Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Intervals with Adam

An irregular series of posts that focus on whatever is rolling around in my head – usually a bunch of bullets on what is or is not making me ‘regular’
Normally, I don’t think much while I am running. I kind of like it that way. A few hours a day to space off and think about. . . .boobs nothing. Today however, during my 15 mile run, I thought about a lot of things. For some reason though, I kept thinking about The Rock and Roll Savannah marathon and the Boston marathon. I have lots of naked pictures “can I qualify?” questions rolling around in my head. Believe me, if there is one thing to get you running faster, it is to think about how you have to run 26 miles at a 7:04 pace. My normal 8:00 miles became 7:00 miles before I could say ‘Bean Town’.

This past weekend I went on a hot air balloon ride – the present from my wife for turning 30. To answer the questions that I know you have in your head: Yes I spit off of the side, no I did not get naked, yes the balloon driver said people have gotten naked before, no I still am not convinced on whether to call him a “driver” or a “pilot”, and yes I did use it as an excuse to drink mimosas before 9am. More pictures to come shortly!

Having a child is terrifying. My son is attempting to stand up / walk but often times forgets that he really doesn’t know how. All day long he’ll prop himself up on things, let go, and come crashing down to the ground. Fortunately, he’s finally learned that falling backwards on his butt is much better than forwards on his face. The only issue is that I still don’t quite trust him so I am always within 4 feet of him at all times. Little guy has me wrapped around his finger already.



Finally, do you want to know the best part about running 15 miles on a Tuesday? Telling people that you ran 15 miles on a Tuesday. I think my neighbor about shat himself.  Let's be honest, that's the real reason I'm a runner.



21 comments:

Charles Baisden said...

Adam - please advise your neighbor to get that condition checked. Shat is no joke.

Running Through Phoenix said...

BQ is your destiny Luke!

Michelle said...

He would be a pilot, but I can see the driver likeness - LOL! I saw a balloon on my run Sun - sometime around 6:30 out south - was it you? It was the only one up that I saw. Did you love how quiet it was????

Jamoosh said...

Oh look, he's going to grow up to be the dishwasher at a cheap steak house that uses paper plates.

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

Um, I feel like a jerk telling you this, but please get baby boy away from the DW. Suppose he pulled the rack out a little, then lost balance and fell? A metal spoke could go in his eye and into his brain and he could die. This happened to a friend's child and I am therefor paranoid about babies and DW's.
Sorry for the obnox parenting tip.

Forward Foot Strides said...

I have always wanted to ride in a hot air balloon...

Gracie, I'm so sorry to hear about your friend's child.

Allen said...

I LOVE your blog, man! You have me rolling with your strikethroughs...LOL. Im just starting c25k after being an overweight diabetic couch potato for the past 25 years. Just did W3D1 today and ma LOVING running so far...as hard as it is!

You keep writing this blog and Ill keep reading it!

Alisa said...

Wait a second... there needs to be an excuse to drink before 9? Since when? If I make beer pancakes for breakfast, does that count as drinking before 9?

Just remember, even if that boy has you wrapped around his fingers, you have a blog about his upbringing and diaper pictures to show him when he hits the right age.

Kate said...

I love the way people look at me when I tell them what I did over the weekend. 8 miles is the most I've managed on a work day, though, so kudos to you.

And moving from 8 min miles to 7 min miles is pretty darn amazing.

You think having a child is terrifying, just wait til your 18 year old is moving out and his only mode of transportation is going to be a moped which he's never really driven. Ugh.

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

Thanks for being cool. If I were a parent I'd hate it if non-parents gave me advice. But in my defense I have seven brothers so I have SOME background :)

Brian said...

Dude -- you're goin' to Boston!

I enjoyed your comment about telling people you ran 15 miles is the best part of running 15 miles. I try not to brag too much about running (and I shouldn't -- I'm probably content as a mediocre marathoner who will never work hard enough for a BQ), but I admit I do get a kick when people are too impressed by it.

My favorite reaction ever was when I went on a run while on a business trip in Illinois.

I got back and the guy and girl at the front desk staff asked how far I ran, and then just completely were awed by 8 miles. They went on and on about it "8 MILES!! THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE? HOW FAR IS THAT? (dude, it's 8 miles. That's what "8 miles" means.)" I chatted with them for about 5 minutes and they were still going on about it after I walked away.

If I'm ever in Schaumburg, IL again, I will stay at the Overly Impressed Hotel again. (Ok, it was the Doubletree and it was very nice.)

Jo said...

I may not have ran 15 miles today but I did eat a slice and a half of ice cream cake at 8:30 in an effort to make room in the freezer for my frozen lunch at work. My co-workers looked at me like "how can you do that and still be thin - we kind of hate you because of that". THAT is why I run!

Wym said...

I grew up in Savannah. I want to run the RnR so bad!

Her Name Is Rio said...

what a mile pace drop! NICE!

Old She dragon said...

Babies are a bit like cats,they see a thing to land on or pull up with and not the hazard.Still that was the point you were making .
Not sure I can really believe the Balloonists claim about getting naked, doesn't it get quite breezy up there?

GeorgiaSnail said...

R&R Savannah sold out yesterday...2+ months before the race...It's gonna be awesome, I've been looking forward to this race all year!

Jeff said...

I don't normally comment here, so forgive the long comment and obviously I won't care whether there is a response or not, but your focus on Boston has me thinking about something that I may confront soon (also I figured there are far creepier things than a longtime reader randomly posting on your blog - for example, responding via snail mail with the same comment on a handwritten note).
Here's my issue: I qualified for Boston by over 5 minutes last year, but I don't want to run it in April 2012. However, when registering for April 2013, my time would still qualify me, but I would not longer get to register "early" in the window of time for people w/ 5+ minutes of cushion (because of the new time requirements). For a variety of reasons, many people I talk to about running think Boston will fill with people who have 5 minutes of cushion or that there will be so few spots relative to the demand for people in the general qualifying pool, that it will make last year's registration look downright easy. The issue I have is whether I run it next year despite being terrible for my personal schedule, chance it the following year when I will have much less favorable terms for registration, or just hope hope hope that I can get to a sub-3 marathon and registration will become a reality again some time in the future. In your case, what I'm wondering is, if you finally qualify for Boston, but registration becomes downright impossible for "general" qualifiers, how disappointed will you be, or will you be motivated to bust your ass to take 5 more minutes off?
Btw- I mean absolutely no disrespect in my terminology of "general" qualifier vs 5+ minute cushion qualifiers. I'm just trying to refer to the practical reality that BAA has made it easier for one group to register relative to the other.

Tara said...

Kudos to your wife for picking out a super awesome birthday gift! I would LOVE to do a hot air ride one day.

Nobel4Lit said...

Good job on the mileage! I ran that on Saturday and nearly puked, which is almost as bad as shatting.

kilax said...

One time I ran 15 miles on a Thursday morning before work and I loved telling people ;)

I can't wait to hear about the hot air balloon ride! I have always wanted to go on one!

The Banter said...

Strike-outs non-withstanding... I think that this blog really does need more boobs (including the author).