The Handsome Man with Athletic Thighs
Running In Circles
 
Saturday, December 31st
The Bog Slog

Resting Pulse: Not Recorded
Weight: Not Recorded
Course: The Bog Slog
Distance: 10 Miles (Approx.)
Time: Not Timed
Other Exercises: None
Weather: Cloudy, Some Drizzle

Comments: I wasn't eligible to compete in the Bog Slog since I help set the course, but I got in a pretty good workout hanging and picking up markers. I took my camera with me, and I went out on the course to get some pictures of the competitors. I took 207 photos. Most of them were crap. The light level was pretty low, and I was shooting with a long lens, so the majority of the pictures are rather blurry. I think a handful are salvageable, though. I hoped I might get some pictures of the many Ruby-crowned Kinglets I saw when I was course checking, but once I was holding my camera, none of them would come near me.
 
 
Friday, December 30th

Resting Pulse: Not Recorded
Weight: Not Recorded
Course: None
Distance: Zero
Time: N/A
Other Exercises: None
Weather: N/A

Comments: I skipped my run again today. This far north, even though the days are getting longer, sunrise is still coming later. I checked the almanac, and the sun won't start rising earlier until January 5th. Since I run in the morning, I often set out in the dark. I don't like it much. It doesn't help that it's been raining too. A wet, dark run holds little appeal.
 
 
Thursday, December 29th

Resting Pulse: Not Recorded
Weight: Not Recorded
Course: None
Distance: Zero
Time: N/A
Other Exercises: None
Weather: N/A

Comments: I was so busy working on the maps for this weekend's Bog Slog that I ran out of time to run. Technically, Jake is the course designer; I'm just the guy drawing circles and lines on the map. However, I somehow got listed as a designer on the club bulletin board. I couldn't even find two of Jake's controls when I vetted the course! This has whole process has been a little more work than I expected, mostly because it took me a long time to figure out the OCAD software.
 
 
Wednesday, December 28th

Resting Pulse: Not Recorded
Weight: 167 lbs.
Course: None
Distance: Zero
Time: N/A
Other Exercises: Core (10 Min.)
Weather: N/A

Comments: Boy did I feel like crap this morning. I skipped my run. I feel a little guilty about it, but I needed the rest.
 
 
Tuesday, December 27th

Resting Pulse: Not Recorded
Weight: 165 lbs.
Course: The Wrecking Yard
Distance: 4 Miles
Time: 37:58
Other Exercises: Core (10 Min.)
Weather: Rain, 45°

Comments: I ran four miles this morning. I felt awful. Sunday's ten-miler weakened me more than I suspected. My left hamstring was especially tight and sore. I think I may need to look into a sports massage.
 
 
Monday, December 26th

Resting Pulse: Not Recorded
Weight: Not Recorded
Course: North Side West
Distance: 3 Miles
Time: Not Timed
Other Exercises: None
Weather: Cloudy, 48°

Comments: I ran a slow three miles today. It should have been an easy three miles, but it was just slow. I was pretty worn out from yesterday's ten-miler.
 
 
Sunday, December 25th
Merry Christmas!

Resting Pulse: Not Recorded
Weight: Not Recorded
Course: Lake Youngs Loop
Distance: 10 Miles
Time: Not Timed
Other Exercises: None
Weather: Light Rain, 52°

Comments: I ran ten miles today. It was the longest run I've done since August. I felt alright until I ran out of steam during the last mile. For what it's worth, I didn't eat much of a breakfast, as I expected to eat too much at Christmas Dinner (which I did).
 
 
Saturday, December 24th
Christmas Eve

Resting Pulse: Not Recorded
Weight: Not Recorded
Course: None
Distance: Zero
Time: N/A
Other Exercises: None
Weather: N/A

Comments: I intended to run today, but I woke up feeling sick. I might have a bit of a hang-over too, which is sad because I only had two beers last night. One was a pint of Jolly Roger, and the other was a pint of Brown Shugga, so I suppose that's equivalent to drinking a six-pack of normal beer. Anyway, it was all I could do to make over to my parents' house for dinner.
 
