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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

More Snow and Physical Therapy

Well, it's happening again...that beautiful white stuff is falling from the sky. This time it is a peaceful, slow snow which is fun to watch from the couch, the car, or the office. It's definitely a stark contrast to the sideways snow and fierce winds from last week. I am not sure how anyone in their right mind could hate this kind of snow. It's just so calming.

Today was the first day of physical therapy and I had a new therapist. She is about 30 or so and really knows her stuff. I was much more impressed with her than the last guy I had back in June. She talked to me and took detailed notes, asked a lot of questions, took several different measurements, examined my gait, and tested my flexibility/strength. It was a very thorough visit and I left feeling that I made progress and even scheduled another appointment for next week which really wasn't in the plans initially since I have to pay for this out-of-pocket. After her analysis, we found out once again that I need to stretch more. I am tight as a drum and it definitely leads to problems when I start tacking on the miles. She said surprisingly enough, I am more flexible on the left side (Achilles problem) than my right side, but she said it is probably due to the fact that I have been concentrating on it the past few weeks. Regardless, she stressed the fact that I need to do more stretching and incorporate more cross-training which I already have been hounding myself about anyway. Believe me, it is on the resolution list that will be debuting soon.

After going over some exercises I could do on my own, she recommended that I wear a medicated patch on the affected area for 24 hours and then really start to apply the Voltaren cream that I got from the doc back before the marathon. For some reason I bought this $74 tube of cream 3 weeks ago and completely forgot about it. I don't know why or how, but it happened. I guess my mind has been on other things. It is now out and ready to be applied when I take this patch off tomorrow afternoon. All in all, she said I was actually doing pretty well and the extra time off I took late during my training and the added cross-training the last week or so seems to have really helped. She told me to do the stretches and exercises she showed me and to keep up the cross-training and I should be good to go in a few weeks. It was a great visit and I look forward to getting back on track and running more in the near future.

I am now finalizing those lists of goals/resolutions for 2010 and am excited to finally reveal them to anyone that cares. The main thing is that I will have them written out in front of me and hopefully you guys will help hold me accountable. Have fun celebrating the end of 2009! I will be bringing in the new year in downtown OKC and then will be heading south to Dallas for a weekend full of OSU Cowboy football. Go Cowboys! Beat Ole Miss!

P.S. I will be making my first visit to Luke's Locker this weekend. Any other cool stores I should check out in the Dallas area? I will be staying near downtown.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas, blizzards, and rest

It's been a pretty eventful week around OKC. What started out as a chance for a little snow turned into a full fledged blizzard. I am a huge fan of winter and snow so it was a very welcome addition to our Christmas celebration this year. It does tend to put a damper on getting out and doing anything physical, but it's good for the soul to enjoy time inside by the fire while it snows outside.

Not a lot to report on running-wise this week. I am on the lookout for a good cross-training/strength-training plan for the offseason. I have signed up for Training Peaks online, but have not purchased an actual workout yet. I am consulting our fitness center at work first to see if they would help me build a plan from scratch, but if not, I will look at purchasing a program online. The Achilles has been quite tender the last few days so I went ahead and scheduled a physical therapy session for Tuesday and will see if I can get some pointers on exercises and stretches that will be beneficial. I also am going to continue the less running, more cross-training philosophy for a few more weeks until I feel comfortable adding back in more miles. Hopefully all is well by late January, early February and I can start training for the OKC Memorial Half Marathon.

I am also narrowing down the lists of goals/resolutions for 2010 and will list them this week or next after I finalize them. I am getting excited already!

Here are a few pics from Blizzard 2009 in OKC. 14.1 inches of snow! An all-time record for a 24 hour period in OKC and the 3rd largest snowfall in OKC history. It was quite amazing to watch. Glad I didn't have to get out and drive in it like some people because the thought of spending the night in your car on the side of the interstate was not very appealing.

View outside my back door...this mini-drift was meeting me when I opened the door (south side of the apt)
Shared entry-way of our 4-plex apartment building...it's a bit drafty if you can't tell (faces north)

Out front of our apartment building...casualty number one of the drifts blocking the driveways

Casualty number 2 of the drifts...I had to help dig this one out before I could leave for my parents house the next day....a dustpan makes a pretty decent shovel!


