Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Day 50-51 : X-Train It Is

Another couple of eventful days at the office. It seems like that is going to be the norm from this point forward. I just hope I don't fall into that rut of all work and no play. Oh wait, that will never happen!

As far as workouts go, I haven't put in any more running over the past 2 days. I did some lifting and spent 30 minutes on the stationary bike both Monday and Tuesday. I decided to replace a running workout this week due to the increased mileage last week and the upcoming half marathon this weekend. I figured it wouldn't hurt to lay off for a day or two.

One special note today: Miranda Lambert released her new album. I picked it up at lunch from Target and have loved every minute so far. I think it will be a great addition to the music collection and can't wait to catch a live show in the near future. Give it a listen if you get a chance.

Monday, Sept 28th - 35 minutes of Stationary Bike

Tuesday, Sept 29th - 30 minutes of Stationary Bike

Back to the running trails tomorrow!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Days 43-49 : Busy Week

It's been a full week since I have last posted. I can't believe it's been that long actually. I don't know where the time goes sometimes.

Nothing too exciting to report actually. I put a lot of time in at the office this week and got my runs in when I had the time. The weather this week was absolutely phenomenal. It's amazing how much easier it feels to run when its 60s and no wind, compared to 80s-90s and humid with strong south winds. I ran most of my runs fairly fast this week, comparatively, but they didn't feel hard. I think I am well on track and am keeping my fingers crossed that I stay healthy over the next 11 weeks.

The only thing I did other than run and work was a brief trip to Okarche for some Eischen's chicken on Thursday night and then another trip to Stillwater yesterday for some Cowboy football. I pretty much negated all the good eating I did all week with both of those trips, but it was enjoyable and something I can take a break from for a couple of weeks. I am definitely ready for a week off. The BYE week for OSU comes at a great time for the team and the fans. You could definitely tell the 4 straight weekends of home games was taking its toll on the home crowd. The attendance was great last night, but no one was really in the game due to the opponent and lack of interest. Hooray for a week to watch some football on the tube and replenish the bank account for Homecoming weekend! 2 weeks and counting!

Yesterday morning I also got up and ran with the LandRunners group. We started at 6:30 am at Stars and Stripes Park. The turnout was impressive once again. We laced up and headed through Nichols Hills and followed the OKC marathon course for 5 miles where we branched off on NW 50th and headed to Shartel. We turned south on Shartel and made our way towards Crown Heights. I was only running 12 yesterday so I turned around at NW 38th street and made my way back to Lake Hefner. The rest of the group ran 18 miles and ran downtown to the OKC Memorial, looped it, and headed back on the same course. It would have been a great run, but since I am several weeks behind the training group on my schedule, I will have to remember that run for my 18-miler in a few weeks. Another great run, and I am quickly approaching my all-time record distance for running. To this day, my longest run is a half marathon. Next weekend, I will be running the Spirit of Survival Half Marathon to equal my longest distance ever ran. Then, in week 10 of my training program, I will bypass all of my previous bests and steadily climb the hill to 20 miles on Nov 22nd. I can't wait to set these new personal records. It definitely provides the needed motivation to keep moving forward. Week 7 is in the books. I hope week 8 holds the same promise as the last. 11 weeks to go!

Tuesday, Sept 22 - 3.01 miles in 27:30 (8:59 pace)

Wednesday, Sept 23 - 6.01 miles in 55:01 (9:09 pace)

Thursday, Sept 24 - 3.02 miles in 27:37 (9:09 pace)

Saturday, Sept 26 - 12.01 miles in 1:50:10 (9:10 pace)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Days 40-42 : I love Fall

Our weather here in Oklahoma has been very runner friendly the past few weeks. It's been cloudy. It's been cooler. It hasn't been windy! But, best of all, fall is officially here in two days!

Fall is absolutely my favorite time of the year. I love being able to go outside and not sweat profusely. I love wearing shorts with a light jacket in the evenings to stay comfortable. The cool, crisp air makes for great running weather too. Oh how I long for those cool, fall evenings where I can run to my heart's content. I love football in on a cool, fall night as well. I hope we are treated to some great fall weather for homecoming and the Halloween extravaganza versus Texas.