 
Friday, December 23rd

Resting Pulse: Not Recorded
Weight: 165 lbs.
Course: The Shrieking Shack
Distance: 4 Miles
Time: 36:14
Other Exercises: Core (10 Min.)
Weather: Rain, 48°

Comments: I ran an easy four miles this morning.
 
 
Thursday, December 22nd

Resting Pulse: Not Recorded
Weight: 166 lbs.
Course: The Wrecking Yard
Distance: 4 Miles
Time: 34:50
Other Exercises: Core (10 min.)
Weather: Rain, 47°

Comments: I ran an easy four miles this morning. The clouds were so thick and the rain so heavy, I needed to keep my headlamp for nearly the whole run. (And the days are supposedly getting longer.) During my slog through the rain, I remembered a formula I'd nearly forgotten: wet coolmax + cold nipples = chafing
 
 
Wednesday, December 21st

Resting Pulse: Not Recorded
Weight: Not Recorded
Course: The Wrecking Yard
Distance: 4 Miles
Time: 35:17
Other Exercises: Core (10 min.)
Weather: Rain, 47°

Comments: I ran an easy four miles this morning. I felt much better than I did yesterday. I have a lot of soreness in my hamstrings and hips, mostly from over-exerting myself this weekend. Problem is: what I did shouldn't have been that hard.
 
 
Tuesday, December 20th

Resting Pulse: Not Recorded
Weight: 167 lbs.
Course: The Wrecking Yard
Distance: 4 Miles
Time: 36:02
Other Exercises: Core (10 min.)
Weather: Light Rain, 46°

Comments: I felt odd during my run this morning. I was weak, and at one point I was seeing spots. It eventually passed, but I never felt quite right. I decided to keep my core workout at 10 minutes for another week since I took so many days off last week.
 
 
Monday, December 19th

Resting Pulse: Not Recorded
Weight: 165 lbs.
Course: None
Distance: Zero
Time: N/A
Other Exercises: None
Weather: N/A

Comments: Today was a planned rest day—no workout. I should have done my core work, but I skipped that too. My butt muscles are sore from all the hills I negotiated yesterday. I really am in terrible shape.
 
 
Sunday, December 18th

Resting Pulse: Not Recorded
Weight: Not Recorded
Course: Map Vetting
Distance: 6 Miles (Approx.; See Below)
Time: N/A
Other Exercises: None
Weather: Mostly Sunny, mid-40s

Comments: Angie and I went out to St. Edwards State Park this morning to help Jake vet an orienteering course. I'm not the best map reader, so probably wasn't the best choice, but I did the best job that I could. Between hiking over hill and dale, stumbling through the underbrush, and trying to run when I could, I'm giving myself credit for six miles of running.

It turned out to be a good day for birding. I first saw a Bald Eagle while driving to the park. While I was vetting the course, I would spend many long moments concentrating on the map and standing very still. The little birds would forget I was there and start flitting through the bushes around me. I saw Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Black-capped Chickadees, Winter Wrens, a Spotted Towhee, and the ubiquitous Dark-eyed Junco. Later, I first heard, then saw, a Hairy Woodpecker. I didn't bring a camera, of course, which is why the little buggers where often less than three feet away.

When we got home, the power was out. Luckily, we didn't stick around long. We headed over to Angie's co-worker's house for a Christmas party. Not many people came to the party because there was a downed power line across the main road to the house. Angie and I came a back way and missed all the fuss. When we returned home, the power was back on.

I noticed one thing while negotiating intersections where the stoplights had gone out: Some people think no stoplight equals no stopping. It made for some interesting interactions.
 