Looking out the back door at our parking lot...my car didn't stand a chance against the snow drifts on this day
We are finally melting away all the mess from the Christmas Eve snowstorm. There is a chance of snow this week too, but I highly doubt we get anything close to this again anytime soon. It may be another 20 years before we see this kind of snow again.

Christmas was great this year as well. My family has boarded the running gift train and I got all kinds of good cold-weather running gear which will come in handy when training for the OKC Memorial gets into full swing in February...plus, it's great base layer gear for skiing..hopefully that will happen sometime soon too!

Back to laundry and cleaning up around the house...only 3 days of work this week and then we are Arlington bound for the Cotton Bowl. Go Pokes! Beat Ole Miss!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

So it's been a few days...

Wow, I look down and it's been a full week since I last posted. I seriously haven't been doing anything too exciting, but I have been busy. It seems like since I got home from Dallas, it has been non-stop Christmas parties, food, and time not spent at home. Being Christmas, it seems like everyone has the sudden urge to come visit us for work. I am not sure the reasoning behind it, but whatever. At some point in the whole month of December I stopped answering questions from customers that started with "Are you guys available...." or "Do you have plans on the....". I got partied out. There are only so many nights in a week and every night can't be filled with another dinner out on the town. I seriously, no joke, have gained almost 5 pounds the last week. I guess it's good that I feel really motivated to keep the cardio work going!

Nothing much on the run schedule the past week and a half. I took a full week off from running after the marathon and I think it did the body good. It wasn't necessarily a conscious decision to take a full week but it worked out that way with all the above mentioned parties and traveling.

My first run since White Rock was yesterday. I went to the gym and logged a quick 2 miles on the treadmill to see how I felt. The calf muscles were surprisingly still pretty tight so it wasn't the most enjoyable run I have ever had. Plus, it felt like it was 97 degrees in the gym so I was abnormally sweaty after such a short run. The Achilles did act up after the run so I think I will schedule some physical therapy appointments the next couple of weeks and limit my running to a couple miles at a time. I do plan on keeping the elliptical and stationary bikes busy in the meantime as well. I definitely don't want to lose the cardio base I have going at the moment. Hopefully the Achilles is a quick fix and I can get back to a full running schedule fairly soon.

I am currently working on a list of goals/resolutions/plans for 2010 and I will post those when I get it all finalized. There are some very exciting things coming up in 2010 and I am ready to tackle them head-on. Have a great Christmas everyone. I don't think I will have internet access until this weekend so no new posts until then. Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 21st : 2.0 miles in 19:25 (9:42 pace)

Tuesday, December 22nd : 11.65 miles in 40 minutes on the stationary bike

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Garmin Connect - Activity Details for Dallas White Rock Marathon

Garmin Connect - Activity Details for Dallas White Rock Marathon

Here is the data from my Garmin during the run. I thought some of you data geeks might like to look at it.

Dallas White Rock Marathon - Race Report

As I start to write this, I can already tell it's going to be hard to accurately describe all the emotions, experiences, and thoughts on marathon day. It was like no other experience I have ever had in my life. I can't say how thankful I am that I decided to give this a shot. It has done more than make me a more physically fit adult, it has changed my life forever. This one moment in time will forever be etched in my memory as one of my greatest accomplishments and proudest moments. Who knew that 10 months ago I would have come this far in my running career? I am not even a year old in running years!

Race day started about 5 AM with much anticipation, nerves, and an uneasy stomach. I started the morning off right with a cup of coffee, an english muffin, peanut butter, and a banana. My pre-run meals have always consisted of some sort of peanut butter and whole grain bread combination. It's safe and I love eating peanut butter so it's a win-win for me.

After grubbing down and applying the Body Glide in the oh-so strategic places on my body, it was time to go through last minute preparations with my parents. We were all marathon rookies this past weekend so it was a learning experience for not only me, but my mom, dad, and little brother as well. We had briefly discussed a tentative plan for race day the evening before the race, but it was reassuring to go over it again so I could mentally prepare myself for when I might see them and know I had a bag of runner's goodies waiting if I needed anything. The bag I packed for my parents to carry around included a banana, ankle brace, headband, gatorade, GU Roctane packets, cookies, pretzels, peanut butter M&M's, and just about anything else I could imagine needing along the way. It was definitely comforting knowing that I had this bag at my disposal along the course and was one of many ways my parents became a big part of my marathon journey.

