Wednesday, June 16, 2010

An Awesome Wednesday

 When I first started this post this morning I entitled it "A Weak Wednesday".  Mostly as a result of the extraordinarily lazy trail run I put in.

I'm not taking all of the blame though, my dog Jeff is turning out to be a not-very-helpful partner.  He can't really help it.  The woods are super awesome.  They're full of squirrels, bugs, mother geese and their goslings, and teenagers smoking weed.  You know, standard distractions.  All of this needed some sniffing and he took the time to make sure the rounds were made.  I think the kids nearly died trying to find a place to hide their stash as I rolled by, Jeff coming to a screeching halt and giving me the "is it 4:20 already?" puppy dog head tilt.  About as much socially conscious public parenting as I was able to muster was asking "Got to school much?", as it's still in session here in Virginia (thanks to the snowpocalypse).   It was enough though, at least to make them fake caring about my opinion and leave.

After that though, the day improved substantially.  First, I recovered perhaps quicker than I ever have.  Probably had something to do with the cool shower and downing one of these babies.

.AdvantEdge Carb Control Ready to Drink French Vanilla 24 cans

Gotta be honest here; they really don't taste too bad once they are cooled.  Most of the time I'm just slamming them at work after it's hung out in my bag all day.  Clearly not the preferred method.

Secondly, I surprised Mrs. Jackalope at her office with some sandwiches.  There was no way she was making it to lunch so it was a feel good moment all the way around.  We high-fived each other for being so awesome. 

Thirdly, I got my first substantial donation from Ms. SpecialK.  I'm sure there's a fantastic reason for the handle, but for now we'll leave it at "more mystery, less history".  At the end of the day, it matters not as she made herself the first major contributor to the Marathon Fisher House effort by donating $100 and giving us reason enough to label her special. 

So this day is fantasic, and it's not even half-way over yet.

Not even the hormone infused teenage angst that just walked in can wreck it.

So anyway.

If you follow my Twitter feed @NVjackalope, you might have noticed the runmeter posts.  I've been using this program to track my runs.  Specifically, the iphone app.  My Suunto was perhaps the least helpful GPS device in history and as such I dumped it, in favor of the $4.99 app.  I was a little reticent about bringing my phone along with me for runs until I got this doo-hicky:

Tune Belt Sport Belt for iPhone and More (Fits iPhone 3GS, 3G, 2G & 1G; Blackberry Bold, Curve, Storm & Tour; Nokia N97; Palm Pre and many more)

I figured for $16.95 it was worth the experiment.  So I Craigslisted the Suunto and strapped on the tune belt.  It's pretty nifty.  Got a little key pouch in the back too.  I have a Garmin Forerunner 305 on order (with the Suunto proceeds) but I reckon I will still want to take the phone with me on long runs.

The combination of @runmeter and the tune belt is pretty trick.  The result is a quickie map and some pace information and a great way to keep a log of my runs.  I'm keeping it unless the Garmin has the exact same capabilities with the same level of user-friendliness.

So here you go, behold, my ridiculously slow trail run around Lake Royal.  Next time I'll make sure to waypoint the ganja smoking teenagers.

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Started: Jun 16, 2010 9:45:38 AM
Run Time: 43:35
Stopped Time: 2:20
Distance: 4.20 miles
Average: 10:23 /mile
Fastest Pace: 8:08 /mile
Climb: 331 feet
Calories: 0
Official Route: No

By Marcus with 2 comments


A blog by an old friend about my favorite old hobby. Today is a good day! Keep on running!

Thank you so much Claire! Really means alot! Thanks for checking in on me here :)

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