Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I wanted to run this morning since I'm only planning to run about 2 days a week and today fit into my schedule pretty well. I turned on the weather channel to find out that there was freezing rain and that the roads were extremely icy. I knew that running in these conditions wasn't ideal, but I wanted to get in the run before PT and before I headed out to the grocery store. I knew that I would lose my motivation if I waited until afternoon so I proceeded to get my running gear together. Francesco called right before I headed out the door to say that PT had to be cancelled since the parking lot was like a skating rink. Now, I had an excuse to wait a little while before heading out, but I was all ready to go and was looking forward to the challenge of running on ice. Yes, I'm crazy!
I headed out and found the roads in my complex to be extremely icy. I kept going through different scenarios in my head for how to reschedule my day so that I would still get in a run. However, it came down to this being the best time. I figured that the road conditions would be much better once I got out of my complex. The roads were better, but still very slippery and a little scary. The downhill was the worst because I was afraid of picking up speed and not being able to stop. However, I took it really slowly and was enjoying the workout. I could feel my calves working harder from trying to run on the ice and trying to keep from falling. I thought it was very funny when I ran on the uphills because my feet kept sliding backwards as I tried to push off. There was a light rain throughout the entire run and the temperature was rising so I was starting to run on roads with puddles of water instead of ice. This made it safer, but also made my feet wet and my socks soggy. Towards the end I could feel my knee starting to hurt a little more - there was a funny feeling of something tweaking in there which was concerning me. The pain had moved and was getting closer to the outside of my knee when previously it had been on the inside. I was also feeling a little winded from working so hard and being a little out of shape. I decided to bring it to a walk right before I got to my complex, which gave me a 3.5 mile run. My knee hurt significantly when I first started to walk, but it gradually loosen up and felt better. I walked back to my place, stretched out, iced my knee, took a shower and then headed to the grocery store. It is now a few hours later and my knee feel pretty good.
I am planning to run the Christmas tree race, which has been rescheduled for Saturday morning.
Happy Holidays to All!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Jon was feeling a little under the weather and needed a break from singing so Ed and Robbie came to the rescue.
Alter Ego - Tom, Hank and Jon
with Ed joining them on vocals
Ed (from Blind Rhythm) Time for a break.
Robbie and Eric (from PsychoMagnet)
Ed, Tom, Kate, Mark .... and Joyce
Back to work with Robbie on vocals
Time for a break.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I was not able to run the race due to knee pain, but this gave me the perfect opportunity to take lots of pictures. It had snowed the day before so it was really pretty out with the snow still in the trees.
The Channel 12 news team was also at the race and ran the story on the news that evening and the following morning.
Richard, Paul and Gail
Bruce and Brian
Doc George Whitney / AKA Birthday Boy
Doc wearing one of his custom designed running shirts
Marty making pre-race announcements
Mark from Trailheads.com
Doc coming around the first loop with Mike and Donna