Thursday, October 28, 2010

Three Things Thursday

1) So far so good.  My transition to my VFFs have been pretty non eventful thanks to the advice of minimalist running sites.   I feel like I can run much farther but I'm forcing myself to stick with the schedule of only running every other day and by increasing the mileage by 1/8 of a mile so that I don't get injured.  I'm hoping that I still like running in them in a couple months because I'm thinking about running in these shoes for a long time.  I'm interested in how the shoes (and your feet) will hold up after running some longer distances. I have a friend who, in these shoes, ran the Army Ten Miler last weekend and is going to run the Marine Corp Marathon this Saturday.  She hasn't complained about any abnormal pains so that is encouraging.

2) For extra motivation to keep on schedule, I'm going to sign up, after checking with Michelle aka CINCDAF (Commander in Charge of Domestic Affairs) to make sure that we are going to be in town and that nothing crazy is planned), for the Fairfax Four.  My current running schedule will get me to the point where I'm running more than 4 miles in the VFFs so this race will be a test to see how well my feet are doing.  If I need to switch back to the old heavy clogs for the 1/2 marathon I can.

3) Claire and Madalynn have their first race this Saturday.  We will be going to Fort Belvoir for their Track or Treat 100 meter sprint.  I'm pretty sure that Claire will run the whole way but Madalyn might take a leisurely stroll.  Claire even stated that once she is done with her race she will go back and help Madalynn finish hers!  We've been trying to teach her the "Fruits of the Spirit" so this is a great example "love" by showing that you care for others and that you want to help them.  I'm hoping she will do it. 

Monday, October 25, 2010

Monday Mash

I have a new mileage goal for the rest of the year.  After doing more research on running in VFFs I’ve altered my running goals to adequately account for me feet and calves adjusting to running without the support of normal running shoes.  It has dropped from 129 miles to 93 miles.  Most of these miles will be short runs with a gradual increase of 1/8 of a mile every other day.  I’m still going to hold off on getting the Forerunner 305 running watch as I will still need to be consistent in running because this plan will still get me to the start of my actual training program in January.  As an additional goal I’m planning on running the Fairfax Four miler on New Year’s Eve…assuming I want to risk being out with the amateur drunks on New Year’s Eve.
Anybody in D.C. want to join me in this race?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Three Things Thursday

  1. Another USAF PT test completed.  This was the first test with the new standards so the unknown was a bit unnerving however, the fact that my waist has not changed since April…even though I’ve lost weight.  Oh well, at least I don’t have to take the test for another 6 months.
  2. Today’s run was the first one in a couple weeks thanks to fighting the crud.  Since I haven’t hacked up a lung yet I will jump back into my running.  My date will Paula is still on my mind so there is plenty of motivation.
  3. I might even start running in my Vibrams now that I’ve got the test out of the way.  I was hesitant to run in them prior to the test because I’ve been told you need to start off real slow to let your body adjust to the new running gait.   

         Does anybody already run in these type of shoes?  If so let me know what you think.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Three Things Thursday

It has been a sad week since the Braves ended their season with the lose to the SF Giants.  Making it extra hard was seeing Bobby Cox retire.  However, the good news is that they didn't even wait 48 hours to hire his replacement, Fredi Gonzalez.  He will be a great fit for my Bravos!

My running has been non existent this week.  Its getting to the point where I feel like I'm falling behind the eight ball and losing valuable base miles.  I have to keep telling myself that continuing to run while your sick will only make matters worse.  I hope to get back into things in the next day or two...we shall see.

The loot has arrived.  My autographed Max Lucado book, Out Live Your Life has finally arrived.  OK so it actually came awhile ago but in trying to get the basement finished I never had a chance to post it.


Now comes the hard part, when can I find time to read it.  First I need to finish the two books I'm currently reading before my next round of classes start on 25 Oct.  So if I don't get a chance to read it between now and then there's no telling when I will find the time.  It might sit in my bookcase to collect dust for a while but at least it will be one of the first books I grab when I can.

I'm also in the market for a good book that dicusses how to effectively manage one's time.  Any recommendations?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Worst Commute Ever!

This mornings commute to the slug lot was not as bad as I've experienced.  I left at 0620 and got to the lot around 0650, it took me thirty minutes to go 6 miles.  It was enough to make me complain...until I saw the video in the link provided below. After watching it I vowed never complain about my commute again (OK I will complain again but at least it will be to a lesser degree). 

I'm so glad that I don't have to suffer through this to get to my job: Worst Commute Ever!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Monday Mash (a day late)

This weekend + Monday was absolutely crazy busy.  We accomplished a couple things we had to do in the basement however, fighting the crud kept us from finishing everything.  I decided to heed some words (ah, blah, blah, bronchitis will end running for a long time, blah, blah, rest) and not run.  It really bugs me because I haven't been able to get in the groove on the weekends however, if I don't get over this last bit of sickness I will lose my consistency during the week.  I've got to keep looking forward to my next run rather than looking at the reasons that kept me to running.  This is another reason why I've set parameters in order to get the Forerunner 305 running watch.  I'm on track but I hate to lose miles for no reason.  I figure if I rest till Wednesday I'm golden...so as hard as it will be that what I'm going to do.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Do You Recognize The Top 5 Early Signs Of Becoming Numb To Living In An Estrogen Filled House?

