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Monday, August 31, 2015

It's Hard To Return In The Heat!


Was a hot week last week, and I ran three runs with AD on tuesday, thursday, and friday. All three were 8K runs. AD talks my little brain off and asks lots of questions which take me a while to answer while I struggle to breath. She also has a tendency to pick it up during the last two kilometers. I asked her why she keeps doing this after swearing at her to slow down, and she says that when she was in high school she had a shitty cross country coach, and all he ever told the girls was that when they saw the school, to race each other home. So when she turns onto the bike trail at the soccer fields and can see our development, she starts to gear up. Sunday I ran myself as she had some schoolwork to prepare for today, so I got to go slower and added a kilometer to get to 9K. Will stay in this range until it cools down a bit, and then try to work back to the 40K/25 mile weeks I was running before the disc bulge. Then starting in November, God willing, I will start to add some cruise intervals and short sprint intervals to try to get into better shape....we shall see....

On saturday after the gym,  I dropped Deb off at tractor supply to do a six hour volunteer stint for the deming animal guardians spay and neuter van. I then headed to walmart to get my head shaved and noticed that the hatch chili truck was pulling in with boxes of hatch green chilis fresh off of the vine. After my haircut, I went into produce and asked for a box, and had it taken outside to the roasters to have the box roasted. A box costs $15.88 for 25 lbs. Roasting is free. I bought a box of 50 gallon freezer bags as well. When I got the bag home, I let it sit for 4 hours to soften, cool, and allow the skin to peel off easily when eating. I ended up with 24 bags of 8 large chilis each which i rolled to remove as much air as possible, and put in the freezer in the garage. I will give 4 bags to Joe, about 10 to Chris and AD, as they eat them with virtually everything, and keep 10 for myself. They keep well for about six months and go great in sandwiches, green chili cheese burgers, eggs, on top of bake yourself pizzas, etc. When I was running yesterday I also went past the border food giant chili processing plant and the smell was wonderful.....lasts until late september when they switch to jalapenos, and then it is like being maced.....

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Anchor Babies Invading Mer'ca!



Gotta love that Trump.....he keeps pulling the other candidates into his lunatic world view. Walker, that high school educated nimrod who has been falling in the polls, has turned himself into Trump lite. And now Jeb, the one candidate who had a chance of pulling Hispanics into the Republican party has fallen into the "repeal the 14th amendment, and save america from the anchor babies". Bet Marco Rubio loves being referred to like this. So build that giant great wall of texas, find a way to strip medical coverage from the poor, disable medicare and social security, keep women barefoot, pregnant, and down on the farm, and try to accelerate the transfer of all national wealth from the many to the few.  Gonna be a long interesting ride into the 2016 election. What these candidates forget in this new media age, is there is always a recording of everything crazy that you say.....it will all come back to you....

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

One Step Up, And........Oh Crap!


Man I just can't seem to get out of my own way.....Last week I got three 6K runs and one 7K run in with AD, and then on sunday, my almost gone cold decided to jump to my lungs and give me a nice dose of secondary bronchitis. Had to start eating those mucus relief tabs, and start using the symbicort inhaler again that saved my bacon a year ago february. Will stick with it for the next two or three weeks just for a bit of overkill. If things go o.k., will try another short run with AD again on thursday. I recognize that if I choose to do a few races, it will be next year, and I may instead choose to just quit that aspect of my running career. Never like to make any decisions from a place of weakness. Back is totally limited to just occasional buzzing in my feet, so I still need to work thru that, so there is no need to try and run too much yet. Anyway, still trying to crawl my way to medicare.
Love listening to these republican candidates come up with their inane proposals on replacing obama care, throwing every hispanic out of the U.S., building the great wall of texas, making raped 10 year olds have children, and spouting that same old rhetoric about trickle down economics at a time when 80% of the working population is just continuing to sink.....sure wish we could have more republican debates with real non-fox directed questions......what a completely ideologically bankrupt and amoral collection of corporate whores they all are........

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Runnin' With The Devil!



I have decided to just try and run every other day for the next three weeks or so. My buzzing/tingling is now solely in my feet, so I want to run some, but not a lot, until hopefully that resolves. If that takes months, so be it. My last three runs......friday, sunday, and tuesday were with AD. Since her and Chris have moved into country club, she has decided to restart running again, with me! Now we covered 5K on friday, and 6K on sunday and tuesday. Now an out of shape AD, is still a natural young athlete who weights less than a hundred lbs. So she can talk the whole time, and when she asks a question I have to answer, I end up breathless. My heart rate is hitting around 150 during the last mile of each run, so I have to work to slow her down and keep her talking. She has vision problems with her right eye, so when we run, she is always on my right. Nice to have her, just wish she ran a bit slower. She starts school teaching next week, so I don't know how this will all go when the weather gets cooler and I have the chance to run during the day when she is at work, but maybe we will still get to run together on weekends.....
My bride is finally going thru a better spell, and her belly is feeling much better. Not sure if she will get to Ohio this fall, but I do want her travel ready by next summer for our 25th anniversary. Gotta get her to an ocean.....

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night.....