About 6:30AM I headed downstairs and caught the shuttle to the starting line which proved to be a very smart move after hearing the horror stories of people getting stuck in traffic and missing the start of the race the previous year. I stayed at the host hotel for this race as a way to reduce the complications on race morning because I knew my nerves were going to be out of control anyway. I didn't need any screw-ups an hour before the race to make me even more excited and nervous. The shuttle ride to the starting line was quite enjoyable. I ended up sitting with a guy from Oklahoma and his wife and mother-in-law were in the seats in front of us. It allowed me to chat for a bit and take my mind off the race. It was a good distraction because as soon as I stepped off the bus my heart started racing and my stomach started churning. The first order of business was to find a bathroom and start the long wait to get one last shot at emptying the system before I stepped foot on the course. It was fun to listen to stories while waiting in line and do a few stretches since I had the space. After going to the restroom I found a spot on the floor inside the American Airlines Center and finished my stretching routine and tried to calm the nerves. I used a lot of self-talk on Sunday and it definitely calmed me down. I also brought my phone which allowed me to text my Mom and she was encouraging and sympathetic just as most mothers are when you need them most.

About 30 minutes before the starting gun, I made my way outside to find my wave corral and line up for the big start. At this point, it was all I could do to keep from pacing back and forth trying to work off the nervous energy. I was trying to just take deep breaths and stay calm. The moment was almost here. All that hard work, all those early mornings, and all of those doubts were about to be put to the test. I was still unsure how my Achilles would hold out because I hadn't run for 2 weeks and I didn't even get through my entire training plan. I was nervous I wasn't prepared. I was nervous I would hurt the entire run and it would be miserable. I never really thought I wouldn't finish as I waited in the corral which was reassuring. I knew I would finish. I just wasn't sure what the journey would be like along the way. The next thing I know, it's time to go. No more time for thinking. It was time to put it all together and give it my best.

Being in the midst of 20,000 people is an experience all by itself. The fact that you are all running in the same direction is something special. I am not a huge fan of the first few miles of a race due to all the dodging and confusion, but it is part of the race experience and it's at least fun to see the masses in front of and behind you. Here is a pic my brother took before the first turn:


The good part about the first 1/2 mile was the wideness of the streets but they soon narrowed and everything became a bit crowded until the half marathon participants turned off the marathon course about 6 miles into the race. Up until 6 miles, it was just elbow to elbow people and not a lot of room to get into a rhythm. The positive side of it was that you never had a chance to overdo it early in the race. My pace was pretty close to what I wanted it to be so I just enjoyed the scenery and looked forward to the half marathon people going their own direction.

After the half marathon runners veered off the course, it definitely opened up the roads and gave you more room to run your own race. I didn't sign up for a pace group but knew that I wanted to be somewhere in the 4:00 or 4:15 range if at all possible. Early on, I knew it wasn't smart to push for the 4:00 pace so I shifted goals to 4:15 as I got a better feel for my pacing, fitness, and physical capabilities. Miles 7 (9:11), 8 (8:58), and 9 (9:00) were a bit too fast for that early in the race, but I think the excitement of having the room to run and the fact that I actually felt really good and wasn't having any pain in my Achilles led to my faster pace. The faster pace actually probably helped in the long run, because at mile 10, I had to make a pit stop and use the porta-potty along the course. I was about to wet my pants if I didn't find a stop soon so the 1 or 2 minute delay was well worth the time in the grand scheme of things.

Mile 10 is where we hit White Rock Lake in northeast Dallas. The lake provided a familiar backdrop because I did the majority of my training runs at Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City. I was used to the narrower trails and the constant cool breeze coming off of the lake. It was also pretty lonely on the lake as far as spectators go so it was definitely a mental hurdle as you tried to motivate yourself instead of relying on someone else yelling "Go Bryan, you can do it!"