 
Saturday, December 17th
Hamlin Park Orienteering

Resting Pulse: Not Recorded
Weight: Not Recorded
Course: Hamlin Park Orienteering Course #5
Distance: 4.5K (4 Miles Total)
Time: 31:26
Other Exercises: None
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 39°

Comments: I competed in an orienteering event this morning. The navigation wasn't challenging, and I ran fairly well. I only made one map-reading mistake: I went to control number 9 instead of control number 6. To be fair, they were right next to each other, and I was holding the map upside down because I was running south (I was keeping the map oriented). If I'd been in better shape I would have done really well. I managed to beat Jake, which is a rare feat these days.
 
 
Friday, December 16th

Resting Pulse: 56 bpm
Weight: 166 lbs.
Course: None
Distance: Zero
Time: N/A
Other Exercises: None
Weather: Cold

Comments: Today was another complete write-off. I looked at the thermometer before I changed into my running gear, and I saw it was only 25°. I just couldn't bear the thought of going out in the cold. So I didn't.
 
 
Thursday, December 15th

Resting Pulse: 56 bpm
Weight: 166 lbs.
Course: None
Distance: Zero
Time: N/A
Other Exercises: None
Weather: N/A

Comments: Today was a complete write-off for running. I'm having motivational issues, mostly based on the ass-cold temperatures around here. Also, the recent spate of carpooling has left me with less free-time than I would like in the morning. Basically, I'm getting lazy and looking for excuses. And that's, uh, inexcusable.
 
 
Wednesday, December 14th

Resting Pulse: Not Recorded
Weight: 166 lbs.
Course: The Wrecking Yard
Distance: 4 Miles
Time: 35:28
Other Exercises: Core (10 min.)
Weather: Foggy, 30°

Comments: I ran an easy four miles this morning. I felt sluggish and weak. Maybe the freezing fog leeched out all my strength. I was quite surprised I finished in less than forty minutes.

As I lurched past a house along my route, I could hear someone inside practicing the bagpipes. It reminded me of the Phantom Bagpiper. When I was at university, one of the professors used to practice during his lunch. No one I know ever saw him; we just heard him. I'm not even sure he was really a professor; that was only a rumor. I had several noontime sports classes, and often the mournful sound of the pipes would fill the air. It certainly added an unusual element to archery and lacrosse.
 
 
Tuesday, December 13th

Resting Pulse: Not Recorded
Weight: 166 lbs.
Course: None
Distance: Zero
Time: N/A
Other Exercises: Core (10 min.)
Weather: N/A

Comments: Do to poor planning, I ran out of time to do my run this morning. I took Angie to the bus stop so I could use her car while my truck sits broken in the garage, and I spaced out on the time when I got back home. So, no run today.

Although I haven't updated Furious George's webpage in a long time, he still consented to, once again, write a Christmas letter for me and Angie. If you'd like to take a gander, you may find it here:

http://beenallover.net/xmasletter2005.pdf
 
 
Monday, December 12th

Resting Pulse: Not Recorded
Weight: Not Recorded
Course: None
Distance: Zero
Time: N/A
Other Exercises: Core (10 min.)
Weather: N/A

Comments: Today was a planned rest day—no workout.

Well, I spoke too soon about fixing my truck. She fired right up on the first try last night, but this morning: nothing. I can't even get her started with jumper cables. If I just sit in the truck with the keys in the ignition, everything seems fine. The dinger is dinging, the dome light is on, I have digits on my digital clock. Then I turn the key and everything goes dark. Sometimes the engine will make a single loud click, but most times there is no noise at all. Anything that glows or makes noise just stops. Several seconds after I give up, I'll hear a buzz-like clicking from the region of my headlight switch. I can't explain that one at all. I can't explain any of this at all. It looks like I'll be calling a tow truck in the near future.
 
 
Sunday, December 11th

Resting Pulse: Not Recorded
Weight: Not Recorded
Course: None
Distance: Zero
Time: N/A
Other Exercises: None
Weather: N/A

Comments: I intend to run today, but I woke up feeling like absolute crap. I skipped my workout because I didn't feel like puking on my shoes.

