Saturday, August 30, 2008

Good *&!(@! morning!

There's nothing like jumping out of bed at 3:45 am on one of the rare mornings when sleeping in might actually be an option just for the opportunity to run 20 miles around west Fort Worth in the pre-dawn darkness in a futile effort to avoid the heat and humidity brought on by the late summer Texas sun.

I love* training.

* Hate.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Four random thoughts this Thursday morning....

1. I am getting excited about The Quad."The Quad," you say. "What the hell is The Quad?" Ah, you really don't know me and my penchant for nicknames, do you? Now that I have added the 12 hour Ultracentric to my list of big* runs this season, I am dubbing the four biggies** The Quad. It's important to name your enemy.

2. I am having unsettling deja vu these days when my thoughts stray to New Orleans. I love the Crescent City. Pray that Gustav spares my former hometown. The Big Easy has had enough tragedy in recent memory.

3. Ezra has taken great strides. Literally. The little dude decided to start walking a couple of weeks ago with a few tentative steps. Now, he's zooming around the house, albeit a bit Frankenstein-like. It's hard to believe he'll be one year old this Sunday.

4. This afternoon, my firm is hosting the Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association monthly happy hour at our new building. Apparently, the event has even been given a name: "Mojito Madness." I am only two days removed from the annual alcohol-soaked, golfing gluttony in Arkansas with the guys. I am not looking forward to this soiree, regardless of its winning use of alliteration.

* I now define a "big" run as anything beyond 50 km. Because, hey, it makes me feel like a badass.

** The four biggies include the 12 hour Ultracentric, the Sunmart 50 mile, the Bandera 50 km, and the Rocky Raccoon 100 mile.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

San Antonio is out, Ultracentric is in.

Just returned from the annual golf trip. Three and a half days of doing absolutely NOTHING healthy. Good times, but I feel like I gained ten pounds (which I might have).

Serious training starts NOW.

Oh, and I might have a sponsor. No details until it's finalized, but things are looking good.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

True statement*: This blog is not political.

In any event, I awoke this morning to learn that Barack Obama has selected Joe Biden as his running mate.

I met Joe Biden several years ago in New Orleans. Biden's daughter was an undergraduate student at Tulane, where I was attending law school at the time. Biden, an attorney, spoke to my Constitutional Law class. I don't remember the subject matter of his speech (although I'm willing to bet it had something to do with the Constitution), but I recall thinking, "Wow, that guy is one slick politician."

So there you go.

And now I'm off to Hot Springs Village for the annual weekend of golfing, drinking, and not running** with the guys. I'm actually a little sad I won't see Nell and Ezra for a few days.


* Not necessarily a true statement.
** I might run....

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

It looks like the Ultracentric will replace the San Antonio Rock and Roll Marathon. Nell has decided to run a 1/2 marathon in Waco in October instead of San Antonio in November. I had planned to run San Antonio with her, but now that we have that weekend free, I'm going to sign up for the 12 hour Ultracentric. We'll see this year's run compares to last year's attempt.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

I came across Theresa's blog and had to repost her current musing on our chosen profession. It's the last line that elicited an audible chuckle.

Listen closely, little children: Don't go to law school. You'll die a miserable, mean person, even if you thought practicing law was about helping people. Atticus Finch is dead.

I'm back on FitDay. Our summer clerks are finally heading out, and it's a good thing because the past 6 weeks of big lunches, happy hours, and dinner parties have taken their toll. Combined with the heat and the lack of athletic challenges to motivate me to train harder, I feel a bit, um, how shall I put this... husky. I need to drop at least 10 pounds between now and The Trilogy, and I need to concentrate on eating healthier. I tend to eat well throughout the day, but I often screw it up by grazing on whatever is nearby once I get home from work. I'm not a believer in dieting, but I do know that forcing myself to track what I eat (and drink) will help keep me honest. In that regard, I am (again) posting a link to my FitDay diary, if you're interested in checking it out.*

Oh, and I got a new toy this week.

My BlackBerry finally crapped out on me, and the firm** gave me the option of getting another one or going for the iPhone.

I made the right choice. Apple's newest gadget is incredible. It lives up to the hype. I downloaded a GPS distance tracker to use on my runs and was amazed out how well it worked. The iPhone picked up the GPS signal immediately and never lost it, despite the fact that I stored the sucker in the back pocket of Ezra's jogging stroller. No line of sight. I have no idea how it kept an accurate signal, but it was dead on. Much better than the Garmin Forerunner that Jballs sometimes runs with. In addition, the phone is great, the internet is fast, and the overall functionality is intuitive and pretty much flawless. I highly recommend it.

Have a nice weekend, folks. Think of me Saturday morning when I'll be running 18 miles before the sun comes up.

* i.e., if you are extremely bored.
** Yep, just like that John Grisham novel. Except not really.

Friday, August 08, 2008

I meant to mention that last week, Nell and I check out Karnazes' movie about running 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 consecutive days. Karnazes is a controversial figure in the ultra world with folks either loving him or hating him. I tend to fall more into the former camp than the latter, although I am not as enamored as I once was. We both liked the film, and I especially enjoyed the scenes in which the wheels came off and the team had to scramble to keep things running logistically smoothly.

p.s. We had a cool front come through this week. The high on Wednesday was only 93 degrees. Woo hoo!

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

It's official -- I am on the list for the Bandera 100 km and the Rocky Raccoon 100 mile. It's time to eat, breathe, and sleep running. Holy hell.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

North Texas is hot. Seriously, HOT. Really, really H-O-T.

It hit 108 yesterday. I got up at 4:30 a.m. to beat the heat, but 15 minutes into my 16 mile run, I passed a sign boldly declaring that the temperature had already reached 85 degrees.

This. Is. Unacceptable.

As I dragged my sweat-drenched, depleted, (literally*) dehydrated body back home 2 hours and 45 minutes later, I had to remind myself that swearing off all summer running wasn't the answer and that eventually cooler temperatures would return. But until they do, long runs are going to be rough. During the run, I drank 2 liters of water and several cups of Nuun, plus 2 S-Caps and a bag of Clif Bloks, and I chugged 32 ounces of my Gatorade/Protein post-run creation** immediately after finishing, but I was still downing water all day long. Couldn't get enough.

Oh, and not smart enough to stay inside for the rest of the day, I ventured out again at 2 p.m. to play 9 holes of golf.*** I went to bed at 8:30 p.m. last night.

6 miles this morning at 7:00 a.m. with Ezra was steamy, too. At least the little dude got to sleep for the last 2 miles as I pushed his rapidly growing, 23-pound frame up Hidden Road.
I need a nap.
Have a nice Sunday, amigos.

* Not literally.
** 1 scoop of Gatorade lemon lime powder mixed with 2 scoops of EAS protein in 32 ounces of water makes a somewhat dense citrus cream concoction that aids with recovery. Or so I tell myself. It's basically the poor man's Accelerade.
*** I also spent midday running errands around town, including a trip to Costco. Why, I ask, why???
**** Do you like the footnotes? They are new.


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