Mile 12 was where I saw my parents for the 2nd time and it came at a time when I needed some help. At a water stop just before I noticed my parents, I got water splashed in my face and my contact in my left eye was washed out of it's place and was in the upper corner of my eye. I kept running by people asking if they had a mirror but for some reason no woman had a pocket mirror in her purse. Then I saw my mom and I knew she could help me out. She was able to fish my contact out of my eye and put it back in place so I could continue on in my journey. I also saw a guy from my local gym on the side of the course about the same time and he ran with me for a bit talking to me and asking me how I felt. It was great that he showed interest and ran with me for a bit. I have never talked to him at the gym. We have been going to the same gym for months now, but never really had a reason to talk. Now we do. It will be nice to have another runner-savvy friend to chat with at the gym. Here are a couple of pics from mile 12 :


Mile 14, 15, and 16 all went by without a hitch, but I could tell that 10 more miles was going to be tough. I wasn't overly tired, but my legs were starting to get a bit heavy and the mental obstacle of never having ran over 18 miles before was looming large in my mind. Plus, as noted before, the lake was lonely. I knew I wouldn't be seeing my parents anytime soon and the cool breeze coming off the lake wasn't too comforting on a sweat-soaked shirt.

Mile 18 is when it hit me pretty hard that it was going to be really tough the rest of the way. By this time my calf muscles were really starting to tighten up and it felt like I had bricks attached to the back of my legs. No step was very pleasant, but I wasn't to the point of cramping so I kept pushing forward. Mile 18 was also when one of my left toenails came off and I felt it all the way through my body. It was pretty tender for the next mile or two, but eventually it settled down and stopped throbbing.

Judging by my mile splits, this was the toughest part of the race for me. I will also say from experience, it definitely was the the toughest segment both mentally and physically. Mile 19 is when we started the climb out of the lake area into the surrounding neighborhoods and was really the only time I seriously contemplated walking. The hills weren't steep, they were just long and steady. I really felt like I was crawling at times and a lot of people around me were stopping to walk so it was tempting at the time. Knowing that I needed to keep pace to be able to break the 4:15 mark, I told myself to suck it up and get over it. I knew I only had 6 miles to go which meant I had less than an hour left.

Like angels sent from heaven, my parents popped out of nowhere at mile 22. When I saw them at mile 12 they told me they weren't sure if they would see me again until the finish line because the traffic was really bad and they didn't want to miss getting back to the end to see my finish. I had already mentally checked them off my list for the rest of the race, but when I saw them at mile 22 it put the biggest smile on my face. I was struggling and my calf muscles felt like they were going to explode. I needed to see a friendly face and my Dad told me to not give up and keep going. He said, "You are almost there, just keep going!" I gave him a thumbs-up and kept trucking along with a smile on my face. Here is the pic from mile 22, only 4.2 miles left :

It's really indescribable how mentally and physically tasking the last 4.2 miles of the marathon are unless you have ran one yourself. The added boost from my parents helped, but it was a constant battle of mind over body. My calf muscles were on the verge of cramping, my arches in my feet were on the verge of cramping, my toenails were throbbing, my back and shoulders ached, my body ached. I felt like I was just one more step away from completely falling apart. I watched people beside me cramp up and have to stop. I saw people in tears as they couldn't keep up their pace. I saw people realize their dream of finishing had suddenly vanished. I was thankful for every next step I could take, but I hated it at the same time. I knew I could finish if my body would cooperate, but sometimes your body just takes over and you can't do anything to stop it. Mile after mile I got closer to the end and my spirits kept lifting. I told myself I could do it. I told myself not to stop. I told myself to keep it together. I told myself to look around and see I wasn't alone. I told myself that if he or she can do it, I can too. I was going to finish.

As I hit downtown Dallas, I was overcome with joy. I found a sudden burst of energy and I wound my way towards the end. I heard the crowd. I knew I was close. I also heard my brother yell from behind me and I turned to see him running along the side of the road to catch up. I was almost there. Step after step my smile got bigger and bigger. This really was happening. I had done it. I was going to finish my first full marathon. The feelings I experienced as I stepped across that finish line are priceless to me. It's such a special moment in my life that I will never forget. It's a point in time that I will look back on when I am old and still be able to describe the sights, sounds, smells, and emotions. I am a marathoner.

Post-race was even more special than the actual finish. After getting my shirt, finisher medal, finisher picture, and food from the runner's village, I started looking for my parents. I ended up getting in touch with them and we agreed to meet inside American Airlines Center at section 114. As I turned the corner and saw my folks, they had the biggest smiles on their faces and came running to me to hug me. It's been a long time since I have seen that much pride and joy in my parent's faces. I had just shared the most amazing experience of my life with my mom, dad, and little brother. It felt great to see how much they cared and how proud they were to be a part of it. I felt overly blessed to be able to share my journey with them and see how much it meant to them. I am actually tearing up thinking about it right now. If I could have taken a picture of their faces at that moment, it would be framed and on my mantle right now.