In the evening I did a little car maintenance. If you know me, you realize this turned into more of an ordeal than it should have. I changed the side bolts on my battery, and I had no end of difficulty getting the old positive bolt off of the cable lead. There was so much corrosion things were practically welded together by a nasty green paste. I got it done, though. Now I don't have to worry about my truck not starting when I want to come home from work.
 
 
Saturday, December 10th
The Christmas Rush

Resting Pulse: Not Recorded
Weight: Not Recorded
Course: The Christmas Rush 5k
Distance: 5k (6 Miles with Warm-up/Cool-down)
Time: 21:14 (Yeesh!)
Other Exercises: None
Weather: Clear, 32°

Comments: I had a race this morning. I thought I ran well. I started out conservatively, then picked it up slightly on the second half of the course. I even managed to pass five people after the turn-around. However, my time was bad. Everyone was complaining of slow times though, and the consensus was that the course was long.

In the afternoon, Angie and I headed downtown to finish our Christmas shopping. We decided to have dinner at Gordon Biersch. We waited nearly an hour for a table, twenty minutes to order, and thirty minutes for our food. When the food came, it was cold. A waiter—not ours—noted our disappointed looks. We sent the food back. A manager talked to us, and he agreed to comp the entrees. When the new food arrived, the manager came back to check on us personally. He asked me if I wanted another beer, and I said yes. He forgot to bring out. It finally came, along with some apologies, and I was glad to notice later that I wasn't charged for it either.
 
 
Friday, December 9th

Resting Pulse: Not Recorded
Weight: 165 lbs.
Course: The Swamp
Distance: 2 Miles
Time: Not Timed
Other Exercises: Core (9 min.)
Weather: Clear, 31°

Comments: I ran two miles at a super-easy pace this morning. I have a race tomorrow, and I wanted to keep my legs fresh. Not that it will matter; I'm still terribly out of shape. I spotted a Varied Thrush while running, and unlike the last time I saw one, I got a good long look. I'm sure of my identification now. I also saw a Spotted Towhee in my front yard.
 
 
Thursday, December 8th

Resting Pulse: Not Recorded
Weight: 165 lbs.
Course: The Wrecking Yard
Distance: 4 Miles
Time: 34:14
Other Exercises: Core (9 min.)
Weather: Clear, 31°

Comments: I ran an easy four miles this morning. It sure was cold.
 
 
Wednesday, December 7th

Resting Pulse: Not Recorded
Weight: 166 lbs.
Course: The Wrecking Yard
Distance: 33:15
Time: Not Timed
Other Exercises: Core (9 min.)
Weather: Clear, 37°

Comments: I saw a beautiful sunrise during my four-mile run this morning. The clouds and fog have been so thick recently that I've forgotten how breathtaking the morning can be. My legs felt completely dead, but I finished the run three minutes quicker than usual. I don't what that's all about.

Tonight was my last dance class. I'm kind of disappointed that it ended, because now I have no real reason to dance. They never play appropriate music where I go, and the places that play the right music are likely filled with stodgy old people. Also, it's nice to dance around people who are as clumsy and graceless as I am, rather than with people who really like dancing and are good at it. I guess I can always sign up for another class.
 
 
Tuesday, December 6th

Resting Pulse: Not Recorded
Weight: 166 lbs.
Course: The Wrecking Yard
Distance: 4 Miles
Time: 36:08
Other Exercises: Core (9 min.)
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 39°

Comments: I jogged an easy four miles this morning. I'll be glad when the days start getting longer. I have a very narrow window of daylight in which to do my runs, and I'm not even doing anything very long yet.
 
 
Monday, December 5th

Resting Pulse: Not Recorded
Weight: Not Recorded
Course: None
Distance: Zero
Time: N/A
Other Exercises: Core (9 min.)
Weather: N/A

Comments: Today was a planned rest day—no workout.
 