I had the weirdest dream ever this morning just before I awoke. I was asleep in the dream, and then these three toeheaded rugrats were yelling "dad, get up, get up". I looked down at them, and they had brown crap all over their hands and faces. The oldest boy said "someone delivered barbeque so we had some". Deb then sat up and said "that's for your fathers fight night with the boys". She looked just like she did from her wedding photo in vegas....same nicely streaked multi colored hair. She said "go back to sleep, I will take care of this". I got up a few minutes later, went into the bathroom to wash up, and low and behold, I was in my early 40's again! I went down stairs, and there was Deb with goo all over her face and hands laughing heartily, and I thought don't screw this up, you love this woman too much. Then Deb said "Rosa, come take this downstairs and put it all in the refrigerators". I then thought, damn, I am not a racist, why do I have a Mexican maid? Then I thought some more and figured, that would  be a lot safer than some young Scandinavian girl! So I went out the front door to get the newspaper, and there were 20 people tending to my lawn. I picked up the paper and walked a few yards out the front walkway and looked up at the house......three monstrous stories of estate. On my way into the kitchen I passed the kids in the living room watching TV and eating cereal. I went back into the kitchen and grabbed some coffee, and Rosa asked if I wanted her to make breakfast, and I said no, how about just some pastry. Next, the doorbell rang, and Rosa went out to the door, and came back and said "Mr. Tom, your attorney is here". I thought, what the hell do I have an attorney for and said "send him in". Then Ernie comes walking in, also in his early 40's, and I thought, should I tell him he is  going to get leukemia? He is dressed to run and asks Rosa for some coffee. He sits down and I simply ask "why the hell do I have 3 small children" and he says "cause I keep your books and you can surely afford to!" I ask if he will be coming over tonight, and he says yes with Frank and Billybob....so again, I think, should I tell Billybob he is going to get mesothelioma? Terry then walks in the kitchen and is a 17 year old shave headed boy. He asks Ernie and I if we are gonna go running, and I say yes, and he laughs and says don't hurt yourselves. I then ask him if he has decided where he wants to go to college, and he says Florida to follow in the footsteps of Frank Shorter, but only if they offer him a scholarship. I say "doesn't matter if they do or not, if that is where you want to go, I will send you there". He laughs again and says," no, I will earn this on my own and go where ever a scholarship will take me", and I say "you didn't seem to mind me giving  you  the corvette for your 17th birthday, so why was that  different". He laughs again and says "damn Pop, that was a gift"! He then grabbed a tray full of food and headed out to the living room to eat with his siblings and I woke up........What the bloody hell does this dream mean?

Monday, August 3, 2015

Bullshit Rationalizations!


Was watching the CBS evening news tonight, and they had another doctor big game hunter. This guy went on and on about how these fifty and sixty thousand dollar hunting licenses do so much good for conservation. Now what is so damn funny to me, is that you could, if you were a rich doctor, give such money to conservation WITHOUT THE NEED TO KILL SOME GIANT HELPLESS FUCKING ANIMAL. Seems like just an absolute bullshit rationalization to me. If there are only 25,000 Lions in the world, why let hunters kill 600 a year. Reminds me of when an NFL player who drives 135 miles an hour high with his 5 year old child in the car says "I need to grow up and be a roll model and be more responsible for my family and my team". Somehow you couldn't recognize that this was stupid as shit, and be a responsible adult BEFORE YOU GOT CAUGHT BEING AN ASSHOLE. Now I was never a fan of Derick Jeeter, but he never had to say he was a role model because he always behaved like one. O.K., rant part is over.....
So, friday evening into saturday morning I came down with the fucking flu or a bad cold, and of course, gave it to my bride who has been struggling with her damn pancreas again. In the last week or so I ended up getting 4 runs in and three gym workouts, all of which left me so damn sore I wanted to cry. Now I am sore from this bug, and when I get to start again in the near future, will probably go thru that soreness again. All of this began with the herniated disk, which is still giving my symptoms, on June 12, my boy Terrible's 40th birthday.....why is he doing me like this? I gave him the best years of my life!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

4 "Runs" And Two Gym Workouts.....

Well, last saturday I decided to try and do a run walk to see how the back and feet would respond. Back was fine, feet buzzed the whole time. I ran 5 kilometers, with a one minute walk every time my heart rate got above 140. I would then walk until it returned to 120. Ended up with six short walks. Sunday, even though I was sore as hell, I repeated Saturday's effort with three one minute walks. On Monday I took my super sore lower body to the gym and did an upper body workout, with only exercises that allowed me to keep my spine aligned on a pad. By Tuesday, I was sore everywhere! Tuesday it was a bit cooler and overcast, and I was able to keep my heart rate below 133 and ran the whole 5k. Super slow though.  Still doesn't feel like any kind of normal running, and I am sure that will take about three weeks. Don't want to push it until/if the parasthesis is gone. Same with the gym. 8 weeks of just walking and floor stretches and exercises sure made me completely out of shape!
This is Dr. Palmer, the dentist who spent 50 thousand dollars to kill Cecil the Lion after the lion was lured off of a reserve and onto a farm. He shot it with a bow, and failed to kill it. It took 40 hours for the lion to be killed with a bullet. Sure Cecil enjoyed that. Great sport that. Zimbabwe wants to extradite him, but no one can find him at the moment. His dental office is closed, and folks are leaving stuffed lion toys at the door. I am fine with hunting when you actually are doing it for sustenance. "Sport" hunting is just pure evil. This asshole has killed all  kinds of nearly endangered species with his bows. Bears, different cats like the one pictured above, Rhino's etc. Now some are nearly endangered species. Would love to see him stripped down, covered with blood, and left overnight in a nice jungle preserve.......