This weekend was another great weekend in Stillwater. Three home games in a row and another one on tap for next weekend. The bye week on Oct 3-4th will be a welcome break, but I won't ever complain about going to an OSU football game. I started off my weekend the right way with a nice, early run on Saturday morning. Week 6 was a step back week so my mileage was fairly easy. It was also my second week in a row of a wet and cool weekend run. I have to admit that I really like the rainy runs. They are quite refreshing. I started my run at the Nichols Hills Plaza about 8:45 am and was starting my run about the same time that the LandRunners were finishing up their run at the same location. I need to be more motivated and join their group runs when I am home for the weekend. It's nice to have some company and it's a great way to meet people. I think I will drag myself out of bed next weekend and join them.

Running through Nichols Hills was really nice for a change of pace. I took a couple of side roads and saw a lot of nice houses that are kind of off the beaten path. I also made mental note of all the houses that were up for sale. I was shocked by the number of homes available, but you have to be in a special income group to be able to afford those houses, so demand is probably pretty limited. It was also void of heavy traffic which was nice for a run off the usual trails system. I did run into a couple of other crazy runners as I made my way through the rain. It's nice to see another smiling face when you are out training because it's a pretty good chance they are training for their next personal achievement as well. We all share that common bond of wanting to push ourselves to the limit. If I pass you out on the road at some point in the future, know that you provide a shot of motivation that pushes me through that next mile.

After my run, I went home and dried off and packed my bags for Stillwater. Tailgating was the next thing on the agenda and we managed to show up about 2 PM to have some food and beer before the game. The weather was the polar opposite of what we had in OKC when I left. It was mid-80s, humid, and sunny in Stillwater. It was definitely a mistake to wear jeans, but we found shade when we could and tried to stay "hydrated". The game was a little ho-hum, but I enjoy evening games because it's usually a better crowd and it's easier to watch under the lights. A win is a win, but that's about all you can say about this weekend's game. One more easy game next weekend, and then we start the conference gauntlet. It could be a very interesting season in Stillwater this year. Our boys definitely don't disappoint in the entertainment category. It's always exciting and stressful to be a Cowboy football fan.

Post-game was pretty low-key by our standards. We checked into our room at the Atherton and made our way to the strip for a few drinks and food. We called it a night pretty early, which was a-ok by me and we surrendered to the big, comfy confines of our Atherton bed. It was a great night of sleep and I am now sold on the fact that I need to get a big down comforter and a memory foam mattress cover. I will be purchasing those very soon!

Another lazy Sunday is in the books now. I didn't get myself out to cross-train today as anticipated, but I did clean up around the casa and got all of my laundry done. I will do some stationary bike tomorrow at the gym and then start the running regimen again on Tuesday. Week 7 here we come!

Saturday, September 19th - 7.02 miles in 1:06:12 (9:25 pace)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Days 38-39 : Living on Tulsa Time

Back in OKC tonight after a short business trip to Tulsa. It was our annual Natural Gas and Energy Association of Oklahoma (NGEAO) sports tournament. This year it was held at the newly completed Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Catoosa. All in all, it was a rather successful trip. I met a lot of people I do business with on a daily basis and managed to make a few new contacts. I also got to hang out with people I work with on a daily basis in a more relaxed, fun atmosphere. It's nice to set aside the work stuff for a day and a half and just have fun.

Wednesday night was the mixer at the sports tournament. It's basically just a reason to drink beer and hang out for a few hours. All the drinks are free and everyone seems to drink about 3x more than they should when the word FREE is attached to alcohol. I went in knowing I was limiting myself to only a few drinks so I had the upper hand on most people there. About 2 or 3 hours into the evening, the liquid courage began to surface and people started dancing and acting like they had drank their weight in beer. It's always an enjoyable time watching the show. You see the less serious side of people and it's kind of refreshing. After a few hours, I was done though. There is only so much you can handle when you are actual sane and sober enough to put a filter on you conversations. I made an escape about 11:15 and was very happy to see my bed around midnight.

Today was a very relaxing day. I started off by waking up on my own about 8:15. I laid around for about 30 minutes or so and got changed into my running clothes. I told myself that I would run 5 miles no matter what happened, and being sober and in bed early was a great idea when the next morning rolled around. I made my way to the hotel's fitness center, although I am not sure it is worthy of the name. It was basically 2 treadmills, a recumbent bike, elliptical machine, and one station of weights. It was also about 80 degrees and humid so I don't think it ever really sees much action. I did manage to find an oscillating fan and placed it in front of my treadmill which helped cool me down during my run. The run was quite enjoyable actually. I hadn't run with my iPod in a while and the music was refreshing. It was a good mix of country, rock, and christian. I didn't push myself today because I wanted to make it through this week healthy. My knees have been hurting a bit lately so I don't want to overdo it with 12 weeks left in the schedule. My goal is to get in my long run Saturday morning and then actually get a cross-training workout in on Sunday. It's been a few weeks since I have been able to do 2 workouts on the weekend and I think that may be contributing to my aches and pains.

After running, I went upstairs and got ready for the rest of the day. Our afternoon plans consisted of grabbing some lunch at the golf clubhouse and then we went to the bowling alley for the bowling tournament. The theme of this year's bowling was "Boot, Scootin', Bowling". We all received colored-straw cowboy hats, a country CD, a bandanna, and a pack of shredded beef jerky. They were nice little party favors and I ended up getting Kenny Chesney's Greatest Hits II which will be a nice addition to my collection. I ended up getting stuck on the end lane which kind of takes away from the fun of the event, but it was still a good time and I met a few new people along the way. After bowling we hit the road and made our way back to OKC. It's good to be home and I was able to catch the first episode of Survivor and The Office tonight! I can't believe the fall premieres have already started. Fall is definitely in the air.

Another big OSU weekend ahead. We are playing Rice at home and it's an evening game. Evening games are always more fun because you have all day to tailgate and enjoy the company of your fellow OSU family members. We also booked a room at the Atherton Hotel on campus. It is my first stay at the hotel and it's a very convenient location for a night of fun and music on the strip. I am definitely looking forward to another exciting weekend in Stillwater.

Off to bed for now. Hope you all have a great Friday.

Wednesday, Sept 16th - 3.0 miles in 27:25 (9:08 pace)

Thursday, Sept 17th - 5.0 miles in 49:30 (9:54 pace)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Days 36-37 : Go Jordan!

Quick update because it's late and I need to get in bed before my early morning run tomorrow. I just finished watching the Big Brother finale and was really excited to see Jordan pull it out. She's that country girl you just fall in love with and she won when she needed it most. Nothing else really going on these past two days. Tomorrow I go off to Tulsa for a natural gas organization sports tournament. Basically it's just an excuse to hang out with some other people in the industry, drink, and play a round of golf or go bowling. It's a nice change of pace and we get to stay at the new Hard Rock hotel in Tulsa. Due to the schedule, I am going to get up and run a quick 3 miles in the morning and then put in 5 miles Thursday at the hotel gym. I am trying to stay on schedule this week and keep myself in line with my weekly mileage totals. My knee is a little bum today so need to watch that and make sure it doesn't get worse. I think it's a case of runner's knee, but we shall see if it gets worse. I bought a patella compression strap and will give it shot and see if it helps. Nothing too serious, just something to watch. Off to bed! Updates soon.

