I have a serious problem

I have an issue. Its difficult for me to accept it, and to reach out and ask, nay… beg for help.

I’m addicted to running events. I ran the Baltimore 10 Miler, then 7 days later I ran the Dreaded Druid Hills 10k. I’ve now registered for some allegedly moonlight 5k in Bel Air on Saturday, June 29, and a 10k in Ellicott City in Sunday, June 30. After that, Laura and I are going to Tampa on vacation where, in a move surprising no one, I’ve registered for a race.

Just a 5k this time, though. Actually, it looks pretty neat, if you check out their site. I wish more races would put the information for their premium online. Baltimore seems to be a hot-spot for “Premiums that kick ass, so we’d better put them on the internets.”

Maybe I’ll chill out after that. Dave is running the Charles Street 12 miler, which, while looking fun and promising a sweet hoodie sweatshirt, is $85 American dollars. I don’t know if I can hang with THAT.

Still have to figure out exactly what half marathon we’re going to be doing. I’m sorta jazzed about the Gasparilla OMFG Clusterbang of races in February, which includes not only a half-marathon, but a much needed break from the cold weather, at that point. That’ll be an interesting weekend… 15k and a 5k on Saturday, then eating all the food possible, then a half-marathon and an 8k on Sunday? Just sadistic enough to be the best thing ever.

I don’t usually care for Adele, but Darren Hotchkiss put her music to a gabber beat which turned it up a few needed notches. A-like-this:

Oh goodness.


Been Racing Around!

Ok, phew! The last 7 days has been a whirlwind, so, this’ll mark the “catch up” post! On June 15, I ran the Baltimore 10 Miler, with Laura, so that was cool:

The premium was the fresh jackets you see us wearing. Just for fun, this was after 10 miles of running in the heat of mid-Jun. We were wearing jackets, and I was very warm. Was a good race, great support. They have something that I’ve never had with another race, a giant tub of ice water that they dunk washcloths in and hand out at the finish line. 

Laura and I ran the race together, and we finished in 2:00:37.60, but I stopped to pee at mile 5. To answer your question, yes, I’m furious that my bladder couldn’t get it together and made me finish over 2 hours slightly. I’m also SLIGHTLY embarrassed that it took me 2 hours, but considering that I had knee surgery in January, and I’m running a 10 miler in June, I can call this a victory. We can only get better from here, right?

So, after a few short training runs after physical therapy (which I wouldn’t recommend, wreaks havoc on the body to train legs then run in the same day…), we had another race yesterday, June 22, called, aptly, the Dreaded Druid Hills 10k. It started at the Druid Hill lake, and ran through a ridiculous series of hills. I’ve never run an officially recorded 10k before, but 1:12 seems like a reasonable time for that course. In my best effort, I ran a relatively flat 5k at 28:58. I think 10k could be a really good distance to train for, and train towards. Oh, and since I made a “Nailed it!” for the 10 miler, I made one for the Dreaded Druid Hills, too. A-like-dis:

Laura is going away to the beach from Thursday to Sunday this week, so i’m searching for another event. For so long, I’ve concerned myself with picking events that have awesome premiums that I’ve ended up with very few tech shirts. So, now I’m sorta reaching out with both hands and grabbing events as they come up. Not sure what, if any, event I’m going to do this weekend, but I hope the answer is non-zero. Couple of possibilities, I’m not whetted to anything in particular, but I’m leaning towards the the Ellicott City 10k, and Vince and Carlie seem interested… so… maybe thats it? There is no info on the site about whether there is a shirt for a premium… I’m not paying for no shirt!!

10,000 Kettlebell Swings. Again.

Around October, I read about a story where a guy named James Heathers grabbed a heavy kettlebell and swungit 1,000 times a day for 10 days, accomplishing a seemingly-impossible 10,000+ swings.  Check out his saga here.

Being the  glutton-for-punishment that I am, I decided to give this a go in early march, spraining my IT band, and regretting my decision. I may pick up a lighter kettlebell (after all, it may have been ambitious to start with 50 lbs). The big deal, this time around, is foam rolling and properly handling my IT band… Or I’ll likely have more trouble than the whole thing is worth. I’m going to start with 5 days at 100 swings, and see how that goes. Of course, physical therapy and running will continue. My original plan was to complete this once Laura is through with school in June, standing outside in the mornings.

In other news, I may seek out a DEXA scan. Turns out Advanced Radiology will do one for $168.80. While I’m saving for my ESX host and NAS array, I’m not sure I can swing that, exactly, but it sure would be nice to see where the fat is on my body, and a really accurate display. We’ll see, I guess.

I will update tomorrow with my first day of kettlebell swinging. Tonight’s run should be light (assuming my shoes are dry) so I should be in reasonable shape for giving it a go tomorrow. I’ve also been using the Universal Nutrition “Animal Cuts” supplement pack for 2 days, and there is none, zero, absolutely no effect on appetite. I feel like the first priority of ANY weight loss supplement should be appetite suppressant, but, perhaps that’s why I’m not in that game.

Color Run Jitters

I’m getting the pre-run jitters for this Color Run. 

Its a 5k, and Laura and I ran 3.04 last night. I shouldn’t be worried.

Whats intriguing to me is that I badly want to take my camera (were it that I had a Go Pro!), but I’m torn between wanting pictures and being worried that everything will be covered in cornstarch-color-powder. I’m more worried about my shoes than anything, they’re going to be multicolored for quite a while, I’d guess.

Back to the gym soon. Will feel good to have an accessory program (for knee strength and hamstring mobility) to go with my heavy lifts.

Minimal Shoes, Maximum Run Times

So, I’m writing this post from Windows Live Writer, and it bears striking resemblance to Office 2010. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised by that. I’ve cleaned up the site, removed some things, and will be adding my projects.

Couple of things have happened since my last update. I’ve torn my meniscus, and had it repaired. I’ve lifted my maxes and hurt my knee again. I’ve entered physical therapy. My shoes (some new balance horribly grey shoes) had in excess of probably 350 miles on them, not to mention countless gym hours, and I’d been eyeing up the New Balance MT00BG’s for some time. They are minimal, and very light weight. In my first run on them last night (just 2 miles) I feel great. No pain!

I hope to be able to get the garden box in this weekend, assuming I’ll have the free time. I need to get the grass mowed, get the Thankful Paws site updated with the info provided. Now that I think about it, the Baltimore Color Run is this weekend, so that’ll fill up Sunday into the early afternoon. After a race, brunch is always necessary.

I keep meaning to order a donut pan and cutter. I have too many recipes to try. I need to listen to Pimsleur, make donuts and cut the grass at the same time. I’m not certain, but if I wasn’t so concerned with the look of my lawn, I’d hire someone to do it. The time investment is great, and its taking up some time that I could likely use for other, more creative endeavors.

So, lets go over this, for posterities sake. Donuts. Grass mowing. Arduino project layout. Gardening. Running. Physical Therapy.

So much to do. Hope to write soon!