Saturday, June 28, 2008

5:15 am. Last night, I received six omens that portend a potentially ill-advised Cow Creek Country Classic.

First, Ezra awoke crying at 10 pm, two hours after we put him to bed. These days, Ezra sleeps like a log and doesn't wake up until the morning.

Second, my throat started hurting in the middle of the night. A slight tickle that is now making it difficult to swallow my morning coffee.

Third, the outside of my left foot, which has been feeling a little weird over the past few days, began hurting as I laid in bed and now feels like some sort of strain.

Fourth, around 2:00 am, I got up to use the restroom and stepped in fresh cat puke that one of our felines had decided to leave right oustide our bedroom door.

Fifth, at 3:00 am, the carbon monoxide alarm went off.

Sixth, at 3:15 am, the Fort Worth Fire Department pulled up to our house to investigate. Thankfully, it appears to have been a false alarm caused by a faulty carbon monoxide detector.

But don't worry, folks. I'm not superstitious. My buddy, Steel Reserve (the person, not the 40, although I hear he was once selected as a "40 Under 40"), will be here in 30 minutes to drive us to Waxahachie for 4-6 hours of pedaling. I can't wait.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Tomorrow is the Cow Creek Country Classic. I'll be riding somewhere between 50-100 miles. I'd like to get in a century ride this year, and CCCC is the only organized century ride that fits my schedule. But I haven't ridden more than 40 or so miles this season, so it could be rough. Then again, my overall endurance is still pretty good; I ran a little over 20 miles last weekend, and I've finished two marathons, three 50ks, and one 50 mile run so far in 2008. We'll see how it goes.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

It was hot, but I made it 20.25 miles on foot this morning. Longest run since April's OK City Marathon. Woo-hoo!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

I know it's been a week, but wow--Tiger Woods--wow. Stress fracture, ACL tear, 91 holes. Unbelievable. Golf won't be nearly as exciting this year without him.

Last night, Nell and I snagged a babysitter and made our way to Ovation, a restaurant/jazz bar near Ridglea. We will definitely be back. We started with fried green tomatoes, garnished with ham, a fried egg, and red eye gravy. For the main course, we split Ovation's signature dish, chicken and waffles with collard greens and thin-cut sweet potato fries. The fried chicken was hands-down the best I've ever had in my entire life. Too stuffed to move to dessert, we sat back and listened to the upbeat jazz/blues coming from the sextet on the nearby stage. It was a nice Friday.

And now, on Saturday morning, I'm hanging with Ezra while Nell gets in her weekly long run with the FWRunCo folks. She is training for the San Antonio Rock and Roll marathon, her second marathon (her first was the 2006 Marine Corps Marathon). To help her schedule, I've flipped my long run/long ride schedule. Unless I've got an organized ride (like next weekend's Cow Creek Country Classic), I'm riding Saturday afternoons and running Sunday mornings.

Ah, yes, and running Sunday mornings is EARLY. The heat and humidity of Texas in the summer is here in full force, making up for last year's mild temps. So tomorrow, I will be venturing out the door no later than 5 am (and, if I can drag myself out of bed, closer to 4:30 am) for a 3-4 hour run.

Anyway... how are you?

Saturday, June 14, 2008

500th post. Wow. To celebrate, I think I'll go for a 50 mile ride this afternoon.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Saturday, June 07, 2008

My blogging has taken a back seat these days, but I'll get back on track (eventually).

So what's new?
  • Today, Nell and I have been married for 5 years! And we've been together for almost 10 years. I've got a surprise weekend planned for us.
  • Ezra is a crawling machine. The dude is zipping all over the house. We have affectionately dubbed the back two rooms the "safe zone" because we've tried to remove all of the potentially sharp, hazardous obstacles. We spend a lot of time in the "safe zone" these days.
  • I'm not running as much as I should. With no races on the horizon and the heat and humidity on the rise, I'm just not as motivated to get up early and crank out the miles. But...
  • Cycling has taken a more prominent spot in my workout routine. While I still prefer running, the sweltering Texas climate makes it mentally easier to hop on the bike than to lace up the Brooks. Although the 30-40 mph south winds that have been ripping across Fort Worth lately are threatening to dampen my enthusiasm.
  • Now that El Scorcho is sold out, the reality of putting on a 400 runner ultramarathon at midnight in Texas in July is sinking in. We've got A LOT of work to do between now and July 20.
  • And on a final note, I obtained a $1,009,000 post-answer default judgment on Tuesday. Punitive damages made up $900,000 of the $1 million+ judgment. Client is happy.

Monday, June 02, 2008

The Miami Herald has a very good (and scary) article about running a 100 mile race.

My favorite stat: 1 in 181,522 North Americans finished a 100-mile race in 2007. That's 0.0005 percent. Wow.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

El Scorcho Dos is SOLD OUT!

That's it, amigos. El Scorcho is done. No more runners. 400 is our limit and we're there. If you didn't register and make it, we're sorry.

Since we reached our field limit, I've gotten several e-mails asking if folks can come out and run the race anyway without registering.

Unfortunately, we cannot allow you to do so. We have very specific requirements that allow us to use Trinity Park after hours.We have insurance and permits and City Codes and you-have-no-idea-how-much beaucracy. There are serious liability issues with having unregistered runners participating in El Scorcho.

"Banditing" the course (i.e., running without registering) puts the entire race in jeopardy. If you care about the future of El Scorcho and Fort Worth ultrarunning, DO NOT "bandit" El Scorcho. If didn't get in this year, come out and volunteer and run next year.

If everyone plays by the rules and has a good attitude, then El Scorcho will be around for many years to come.

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