Our long awaited vacation to Italy!! We’ve been planning this for over a year with our friends Terrie & Sam, and the clock finally ticked down to time. What an AWESOME time we had… 4 days in Positano, 4 in Rome, 4 in Venice, and 4 in Bellagio… with daytrips to Pompeii, Florence, and Milan. Two weeks flew by, and then it was back home to reality… sigh…
The race clock said 4:09:44 when the first explosion happened. They say that 17,000 runners had already finished, leaving 6,000 still struggling through the crowded streets. I’ll never run a Boston, but I’ve crossed a lot of finish lines. My wife has been in the grandstands cheering me on. It could have been me. Or her. Or one of my running buddies who’ve become my extended family. I rarely cry, but I did. I rarely pray, but I did. My heart breaks for those in Boston tonight. But I’ll go run tomorrow night, and a couple of days after that, and again on Saturday morning. Not to would say more about me than about them. I’m a runner.
For the past couple of years I’ve tried to run five half-marathons each year. Got ‘er done in 2010 and 2011, but fell behind this Spring due to a calf injury and only finished the Aramco Houston Half Marathon in January/2012. So now I’ll try to make up for lost time with four Fall runs. Last year, I set a PR (personal record) at the Houston Half of 2:50 and I hope to do better this season.
When you have teak outdoor furniture, you can either let it ripen to the aged grey look of driftwood, or work to keep it at that rich brown of ‘new’ wood. Me? I choose richness, which means that I’ll have to apply generous amounts of boiled linseed oil to it each year. 20 minute spurts of energy during lunch each day means it’ll be done by the weekend. Lookin’ good!
With triple-digit days, we’re in the pool almost every day now… either during lunch or in the evenings… it’s AWESOME! After a winter of “it’s too cold to go in”, we never thought we’d get to “wow that water is warm”, but we have. So a good friend of Stephanie’s built us some aerators to plug into the return lines in order to maximize the overnight cool-off… 5 minutes of work morning and evening to install/remove them and we’re hoping for maybe a 10 degree drop in temp without a lot of effort. EXCELLENT!!!
The six month marathon training season starts in a couple of weeks, all focused on the Houston Marathon in mid-January 2013. With 25,000 available slots, they hold a lottery in June to select participants, and I just got notified that I got in. So here’s my ‘plan’ for the rest of the season: