to be cooler. Good when I get done with a run, bad when I want to go to bed (wearing only my underwear like I always do).

Of course, joking aside I do realize that there is nothing that she can do about it so I do my best to be as supportive as possible. I’ve recently started wearing jeans and have stopped nagging (for the most part) about her fluctuating thermostat tendencies. But honestly, I suppose there are some advantages to the freezer that my house has become. I no longer have to ice my legs after I run and I can leave food out on the counter for ages! Win/win.

** Reality TV, poor hydration, keg-stands, etc
***Or, is it turn UP the air? I never did figure that out
****Look at me dropping pregnancy term knowledge bombs on you! Kaaa-powwww

29 comments:

Jamoosh said...

Perhaps you can make some money off of this pregancy by serving shaved ice out of your living room.

Barefoot Neil Z said...

Hey, so where does the last 15% of running fit in? You said 70% mental. 50% physical... there is 15% missing...

Good luck in the last month. Remember, Rub her feet, and oh yeah, nap in the car in the parking lot at work. Never tell her.

C2Iowa said...

"Since I believe that 70% of running is mental and the other 50%is physical". Adam - I teach all kinds of math here at the college. You will have to help me with this new math! ha ha

I still say that you are one fast father-to-be. "Mother" just didn't seem to fit.

Good luck with meeting all the needs of the household.

Kovas Palubinskas said...

"Full term?" You make it sound like a prison sentence. 18 to life buddy.

Chad said...

Being pregnant when it was 110F was horrible for my wife. We ended up going North many many weekends that summer. Also, movie theaters are freezing cold; you should take her to the movies.

Runners Fuel said...

I hate being cold! Hope your wife is doing well!

Teamarcia said...

Woot for full term! Soon the 'real' fun will begin!

Jess said...

If you weighed 20-30 lbs more and had a 50% increase in blood volume, you'd be "warm" too! Unfortunately, for your wife, these last few weeks don't get any easier in any way. However, the outcome generally makes you forget about all of that discomfort, and afterward, she'll think back and say, "That wasn't so bad!"

Emz said...

agreed. Tiger Woods & Kobe Bryant....both freaking losers.

And kovas's comment. awesome.

Bring on BABY!!

Adrienne said...

I Almost feel bad for you living in an icebox, almost....oh wait? No I don't. Tell wife to hang in there (like she has a choice) it will all be worth it in the end (literally).

P.S. One manwhore's actions (Kobe) does not justify the actions of another manwhore's actions (Tiger).

Ace said...

Wait are you trying to say that your wife is whining a lot? That may be hazardous for your health in the third trimester...

run4may said...

Love those runs... we all strive and hope for those runs. Glad to hear you had a good LR.

Shawn said...

Hi Adam,

I linked to your blog the other day after seeing a comment you made to SUAR about LL. That was funny!

A friend of mine told me that having a child will cost about $100,000 from birth till 18 (+univ if that happens). He also added that it would be the best $100,000 investment you could ever make. Good luck with that...and I hope your wife is a math teacher

and btw, LL, Kobe and Tiger have been treated special most of their lives...so they think the same rules that apply to the rest of us, don't apply to them....I think money rots your brain, but I'd like to try having a few million just to prove it!

Pretend this is real said...

That's funny... "Not having to ice my legs" is the positive spin I use when my uninsulated house in New Orleans is 45 degrees. And those darn reality tv shows & keg-stands so often get in the way of PRs!

Christina said...

You need a counterdown on your blog to THE DAY. You know, like people have the countdown widget to a big race.

Fair Weather Runner said...

um. congratulations on finally wearing pants? it's a big step, i say you are now totally ready for parenthood.

Angie Bee said...

we planned all of my pregnancies so I would be huge in the winter. I was still hot though even in Iowa winter. Hang in there. You will both look back on this time fondly :)

Angie Bee said...

oh yeah, I forgot to add that maybe making some Mai Thais or some other frozen drinks would be fun. She could have virgin ones haha and you could have a hot toddy or something :)

Her Name is Rio said...

Ummm, carving the baby out is probably not the right way to put it. Eww.
Hang in there! Both of you!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

agreed the carving the baby out piece is a little gruesome but otherwise amusing :) haven't been through this yet so I can only imagine, since already I like to keep the therm at like 80 and my husband is sweating to death with that

Whitney said...

Oh, its so nice to not be pregnant and hot all of the time. Tell your wife to hang in there - the end does come!! (sometimes nice and early - like me!)

Nitmos said...

Just keep reminding her that you did the hard part. For example, all of the work is done by the chef who puts the ingredients together...not the oven.

And then prepare to get punched.

Andrew Opala said...

Please excuse Barefoot Neil Z, he's from a challenged province in Canada.

Everyone knows the last 22% is for fat.

jamesd said...

nice post

Julie said...

Very funny! You will have a baby boy before you know it:) You will both look back at this temperature issue/challenge and laugh! Holy cow, you are going to be a daddy in just a few weeks!

One Crazy Penguin said...

Check this out: http://www.denverpost.com/sports/ci_16558468#ixzz14kAj3g9p

Maybe you PR'd by even more!

track coach and adorable wife said...

Men know nothing of the pain and suffering we go through! Pull out some long johns and give her a foot rub!

Adam Culp (Crazy Floridian) said...

You can also enjoy ice cream a bit more as you eat slower when it is not melting too fast. ;)

Anonymous said...

nice post. thanks.