Sunday, November 29, 2009

Day 2-4 Mmmmmm treadmills....

I realize that this blog consists of quite a menagerie of posts. If one was analyzing it, you could probably boil it down to: running stats, me talking about not liking to run, a description of some aches and pains, an occasional moment of inspiration and a bunch of complaining/whining. I don't care much for complaining/whining but I do realize I engage in it occasionally. And oh by the way, why break tradition now?

So about this hill. It makes me want to buy a treadmill. :) But I think in some part of my crazed running mind that "You will get used to this! Soon this hill will be nothing! You will become part mountain goat! You will go looking for bigger and tougher hills because this will be too easy!" Then I start running up it and those voices go away. Ha! I did do it. Today and yesterday and the day before. Its a small number, four days, but its more than zero. And I hear tale of a few others joining in the fun! Anyone else want to join the streak craze? Its sweeping the nation, one mile at a time...

Workouts: (trying the daily mile thing for a while....)

Day 2 1.44 in 13:35
Day 3 1.5 in 20:46
Day 4 1.5 in 19:06

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Day 1 - Take Two

Right so I ran today. 4.2 in a whole lot (54:06). (Lets not bring up that "teh wifey" ran the same course in a LOT less time.) I'm not sure what this means. It might mean hey streak #2 is on! It might mean hey my back still hurts I'm going to take another three weeks off. Dunno. What I do know is that we moved. Like we live in a new house. And like a complete idiot I failed to fully take into account the most important part of choosing a house, no hills nearby. /fail. Right out our driveway there is a massive (in my eyes, OK!) hill that you have to get up to get anywhere. Every single run outside will have to start by going up the hill. Now once you're up, you're golden as it is dirt roads, flat grounds, and nice easy 7200'-of-elevation-jogging. Negative points for the killer dogs that roam the neighborhoods. We do live in "the country" now so in the first two miles of my run I saw cars. ftw! There are a lot of trails to explore and very little pavement/asphalt so I am very thankful for this. You have to watch out for the fearless deer who wonder through our property on a regular basis, but my kids should chase them off soon.

All in all, I am very thankful I could run today. I know it does not mean I will be able to run tomorrow, but I'm not worrying about tomorrow. I am just sitting back and enjoying the fact that I ran farther than this guy. :) He's also starting a streak today. He hasn't made any bold projections for how long he plans to go, but I think he should commit right now today to at least ten years. Any one else want to join us in the ridiculous, frowned upon by most, mentally exhausting, discipline trying fun of a running streak? The rules and lists are here. Many others are in the middle of one and going strong...

Most of all I'm thankful for the many blessings I have been given, by my Lord, my family, my friends, and encouragement from random, really kewl, amazing, clearly very attractive and popular, running blaaahg-o-sphere members. Thanks Everbody!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Moving On

Hey. How are things? Yeah? Me too. I stopped taking pain killers today. So if in the last two and one-half weeks you haven't received any bizarre, rambling voice mails from me, consider yourself fortunate. I have a history of making strange calls while under the influence of prescription medication. After I had wisdom teeth pulled a while back I made a call to my team at work. Really bad idea, though they enjoyed it for a very long time... :)

Thanks for all the encouragement. It is very meaningful to me.

The back is recovering slowly. I am up and moving about. I am mostly standing up straight now, and the "crooked little man"-nomer which I had aptly picked up earlier, mostly doesn't apply anymore. There has been no running yet due to the pain and such, but it has crossed my mind a few times.

I finally updated the spreadsheet. That was a hard thing to do. It reminded me why I do/did this running thing. Why? Because I like to accomplish things. On rare occasions I have actually enjoyed the running. But mostly, I like putting numbers in my spreadsheet. I like moving the bar graph. I like making check marks next to things like, ran a marathon - check, ran 800 miles in a year - check, ran every day for a 670 days - check, ran an ultramarathon - ?