Tuesday, September 15th - 3.0 miles in 28:18 (9:26 pace)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Days 33-35 : Bummer in Stillwater

Week 5 has officially come to a close on the road to the White Rock Marathon. This weekend was yet again action-packed and full of fun. Friday night was my 2nd Sugarland concert in about a month's time. This time it was closer to home and an outdoor event so it was a different experience. Somehow nearly 10,000 people crammed into the OKC Zoo Amphitheater to witness the show. The opening acts were Matt Nathanson and Billy Currington. My only complaint was the set lengths of the opening acts. They were very short and really didn't let you get a feel for their style on stage. I was pleased with both and would like to see them again in their own setting. Sugarland was once again amazing. Jennifer just sounds so pure and talented when she sings. I really enjoy their shows.

Saturday was another game day in Stillwater. This time my mom went with me and we drove up early Saturday morning to enjoy the festivities. The forecast called for a wet and soggy day so we loaded up our ponchos, extra set of clothes, towels, and headed northbound on I-35. Mom and I got to Stillwater about 10:15 am and made our way to the local shops, looking around at everything orange, and enjoyed some lunch at the Student Union. I also picked up a super cool Under Armour OSU backpack that I will use for the gym and any short trips I make for races in the near future. After shopping, we joined up with my OSU-mates, Megan and Brandon, and tailgated for a bit. My mom isn't a drinker, so she just sat around and hung out with all of the rest of us, listening to stories about people she didn't know, and trying to stay somewhat entertained. I behaved myself quite nicely and we meandered over to "The Walk" to cheer on the Pokes as they made their way to the stadium. The crowd was great once again and spirits were high leading up to the game. We made our way to the stadium about 1:45 and watched the pre-game festivities. Much to my dismay, the same couple that sat behind me last year, had renewed their seats as well. These two people are the most negative people I have ever met. They constantly talk negatively about the players and coaches and every time OSU makes a mistake on the field you would think the world is coming to an end. They have no positive, optimistic bones in their body. It is quite sickening listening to them honestly. I am going to make it a point to move my seats next year. I can't take it any more. I thought maybe I was just overreacting about it, but my mom made the same comment after the game. She was like, "I don't know how you sit by them every game." Well mom, next year it won't happen. I will find a new home in BPS. After all the gloom and doom from the people above me, OSU did end up losing the game and it was very disappointing. I expected it to be a good game, but figured we would pull it out. No such luck. Time to regroup and get ready for the next one. The dreams of the BCS Championship are gone, but every other dream and goal is still intact. Regardless of the outcome, I will always show up and wear my orange with pride. Go Pokes!

Today was my long run of the week. I woke up about 8:45 and got out the door about 9:15. I ended up going to Lake Hefner again due to the weather and the ease of running there. I have ran it several times so I know the distance well and I can visualize the run better if I know exactly where I am going. This was my first training run in the rain as well. I have to admit I kind of enjoyed it. I started out my run in a light drizzle and by the time I hit mile 6, the skies opened up for a bit and I was completely soaked from miles 7-10. It was rather refreshing running in the quiet of the rain. There weren't many other people out on the trails and it was still early enough that a lot of people were still in church so the road traffic was minimal. I had a blast running the last few miles. From the Garmin upload, you can definitely tell this as well. My pace increased signficantly when it started raining. I was humming along at a 9:30ish pace for the first six miles and the last 4 were nearly 8:50. I think I might like running in the rain. All in all, it was a great 10-mile run. I am very pleased with my progress and am ready for another week. I can't believe it's already been 5 weeks. Only 13 more to go!

Sunday, September 13th : 10.01 miles in 1:33:39 (9:21 pace)

Here is a pic of my Mom and I at "The Walk"

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Days 30-32 : Allergies Suck

Sorry, it's been a busy past couple of days. I have been fighting the allergy bug and haven't been home much in the evenings.

Allergies are my worst enemy. I used to take allergy shots as a kid to help alleviate some of the symptoms, but I stopped in junior high and started taking prescription meds. Since everything has become OTC, I pop a pill daily to help out. The allergens in OK this time of year are the devil. I have been stopped up and miserable for about 3 days now. I finally think I may be catching a break, but it's supposed to rain the next couple of days so I am sure the pollen will be flying like crazy next week when everything starts growing again. Oh well, do what you can and move on.