1.       Your title of being the “Master of the House” no longer carries its weight as it used to.  Instead your daughter calls you “Daddy Fashion Boy”…and you just shrug it off.
2.       Only days after declaring your new office as a “Man Cave” you come home from work to find a Disney Princess color/sticker book on your desk…you smile and then shrug it off.
3.       While spending precious time in said “Man Cave” you get bombarded by 6 girls under the age of 8.  You declare that this is for guys only and the oldest says, “well you should have locked the door then…but we would use the scissors to unlock it anyways”…you contemplate that profound statement and then shrug it off.
4.       You notice that your hat doesn’t fit right after putting it on when going to work so you make a mental note that it’s time for yet another haircut.  However, when you get to work and check in the mirror you definitely don’t need a hair cut but you do notice a Snow White sticker placed inside your hat…you laugh and then shrug it off
5.       You are capable of putting a girl’s hair into a ponytail without the help of your wife.  Then you realize that you might have to turn in your man card for admitted it…then you shrug it off.
Notice something common about these signs…I keep shrugging things off.  In a later post I plan to submit some reasons why it great to be the only testosterone producing person in the house. 
Any other signs I’m missing?  What else do I have to look forward to?

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Three Things Thursday

1.       Skype is awesome.  M and I were able to talk to some of our dear friends from Alabama this week thanks to Skype.  Joining a new church and making new friends is very excited but it is also a bit stressful because you have to allow the "I feel close enough with you to share my concerns and not fully thought out plans with someone I've only known for a short time" aspect of the relationship to work itself out.  That can take time and a lot of awkward discussions both for both parties.  Friends of ours in Ohio told us that when they decided to get out of the military they were able to make friendships with people they've known for a couple years.  They went on to say that the only thing that changed in the "relationship" was that they were no longer "forced" to move.  Apparently even at church there are people who won't take the time to get to know someone all because Uncle Sam will take them away a few years later. 
Therefore, Skype provided a great sense of comfort for us.  Even though we didin't engage in a deep conversation (M and A Housewife in Montgomery spent most of the time talking about the kid's schooling and making hair bows) it felt like we never moved from Alabama in 2006.  So who ever created Skype, thank you.  But most of all thank you for making it free!
2.       So far I've had to juggle the timing of my runs this week.  Instead of running in the mornings before going to work I've ran on the treadmill in the basement.  It's not a bad thing but it pretty much means that I'm going to be later than I want.  Unfortunately because of the transportation complexity here is DC I'm not able to sleep in to make up for the longer night.  After a couple of days it makes it harder to get up in the morning.  I'll be on the treadmill again tonight after all the girls have gone to bed so I'm already not looking forward to tomorrow morning. 

3.       Unfortunately I have honor and privilege of attending a funeral at National Arlington Cemetery.  A son-in-law of a co-worker us was killed while on patrol in Afghanistan in September.  He was only 24 years old and left behind his wife of only 1 year.  Here is more information about him, http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/sjfleming.htm.  Please say a prayer for all families grieving over his death.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Monday Mash

This past weekend was crazy busy.  Thanks to a lot of help from friends we got all of the furniture moved into the basement.  We spent a couple hours after the move trying to organize the rest of our junk so M could park the swagger wagon in the garage.  All in all we were successful because she just called and said that it was nice to be able to run errands without having to get wet walking from the driveway to the front door.  A happy wife leads to a happy life.  We ended up having our neighbors over for a cook out that night so it was a great way to end the long day.  The bad news is that I was too tired to get my run in.  I knew this would happen so I planned on getting get done on Sunday instead.  However Sunday's perfect storm of events proved to be more than we could handle.

We got up in time to make it to church but when Claire started coughing things went downhill.  We decided that I would take Madalynn to church while M stayed with Claire and Lauren.  Claire eventually said she wanted to go (after taking cough medicine) so we decided to let her stay with us rather than her class.  Between making that decision and trying to get the girls ready we were already running late.  Seeing the handwriting on the wall I declared that the family isn't going to church today.  I went to the basement to start organizing our mess while M fed Lauren.  It wasn't too long before M informed me that they were leaving for church.  Sheepishly I had to acknowledge that she was right and we could still make it to Sunday school (our worship service meets first).  We finally get to church to find that Madalynn had a complete blowout diaper…one that required a total change of clothes, the car seat cover to be washed, and a bath for Madalynn.  Claire and I continued to church late while M, Madalynn and Lauren headed back home in attempts to meet me in Sunday school.  By the time it took for M to fix everything it was too late to make it back.  They picked us up after church so we could go out to lunch…to discover that Lauren had a complete blowout diaper.  True to form, this one needed a total change of clothes as well. 

M needed to run some errands so I had the girls and was determined to make it back to church for AWANA.  Claire knew her memory verse, kids were wearing shoes, Madalynn and Lauren had clean diapers, and they were loaded in the truck on time so I was finally feeling good about the way things were going.  M would be so proud of me.  However, my truck's battery decided it didn't want to start.  By the time it would have taken to get it jumped or for M to come pick us up we would have missed a large part of AWANA so I decided to call it quits for the day.  I was not able to get my run in on Sunday either.

Can I have my weekend back?