 
Sunday, December 4th

Resting Pulse: Not Recorded
Weight: Not Recorded
Course: None
Distance: Zero
Time: N/A
Other Exercises: None
Weather: N/A

Comments: After yesterday's whirlwind trip to Las Vegas, I felt a little bit wiped out today. It didn't help that my right ear still hadn't popped. I might have summoned up the energy to go for a run in the afternoon, but I already had plans—I was going to see the new Harry Potter movie, The Goblet of Fire. I liked the movie, but I had hard time getting over the fact that they changed things from the way they happened in the book. I know they've left out plenty of things in the previous three movies, but I can't recall them changing how the events happened. It probably shouldn't bother me, but it did.
 
 
Saturday, December 3rd
Vegas, Baby!

Resting Pulse: Not Recorded
Weight: Not Recorded
Course: None
Distance: Zero
Time: N/A
Other Exercises: None
Weather: N/A

Comments: I spent the day in Las Vegas with Angie, Jake, and Troy. There were supposed to be five more people coming along, but they all bailed at the last second. It worked out for the best though, as it made logistics quite a bit easier.

There was only one open seat on the first flight down, which Angie took. The next flight wouldn't arrive in time for her to see her cousin's wedding ceremony. I hopped on the second flight with Troy and Jake, arriving in time for the reception. I missed the grand entrance of the bride and groom, however, as I got lost in Caeser's Palace. It's hard to find anything but the slot machines when you're wandering through a casino.

Troy and Jake headed downtown while Angie and I were at the reception. We met up with them later for dinner and drinks. We ended up behind schedule and had to rush to get back to the airport. The cab ride there might have been the most exciting spectacle of the day. If the car had been six inches longer, we would have been in three different accidents. My seatbelt didn't work, so I was especially nervous during the zigging and zagging.

After a little snafu at the ticket counter, we rushed through airport, breaking into a run when we heard the final boarding call for our flight. We made it to our seats panting and out of breath. We then sat for twenty minutes as there was a delay loading the bags. All that running was for nothing. Headwinds delayed us an additional twenty minutes, so we didn't land until 1:30 in the morning. We were all dragging ass by the time we got back to my house.
 
 
Friday, December 2nd

Resting Pulse: Not Recorded
Weight: Not Recorded
Course: The Wrecking Yard
Distance: 4 Miles
Time: 35:25
Other Exercises: Core (8 min.)
Weather: Cloudy, 38°

Comments: Well, it snowed last night. There was so much snow in my driveway that I couldn't drive my truck up to the street. Angie couldn't get her car up either, and it's front-wheel drive—much more suited to driving in snow. Since neither one of us could drive anywhere, neither one of us went to work.

I did manage to go for a run in the afternoon. The roads outside my neighborhood were pretty clear, but the trail I run on was mostly snowed over. Alas, the parts that weren't snowy were quite muddy. It made for an interesting jog. I slipped more on the mud than I did on the snow. I saw a woman walking a husky while I was out. Have you ever noticed that huskies seem much happier and frisky in the snow?

I am supposed to host a poker tournament at my place tonight, but I'm wondering if anyone will show up. Also, I'm supposed to fly to Las Vegas tomorrow, but I don't know if I'll be able to get to the airport. I guess time will tell.
 
 
Thursday, December 1st

Resting Pulse: Not Recorded
Weight: Not Recorded
Course: The Wrecking Yard
Distance: 4 Miles
Time: 35:09
Other Exercises: Core (8 min.)
Weather: Cloudy, 36°

Comments: I went for an easy four-miler this morning. The temperature was cold enough that there wasn't any mud, just frozen earth. It felt nice to finish a run with dry shoes.

The promised snow finally came this afternoon. I left work a little bit early when I noticed the snow had started sticking to the pavement. I drive a two-wheel drive pick-up, and I have traction problems even without snow on the road. I made it home all right. There were a couple of slushy corners near my house that made me fishtail a bit, but I stayed on the road. If the slush freezes overnight, though, I don't see myself going to work. I won't be able to get up my driveway.
 
Sometimes I feel like I'm breathing underwater.