I have also been busy with evening plans lately. I had a customer dinner and then did my 5 mile run today after work which always shortens the evenings. I tried the early morning run yesterday due to the scheduling conflict in the evening and I am definitely not a fan. I can't do the 5 AM runs, just to get in 3 miles. I don't stretch well. I don't have enough time to ice. I just feel rushed and I don't enjoy the run. I am going to have to juggle the schedule better when there are work conflicts. Same thing next week. I will be out of town on Wednesday and Thursday so I will need to sneak in a couple of runs on the road or move them around to fit the schedule. It's getting busy in these parts!

Everything else is going really well. Being off Monday kind of threw the whole week off, but I will never complain about a day away from the office. Sugarland, Billy Currington, and Matt Nathanson will be in concert at the OKC Zoo tomorrow night so I am pretty pumped. I really want to see all 3, but Sugarland is obviously the main draw again. I have so much fun at their shows and I can't wait to see an outdoor show. The weather is supposed to be kinda dicey so I hope it holds off until after the show. I wouldn't mind a little rain, but please no torrential downpours!

Two runs the past 2 days. I ran a 3 miler yesterday morning and a 5 miler today after work. I need to get in a 3 miler tomorrow, but with the concert after work I think I will take a break and skip this one. Football game is Saturday afternoon in Stillwater so I will be doing my long run on Sunday. I may run with the LandRunners again. They are running 16 miles out at Lake Overholser. I only need to run 10, so I will peel off from the group a little early, but it's nice to have company. The only drawback is the early start. 6:30 comes really early on a Sunday morning! I am looking forward to another long run though. They are definitely my favorites.

Hope you guys have a good Friday. I will update Saturday night or Sunday.

Wednesday, Sept 9th - 3.11 miles in 29:39 (9:32 pace)

Thursday, Sept 10th - 5.01 miles in 45:59 (9:10 pace)

Monday, September 7, 2009

Days 26-29 : Go Cowboys!!!!

What a great weekend! The highly anticipated trip to Stillwater for the OSU/Georgia game has finally come and gone. It was a great success!

Every trip I make to Stillwater as an adult, makes me really appreciate my time there even more and makes me want to someday find a way to return "home". I can definitely see myself as that old man who shows up to every sporting event regardless of wins/losses, weather, or appeal. I will probably be that guy in about 50 years.

Friday night was a return to the college days with plenty of bad food and way too much beer. Brandon, Megan, and I hit up the Strip and enjoyed the cheap deliciousness that is Stillwater beer. It's amazing how cheap it is to drink there. As an adult, it's bad news because I can actually afford to drink whatever I want and my budget doesn't dictate my BAC. Another oddity of going back as an adult, is that I don't hang out where I used to when I was a student. I never stepped foot into Copper Penny during college, and it has now become our bar of choice. Murphy's is always a safe bet too, but it's too crowded and the lines form way too early. You have to "prepare" to go to Murphy's and we weren't that prepared Friday evening. We did manage to make a trip to the Stonewall too. It's a very eclectic crowd in that joint and it makes for great people watching. I also ran into a foreign exchange student from Finland and chatted for a bit sharing stories about my travels there. He grew up in Helsinki and was shocked to learn of my familiarity with the country and my winter experiences. It was nice to share stories with someone who knew what I was talking about and didn't look at me like I was crazy! Friday night ended with an attempt to eat some Taco Mayo, which I thankfully lost my appetite for very quickly and ended up throwing it in the mini-fridge in our room. My stomach and my running diet thanked me for not throwing more unnecessary calories in the tank.

