Being injured, I didn't run this year, but I was able to join the team as the driver-cheerleader. It is amazing to go for 24 hours and watch these great athletes really push themselves. Some of the miles my team ran during this race were really fast, under 6 minute splits! We came in 20th overall, out of 147 teams, not to shabby. But no team had more fun than the Knights. Again this year, we won the Nom de Plum Personality Award, for the best theme/team name.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
For the last few weeks I have had a pain in my right heel when I run. A couple of mornings as I started my run, it felt so bad, I had to stop and go back home. Last week I went to the doctor, who diagnosed me with a strained Tibialis Anterior Tendon. He said the only way to treat is with rest, no running! So for the next three weeks, I have to wear this awful boot on my right foot. It is sweaty and difficult to walk in. Everyone asks about it, because it looks like I broke my ankle. Doctor thinks I might need some orthopedic inserts in my running and work shoes.
I will just have to tuff it out and hopefully I can ease back into running soon. My long term outlook is great. The worst thing is that I miss my team relay race this weekend, the Ragnar Del Sol Relay. Del Sol is my favorite race of the year. It is a blast! I will still be going with my team The Knights of the Buffet Table. My alias was to be Sir Loin. I am the official van driver, cheerleader, and photographer. the race takes about 24 hours, from Friday to Saturday afternoon. Last year we took third place in our division, thanks to the elite athletes I was running with. GO KNIGHTS!!
Am I still a runner, if I am not running at all? Today I feel like I am. I miss it terribly, but I do enjoy sleeping in past 5am.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Have you ever noticed that when a dead body is found, it is usually by a runner? That's because runners are often out beating the streets before dawn. We're in parks, roads, trails, canal roads, everywhere. The adrenaline is high and we're on alert for careless drivers and vicious dogs. I have never seen a human body while running, nor do I want to.
But I have seen some amazing sunrises, beautiful scenery, and unusual wildlife. Recently on a long run, I came across, these two buffalo. Looks like a cow and calf. Kinda cute and fun.
I think that some Saturday morning my family gets a little tired of hearing my tales of the sights I have just experienced. But they were interested in the buffalo, because for years I had talked about raising them for meat. Right now we are are to busy raising 6 kids to venture into buffaloes.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Of course when you have a large yard, there is always a lot of work to be done. Typically I spend my Saturday mornings enjoying a long run of about 15 miles, then I spend much of the afternoon working the land. It is a very enjoyable contrast to my usual days in the office as a loan officer. Recently, I was coming in from the orchard, past Roger's pen and saw something unusal. I climbed in and went over to his nest, and saw 4 HUGE GREEN EGGS! I was stunned, we had never considered that "he" was a "she". We were confused, but SHE wasn't. Roger is not a rooster, but a hen.
Now we get a new egg about every three days. They are bright, hard, and heavy (about 3 pounds). Each emu egg equals about 12 small chicken eggs. It freaks out some of our friends, but we eat the eggs, why not? Guess what they taste like--- that's right, chicken! They are best scrambled and served with homemade salsa. We usually drill small holes in the shell and blow the white and yolk out, preserving the beautiful green shell.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
Yes-- I am a marathon runner that works in the mortgage business for a living, or I am a mortgage banker that loves to run!
I am also a family man. Happily married for over twenty years, and the father of 6 wonderful children.
I like to think that my training and racing in marathons prepares me for the rigors and trials of everyday life. If I can run 26.2 miles as fast as I can, and not give up- then surely I should be able to:
- go the distance to get a difficult loan approved.
- always show my lovely wife the love and respect she deserves.
- be patient and caring with my kids and their problems.
I love my life. I hope you enjoy reading about the ups and downs in the life of a regular guy that fights the battles of home finance, endurance running, and our family of eight.