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Marathon Update

Today I finished week 7 of my marathon training plan. The long run for this week was 12 miles, which actually went really well. I was pretty discouraged after the past couple of weeks, so it was good to have a nice run to make me feel like I actually can do this. I missed pretty much the entire week before last because I was sick, and last week’s 10 mile run was only about 7 miles, as a result of bad blood sugars and my body feeling like absolute crap. I think I tried to come back too quickly from the week of illness, and my body just couldn’t take it at the end of the week. Oh well…lesson learned, I guess.

Anyway, I tried a few things different this week. First of all, I really concentrated on keeping my pace down, as I’ve learned the hard way that starting out too hard is a great way to ruin a long run. Secondly, I switched from carrying just water to water AND Gatorade with me. The Gatorade seemed to help with a couple of things…1) after talking with my doctor, I think my problem a few weeks ago was due to an electrolyte deficiency, so that replaced a lot of those. Because like Brawndo, Gatorade has electrolytes! (this makes much more sense if you’ve seen “Idiocracy”. Otherwise, just ignore me)…and 2) by drinking the Gatorade occasionally (in addition to the powerbar gels every 2-3 miles), my blood sugars pretty much rocked the entire time. What’s that, noble reader? You don’t believe me? In that case, I offer the following evidence:

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(That little peak at the beginning is pre-run…I woke up a little low so had to bring that up before I could start running. But otherwise, pretty awesome, huh?)

So that’s where I’m at. I’ve got a total of 25 miles to run this week, so I’m going to rest some more now. Take care!

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Everybody else is doing it…

I know several other D-bloggers have already done this meme (Ninja, Kerri, LeeAnn to name a few), but I thought this would be a good way to pass the time. Have a read, and if you’re inspired, do your own (if you haven’t already). In case I missed it, feel free to leave a link in the comments.

1. I’ve come to realize that my chest-size … is actually rather small for people my height, making it hard to find shirts that fit the way I like without having arms that are too short.

2. I’ve come to realize that my job … is seeming more like “work” every day.

3. I’ve come to realize that when I’m driving … my wife tends to go to sleep. But as long as I can listen to my music, I’m cool with that.

4. I’ve come to realize that I need … all you need is love, right?

5. I’ve come to realize that I have lost … enough to learn from my mistakes.

6. I’ve come to realize that I hate it when … people think only of themselves.

7. I’ve come to realize that if I’m drunk … I should not ride a miniature motorcycle through someone’s yard.

8. I’ve come to realize that money
… complicates everything, whether you have it or not.

9. I’ve come to realize that certain people
… can’t be changed, but they can be avoided.

10. I’ve come to realize that I’ll always
… I’ll be there till the stars don’t shine, till the heavens burst, and the words don’t rhyme…(sorry. got a little caught up in Bon Jovi there.)

11. I’ve come to realize that my siblings … well, I just have the one, but I realize that I should talk to her more than I do.

12. I’ve come to realize that my mom … will never understand the internet.

13. I’ve come to realize that my cell phone
… is used for twitter, facebook, games, internet, etc. more than it is used as a phone.

14. I’ve come to realize that when I woke up this morning … I was actually pretty well rested. I should fall asleep on the couch at 9:30 every night.

15. I’ve come to realize that last night before I went to sleep
… I thought “I hope our new couch is long enough for me to completely stretch out on”.

16. I’ve come to realize that right now I am thinking
… that what I thought would be an easy blog post cop-out has turned out to be quite difficult.

17. I’ve come to realize that my dad … will likely never see this, so I’m going to say that he can juggle flaming koalas while riding a unicycle.

18. I’ve come to realize that when I get on Facebook … I enjoy that brief moment of waiting to see if that notification flag will bring me the actual joy of human contact or the annoyance of some ridiculous application that I’ve never used.

19. I’ve come to realize that today … was neither good nor bad, but reaffirmed that I am ready for a change.

20. I’ve come to realize that tonight … I won’t really accomplish much, but I’ll have a good time doing it (or not doing it, depending on how you look at it.)

