Sometimes it hurts

Sometimes a run can turn into the opposite of what had been planned. Thursday’s run turned into exactly that.

I generally plan for a run well in advance, but Thanksgiving (and my plans to see my family up in Balsam Grove, NC) threw last week for a loop. Add the facts that I was dealing with a touch of peroneal tendonitis, and that I had a 15 mile run planned, and I came up with a mess of a schedule.

So after some thought, we decided that instead of a rest weekend after the half marathon, I would run 15 miles instead of the 10 that we scheduled. That way, I thought, I would just push my 10 mile rest run back one week and have the added benefit of not being too tired on Thanksgiving day.

Black Balsam area. http://www.summitpost.org/black-balsam-knob/153843

Well that didn’t exactly work out. I had chosen a trail out at Black Balsam, as it would have been decently level. It’s a fun trail to hike and leads out to a designated wilderness area. It’s really pretty out there. Once I got to the parking lot, however, I realized the trail was soaked and there were sections with inches of standing water. I decided we’d try to climb up to the Art Loeb trail and run up there.

But, of course, that wasn’t going to work out as the wind was blowing like crazy. The only other people out there were bear hunters (who sit in their warm trucks while their dogs run around looking for bears to chase) and for good reason. It was freezing and windy. Eventually I decided to just head out to the Blue Ridge Parkway and run on the road. This was turning out to be a mess.

It was cold, windy, and foggy but we decided to get our 10 miles in anyhow. I was coming off of a week of not running due to my tendonitis, and we noticed the toll that was being taken. It was possibly the worst run I had been on in 2010.  But I stuck through it and actually enjoyed a few miles of it (mainly the downhill portions).

It was a tough run, and I learned a few things. I was reminded of the importance of sticking to a schedule or really allowing it to change.

Still, I had some fun and now know what’s needed in the future. On to this week of running.

By |November 29th, 2010|Family, Photo, Running, Travel|0 Comments

Half marathoning

I’ll stop talking about it, but first I guess I ought to say that I did pretty well in the Asheville half marathon on Saturday. I ran it in 1:41:55 and placed 140 out of 1288 finishers. I’m glad I took it easy last week and had been staying on top of my training. It really helped. I was happy to have Sara and my mom with me at the finish line. Sara actually took this photo, which is a lot better than the official race photo of me. I enjoyed running with Scott for about half of the race, and I was constantly worried that he was about to pass me for the second half.

I had a great weekend overall, if you don’t count the redneck with a swastika tattoo across his back on the four wheeler with a rifle in his lap that decided to take a joyride on our property up in Balsam Grove. Yep.

By |September 20th, 2010|Family, Friends, Photo, Running, Travel|3 Comments

Heading to NC

Sara and I are headed up to North Carolina this weekend. I’m running in the Asheville half marathon tomorrow morning at 7:30, and we’ll stay up in Balsam Grove and spend some time with my parents. I’m really excited for the race and ready to see the mountains again.

By |September 17th, 2010|Family, Photo, Running, Travel|0 Comments

Busy

I have too much going on. Thankfully I’m taking a long weekend and going to the beach.

By |August 10th, 2010|Photo, Travel, Work|0 Comments

No Bacon For Old People

In the few days I cooked bacon twice. I don’t usually eat bacon.

Last night I ran by the grocery store to grab a few items (can’t get to the weekend without having some beer in the fridge) and I had to get in line behind this kid that was buying a few items. I noticed that he had ipod earbuds in his ears. I got what some might describe as irrationally mad. At what point in this kid’s life did the kid decide that he couldn’t possibly go 15 minutes in public without having some shitty music blaring in his soon to be deaf ears? Honestly, I’m turning 28 this month and I’m starting to feel more and more like I’m actually getting older, and a lot of that has to do with an internal debate between letting things like this go and raging at the moronic nature of peoples’ habits.

I know in college, and somewhat in high school (though at that point in my life I was basically just an insufferable prick) I had been thought of as the funny angry guy that hates nearly everything. Like some cheap version of Louis Black. In the last few years I really have tried to tone it down, because who really wants to be around someone that hates everything all the time? But what I feel like that is doing is making me into someone who just lets out his anger in a way that really isn’t even funny. I feel like I sound bitter and hateful.

Now, I’m only turning 28. Not even 30. I’m not old, and it’s cool.

I want to run my age in miles this year.

By |August 5th, 2010|Photo, Travel|0 Comments

Down, Out, and Busy

Well after a big storm yesterday, my internet went out and has been down for over a day. I’ve also been really busy at work, but it’s still going well.

Jeff and Liz are coming to visit on Friday so it’ll be an eventful weekend.

By |July 27th, 2010|Family, Photo, Travel, Work|0 Comments

Phew.

I found out this morning that I’m not going to have to move to another apartment in our complex. I put in notice that I was leaving a month ago, but then found out that I had more work to do. It turns out in that time the apartment had been rented out. I’ve been worried about this for a couple of weeks, but am really happy to know I don’t have to move this weekend.

By |April 19th, 2010|Photo, Travel|0 Comments

Time to Move

My apartment management have put these fliers up around the complex. Apparently they like to fly cash in front of me. I’d really like to talk to whoever typed that sentence.

But in all seriousness, it looks like I will be moving within a month. Greenville doesn’t have anything left for me, so I’m going to head down to Atlanta and look for some opportunities there. I’ve been applying to jobs anywhere around Atlanta. This complex has just about driven me crazy at times, from the neighbors next to me who have fights in the middle of the night to the toddler that screams/screeches 24/7 below me, to the old neighbor that ran into my car while I was stopped. It’s time to go.

Ideally, I’d be able to find jobs and a decent house to rent, but as of right now, everything is up in the air. I’m trying to stay positive about it though.

By |March 26th, 2010|Photo, Travel, Work|0 Comments

Lose An Hour, Gain Some Light

Went home over the weekend. Had some fun. I’m ready to move to Atlanta.

By |March 16th, 2010|Family, Photo, Travel|0 Comments

Been Busy

It’s been an interesting week or so. I’ve been working on designing a website with about a week turnaround. That’s the design up there. It needs a lot of work but I’m not worrying about it too much since I don’t have much of a timeline to work on it.

I will be driving down to Jacksonville Beach this weekend to attend my Uncle Terry’s memorial service. I’ll probably spend about 14 hours in the car. It’ll be good to see my family and to hear stories about him.

If I didn’t have so much to do, I’d write more. There’ll be another entry tomorrow seeing as it’s been 6 days since the last.

By |January 26th, 2010|Design, Family, Travel, Work|0 Comments