Thursday, February 28, 2008
Worked out on both the Ellipticle and TM tonight for a total of 7.42 miles.
I have developed a blister on the inside of my left heel.
Close inspection of my shoe shows a slight inward crease on the edge of the insole. That is what caused it. I will visit my shoe store soon and ask them to replace the insole. I tried folding it outward but it returns back to were it was every time.
Keep Moving Forward Everyone.
Rather I should be peelin’ tators so to speak.
Now I like the idea of walking during shows such as “Biggest Loser” but I am not certain why I watch that train wreck they call Big Brother.
Tonight I walked through four more episodes of Zorro. I’m really digging it. When I saw these as a kid I only caught an episode here and there. Now I get to watch them in order and experience the whole story.
Mileage posted in the right hand column.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
This post title says it all. That's what I have to put in before I get on the plane to head down to Orlando.
As things stand today I am behind that goal by about 44 miles. Even though 44 sounds like a lot of miles I feel that I can do it. I just need to do a couple things. Make certain that from this point on I reach the 26.5 MPW and put in a little extra. At some point in the months ahead I would like to meet and beat the monthly mileage I had last September during the Jon-A-Thon. 216.49 miles. What I need to decide is whether to do that before or after Dam to Dam in May. I am thinking after might be the better plan.
I have posted a picture to show where this years mileage puts me so far. 114 miles east of Des Moines. Just about to take a turn south.
Tonight was a WOG at SNAP 5.3 Miles 60min.
Be sure to drop by and say hello to Craig and Kristin at http://www.runningtodisney.com/
Friday, February 22, 2008
Those of you following this blog know that I am a big classic movie fan. Yesterday I received a Disney Movie Reward that I had been saving my points for. A boxed set of the complete first season of Disney's Zorro. 5 DVDs containing 39 episodes. It is currently sold as a Disney Movie Club exclusive. Which can be purchased only if you are member. Disney Movie Reward members can pick a set up for 2200 pts.
So tonight I am planning a walking trip over at Treadmill Theater.
Well I have indeed visited the old TM Theater. I walked 5.32 miles in 80 Min. The episodes I have watched so far have been a lot of fun. There's nothing like a good swashbuckling adventure. One thing about these releases surprised me. The episodes have been colorized. I was expecting the original B/W copies. A number of years ago when Ted Turner purchased rights to MGM he colorized a number of films. Some looked pretty good while others looked like crud. These Zorro episodes look fantastic. As if they were originally filmed this way.
I have not joined the Disney Movie club in the past but if exclusive films such as these are being offered I may consider it. A flyer in the first DVD listed programmed wrapped and labeled As "The Wonderful World Of Disney" which is the version of Disney television programming I grew up with. So I made need to look further into this.
But for now I'm heading over to the microwave and popping a bag of Heathly-Pop Popcorn. I'm going to watch a few more episodes. I feel like such a kid.
I sent one out to Mike Fess this morning. Check your mail Mike.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
And this afternoon I went out and finally purchased a new pair of running shoes. They felt great in the store and tomorrow I will try them out at SNAP. I changed brands so we will see how it goes. Store policy is bring them back if they don't work out well.
Tomorrow I may give a report.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Well temps today were in the low teens with very little wind.
I decided to go for it. I went out with the intention of heading out 6.2 miles and then turning around. As I approached the 6.2 mile mark I thought about Kates recent blog and asked myself if I should check in on Dewey before turning around. That is exactly what I did. Once I reached Dewey I did take a short walking breather. From there I did pretty well up until the 11 mile mark. The cold air was beginning to work on my lungs as I headed into a slight breeze.
The final 2.1 miles were a wog. But I did it. 13.1 miles in 2 hrs 17 mins.
I will say that I quickly realized how spoiled I had gotten on the treadmill. The road works your body in a whole different way. So be sure to mix your future training with road work once conditions allow in your area.
I had ice rimming my glasses and hanging from my beard. Here's a picture that my wife took when I got home.
I was exhausted but man it felt good when it was over. Looking forward to much warmer days here.
Hope you are all doing well.
I have to believe that these are being brought back out to complement the "Grand Fiesta Tour" which opened in Epoct last year. Figment aside, I typically am not a fan of putting the Disney characters in Epcot but they pulled this one off nicely. The introduction of Donald, Jose, and Panchito keeps this ride lively and entertaining.
According to Wikipedia.
Saludos Amigos premiered in Rio de Janeiro on Aug 24th 1942. It was released in the United States on February 6th 1943. It garnered mixed reviews and was only reissued once, in 1949, when it was shown on a double bill with the first reissue of Dumbo
It contained these short stories.
American tourist Donald Duck visits the titlee location and meets with some of the local yokels, including an obstinate Llama
involves the title character, a small airplane from Chile, engaging in his very first flight to pick up air mail from Mendoza, with near disastrous results.
