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Location:

Mesa,AZ,USA

Member Since:

May 12, 2008

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

I started running again in 2007 after 14 years of not running.

Mile - 4:59 (high school 1992), 5:57 (9/21/2010 ARR Open Mile)

2 mile - 11:10 (high school 1992)

5k - 21:54 (11/18/2010 Tempe Road Runners 5k)

10k - 48:29 (5/9/2009 Race for Hospice)

Unofficial 10k - 47:11 (1/27/2011 Red Mountain Park)

1/2 marathon - 1:49:00 (4/4/2009 Havasu Half)

Marathon - 4:33:09 (11/21/2009 Mesquite Marathon)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Run a half marathon in under two hours.

Run a marathon in close to 4 hours.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Stay healthy long enough to live through the millenium.

Personal:

I am married and have six kids. 

Blog title explanation

Bloggers I've met in real life: 1MileToGo, Aaron Kennard, Andrea North, Arizona Desert Monsoon, auntieem, Bec, Ben, Benjamin, Bonnie, Camille, Cari, Collin Anderson, David Holt, DooneEight Kid Mom, Erico, Flatlander, Gary, Jake Krong, JamesW, Jose, Josse, Julieesplin, JunKelli, Kerri, KP, Kyle Dion, Lightitup, Little Bad Legs, Lybi, Marthon Dreamer, M, Mary Ann Schauerhamer, Misty, Nan, Peds Endo Doc, Rachelle, RADRhett, Riley Cook, Rossy, runningafterbabies, Sasha, Scott Hughes, Scott (Kelli's husband), Scott Wesemann, Slow Joe, Spencer Simpson, Stephen, Steve Piccolo, Susie, The Rookie, Toby, Tracy, Twinkies, TylerS, Walter

Favorite Blogs:

Russian champion tries Crocs, commits to racing a marathon in them

Nikolay Chavkin in the video below did 3x1000, first two in Adidas carbon-fiber models, the last one in Crocs. Surprised by the result (2:52, 2:52, 2:50) with the fastest interval done in Crocs, he committed to racing a marathon in Crocs if the video gets 42K likes and 195 comments (for 42 km 195 m, the marathon distance). Nikolay's current marathon PR is 2:14:00. The video was created by a Russian sporting goods store chain. Their moto is "more sports - brighter life", which we think is wonderful, and also deserves a Like. If you want to see a fast marathon in Crocs, go to the video and click the Like button. And make sure to share it with your friends.

Miles:This week: 1.46 Month: 1.46 Year: 172.81
Mizuno Wave Inspire 7 Lifetime Miles: 803.99
Asics Gel 3030 Lifetime Miles: 204.85
Saucony Hurricane 13 Lifetime Miles: 149.22
Asics Gel DS Trainer 17 Lifetime Miles: 87.49
Mizuno Wave Inspire 9 Lifetime Miles: 800.59
Brooks Ravenna 4 Lifetime Miles: 88.83
Mizuno X10 Trail Lifetime Miles: 180.06
Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 Lifetime Miles: 802.77
Asics Gel Kayano 21 Lifetime Miles: 53.56
Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Lifetime Miles: 800.75
New Balance 1260v5 Lifetime Miles: 9.19
Reebok Floatride Lifetime Miles: 8.23
Total Distance
172.81
Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 108.07Asics Gel Kayano 21 Miles: 49.57Mizuno X10 Trail Miles: 13.71Mizuno Wave Inspire 7 Miles: 1.46
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
1.45

It was 7:37am when I started and the sun was up.  It's been a couple of days since I ran this, so the only thing I remember is stopping to talk to Rob Carlock, my old supervisor at RWCD.  I asked how it was going and he said, "It's dry up."  We had a chuckle together.  He asked how far I was walking.  I told him I was actually jogging, and I'm just getting over Covid, so I'm just doing a mile and a half.  That pretty much ended the conversation.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 1.45
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
2.54

I finally did two loops.  It was nice and dark out.  6:45am when I left.  A bit cold, but as usual, I was wearing shorts and a T-shirt.  I was thinking I wasn't going to see anybody today.  But as I was heading south after crossing Adobe, I saw two walkers on the other side of the Canal.  (BTW, I know it's not proper English to capatlize Canal in the context I'm using it, but since I'm referring to the Roosevelt Water Conservation District Canal, and I used to work for them, I do.)  Since the Canal is empty right now, one of the walkers decided they would take the opportunity to walk down the steps.  It was dark, but I could tell she was a girl.  I wasn't sure about the other.  But they both sat down on the steps and when they said good morning to me, it was obvious that they were both girls.  One of them put her phone on the sloped bank of the Canal.  It started to slide down, and they both started saying, "Oh no!  Oh no!"  It was mildly funny.  I finished my two loops and I'm feeling A-ok.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 2.54
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
3.30