After exiting the arena, we made the trek back to the hotel and the walking helped loosen me up a tiny bit. My calf muscles cramped up a few times on the walk and still hurt today. I took an ice bath as soon as I got back to the hotel to help calm down some of the inflammation and tried to eat as much as I could although I wasn't overly hungry. Here is a pic of my lovely ice bath back in the hotel:
Sleeping Sunday night was not pleasant because it wasn't comfortable to lay in one spot for too long, but the ill effects from the marathon are starting to wear off and I am now in full recovery mode. I start back to work tomorrow and look forward to showing off my race medal and sharing my experience with the coworkers.

Looking back now, I wouldn't change anything about this race and am still as happy today as I was on Sunday evening. I haven't stopped smiling and am really starting to look ahead at my goals for next year. I feel motivated and ready to tackle another challenge. Thank you to everyone who has followed along on the blog and I look forward to making this a regular part of my life. The goal in the meantime is to get healthy, establish a good running base, and stay active.

I will update soon with my goals for next year and hopefully have an exciting race schedule planned out with a few more surprises.

Stay tuned!

Dallas White Rock Marathon : 4:14:14 (9:42 pace)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

1st Marathon - Dallas White Rock

It's official! I finished! 1st full marathon is in the books. Official time was 4:14:14. Sore, happy, and hungry! Thanks for keeping up on the blog. Full race report to come soon!

Finisher's Medal!

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Days 120-121 : It's a Go!!

Yep, you read that right! Months of hard work and a little luck will all come into play on Sunday in Dallas. The visit with the doc was encouraging and I got the all-clear as long as I can handle the discomfort.

After a few minutes of stretches and exercises, the doc gave me the good news. He told me that I don't have any nodules on my Achilles and the creaking sound isn't present so I am basically fighting a case of bursitis/tendonitis that is there, but not major yet. He said the chances that I would do something catastrophic by running the marathon were slim to none so he thought it was ok for me to give it a go. After going over my treatment options, I decided I wanted to be aggressive and nip this in the bud before it becomes a nagging injury ordeal. He provided me with an Achilles brace, heel lifts, prescription for physical therapy, and 3 prescriptions for a topical anti-inflammatory cream, steroids for pre-race, and anti-inflammatory pills for post-race. I am hoping with all the cross-training and stretching I have been doing lately it will pay off on race day. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

It's also a big day for OKC. MAPS3 looks like it is going to pass and OKC will continue to rocket up the food chain of major metropolitan areas. The central park, whitewater course, loops of bike and running trails, and the start of public transit will be such an exciting thing to see in the near future. I still don't know why people were opposed to the idea of funding such great projects, but to each his own. The results aren't official yet, but the numbers are promising. I hope the YES votes win!

Here is an updated forecast for this weekend. Looking ok still! Stay away wind!

Saturday Night, Dec 12
Low: 38 °F RealFeel®: 27 °F
Partly cloudy; breezy late






Sunday, Dec 13
High: 59 °F RealFeel®: 54 °F
Sunny to partly cloudy

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Day 119 : Nervous Already

Is it possible to be nervous already? Well, I am. I have had that butterflies in my stomach feeling several times today thinking about next Sunday. Fears, doubts, thoughts of joy, thoughts of pain, expectations, missed opportunities. You name it and I have probably felt it. Idle minds can do funny things.

It was a relatively productive day, but I did have a lot of time to ponder the past 17 weeks and second-guess my strategy for this coming weekend. I have a plan in my head but we all know that can change in an instant when you get out there and start running. I hope my body is at full strength and I hope my mind is stronger than the pain. Keep me in your thoughts and send positive vibes my way. Next update will be Tuesday night after the doctor visit.

New updates from accuweather.com. It's looking warmer :

Saturday Night, Dec 12
Low: 42 °F RealFeel®: 36 °F
Mainly clear and breezy






Sunday, Dec 13
High: 63 °F RealFeel®: 68 °F
Mostly sunny

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Days 116-118 : One Week

Week 17 of marathon training is in the books. I can't believe it's finally here. The final taper week. Although I did no running at all this week, I stuck to the book and did the cross-training equivalent to keep the fitness level near the peak. I know it's not the same, but at this point I don't think running would do me any good. My goal is to get to Dallas, lace up the shoes, and give it my all.

