Thursday, August 30, 2007
Orange slices and Capri Sun's secured, Little Dirt Dawg began his foray into organized sports today with his first official soccer practice. Standing an impressive 3'6 and 34 lbs, L.D.D. looked menacing in his black Umbro's and cleats and looked to impose his will on both the ball and opposing players in what i have determined will be a season of "squirt ball". Players will converge around the ball, it will squirt 5 -10 yds and repeat.
In all honesty, I am not worried with L.D.D.s ability to pick up dribbling, passing, or slide tackle, but Dirrty Girl's ability to rein herself in when the games begin. As if he was reading my mind, Coach D passed out a code of ethics for parental signature that stated I will place the emotional and physical well being of my child ahead of my personal desire to win.
Let the games begin.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
However, that being said, after working myself back slowly into the school routine the last 2 weeks, it was a bit disheartening waking up @ 5:15 this morning to the stark realization that my summer was over!
Back 2 running @ 4:30 am, leaving the house by 6:10 am with 1-2 kids to make it to day care and work by 7 am. Back to the grind.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
It was only 87 degrees with 56% humidity making it feel like 92 degrees whenI left @ 4:33 pm. I figured I would do loops of 14, 10 and a couple of 5 mile loops to try and get it in. Heading out the door with 40 oz of water, gatorade, a credit card, and some ice cubes in my hat Dirrty Girl said "Be careful, remember you have 2 kids @ home." I told her not to worry as I bounded off.
Thank goodness we have urban sprawl here in SE Michigan because the water and gatorade were both gone at about mile 7 and I had to stop into a 7-11 to refuel. Walking into the store, it felt like an igloo as my shorts and top stuck to me and the employees looked at me with that odd twist when there like "hmm that's an odd one" especially as I stood outside and poured purchased water over my head to try and cool down.
I kept plodding along until about 12 miles and then my body did the biggest FU I have had in recent memory. My legs felt like they were stuck in concrete and hurt worse than any of my long runs this year. My plodding was reduced to a walk. At this point, my mind starts racing. Thoughts come pouring out like: "This was a really good idea" "Maybe it is just a bad patch, and you can get back on the horse and finish the run" "Have i reached the breaking/overtraining point in my training?" "How will I finish 50 miles, if i can't run 34?".
Common sense finally won the battle, and I decided that yes, this probably wasn't the smartest idea to try and get 34 miles in in conditions that i have not really trained in, and listening to my body is the smartest thing i should do at this point.
I knew this really wasn't my day to run as I stopped at another 7-11 close to home to get a slurpee and spilled it on the concrete a mere 1/4 mile from home. Licking my wounds, a severe thunderstorm warning dropped some heavy rain and some hail at a time when I should have been out there.
With 23 days before the race, I think I will turn my attention to tapering and getting ready. One bad run is not a fair assessment of my training or how I will do.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Still carrying a torch for his teacher from last year, little dirt dawg hugged and held his teacher from last year for 10 minutes while she chatted with new and old students and parents. Soon enough though, L.D.D. got into play mode and ran!
@ home, Dirrty Girl and I discussed his play when she dropped a most noteable observation "You know, there were some girls who were running around and then would fall down and he just went and joined in. He thinks that anyone who he plays with is his friend. His whole world is open to him with innocence. There are no cliques, no B.S."
On my early morning run with the dog, I began to think"When does it change for a child? When do we lose the innocence of play and can we ever get it back?"
Monday, August 20, 2007
An hour earlier I had been sitting in my dry basement eyeballing the treadmill and looking at the weather radar on my computer screen. There appeared to a break in the deluge that has covered SE michigan for the better part of two days and I was gonna make a break for it. I did not want to concede to the treadmill just yet that the weather was to inclemement.
Lacing up quickly, I headed out the door and besides a few sprinkles and a cool breeze it wasn't bad. It was ike Mother Nature was laying a trap. Sure enough about a mile in, the rain starts falling a little harder and the wind swirls a little more. At that point you have to decide: (1) Turn around and go home, change clothes and get on treadmill to finish mileage (2) Solider on knowing you keep this run in mind when another inclement day comes up and tests your worth.
I choose # 2. Not sure it was the smartest thing to do, but then again running 50 miles in couple of weeks isn't either! :)
Friday, August 17, 2007
As his unofficial "coach", his long run today called for 10 miles and i said i would join him. We decided to meet up @ Stoney Creek @ 8 am after i had completed a little over 10 miles and then do an out and back loop for his 10.
A cool morning and multiple deer sightings had me cruising along and stoked to pick up someone to run the last 10 with. Admitting earlier in the week, that he felt like "that guy" as he picked up some apparel at the bulls-eye store as he began his venture into endurance running, T.T. also learned an important lesson today that he does not like the Ultimate Direction Access Hydration Pack and was eyeing and coveting my Ultimate Direction FastDraw Plus. Fueled by the good conversation and the stark admittance that T.T. did not want to come out openly to his skinny/fat tire friends that he was attempting this "marathon" thing for fear of heckling and needling from the pack, we cruised through 10 miles in just over 1 hr 24 min.