About a week ago I received a package in the mail from Ragnar.  It was a box of Emergen-C that they sent out to all the 2020 team captains.  That was nice.  I set it on my night stand.  A few days ago I brought it upstairs and asked my wife where I should put it. (We're still renovating, so I have no idea where anything goes anymore.)  She said she was going to take it to Maggie.  Maggie thinks she has Covid.  So it was put on the stand next to the front door.  And there it remained until today.  I texted Maggie to see if she was feeling better and if she still wanted the medicine.  She said no and yes.  But she didn't respond until after I had started running.  My plan was to just run it over to her house.  Luckily she responded during my first loop, so I just ran home, grabbed a Walmart bag, and ran to her house.  We talked for a while.  At one point my knee started to tense up, as it sometimes does after I finish running.  I thought I was going to fall down, but I stood there and pretended it didn't hurt.  Then I ran down to University, over to the east side of the Floodway, and back home. 
 

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 3.30
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
2.55

I just hit 700 miles on these shoes.  I almost hit it on my last run, but I was 0.03 miles shy.

I saw two of the white cats that roam our neighborhood this morning.  We had one of them, but one night as I was taking Herbie for a walk, we heard her scream, ran to the backyard to see what was going on, but we never saw her again.

I saw a couple walking their dogs as I entered the Floodway.  I passed them up and said good morning while they held the dogs still.  As I approached Brown, I saw this old lady I see every once and a while.  I said good morning to her.  She actually beat me to Adobe and she kept heading south, so I figured I might pass her again once I headed north from University. 

I saw a man down in the bottom of the Floodway after crossing Adobe.  I lost sight of him as he approached the toe of the channel.  Then I saw him as he walked up the service ramp.  We waved at each other and I didn't think to much about it until I heard, "Is that you, Burt?"  I recognized his voice right away as Tom O'Hare.  Tom is one of my favorite people from the ward, but he doesn't know that.  He's so genuine and funny.  He's a convert to the Church with a Catholic background.  I love Catholics.  But they don't know that.  I stopped to talk with him, but he said, "Don't let me stop you."  So I was off again.  I turned north on, now back on the east side of the Floodway.  When I got to the green belt, I passed the dog walking couple, on the west side of the Floodway.  Then I realized that I never saw the old lady.  She must've turned off at the green belt.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 2.55
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
2.55

Two  nights ago my wife told me she was taking the girls to the gym to work out.  I said, "What about dinner?"  She said I could just make myself something or she'd make me something when she got back.  I looked around in the fridge and was like, I have no idea what to make.  So I grabbed a cheese stick.  I texted my wife later and told asked her to make me something when she got back.  I got in bed and started watching Netflix.  I was almost asleep when she brought me three delicious shrimp tacos.  I ate them and promptly fell asleep.  Bad idea.  I woke up at 3 in the morning and was not feeling well.  Like my food was just sitting there in my stomach not digesting.  I got up and sat  on the toilet a while.  That helped a little, but I couldn't get back to sleep.  I decided not to go running because I wasn't feeling good.  Last night I made sure not to go to bed until it had been a while since I ate.  I think I fell asleep around 10pm.  But again I woke up at 3:15am and couldn't go back to sleep.  I decided I should go running.

I picked out my green shorts and my old faded orange Ragnar Ambassador shirt.  Hey, nobody would see me in the dark.  I started running at 4:50am.  I noticed that my shirt was starting to ride up my belly.  My weight gain is out of control during the pandemic.  I pulled it down while I was running down the street in case someone drove by.  But once I got to the Floodway I just let it be.  I wondered how far up it would go.    Before I knew it, I was wearing a crop top.  Hey, nobody would see me in the dark.  I just let it sit there until I almost reached Brown. 

It was dark.  You know how when you're driving down the highway at night and a car is coming toward you, there's that time when the headlights are in your eyes and you can barely see the road?  That happened to me.  The street light from Brown Road was shining in my eye, and I thought I was going to step off the trail, and I almost fell.  I got to the other side of the Floodway which is also the RWCD road.  I saw tail lights all the way down at Adobe.  They then became headlights.I thought it was weird to see headlights on the RWCD road at 5 in the morning.  If memory serves me, shift change is at 5:30am.  But then again, it's dry up, so they're not running shifts.  After a while the headlights turned east and drove away.  I got to Adobe and could see the reflection of a vehicle sitting in front of the gate.  Then I heard a dog bark.  As I got closer I could see the owner struggling to get his two dogs under control.  I told him good morning, so he would know that I'm coming through.  He said, "You're all right."  The dog he had a hold of was barking at me and the other dog ran behind me and barked once.  I said, "Hi puppy!"  Who walks their dogs at 5:07am?  Probably a lot of people. 