What a crazy day of football?!? I was very amused by both the Cincy game and the Texas game. I am glad Texas hung in there and pulled out a win. As much as I know it doesn't help our recruiting at O-State, it is still nice to see Texas make it to the title game. It looks like my fellow Cowboy fans and I will be dancing in Dallas in a few weeks for the Cotton Bowl. It's very deja vu playing Ole Miss again. Hopefully the outcome will be in our favor this time around.

No plans on Sunday except to rest up and get stuff ready to pack. I have business functions 3 of the 4 nights before I leave for Dallas on Friday so I want to make sure I am not rushing around forgetting things when I head out. It looks like the weather forecast is trending colder which will make dressing for the race more of a challenge. I would rather be a little cool than a little warm though.

As you can tell, my focus has turned towards positive thinking about actually being able to run this race. I do have my doctor's appointment still scheduled for Tuesday, but it is more of a precautionary measure and an option to get some tips, treatment, and recovery advice before I embark on my journey. I am expecting to get the go ahead based on how things have improved since Monday/Tuesday of this week. The knot on my Achilles is gone and I am not experiencing any pain when I walk or step now. I am sure that will change as soon as I run again, but it's a good sign the week before the race. All I have to do is make it one more run and then I can go into the offseason and treat it well for a few months.

Updated weather forecast from accuweather.com:

Saturday, Dec 12
High: 59 °F RealFeel®: 58 °F
Cooler with more sun than clouds








Saturday Night, Dec 12
Low: 34 °F RealFeel®: 27 °F
Partly cloudy






Sunday, Dec 13
High: 47 °F RealFeel®: 42 °F
Mostly cloudy and colder











Friday, December 4th : 35 minutes on stationary bike (replace 3 miles of running)

Saturday, December 5th : 30 minutes on stationary bike and 65 minutes on elliptical
(replace 8 miles of running)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Days 113-115 : The Cold is Settling In

Yep, the cold weather finally made it back to Oklahoma and I think we may be settling into winter finally. After one of the warmest Novembers on record I think we all got spoiled and thought it was supposed to be 60s and 70s all year round. Reality check!

I actually like the cold, but I haven't had to get out and run in it lately due to the lingering injury concerns. I have opted for cross-training the past 2 days because Monday and Tuesday were not good days for the old Achilles. I had a knot on the side of my left Achilles on Monday when I woke up and it has slowly given away to a small bump and is not nearly as noticeable pain-wise. I got really concerned on Monday, but my fears are easing a bit. I have scheduled a doctor's appointment for next Tuesday, which was a chore in itself. It took several phone calls, a lucky cancellation, and me rescheduling a business visit to finally get into see my running doc. I want to get it checked out and get another opinion before I dive into the marathon next weekend. I want to limit the long term impact of this injury and if that means I have to postpone my marathon adventure then so be it. I hope that's not the case though.

I am a little concerned I won't be in tip-top shape for the marathon. I have opted not to run this week due to how the Achilles reacted to the 12 mile run this weekend. I figure since my mileage is so low this week and next that it wouldn't kill me to just substitute cross-training for the running. However, it's not the last 2 weeks that concern me, it's the previous 2 1/2 weeks. My running has been pretty limited since I did the 18 mile run on Nov 8th. I have done a lot of cross-training and haven't lost my cardiovascular fitness, but the running fitness will definitely be lacking on race day. I know my adrenaline will be rushing so that will help, but there is that voice in my head telling me to slow the pace down and just try to finish. I think that voice will win out in the long run. I know it's going to be a fight to the finish.

Time to get ready for bed. The evenings just keep flying by and tomorrow is our company Christmas party. I guess it will keep me from running so that's not necessarily a bad thing at this point.

Tuesday, December 1st : 47 minutes on the stationary bike (replaced 4 miles running)

Wednesday, December 2nd : 65 minutes on the stationary bike (replaced 6 miles running)

Updated weather forecast from Accuweather.com:

Saturday, Dec 12
High: 68 °F RealFeel®: 65 °F
Partly sunny








Saturday Night, Dec 12
Low: 47 °F RealFeel®: 45 °F
Partly cloudy








Sunday, Dec 13
High: 68 °F RealFeel®: 68 °F
Partly sunny








Sunday Night, Dec 13
Low: 45 °F RealFeel®: 47 °F
Partly cloudy with a shower late