Saturday morning started off fairly early due to the 2:30 kickoff. We got up and around about 9 and got the ball rolling with some Starbucks and some Chick-Fil-A mini biscuits to cure the pounding head. I can't believe all the bad things I put in my body as I type this blog and recount all the damage I did to all the hard work over the past few weeks! Ha, football does crazy things to me. Especially when we are good! We ended up at the tailgate about 11 and I started it all over again. The sea of orange was a beautiful sight and you could feel the buzz and excitement across the campus. Every patch of grass was filled with someone tailgating and talking football. It was the best football gameday experience I have ever seen at OSU. It was a great site to see and I am glad I was a part of history. We bounced around several tailgates leading up to the game. It was great running into some old friends and continuing to build that relationship with Brandon and Megan. Shared experiences create great friendships. We will always have that bond of being OSU loyalists and the fact that we enjoy each other's company makes it even better. I am glad I found some OSU friends that have the same passion as I do. It's something I was lacking after I left OSU and I have finally filled that void. They have truly become great friends over the past couple of years and I look forward to continue building that bond.

Finally, at 2:10 we went into the stadium to share in the experience with 53,000 strong. It was nice to see a full stadium and hear the excitement of the fans. The hype was there, now we just needed a win. The game started off slow and I know all Poke fans were nervous that we might lay an egg. It was a great relief to break that bagel on the scoreboard before halftime and once we took the lead I was confident we would pull out a victory. The defense played great. The offense did what they needed to do and our special teams showed flashes of brilliance. It was refreshing to feel like we still had room for improvement, even after securing one of the biggest wins in school history. It's a sign that our program and our fans are turning the corner. I expect to win now. I expect for our team to do great things. I expect us to compete for a championship. It's an exciting time to be a Poke fan! I see great things in our near future.

Sunday was my day of recovery. I got back to OKC about 11:30 or so and took it easy all day. My original plan was to do my long run in the evening, but I could tell my body and my mind was not ready for it. Instead, I opted for a Target shopping run and spent time hanging out with Doug all day. I watched a little tennis and a little football and called it a night pretty early.

Today I woke up about 6 AM and had my pre-run breakfast of a bagel and peanut butter. I also picked up the Fuel Belt for the first time and filled my bottles with water and Gatorade Endurance Formula so I could give it a test run before Dallas. I also took a Clif Shot with me for the first time since it is the fuel of choice at the White Rock. I set out to Lake Hefner about 7:15 and began my trek of 9 miles after a very busy weekend. I expected this run to be a little harder than normal, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be once I got going. I did feel a little sluggish and my legs were heavy, but I know I did that to myself with all the beer and bad food. The weather was ok, but not perfect. It was a little too warm and a little too humid by the time I got going, but it wasn't hot so that was fine by me. After about 2 miles into my run, I randomly ran into a friend from college and I think both of us were shocked and excited to see each other. What are the chances? She was in town for the football game and happens to be training for a half marathon in October and was trying to get a run in before heading back to New Orleans tomorrow. She moved off to New Orleans after college and works for the Hornets and I hadn't seen here in years. It was great catching up for a bit and hear that she was doing well. After chatting for a bit, I got back on my way and fought bikers and bugs around the backside of the lake before finally making it back around to my car after a sluggish 9-mile run. It was good to get it over with and start over fresh again this week. This was the weekend I circled on the calendar for fun in Stillwater. I also have a hotel room for 3 other games, but I plan to tone down the drinking and eating as the training gets more intense. It's always good to have fun, but I don't think I can stomach a 20-mile run after 2 days of college football madness in Stillwater!

All in all, a great Labor Day weekend. I am glad to have the extra day off work and look forward to next weekend already! Ha. Football season does that to you for sure! Go Pokes!

Monday, September 7th - 9.01 miles in 1:24:45 (9:24 pace)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Day 25 - Stillwater Bound!

Wow, this week has officially been the slowest week EVER! I can't contain my excitement for opening weekend in Stillwater. My stomach is already in knots and my heart is racing just thinking about the game. Those of you who are not Poke fans, you won't understand. We have a tendency to make every game close. We also find a way to keep things extremely nerve-wracking throughout the game. Watching football tonight on tv makes me even more ready. Only one more day of work and we are Stillwater bound! The Strip better be ready for this train to come to town because we are going to have a blast!

