Sunday, June 29, 2008

North Carolina!

We are home from our trip and right back to forgetting to blog. OK, OK. I didn't forget. Things have just been hectic since we returned...but I won't bore you with the details.

Our trip was a blast. I will do a trip report in a few days with some pictures of the things we did.

We have officially exited Virginia, and we are now in NC. Running this week has not been that great due to the excessive business I referred to earlier. We also didn't have time to run in Boston...but we definitely burned a lot of calories with all the walking we did and the 294 step climb to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument. I wish we'd have had one more day there to get in everything we wanted to do.

I've had some knee problems since the last day of Boston. It was starting to act up, and then the big stair climb was the end of it. That slowed me down for the rest of the day. I also had some pain after my run yesterday. I am really beginning to worry about the race in January. We will be at Disney World a full week before the race, and we all know how much walking goes on there. The last two big mileage walking outings I have done (Cedar Point and Boston) have taken a toll on my knee. I'm afraid to see what a week at Disney will do. We are planning a slow day on Friday before the race...maybe do a tour that day. And Thursday is wedding day, so there won't be much going walking then. So hopefully having two low mileage walking days before the race will help. But I'm still worried.

Friday, June 20, 2008


It hit me when I went to bed last night that I forgot to mention something in my last post. While I set a personal best 12.4 miles in four days, Kristin actually put in 11 miles in three days earlier this week. I figured I had better throw that out there before she overlooked my omission. :) It won't be long before we leave Virginia!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Park the Car in Harvard Yard

This will be my last post for about a week. Tomorrow is booked with work, packing, and a cookout at a coworker's house who will be moving to Michigan. Then off to Boston Saturday morning, returning Tuesday night.

I've run 12.4 miles in four days. That is definitely a new record for me. My body was not enjoying the run too much tonight. But I got through it. The knee is still a little sore, but is better than it was earlier in the week.

See you all later. I'll tell my buddy Samuel Adams that y'all said hi.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Home for a few days

This past weekend was great. The weather was really good for an amusement park visit. It was upper-70s and mostly sunny. Cedar point had the shortest lines I can remember for a Saturday in the summer. We waited an hour four two rides. Everything else was 45 minutes or less. It was a low-stress day with lots of rides. We hit all of the major coasters, a few smaller rides, ate two meals, and left before the park closed. We had a suite at a nearby hotel for Friday and Saturday nights, so we went and hopped in the hot tub after the long day. That was so much better than our normal day: leave home at 7:30, arrive at 9:30, gates open at 10:00, rides until 11:00 or later, then two hour drive home. We may have to do the hotel thing again next time.

Back to the street today for another run. It went really, really well today. The weather was great in the mid-60s...the best running weather I've seen in a couple weeks. 5.2 miles in 45 minutes. No walk breaks. It is the longest run I've ever done without any breaks. The only problem is my knee was hurting. I noticed some tightness after being on my feet all day Saturday. Not terrible pain today, but noticeable especially since the knee has been perfect for a few weeks now. Kristin did a 3-miler today.

We leave for Boston on Saturday, returning on Tuesday. I'm hoping we can get at least one run in while we are out there. We've got tickets to the Red Sox Monday night. They play the Diamondbacks. I'm not really sure what else we will be doing. But I'm sure it will be fun.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Quick Update

We are off to Cedar Point this weekend. Tomorrow is my company picnic there, and we got a suite with some friends for Friday and Saturday nights. It should be a good time. This park is by far the best amusement park I have ever been to. There are two sections in the back where they attempted theming, but it really isn't all that great. There is an old fort area, and a western area. But the roller coasters are great. Many of my favorites are in this one park. Weather looks great for the park tomorrow -- mid-70s with mostly sunny skies.

My planned run last night was pushed of to today. My friend had asked for help with a good old-fashioned barn raising. He had torn down his old garage and used sections of the sides (with the siding shingles still attached) to build a smaller shed. We got the sides up last night, but the roof still needs to go on. It was a clever way to recycle the old wood.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, June 9, 2008


I got into poker back in 2003...just before it took off. At the time I had trouble getting a group of six people together for a game. But then it hit television and everyone was playing. In 2005/2006 our monthly game was averaging about 16 people, and several times we were in the 20s. Now it has settled back down, and my usual poker nights run about 10-12 people.

This past Saturday, we did a fundraising event. We ended up with 12 players, and played a $10 game with one rebuy allowed. Half the pot went into our Dream Team collection. We also sold several raffle tickets and gave away a couple Papa John's gift certificates. Total money raised: $109 dollars. We put the fun in fundraising! (I know, I know...that was really bad.)

Friday's frisbee game was insane. It was in the high 80s when the game started at 6:30 and was well into the 80s still when we quit just before 9:00. What a workout. I was through a full bottle of water in the first half hour. Saturday was rest, and then Sunday I just couldn't bring myself to go out in the heat and humidity. So I put off my run until today. It was in the low 80s with about 65% humidity when I got back from my 3-miler at about 9:00. I was just under half an hour to stretch, run half way, stretch again, then run the rest. Not too bad.

I ran my normal 3-mile course, but I did it backwards. It seemed to go really fast since it was a "new" course. No anticipation that you get with the familiar courses. The downside... When I mapped this course I wasn't thinking about elevation, but the first time I ran it I realized there was a steep uphill about half-way through then a lot of downhill after that. Running the course backwards, there is a lot of slow, steady inclines in the first half, then the steep decline, then flat. I'm not used to early hills, so it was quite the workout today. I will put in a longer run on Wednesday or Thursday, and another shorter run Tuesday or Wednesday.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Welcome to Virginia

Another state down, and now on to the quickest one. It will only take a little over 70 miles to get through Virginia. So this will be a breeze to get through in June.

Summer suddenly hit here in Ohio. I'm not sure what the high was today, but it is currently 82 degrees at about 8:30 in the evening. Forecast tomorrow calls for 92. This is rare for early June.

The heat definitely got me on my run today. I had to slow down to a walk four times in my three mile run today. But still finished in about 27 minutes. It is going to take some time to get used to this heat. It is supposed to last through the majority of next week.

Yesterday's run was difficult for another reason. But I did learn something. Apparently eating spaghetti for dinner leads to upset stomach during runs. I just realized the pattern that every time I have a tomato sauce on pasta for dinner, the runs that night never go well. Lesson learned.

Tomorrow is ultimate frisbee again. Then hopefully a four-five mile run on Sunday. We'll see how I hold out in the heat the next couple days.

Big news at work...Smucker's is acquiring Folger's. This brand will increase our net sales by about 80%. It is going to be a huge project to get them on board, and we are already busy integrating two other recent acquisitions -- Europe's Best frozen fruits and Knott's Berry Farms spreads. Sadly, the Knott's theme park didn't come along with our new brand. I would have definitely requested a transfer if that was the case.