El Gaucho Goofy,
American cowboy Goofy gets taken mysteriously to the Argentine pampas to learn the ways of the native gaucho. This segment was later edited for the film's video release to remove one scene of Goofy smoking a cigarette.
Aquarela do Brasil (or "Watercolor of Brazil"),
The finale of the film, involves a brand-new character, Jose Carioca, Donald Duck around South America and introducing him to the samba.
Three Caballeros was released in 1944.
In this movie we get to celebrate along with Donald Duck as he opens his birthday gifts.
A projector and a series of films. Of course Donald himself becomes part of the animated fun as the film progresses.
The Cold-Blooded Penguin,
Involves a penguin named Pablo, who is so fed up with the freezing conditions of the South Pole that he decides to leave for warmer climates.
The Flying Gauchito,
The adventures of a little boy from Uruguay and his winged donkey, Burrito.
A pop-up book trip through Salvador, the capital of the Brazilian state of Bahia, as Donald Duck and José Carioca meet up with some of the locals who dance an interesting samba and Donald starts pining for one of the females in the group.
Is the story of a group of Mexican children who celebrate Christmas by re-enacting the journey of Mary and Joseph searching for room at the inn. "Posada" means "inn", and they are told "no posada" at each house until they come to one where they are offered shelter in a stable. This leads to festivities including the breaking of the piñata, which in turn leads to Donald Duck trying to break the piñata as well.
I would place Three Caballeros in my top ten list of Disney favorites. It's one of those nostalgic looks back into what the Studios were producing so many years ago.
Thanks Jeff for the heads up on this upcoming release. And welcome again to the blogging world.
On a training note. I have not done a thing since Mondays run. I have this afternoon off and will be getting up to SNAP. I will post an update later today.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Snowboarding down a mountain, one hand is holding a phone while the other holds a Red Bull or Monster. Watch out for that tree pal.
Visiting a forest and enjoying its wildlife. Then the phone rings and frightens the animals away. Or worse yet, attracts the attention of a nearby bear.
Walking through Epcot and talking business on the phone. While his wife is walking next to him pushing a stroller, and she’s ticked off that he couldn’t leave work at the office to fully enjoy the family “vacation” she spent months planning. (Witnessed this one personally during Mousefest, She was not happy.)
Oh, and later that night. Same couple San Angel Inn Cantina at dinner time. Yep he’s on the phone.
A couple weeks ago I was at SNAP and the lady running (or rather sprinting) next to me had her phone resting in the cup holder. She took two calls while I was there. She just stepped off the belt and onto the side deck. Good grief, get a clue lady. I would never let a phone interrupt my workout like that.
The cell phone is a major part of our society today. It is both useful and in my opinion it is one of the greatest scourges on our planet. And for heavens sake don’t get me started on text messaging. Some people can’t be without it.
The cell phone has become a fashion accessory in some cases.
“Oh have you seen my new Razor”
“That’s so old I just got a Chocolate”
“Chocolate is sooooo last year, mines a Jukebox, look it swings open sideways”
“Mine has camera”
“Mine plays music”
“Mine clips toenails”
And mine? Well mine has a ringer and I talk to people on it. And yes shocker of shockers I sometimes leave it at home.
A number of years ago I had the great pleasure of taking a couple trips out to Miramonte national park in SW Colorado to go camping and fishing with my Dad. Being away from it all was great. Each morning I would find him sitting outside drinking his coffee and watching the mountains reflected in the lake as the sun came up.
One morning he said “It took me years to learn how to do this.” I asked him what he meant. “To just take the time to slow down” His point was that in our busy lives we need to take the time to just decompress and put things on the shelf for awhile. It’s ok to do that. “Son, sometimes you just need to go and sit on a rock.”
It’s interesting how this post started out as a rant about my annoyance with cell phones and then my mind turned to Dad and his rock. I realize now that I need to do just that. I have been somewhat stressed lately and although the temps are cold here I could always take the time to just go and unwind somewhere, instead of giving into to a food temptation. I could drive out to the lake and watch people ice fishing, I could go to a mall and people watch, or I could just go find a nice quiet place like a bookstore and relax in its coffee shop.
So here is a challenge for you. Take at least 5 + minutes and give yourself a break today. Just go somewhere sit back, relax, and enjoy another episode of the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast. Ok I’m kidding about the podcast. You can listen to that later, and you should by the way.
Just take some quiet time today. No Ipod and no cell phone.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
A little photoshop fun tonight. As I look back on my '06 20K run, and forward to this years 20k in May and the '09 Half.
Have you ever watched a runner hit the wall? Not a physical wall, but that point of exertion where it looks like they’ve given it all they have.
Perhaps you’ve witnessed this happen and felt bad.
Perhaps you’ve witnessed someone push through, overcome, and have been inspired.
Perhaps one of those statements rings true for yourself.
In early June of ’06 I hit the wall somewhere around the 10th mile marker of the Dam to Dam 20K.
I managed to get through the last 2.4 miles by wogging it out.
I had trained beyond that point, and even had completed a 12 mile jog two weeks prior.
