Thursday, October 31, 2013

Two new leaves (or is it leafs?)

Trying to post more frequently (leaf number 1) so here goes...

In honor of the Red Sox (and the late night last night) I took this morning off.  I ended up running 92.6 miles this month (up from 91.8 miles in September).  Not too shabby when you figure I lost almost a week in each month to the Disney trip (and I took most of last week off to sleep).  My official goal for November is 100 miles!  Woot Woot!

Costumes are done (or nearly done) so we should be ready for tonight.  (Pictures to follow).

And as for the second leaf . . . while I was doing pretty well on the whole "being healthy" thing from January 1, 2013 through September 26, 2013 - I have definitely taken a step back since boarding that plane for Disney World.  Starting right now (that's right - PRE-candy!)  I am official BACK on the wagon!  I'm going to try to hit it hard from now until Thanksgiving.  With any luck (but let's face it, luck isn't the issue) I will be back to where I was on September 26 by then.  Focus!

Hoping to use the following to motivate . . .

and of course this too . . . 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

It's been a long time . . .

With the start of school, Disney vacation, soccer, work, training and post-season baseball . . . it's been a busy month and I haven't had the time to update the old blog.  I'll try to fill in (the best I can remember) all the comings and goings and will make an effort to write more often (even when it feels like there is nothing going on other than an extremely hectic life).

So . . . .

Training.  Our Disney vacation ended on Saturday, October 5 (boo).  We arrived back in Portland at around 10:30 PM and by the time we got back to the house, settled and into bed it was past midnight.  I was up at 5 and driving to meet Anne in Freeport (we had to go north as the Maine Marathon and Half Marathon were that day) for a 15 mile run.  The combination of not running for 10 days, overeating for 10 days and not knowing the route led to a really rough go of it.  We did make it, but there were times it was not pretty.  Stats for the run were:  15.32 miles; 2:30:21; 9:49 pace.  I only ran twice that next week (4 miles each time) and then  we did 16 miles on Saturday the 12th.  This one felt much better!  I knew the area we were running in and felt strong most of the way.  The last mile was mostly uphill, which was not fun but all in all it was a good say.  Stats:  16 miles; 2:34:54; 9:41 pace.  I then ran a 5k with Andy on Sunday - it felt good; legs were fine.  We finished in 26:41 (8:31 pace).  I then ran 3 four mile runs during the week and a nice 10 mile run with Renee on Sunday the 20th.  And then, for some reason, I hit the wall.  Jonny and I were all set to run 5 on Monday; I got up; got dressed; texted Jonny (who had just woken up) and . . . . we bagged it and I went back to bed.  We tried again on Tuesday and even got to the point where we met outside my house (all geared up in multiple layers and with headlamps) and then . . . yup . . gave up and went back to bed.  Jonny says we need to "honor the change of seasons" but I think it was all the travel catching up to me.  I decided Tuesday morning to throw in the towel and give up for the week - and just sleep in. Ahhh.

This past Saturday, Renee and I ran 7 miles and it felt great.  I followed that up with a 17 mile run with Anne on Sunday.  It was great; then not great; then really good.  I had dropped water and Gatorade every three miles the night before and we carried some nutrition, but as it turned out - not enough nutrition.  I didn't eat until Mile 10 (which was my second mistake, the first being not bringing enough).  From Mile 10 - 12 I was started to get light-headed, which I am pretty sure is not good.  During a walk break, we called Hope and  she met us on the route and handed us some power bars - phew!  After that, it was pretty smooth sailing home, although I think we both decided that we are going too fast (for us) and that at the longer distances we need to slow down.  I felt good finishing and probably could have done another 2 - 3 miles, but no more (and certainly not another 9.2 miles!)  Stats:  17 Miles; 2:49:28; 9:58 pace.

I am trying to get in 2 4s and a 5 this week and think we have a 10 this weekend (and then 8 and 18 the following weekend).  With a few hiccups, training is progressing.  My goals at this point are to (a) not lose focus; (2) replace one 4 mile run during the week with a 5 or 6 mile run; and (c) survive the 18, 19 and 20 mile runs we have coming up.

TSA Stuff.  My fundraising (which surpassed my goal) is essentially over.  Anne continues to work towards her goal.  She will be staffing the 50/50 table at the Red Claws Home Opener on 11/22, which should help a lot.  We continue to learn more about what is in store for Marathon weekend, including a TSA dinner on Friday, which should be a nice opportunity to meet others affected with TS.  One of the cool things I am looking forward to is being at Disney with family.  My parents have decided to join Anne and I down there, which will be nice.  And two of my nephews (Kyle and Darren) will be running the half (and taking their lazy, non-running  family members - Brenda, Tom and Joseph - with them).  Kyle and Darren are also raising money for TSA, which is wicked cool.

I was recently interviewed for an article that TSA is putting out about fathering a child with TS.  I'll add a link when it comes out if (a) I make it into the piece and (2) they edit my comments so I don't sound like the idiot I am.

Other.  As noted above, the previous few weeks have been filled with soccer, work, trips, etc.  Here are a few snaps of this crazy life.

From the top of Bradbury Mountain

Celebrating an undefeated season!

Packing the car for his first magic show!

Andy warming up the crowd.

TheoMagic (first show)

Bolt costume.  Andy will be an iPod (but we are still working on it)

Hope to be more engaged in the coming days and weeks.


Friday, October 18, 2013

ALCS (Baseball)

I know I need to finish our Disney vacation post AND post a training update (it is going well), but while it's still fresh, I wanted to post about the last 24 hours (or so).

Last Friday, my father called to tell me that the bought Red Sox playoff tickets and he needed my help with "travel arrangements."  Ummm, ok . . . We drive the 100 miles to Boston, park the car, go to the game and drive home.  Seems pretty straightforward, right?

Turns out he purchased (on purpose) two tickets to Game 5 of he American League Championship Series in . . . . Detroit!  Detroit.  The Motor City!

So, I hopped on the world wide interwebs and make a few clicks and BOOM, we acre going to Detroit!

We left Portland yesterday at 11:45 am; first to Philly 

 and then to Detroit.  We rented a car and found a hotel right by the airport.

I wanted to check this place out in honor of my favorite Pollack, but we didn't have time.

We dropped our bags at the hotel and drove into downtown Detroit!

It was a bit grey (and cold) but the ballpark is great and the excitement was palpable. 

We ate dinner at the "Beer Hall" - it was a step above ballpark fare and (again, the atmosphere was great).

After dinner,we. Had about 40 minutes until First Pitch, so we explored the park.

And here are the views from our left field seats:

Not too shabby!

The game was great!  Sox won (barely) and the crowd was into it the entire game.  After the game, we got stuck in traffic for about an hour (ugh) and didn't get to our hotel until after 1:30.

There is nothing like sitting up at 1:40 am and setting an alarm for 5:00 am.  Yuck!

So this morning, we got up at 5; took a shower; out the door at 5:15 and at the airport at 5:30.  No problems with security or finding our gate.  After a quick flight back to Philly, 

we were on a second flight 

to Portland, Maine.  

Saw this sign at 10:45 this morning (24 hours after getting to the airport)

And at my desk by 11 - what a day!  Gotta thank the Old Man - this one was EPIC.