Easy run today. I did a nice jog of 3 miles on the treadmill and called it good. It was nice to go super easy and just let it ride. My running days during the week are becoming a little more enjoyable as my mileage increases a bit. I feel like my runs have a purpose and it makes them a lot easier on the psyche. Nothing on the schedule for tomorrow and Saturday since we have the big game, but I plan on returning to OKC on Sunday to get in a nice, slow 9 mile run to stay on schedule. The 3-day weekend will be welcomed with open arms. Monday will be my rest and recover day.

No blogs for at least 2 days. I will fill you guys in on the weekend in Stillwater when I return. In the meantime, wear something orange tomorrow and tune in to ABC at 2:30 PM CST on Saturday and look for me in the sea of orange! ORANGE POWER! I am pumped!

Thursday, September 3rd - 3.0 miles in 29:30 (9:50 pace)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Day 24 - Lake Hefner

Happy Hump Day! I sure wish that line was "Happy Friday", but I guess this will have to do for now. This week is DRAGGING by, but that was expected. Kickoff to OSU football is less than 3 days away though!

Today I ventured out to Lake Hefner for my first run out there since May. It was a nice change of pace and the weather was nice. Due to the nice weather, the trails were super busy, but I managed to get in a decent 4 mile run and avoided any collisions with the insane bike riders out there. I have to say that the bike people at Lake Hefner are some of the most unfriendly people in the world. I always smile and nod, or smile and wave at people as I run by, but bikers are like machines. No emotion. "Must pedal faster. Destroy runners." I swear that is their mentality sometimes. I got buzzed by a couple of bikers with absolutely no one else on the road at the time. Why wouldn't you go a little farther away from a runner if there was space? I guess I need to put myself in the biker mentality at some point and see why they have this hatred of anything that runs on two feet. I just don't get it.

The runs have been going well lately. I think I will go ahead and do a very easy 3 mile run tomorrow and then take Friday and Saturday off for football weekend. I hope I stay semi-behaved on Saturday because the plan is to run 9 miles on Sunday when I return to OKC. I can't promise anything spectacular after game day in Stillwater though. Go Pokes!

Wednesday, September 2nd = 4.0 miles in 36:56 (9:14 pace)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Day 22 and 23 - US Open and NCAA football

This has to be one of my favorite times of the year. The air is beginning to turn a little cooler, college football season is just around the corner, and I have the pleasure of watching night tennis at the US Open. I absolutely love this time of year. Not to mention, I get a 3-day weekend because of the beautiful Labor Day holiday. Smiles all around in this house!

Good news today. My brother was released from the hospital after having another surgery yesterday afternoon. He had to have some more skin removed and infection drained out of two more areas on his arm. They did some whirlpool treatments to flush out the wound and reassessed today. They said things are beginning to look better and they believe they have removed all of the infected tissue. He has to wear a wound vac for a month which will be pretty annoying, but it sure is a lot better than sitting in a hospital room. Basically the wound vac creates a vacuum seal over the wound and drains the wound constantly. He has a little "man-purse" he has to carry around with him, but he at least can return to a somewhat normal way of life. I am sure he is going to love that first day back at school when everyone sees him for the first time. He is evidently one popular little kid at high school. I know he won me over even more over the past week, so I can imagine he is a pretty cool kid to hang with at school.

On the training front, nothing much has changed this week. I took a rest day yesterday and did my fantasy football draft with my work friends. It was my first live draft and I had a really good time. I did a little better than I thought I would honestly and am pretty pleased with my team. It was $75 to enter the league and the payout is going to be pretty nice. I hope I get a chunk of the change after the season!

Today I did the obligatory 3 mile run at the gym. It was a rather uneventful run which is always good news for me. I did almost fall down on the treadmill after I slowed down. My foot missed the belt and my mind wasn't ready for the sudden change in pace. Oops! I think I will take my run outside tomorrow. The weather is supposed to be nice and I want to use the Garmin again :-)

Football season is only 4 days away! I can't wait!

Tuesday, September 1st - 3.0 miles in 29:20 (9:47 pace)

August Mileage : 57.78 miles