So what happened?
Well a combination of things. But first, let me first say that I did achieve my primary goal of simply completing the 20K. Something I never imagined I could do.
This was the first event of its kind I had ever done. It was a benchmark that I set while working on health goals. On the morning of the race I was able to meet up with my pal Larry from work. He and I had discussed doing this event and being that we shared a similar pace, we met up in the same starting corral to run together.
We maintained a nice 10min pace for those first 10 miles.
But those 10 miles where different than anything my training had prepared me for.
I had always trained at night during the cooler evening hours. Never in the Sun.
I never trained for hills. Dam only has a few hills but the one at mile 8 took some of the wind out of my sails as we pushed through it.
In training I had one speed and once there I tried to just keep my rhythm. I found that slowing down for water stops not only threw me off pace, but it was awkward too.
Although there were no rules against it, I did not bring my IPod. (Which is something I was very used to having) I purposely left it at home because I figured Larry and I would most likely be talking to each other and motivating one another during the race.
The motivation and support was great but all the talking winded me more than I expected it to.
Around that 10th mile I made a decision that had I kept going, might have kept me from hitting that darn wall. I slowed down for a cup of water and decided to take a quick nature break. I told Larry to keep going and that I would catch up. I was back on the road shortly but I just could not comfortably fall back into my previous pace. I just felt zapped. I saw Larry up ahead looking back and waved at him to continue. Which I am glad he did.
Here is a picture of me taken between the 11th and 12th mile.
Looking at my stride you can see that I am dragging a bit here. But you know, there was never a point when I said enough or I quit.
I stuck it out and as I made the final turn, I could hear the drum line of a local high school band playing. It charged me up, and with renewed energy I sprinted that last ½ mile.
So Donald and his brick wall represent that darn wall I hit. My goal this coming May is to not only finish this race, but to avoid hitting that wall. I have a feeling that on race day it will be lurking in the back of my mind. My intention is not to break through it, but to train smarter for it and simply never hit it.
This year Larry and I are both planning on some long outdoor runs once the weather turns nice.
Although I do not think Ipods are banned, I will follow mgreenes earlier advice and leave it at home again. This time I want to soak it all in, and I feel that I can do that since I have been there before.
This year I have you guys to help spur me on when things get tough.
I certainly want to encourage you all to picture our friend Donald in the months ahead.
Push through those things that challenge you. I can't wait to see you all at that Disney finish line in '09.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
My friend Jason from church came up with "Keep Up The Good Walk." What a nice pat on the back that was to read in a recent e-mail. Jason thank you for being a great pal and for the support and prayers.
Now a brief word about that plateau. Looking over the past several weeks one could get discourage looking at my results on the scale. Up/down up/down 3-5 lbs each week. Can't seem to break under 200. Yet. But while the scale says one thing, the mirror says another. Out of curiosity this morning I tried on a pair of jeans that I have not worn since '06. They fit, comfortably. How cool is that?
See the glass really is half full...
Daily Point range (24-29)
Today’s Points: 32
Flex Used This Week: 8/35
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Off work late. Computer had a virus. But hey, life goes on.
I should have gone up and exercised while my pc ran another system scan. But I didn't.
I have to get up for work in about seven hours so I have decided to skip the exercise tonight.
My thoughts are saying just make this your rest day, and make it up on Friday.
Sounds good if I stick to it.
Daily Point range (24-29)
Today’s Points: 21
Flex Used This Week: 5/35
Exercise: No, But I did shovel another 3 inches off the driveway this morning. 30min.
Well better get to bed...
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Flex Used This Week: 5/35
Thanks for all the great comments on yesterdays post.
Monday, February 4, 2008
Over the past months I have been very surprised by the days when I am not in the mood to exercise. I may not always get through that mental block, but when I do it is very rewarding.
One way I get myself through this is thinking about the other Team Voice members. My thoughts are not about letting anyone down. They are more in line with the poem that Kate wrote for Jonathan entitled "Will you run for me?" You can read it on Jonathan's blog here http://voiceofmousetunes.blogspot.com/2007/03/will-you-run-for-me-by-kate.html
When I stuggle I often ask myself, am I willing to run a mile for Rae? Jon? Kate? Deb? Byron? mgreene? Bryan? Jogger? and now I can even add Matt. The answer is yes. The reason is support. Sometimes our comments back and forth on these blogs can get detailed or be very brief. I value them all and I thank each of you for them. Without you guys I might still be sitting on the couch and turning into a potato. Now I am getting healthier each week and I have goals out there to reach for.
Daily Point range (24-29)
Today’s Points: 29
Flex Used This Week: 5/35
If you have not posted on someones blog for awhile please stop by. Even if just to say hello. This goes for anyone out there that has never left a comment on these blogs. Please feel free to introduce yourselves.
Team Voice: Many Goals, One Voice
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Today’s Points: 28
Flex Used This Week: 3/35
Today’s Points: 28
Today’s Points: 34