Friday, June 15, 2012

Week in Review! Bullet Style


Whew, what a week!  I’ve been out of town, which recently seems to keep me busier than I’ve ever been, my family is out of town, and I’m taking a bit of a “recovery” week with running.  The result? No free time and no blogging (or twittering!!) **gasp!!**  What follows is what I had planned to be the week’s worth of blog posts condensed into one glorious bullet point post.  Half the words, half the pictures, the same amount of snarky comments. It’s like your birthday, Christmas, and New Years all wrapped into one.  Hopefully it isn’t like all three hangovers wrapped into one......

What seems like eons ago, I posted about how my cardiologist equated being a triathlete as on par with being an Olympic level athlete.  Or, at the very least, he insinuated that triathletes required a similar battery of tests as Olympians and skinny little runners likely didn’t require them.  More than one person questioned if I was either being a bit too sensitive, if I took the words out of context, or possibly misinterpreted what the doctor said.  All totally fair points and likely what I would have thought when I read it on someone else’s blog as well.  Which....is why I didn’t post it the FIRST time he said it.  Turns out, he said the very similar thing during my initial consultation as well as during the readout on my echo two months later.  So, just like George W Bush says: "There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again." So, while I’m sure that I could have misunderstood what he meant the first item I doubt that I would two times in a row.  Either way, I’m just glad he said that I’d basically live.

Earlier this week I wrote a guest post for Runs For Cookies about the darker side of running that seems to pop up on my blog every single day on occasion.  Why does running make us poop?  What is up with all of the snot? Why does running make me itch on my naughty bits? Check it out here, leave a comment about how weird I am, tell your friends!  One thing that Katie did that I never have was put together a side by side picture of my heaviest and likely what is my lightest. Crazy to see the difference.



Regardless of what the calendar says, week’s start on Monday.  The bible says so!  “On the 7th day, he rested. And it was good”.  The 7th day is Sunday! Not Monday.  As such, almost everyone I coach has their week start on Monday.  However, last week for a period of 7 days I ran 88 miles.  The unfortunate part was that this was a Sunday (long run) to a Saturday (second long run).  Monday through Sunday that same week I “only” ran 68 miles.  So, should I count the “week” as a mileage PR or keep my 71 miles as the current PR?  I’m likely going to keep it at 71 even though my body ached like I had ran 88.

About a week ago, my wife asked me what I wanted to do on Father’s Day.  I’m a pretty no frills guy, so I had two simple requests.  First, I wanted to go to the aquarium with my son.  He loves that place.  Second, I want to run another timed mile and have her there to tape me running.  Her response? “While that sounds very weird to me, if that is what you want to do then that is what we’ll do”  So, on Sunday I’ll be attempting to run at 4:59 mile. That is, faster than 12 miles per hour or 75 seconds per 400m. (For the record, a mile is 1609 meters and I will be running the extra 9)  It makes me pee in my pants just a little bit thinking about it.  I’ve done this once before (report here, video here) so of course you can expect to read all about it on Monday!

Like I mentioned before, my wife and son are out of town this week to tend to some family matters where we both grew up in sleepy northwest Iowa.  That means that I’m a bachelor on a Friday night!  Of course, I’m a lame 30 year old bachelor who plans on running 14 or so miles tomorrow.  So, that likely means some Chipotle, a redbox movie, hookers and blow and maybe just six a couple barley pops.  Well, and maybe going for a swim in my underwear.  I mean, I’m not TOTALLY lame.

11 comments:

Andrew Opala said...

Lame bachelor is still a bachelor!

Luis Fernando Oliveira said...

Had a funny experience today that kinda confirms your doctor story. Went to see the doc at work cause I was feeling kinda of like a mild flu. He was giving me the usual treatment that flu patients receive, a mix of "your f**king kidding me" and "f**k-off" when he saw two band-aids in my nipples (yep, I know).

Long story short, I explained that I run, the band-aid protect my nipples and that I also do tri, having finished an Ironman 3 weeks ago.

That got got him worried. I was asked for no less than EIGHT (he kept on adding then like appetizers) blood exams.

So, do not worry. In his opinion, triathlon is very, very bad for your health.

Sue's Ramblings said...

My week starts Sunday...and no matter how you cut, dice, slice it, I'll never hit your kinda mileages! Hehehehe. Hey life's too short to be spent doing mile maths and running week! I say sit back and enjoy Friday night!

AmberDawn said...

Hey, im pretty new to reading your blog (found you thru runs for cookies). Gotta tell you I laugh till i nearly pee at your posts then i wonder about your mental health lol...keep up the good work!

SlimKatie said...

I think it's a mileage PR! If you ran 88 miles within a 7-day period, then it counts. By the way, that's more than I usually run in a whole month.

And thanks again for the post, it seems to have been a hit :)

pensive pumpkin said...

I found the photos astounding. Wow.

Kelly@sublurbanmama said...

I'm so glad for your blog. I've been totally freaking out. So it's good to know I have until 5105. Thanks for the hope, Keanu.

I've popped over from Katie's blog. As a new-ish runner, I thank you for all the info. I can't wait for the chafe. Awesome.

Jen said...

4:59 mile… holy crap. Can't wait to see the video and hear the report.

Yeah, Andy, I heard about you from Katie's blog too ;-) and also some sock ad or something.

Seriously, I did read your blog post at Katie's -nice guest post.

Nelly said...

I was curious if you got your mile goal on Sunday, congrats!!!! Really looking forward to that report!

Unknown said...

Random question - where in NW Iowa are you from? I grew up in Sioux City

Book Dragon said...

I love reading your blog. I do have a question...you wear your underwear when the family is not home? Isn't your pool private?