21. I’ve come to realize that tomorrow
… I will run out of steam at around 3:30pm, just like every other Friday.

22. I’ve come to realize that I really want to … be a dad.

23. I’ve come to realize that the person who is most likely to repost this is … probably bored or out of ideas, or both.

24. I’ve come to realize that life
… has its ups and downs, but it’s the total elevation gain that matters.

25. I’ve come to realize that this weekend
… I will see how my sick week off really affected my running endurance.

26. I’ve come to realize that marriage
… pretty much rocks, if you find the right person.

27. I’ve come to realize that my friends … don’t necessarily have to be people that I see or hang out with all the time.

28. I’ve come to realize that this year
… could be pretty good, if everything goes according to plan.

29. I’ve come to realize that my ex is … different, older, but in many ways still the same.

30. I’ve come to realize that maybe I should
… try to be more serious. sometimes.

31. I’ve come to realize that I love
… to laugh.

32. I’ve come to realize that I don’t understand
… close-minded people.

33. I’ve come to realize my past
… has taught me a lot about who I do and don’t want to be.

34. I’ve come to realize that parties
… often sound like more fun than they actually are.

35. I’ve come to realize that I’m totally terrified
… of tall buildings, bridges, and other structures, but I rather enjoy flying.

(Just Like) Starting Over…

Hello, internet! I guess this will just be a general “catch-you-up-on where-I’ve-been” post. (Sorry, there was a sale at the hyphen store. Clearly, I loaded up. Or is that loaded-up?)

Truthfully, the last week has pretty much sucked. We had an awesome time at our SIL’s parents’ lake house over Labor Day weekend, but during that time I was getting a progressively worsening sore throat. On Wednesday of last week, I finally decided to go to the doctor. He took one look in my mouth, and said those words you don’t really want to hear from a medical professional: “Wow, I’ve never seen that before.” To clarify, he had seen it before, apparently mine just had some unique features that were really fascinating to look at. Long story short, it was decided that I had Thrush. For those of you playing at home, Thrush is a less disgusting way of saying nasty yeast infection in your throat. I admit, it does have a nice ring to it. Like undoubtedly many of you, my first question was: “how in the hell did that happen?” Apparently the most common cause is not adequately rinsing after using an oral steroid inhaler, and I do get a little lazy with my Advair sometimes, so that makes sense.

On top of the…umm, infection, my wife and I both caught a really nasty cold last week, so I had to take pretty much the entire week off from marathon training. I know in the long run I’ll probably be okay, but during that week, each day that I didn’t run I felt like I was throwing away weeks of training. It’s amazing the transformation I’ve gone through in just a couple of years, from absolutely hating running, to hating to miss a run.

I’m feeling much better after a restful weekend though, and was able to “get back on the horse” today, just with a short run. My legs actually felt really good, but since I’ve been forbidden to use my Advair inhaler for a week until the throat heals up, I felt like someone was sitting on my chest the entire run. I’ve also finally started using the CGM sensor again, after a 1.5 week break. I stopped using it before Labor Day just because I didn’t want to have to worry about it while swimming and such over the weekend, and I didn’t start back last week because I knew my sugars were going to be crappy all week because of the illness, so I didn’t want to waste a precious sensor.

So yeah, that’s what I’ve been up to. This should be a pretty good week though, so I’m looking forward to getting back into my training schedule, hopefully breathing better, and maybe even a little blogging along the way. Stay tuned!

Funny wife + lack of creativity = blog post

I really couldn’t think of anything noteworthy to blog about, so I thought I’d share with you a humorous exchange between my wife and I recently. I had already showered and was getting dressed, and she was still in the shower. I walked back into the bathroom and found this on the floor:

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Below is a transcription of the ensuing conversation:

Me: Hmm, looks like Joey (our cat) has been playing in the trash again.

Meredith: Oh thank God!!! I was afraid you had vanished and that’s all that was left!

Me: Thanks for your concern, honey. I’m good though.