Saturday, September 29, 2012

Houston, We Have a Problem

I'm not quite sure what caused it, but I'm fighting some nagging hip pain the past two weeks. I think it has something to do with the task chair that I have at work. Then again, if may have something to do with sitting on my left ass cheek in a mega poker session two weeks ago. Whichever it is, it's been painful to sit for any length of time, painful to walk most of the time, and overall, just a royal pain in the ass (well okay - hip).

I ran Tuesday night (late night in the office put the kibosh on Monday), and really had to painfully hobble on Tuesday. Since I have no fitness to lose, I took the rest of the week off. I'm hoping the rest and the Motrin will help. I think I'll give it a stretch up in the hills on Sunday.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

It’s Wednesday. Yay!

Well, it’s Wednesday and that means only one thing. Tomorrow is my flight home! Yay!

The good news about being home (other than the obvious) is that Friday and Saturday mornings are spent catching up on my blog reading. These days I’m really into Flipboard. If you have a mobile device (Android, iPhone, iPad), you really should look into the app. It is the coolest reader ever!

The other good news is that summer is winding down. It’s no longer 95 plus degrees when I get back to my hotel in the evening. Two days this week I’ve been able to head outside. In fact, today I “charged” up the hill across the street from the hotel. It was only 86 degrees when I took off at 6:45PM!  Whew!

Running Folsom, CA - Marriott 9-19-2012, Elevation

Please note: There is *no way* that I am going to *ever* show time as the X axis…….

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Back to Normal

After a six day break from hotel treadmills, I was back on one tonight for a lowly 3 miles. And after leaving 10 days ago, I’ll be on a plane tomorrow evening for home! I could make some snide comment about a home cooked meal, but I don’t think I’ll be cooking this weekend, lol.

It’s been a whirlwind week. Some of this:


And this:


And this:



And a lot of this:


And this:


But not enough of this:

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Or this:


But, I’m looking forward to home. I miss my routine including this:


And this!


I’ll be posting this weekend for sure!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

I Really Don’t *Have To* Run, Do I?

“What?” are you all asking? “Have you quit running again?”

No. Not at all. I‘ve actually graduated to a hotel treadmill three days a week, a short run on Fridays (from home) and an hour or so one day a weekend. For now, that’s going to have to do. The rigors of weekly air commuting just won’t let me do a whole lot more.

But this weekend, I’ve fallen off the wagon. But I think I have a reason. Honestly. You see, I’m losing my oldest daughter, my baby. For you young’uns out there you probably don’t understand. But one day you’ll have kids. They’ll grow up under your tutelage. Then they spread their wings and leave the nest. At first the flights will be short. But eventually, they fly a little further and a little longer. Until they break free. It’s all part of growing up. But it doesn’t mean that mom and dad won’t shed a tear.

So this weekend, I’m three time zones away from home. Some of you runners will recognize the place (mile 25 right?):


If not, then some of you baseball fans will:


It’s been a whirlwind. I left Sacramento at 6:20AM Pacific on Friday, landed in Beantown at 4:30, picked my daughter up at 8:30 (the last two Eastern Time).

We started at 9AM on Saturday for “Christmas in Cambridge” aka Move In Day. Mind you, we’re still on West Coast time. And I thought traffic in L.A. was bad.


We met up with an old blogger and FB friend for dinner Saturday night:

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Then it was back to the apartment to finish assembling the furniture before turning in at midnight.

Sunday was orientation day at my daughter’s school:


Followed by a little sightseeing so I could pay homage to a couple of my sports heroes:


Now mind you – I left home last Monday. I travel light so I don’t need to check luggage. As a result, Sunday afternoon is laundry day! Yikes!

Tomorrow I’m on the hook to full my daugther’s refrigerator, and then I’m off to Sacramento for another week of work. Home is just a distant memory until Thursday.

But, I am not looking forward to tomorrow. It’s the day that the papa bird will need to say good bye as baby bird starts the next chapter of her life pursuing her graduate degree. I sure hope that two years goes by quickly. Oh. And that there’s a fire nearby so I can blame the smoke for the teary eyes…..

Congratulations Alyssa! Mom and I are so proud of you! Just promise to not be a stranger!