Jan 132010

I can’t remember the last time I unpacked something that was so cool I wanted to put it up on the wall as a trophy. This thing is so sleek that I’m almost scared to use it for the first time.

My Juicer

My Breville BJE200XL 700-Watt Compact Juice Fountain!

I don’t think the current fruits and veggies I have in the house are worthy enough for it. I’ll go buy some fresh stuff tomorrow and give it a shot. I bet it will taste really good!

Apr 012009

The Charlottesville 10 Miler is this coming Saturday. I’m mostly ready for that. Today I signed up for the Marine Corps Marathon in DC this fall. I’m also in the raffle for the NYC Marathon. They are just one week apart, so we’ll see how it goes. I’ve run a 5k and 8k so far this year (for timed races). My longest run of the season was a 14 mile run (half trail, half road) when I ventured on to part of the Rivanna River Trail. I’m glad it hadn’t rained in awhile, since much was on dirt. It was rather pretty.

While walking home this evening the sky had just started to clear. I snapped a photo of a sunset but while playing around a bit I decided the “negative” entertained me a bit more. It somewhat gave me a happy feeling.


Sunset over Charlottesville (Negative Image)

Sunset over Charlottesville (Negative Image)

Mar 092009

On Saturday I took a shot at a long run but the freakishly warm day (over 80 in March!) was a bit much. I made it 8 miles and then decided walking the last two was more to my liking.

Sunday was even warmer than Saturday. 84 degrees. A week ago it was 24 degrees. My body didn’t want to deal with it so I went to the gym and swam laps for 30 minutes.

Today was a bit cooler. Only 78 degrees. My body was ready and off I went. After 11.5 miles I made it back home. Very tired but feeling pretty good. This Saturday is the first big “official” race of the year. I’ll see how my body feels when trying to run for time in the Matha Jefferson 8k run. Two weeks after that is the C-Ville 10 Miler (the biggest race of the year here in town). I’ll let you know how it goes.

Tomorrow will be a nice day of rest. My body is already looking forward to it 🙂

Feb 222009

Right now it is still in the 40’s during the day but in a matter of weeks that will be the 60’s. My daffodils are starting to poke out of the ground and I saw a robin yesterday. That can only mean one thing, running season is just around the corner.

I run during much of the year but it is never very nice if it is too hot or too cold. And every year I’m a bit older so my joints aren’t quite as happy with the runs. I started running back in the early 90’s after my second brain surgery. At that point I had put on a few pounds and between running and aerobics I managed to get back in decent shape. In 1994 I ran 54 5k races. Today I don’t do as many races, but I still run all the local ones (but there aren’t that many in this town). I’ve started enjoying longer (but slower) runs as the years pass.

Two years ago I attempted my first marathon. It was a great experience. I did it in three hours and fifty-two minutes. I was happy.

Picture of me (on the left) after the Richmond Marathon

Picture of me (on the left) after the Richmond Marathon

My knee has been bothering me for a few years but it felt decent enough during the run. It didn’t feel so good after the run! I saw a physical therapist for a few weeks during the winter and need to do more stretching and strengthening of my hip flexor area (or something like that). I’ve been working on it. My knee certainly hurts a bit less but my right hip has been a bit troublesome. Stretch and strengthen. I’ll keep working on it.

Running rolls along. I am currently working on cranking up the mileage. My typical run has been seven miles over the past few weeks. This weekend I did my longest run of the year. Ten miles. Felt like a long run, but at least my feet have toughened up. The first few seven milers of the year were rough on my poor feet.

The first few runs of the year will be the Martha Jefferson 8k, the Charlottesville 10 Miler, and the Charlottesville Half Marathon. I believe there are also two or three 5k races this spring. Later in the year I’m really hoping to run the NYC Marathon. I’ll also enter the Richmond Marathon just in case I don’t get in to the big one in New York. I definitely hope to complete one marathon this year.

With my bum knee I’ve also started doing some swimming. The first few times were brutal. I felt like a fish with no fins. I was sucking for air and stopping after about ten minute. I rapidly worked my way up to a full hour of laps. I haven’t done much swimming during the winter, but will start up again when I don’t freeze walking around in my shorts. I’m really thinking of doing a triathlon this year. I want to find one that is in fresh water. I’m not a fan of that salty stuff.

I’ll let you know how goes.