My thoughts are still percolating on what to do next and when. Thanks for the suggestions. I hope this blog post finds you pursuing, and doing, and achieving, whatever those goals you have are. Reading your blogs it sounds like many of you are doing just that. Grats.

Final Streak Stats:

# of days in a row of running at least one continuous mile: 670
Total mileage: 1514.71 miles
Total time: Eleven days, twenty hours, forty-five minutes, and forty-five seconds. (17085:45 minutes, if my math is correct...)
Average run: 2.2071 miles, in 25 minutes and 15 seconds, 11:27 mins/mile pace.
Longest run: 26.2 miles in 5:13:38
Countries run in: USA, Kenya, England
States run in: California, Nevada, Montana, Colorado, Washington D.C.?!?, Florida, Oregon
Times I ran with my shorts on backwards: more than I care to admit
Times I ran in dress shoes because I forgot running shoes: >10
Times I had to drop "the Double D" on the side of the road during a run: yeah...about that...
Times I waited until 11:40 pm or later to start my run for the day: Innumerable
God is Good to me.

Moving on...more running to come...

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Incident - A recap

The End of the streak.

Well despite Tom's insipiring attempt to give a noble and hilarious description of what kept me from running the other day, what actually occurred was far less inspiring.

I was up early to run the first day of the back to back weekend long runs which was supposed to be fourteen miles long. When I got out of bed, my lower back sort of cracked, but I didn't take much notice of it as I usually don't get up that early and was still half asleep. I don't normally do morning runs, but I was planning on helping a lady from church move later and this was the only time to get in. Anyway, after hauling my stuff downstairs, I bent over to reach something else to put on and BLAM! I was lying on the floor, yelling bloody murder. My back had given out and I couldn't walk or even stand up. I spent the next four hours rolling around trying to get up to no avail. Teh wifey had to call the ambulance to come and get me to take me to the ER so I could get some good drugs. I've been in bed ever since.

Four days have passed, and I am getting somewhat better, I have been able to stand up and walk to the bathroom with help. There are some oh so proud moments when you can't stand up at all...I think the pain is gradually diminishing. It is most likely muscular and similar to something that happened to me three or four years ago (before the 2nd running career started). The solution last time was to exercise faithfully and stretch faithfully and that had pretty much done it until the other day.

As far as the streak goes, it was pretty tough. I'll admit I shed a few tears and even made a final attempt to stand up and do...something, but seeing as I couldn't stand up it was a pretty ridiculous sight.

I'm sure as I look back at it, at some point I will realize that I made my initial goals and then some. 366 days were achieved, and considering the state I was in at that time, that is pretty much a miracle. I think there are a lot of lessons to be learned from all of this, many I'm sure I haven't even thought about yet. However the main reminder that emerges from this, is one that I realized very early on in this streak running thing. That is, there are no guarantees. As I started running every day I realized that on any given day something could happen to prevent me from running. I also knew it could be something totally out of my control. There is no guarantee that running at least one mile will happen tomorrow. I can prepare and plan, and set my willpower level to "hardcore" but nothing can ensure it taking place. As we all know, life is like that too. Everything we count on, everything we plan to do, everything we are hoping for, can change in an instant. There are no guarantees for tomorrow. So today, if you can, why not seize the moment and go for a run? (just remember to bend your knees already!)

I praise the Lord I had the opportunity to run for 669 days. I know its a blessing to even have the physical capability to run. I'll continue to try not to take that for granted.

p.s. Thanks for all the comments, they are greatly appreciated!

p.p.s. Do they make a 40 oz Gatorade bottle? I could've used one...

Day 667-669 The Final Countdown

These are the record of the last three days before "the incident".

There were some sweet post ideas I had ruminating for them, but none of them make much sense at this point.

Day 667 - 4.0 in 42:12
Day 668 - 1.0 in 11:06
Day 669 - 1.1 in 13:12

Sunday, November 1, 2009

All Good Things...

The streak is over.
I hurt my back.
I'll be flat on my back for probably the next week at least.