A hearty run by a newbie but not nearly as entertaining as his gf who we saw on the circular bike path at 3 miles and then again at 9 miles who said she "got lost".
So here is to T.T. and his noble pursuit of losing his virginity at the Detroit Free Press Marathon on October 21, 2007!!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Since that day, it has been the go to for little dirt dawg @ night or in times of distress. We have been talking about giving them up when I mentioned that maybe i should just cut the paci out and then there would be nothing. Dirrty Girl said "Nice, so when he finds them like that he knows who to blame."
So instead she tells little dirt dawg if he had ever heard of the Paci Fairy.
The Paci Fairy, little dirt dawg wondered? Dirtty Girl explained that the Paci Fairy came and took BIG BOYS paci's and took them to little kids who did not have them. You put them in a bag on the front porch and the Paci Fairy takes them and leaves you a great big prize! Little Dirt Dawg excitedly babbled on about the BIG CRANKY the CRANE (Thomas and Friends) that he wanted if he gave his paci's away and that he was ready tonight! Dirrty Girl is looking at me like I had better run to the store @ 10 pm and find Cranky! She thought better and told little dirt dawg that the Paci Fairy did not work on Wednesday and would come tomorrow night and that we had to make a bag first.
So little dirt dawg boldly slept w/o his sweet elixir's last night and this morning got up ready to make his bag. Tonight is the night. Paci Fairy is on speed dial & I had better run and find CRANKY!
Monday, August 13, 2007
(1) Trim insoles
(2) Preheat oven to 225 degrees
(3) Place insoles oven for 2 minutes
(4) Remove from oven and place in shoes....please remember they are hot!!
(5) Stand on insoles for 2 minutes
(6) Race little dirt dawg up the block to test them out
Did they improve the cushioning? I will report back after I run in them for a few hours......
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Just like her brother, little dirt dawg, dirrty feather nodded off after approximately 2 1/2 miles. Here is to the first of many more runs!
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Evenings at the zoo is really the best time to see the animals. The heat of the has passed and the animals are definetely feeling a little more frisky.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
"Yes, I replied, I think we have our 6 month old under control," and quickily walked into the studio and unrolled my mat.
Based largely on Vinyasa Yoga which focuses on "breath movement", these classes are demanding. It is one thing to go out and run 20 miles and to be in charge of the pace, hydration, etc, but it is quite another to follow the voice of the instructer stating things like: "Inhale should be 3 seconds long, Exhale just as long" "Stay in here for a few breaths" "Getting yourself into a rhythm" "The more you push yourself in here, the better you will handle things out there" all the while keeping pace with the poses.
I consider myself to be in pretty good shape, but ask me to get into Half Moon or into Pigeon Pose, and the soft, bubbly girl next to me is a as limber as a pretzel while my hamstrings and hips are screaming at me, "Go back outside and run, we know you can do that for hours without inflicting pain on yourself."
However, I know this is what I need. Sweat cascading off me in buckets, I can feel my hamstrings lengthening, my hips opening up, and my stiffness in the lower back receding.
As I was leaving, Jason said, "So when will you be back?"
"Next week," I said, and ran out to my bike to pedal really fast home.
Sunday, August 05, 2007
All that hoo-ha aside, I was just damm tired today. Long run on Friday, followed by Kickball with the Sex Panthers, a yoga/weight/core workout Saturday morning, and the Combine Demo Derby last night, left me less than enthusiastic about getting some miles in. Maybe it is the accumulating effect of the training or I am just in a bit of a funk, or tired, but I thought that if I was running today it was gonna be LSD.
Simple objective was to make it to the MIL's (Mother in Law's) where Dirrty Girl was baking by late afternoon and keep the heartrate below 70%, mileage and time not being of a concern. Ipod rocking, hand held bottle filled, and my fanny pack filled with essentials off I plodded.
There is something to be said at just plodding along with no concern to pace or route. I just took my time covering a route that I would normally never consider and at a pace that first felt like i was moving through mud, but soon enough gave way to an easy plodding that felt like i could have run all day. In the end, I covered just over 9 miles, found $.10, but I actually felt better than when I started and was looking forward to the rest of the week of training!!
Next, began a series of 4 heats with 4-5 combines in each heat. You won by either disabling the other combines or pushing them out of the arena. Let's just say, some of them did not last to long and required a bit of help after the heat was done to get out.
All in all, a great night of good ole fun.
Friday, August 03, 2007
I also received my confirmation for the North Country Trail 50 miler today, so i guess there is no backing out now!!!!