Thursday, August 30, 2007

close to back to a routine

Had a good 4 mile run last night and kept the pace under 10 minutes. I was feeling a little tight in the calf mucles so I decided to take it easy and just keep running. I finished the run and was soaked to the core with sweat. I had a bottle of water with me on the run and finished it before I went inside. Had another bottle of water while strecthing and then took a bath with the big guy. I am looking forward to tomorrow as I am off for the next 6 days and going to Sea World for 3 of the days. I haven't been to Sea World in Orlando in almost 15 years and wanted to get a job with them after the Coast Guard. The big guy will have a blast and will make up for the 8 hour drive with my in-laws in the car. I have a good friend and his wife as well as 2 brothers in Orlando that I get to see so should be a great weekend. I am planning on a 6 mile trail run tomorrow and hope to not be hurting for it.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Thank you

Another good base run last night and I am very grateful for not only the ability to run but also the great conditions during the run. It was humid and hot but not the agonizing scorcher we have in the south. I was thinking during the last mile just how awesome I was feeling and how thankful I am to be running. God is amazing and I am very lucky and thankful to be alive. Thank you all.

Monday, August 27, 2007

weekend run and workout

I did a 3 mile good run on saturday morning and the last .25 mile was tuff as the sun came out full force. I stayed in the 10 minute pace and was enjoying being out in the morning air while listening to my mp3 player. I did a cross training day yesterday and worked out with my weights after painting another hallway. I got a ton of small things done around the house as I was all by myself.

I went to a guy only bar-b-que at one of my bosses house on saturday afternoon and we all grilled a sampling of our grilling abilities. I did buffalo wings and they were ok, but the others had some amazing eats with the ribs and tequila lime chicken winning hands down. Was a great day with fun had by all. I am looking forward to my runs this week and am going to try to pick it up to 3 days, monday, wednesday, and friday. We are headed to Sea World on saturday with my inlaws and we should have a good time.

Have a good week!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

On the road again

Went for a nice 3 mile run and I enjoyed every second of it. I didn't go fast and I didn't go far. I even walked some of the run. But I was so happy to believe alive and able to enjoy everything including the heat. I couldn't find my watch so I don't have a clue what my splits and I don't care either. I could tell that I have alot of rust in my legs that will take some time to work out and I am still happy!
Before I went for my run I wrestled with the big guy for a couple of minutes and he said "no wrestling after running cause you stink too bad!" The night before he wanted me to take a bath with him cause we were playing around and he wanted to play some more in the tub. He chased me around his room and bathroom saying he wanted to smell my feet. "Stinky daddy, get in the tub!" I think the wifey has been feeding his mind cause he blames all the smells in the house on me.
We finally got some rain last night even though the first 10 minutes were very nasty and someones trash can is against my fence. It has rained since 7/28 and all of the grass and trees are burnt and dead. Isn't it interesting how the southeast is in a very bad drought and 3 states over is having the worst flooding. Mother nature is so confused and extremely forceful. I will always respect all that mother nature has to offer and don't take anything for granted. I have been in all that she has to offer and barely escaped a couple of her major offerings. I was in the 50' seas during the perfect storm saving boats and sailors, was in at least 30 hurricanes and both Andrew and Hugo and surfed Gilbert. I was stuck on a mountain for 3 days during a blizzard and hid in a closet during a tornado. I love all of it and thank the lord I was one of the lucky ones to make it through. I pray for all those suffering cause of her though.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Thank you Miles

I have been amazed and always enjoyed reading Miles Levins thoughts and the way he was able to express his thoughts and beliefs for all to read on his blog. Thank you for expressing your feelings, thoughts, and courage for all of us to admire and grow on. I will try in my daily life to be half the man you were. Rest in Peace.

Good to go

Got the test results from all my heart test and doc says all is good and I can continue with my exercise and activities. Was planning on doing a calebration run saturday morning but woke up late which I never do. The little guy was over the in-laws and I slept in. I don't know the last time I did that. I had a full schedule the rest of the day and didn't eat any lunch friday and saturday to fuel a welcome back run. Sunday was slammed with moving my brother into his college dorm and then the family all went to race go-carts. We let the little guy drive his own little go-cart and he lasted 15 feet, ran right into the guard rail and smashed his face into the steering wheel padding and bit his lip. He has a motorized jeep at home and does good driving that but I am right next to him so he has a good safety net. Not at this place. We then went on the big track and he rode as a passenger with me and we beat everyone and he really enjoyed that. It was 100 out so we retreated afterwards inside the outlet mall. We have had the pleasure of my wife's best friend staying with us all weekend and she wanted to go to Carraba's for dinner since she has never been there. I knew at that point that my run for sunday was out of the question also. No problem, I will start back up this week.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

I like inside right now!

I was thinking of sneaking out for a light run but when it is 80 something degrees when you wake up at 5:30, no thank you. I don't believe in complaining but I also don't believe in killing yourself. I am in my 4th week of no running or exercising and I look forward to getting back into it. I did do lots of hiking and enjoyed the time with family so no complaints. I have my follow up next friday with the cardiologists, although I am sure I am good and no need to worry. I have been enjoying all the other bloggers and there adventures (Jason) during my downtime. Good luck to all who are braving the heat and humidity out there, be careful and drink lots of water.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

weekend to remember

Had a great weekend and one that I will remember always. My son and I went up to the mountains to spend time together and with my parents and 2 youngest bros and sis. We were planning on camping out in the yard of the cabin they stay in, but because of lots of rain we stayed inside and still had a great time. It was one of those amazing bonding times that I remember having with my family. We went on a couple of small hikes and we loved it. We spent a couple hours at the indoor pool in town and we didn't stop laughing and playing the whole time in the pool. After the pool we went to a big playground that was really cool with everything there. The weekend was all fun except for 1 minor incident, the big boy fell like 7 feet through a big tire swing they had and landed on his back. He had a couple of scratches on his lower back but he shook it off and was off. We went to church after the playground and he fell asleep instantly in my arms for the whole mass. On the way back to our house on sunday, my family was behind us and they stayed the night. My one brother goes to college here in town so he is staying with us for a month until school starts and my big boy is so happy to have his uncle here.

I had a couple of doctor appointments on monday and everything should be good but I have more test and appointments in the next couple of weeks. I will get back to running in the next week or so and just take it easy for a couple of weeks. I decided to not do the half marathon next month and just get back to a more consistent running regime. I will try to do more shorter runs and build up my fitness core again. I am not in any race or am out to prove anything to anyone and just want to enjoy all that I have around me. I am a very lucky man to have all that I do have and I don't want to take advantage of anything.

Have a great day!