Sunday, October 19, 2014
Some days you wake up to nothing having gone right in the past 12 hours. My day was supposed to be two great races with a half-marathon in the morning and a 5k for dinner. It was scheduled for me to be out of work by 10:30 PM (Friday night), so I could get some rest for my big day. Just didn't work out. Midnight hit and I'm still working hard, and my Friday was almost 20,000 steps. Finally get home, get my stuff ready, and crawl into bed.
2 AM. Sleep 3.5 hours. Time to travel.
Race time at 9AM. There is 13.1 miles ahead of me, 38 degrees F, and a rainy NE wind coming in. What a miserable experience. Most of this run is on packed sand/grit/stone country roads in the wide open. Tried to do well, tried to push, tried to keep it going. The long stretch of the race (mile 8 to 12) was an up hill climb directly into a 20-30 mph gusty wind. Not doing well from the lack of sleep, and the excess of work yesterday.
Perspective- I'm here running farther and faster than 99% of any one else in this country. I not supposed to feel bouncy and happy. I have friends and loved ones (I hope) thinking good thoughts for me right now. And in my head is this woman saying- "Really, is that your Pace?"
Result- 1:50.13 time. My best race this year. Is this a great time- no. Is it a great time for what I want- no. Is it a good time with a bad foot, overworked psoas, lack of sleep, and bad conditions- YES.
Back at home I'm feeling pretty bad. Body aches, hungry, just want to not hurt from running anymore. BTW- running tired = bad form= pain.
Perspective- I have another run to do! Have to get ready! Ice feet and knees, elevate legs, and get some rest. And eat these veggie stuffed squash boats.
Results- Feeling good and ready to go at 4:30PM.
At the race. Take off and feeling good. Really pushing on this one.
Perspective- it will be less than 30 minutes of my life. GO AT IT!
Results- The town I'm running in is nothing but hills. The only flat ground is the parking lot (not exaggerating here) I finish with a time of 22:35.863. Doesn't seem great, but this place was VERY TOUGH. I win my age group, win the masters division, and finish 12th overall. Now here is the swag/winnings. Shirt (got second for wife- $5), a four person all day pass to an indoor waterpark from a raffle I spent $2 on, finisher medal, LED head lamp (age group award), tech running socks (entry gift for morning race), and a finishers coffee mug (first race).
Perspective- make myself a wonderful dinner of 3 veggie fajitas with a beautiful 9 oz. streak. Drop it all on the floor.
scoop it up, put it on the plate, and I guess dinner might be a little gritty tonight.
Results- at 10:19 PM after two races, and only eating steak about 3 times per year. That was the most glorious dinner ever.
There was a lot of potential for negative thoughts today, but I kept it all in perspective.
Could have cashed it all in and not tried, but I kept up the perseverance.
I'm going to bed now- fulfilled with myself.
PS- Tina- Thank you for the perspective.
Julia- Thank you for the perseverance.
Monday, October 13, 2014
In light of all my family difficulties- daughter into crisis again, son's ADHD medicine having another cascade failure, and my wife (not going into this). I've decided on my own therapist too. His name is Mr. Salomon, and here is his picture.
Then I decided it was time for a therapy session. So I went back to my last race, a trail half marathon. Ran about 14 miles and took some photos too. The only drawback was the 90 minutes of rain which wiped out most of the best scenery, but I managed a few.
The stretching table.
Start of the run
River view, I'm going to use those stairs
A water pipe to protect from trail washout
Nice covered bridge, it made the center intersection of a figure 8 in the trails
Now a few random shots
Now came the rain, and I couldn't get the shots of the deep woods, super skinny trails, or the VERY rough ups and downs.
At the end it was time to cool off my feet and joints. Remember those steps going into the river
Now I'm in the river. Water is over my knees and feels wonderful
One last water shot on the way out
Amazing what a little nature and a lot of exercise can do for the soul.
Sunday, October 05, 2014
As a bar/server employee you might think I have lots of friends. This could not be farther from the truth. I could have 1000 drinking buddies, but conversations are almost all limited to 2 minutes or less. When everyone is out with friends, or home with their families, I'm am work again. Then off exercising by myself.
Then along comes someone like Julia. Somehow we connect over Sparkpeople, and something happens that has never happened before. She comes by and visits me. And now we run together. These are actually spirit runs- as in- we live hundreds of miles apart and run together in spirit. She was off to do the Army half marathon in Canada, and I went to the Bay City, MI state recreation area. My run took me by Saginaw Bay, a lagoon, woods, beach, dried up wetland, an old marsh, and back into the woods. These photos were taken today, 14 days after the actual run. Here they are---
coming up to Saginaw Bay
turning onto the trail
looking back into the lagoon
not going in here, check my "Another Day" blog
same lagoon, other side
that's where I'm headed, will have a shot from small wood structure near the left side
hitting the pavement, looking at the Jennison Nature Center bird watching area
I'm there in the wooden structure
farther along, and into the marsh land same view, another look
the entire reason I did this route
view from the tower, didn't climb it on run day back to the trail
another tower, built identical to the first
sun is changing angles and colors
more dirt, trail, and trees
end of the trail, near the parking lot, you can have a picnic now.
I turn around, and run all the way back. My run took me 1:53 and encompassed 13.85 miles. This puts Julia and I at the same pace, almost step for step. Just running in two different countries. Hope everyone enjoyed the run, will do another one soon.
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
I could start off with all my difficulties in life, but does anyone really want to hear it.
No?- that's what I thought.
But a few said yes; so here is a list. Wife, kids, car, job, pets, job again, weight, sore feet, I'm tired, food, and those annoying phone calls. There's my list.
Work Situation. I quit my job, and I'm moving back to the Steinhaus (a really cool place). You know that saying- "The grass is always greener on the other side of the hill" Here's my saying "Buy a bigger lawnmower, you've got a lot of grass to cut". The good news is that I will be moving back to 10 - 12 thousand dollars more per year. Enough on that.
Home Life- Kids are adjusting and enjoying their new school. Wife and I seem to have found a little balance with each other. I actually went into one of her therapy sessions today. That makes one wife and both kids in therapy. Which makes me either the cause or the sponge in the middle. Pick one. :-)
Exercise- holding my own. Not all bodies are made the same, and some (mine) are not made for what I'm doing to it.
Diet- Doing very well. No sweets, sugar, ice cream, or junk food period. The closest I've come to over indulgence is peanut butter with rice crackers, or yogurt covered raisins. These splurges were the results of high output days. One was 10+ miles running and 12+ miles hiking, the other was long work, biking, and a double circuit workout.
Last- In case you have ever wondered what Munger, MI was like I took some pics. None of these are from in town, so you will not see the Post office, mini-mart, bar, church, or 17 houses. Her is where I get to ride my bike and/or walk every day.
That is about it windmills, tractors, and fields.
Have a wonderful day, Konrad
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