When I got in line with my house, I could hear David crowing.  Stupid rooster.  I figured that would be the end of the excitement for the day, but as I was running north on the east side of the Floodway, I could make out the outline of an owl in the top of a palo verde tree.  I decided to take a picture and I think it turned out pretty good.  Stay away from my chickens, owl!  But you can take David.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 2.55
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Tom K on Thu, Jan 14, 2021 at 06:13:08 from 47.206.60.114

It used to be - Well, I better not eat this pizza, because it's after 9 pm, and I don't want to be up all night. I'm at the point in my life that has now moved to noon. Man, I feel bad for you with the up at 3 am thing. I've been there a lot. As I was reading your story, I could see the conclusion coming.

But, running in a crop top - I did not see that coming!

From Burt on Thu, Jan 14, 2021 at 07:38:46 from 98.161.146.237

Yeah, gone are the days when I could eat whatever I wanted and how much I wanted.

Total Distance
2.57

I finally got some decent sleep last night.  I went to bed early.  At 11:30pm I was awakened to the sound of my daughters laughing.  I thought, "oh no, I hope I can get back to sleep."  Luckily I fell asleep again not long after that.  I woke up at 5am and started running at 6:24am.  It was still quite dark.  Yesterday when I checked the temperature on my phone, it said 38º.  Today, 53°.  As I made my way to Adobe I could see someone running west on Adobe.  I knew I had no chance of catching them.  When I turned the corner at Adobe I could see the figure still running up ahead, crossing over the Floodway.  And I saw another figure.  One of them looked like they turned north to run on the west side of the Floodway.  It was real dark, and hard to tell even though the street light was on.  The other one stayed there.  The closer I got the more visible he became.  He was just standing in the road.  Not in the driving lane, but right next to the stripe.  I thought that was queer.  But he was looking at his phone.  I wondered if he was timing someone.  The other person?  But they came from the other direction.  I think.  Who knows?  It was too dark.  So I just went north on the east side of the Floodway as usual.  After about a minute I could see the glow of the guy's cell phone.  Ah, he was just catching his breath.  Probably doing half mile intervals.  He passed me up pretty quickly, and I tried to keep an eye on him.  But even though I left an hour later than yesterday, it was much darker than yesterday.  No stars.  Was there a haze blocking them?  Was it so close to sunrise that the suns rays were blocking them?  I don't know, but I had to concentrate hard on the trail to make sure I didn't run into a tree or something.  Every now and again I would look across the Floodway to see how far ahead of me he was.  Then about half way to Brown someone shined a flashlight at me.  I don't know if they were shining it at me or down in the Floodway, truth be told.  But I thought it was the half mile interval guy.  So he's only doing quarter mile intervals?  But I then I saw the soft glow of his cell phone way up ahead.  So maybe this was the original guy (or gal) that turned north.  So many mysteries in the dark.  When I got to Brown, he was no where to be found.  I'm guessing he continued north. 

Now that I was on the RWCD road, I could see much better.  The RWCD road is nice and straight as opposed to the winding trail on the other side of the Floodway.  Also, there's no trees blocking what little light is given off by the street lights and neighborhood lights.  Speaking of street lights, have you ever been walking down the sidewalk at night and you get close to a street light and it turns off?  Do they have motion sensors?  Shouldn't they turn on rather than off?  You would think as a civil engineer, I would know the answer to that.  Anyway, after I crossed Adobe I could hear the refuse man in the rich part of the ward.  So there's a neighborhood just to the west of the Canal.  That's the rich part.  The neighborhood south of them, south of the green belt, where Maggie lives, is the poor part.  Sorry Maggie.  My neighborhood is the in-betweens.  Anyway, the refuse man.  I say refuse because I don't know if it was the recycling man or the green waste man.  Although, I think they are one in the same right now.  Once the pandemic and lockdown started, they same truck was picking up both.  I don't know if they've gone back to separate or not yet.  Also, I shouldn't say man, because there was a lady driver a while back.  She was nice.  I didn't think my recycling was out to the street yet.  Or my green waste, but what are the chances anything is in the green waste barrel?  I hoped I would make it back to my house in time to take them out.  I did make it back in plenty of time.  Also, the green barrel was full.  Someone chopped up our Christmas tree and filled the barrel up.  But I'm guessing it's going to take 4 or 5 barrels to get rid of all of it.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 2.57
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
2.62

I woke up shortly after 3am again.  My wife was telling me how she tossed and turned the night before.  She got mad at me when I told her she might be going through the change.  I noticed that she was tossing and turning again.  Well, once I was up, I was up.  I tried to go back to sleep, but to no avail.  I decided to sit on my throne for an hour and then go running.  Right when I finished and before I could flush, I heard a crash outside.  Whenever I hear a noise outside my mind goes to - coyote jumping over the fence to steal my chickens.  So I ran to the window to look for the culprit.  There was no coyote, but the trees were getting tossed around.  The crash I heard was the sun room door slamming from the wind.

Now I was excited to go running.  Sometimes I love facing the elements.  Today was one of those days.  It was 5:26am when I started.  I thought I would have the whole loops to myself.  Who else would be this crazy to be out in the wind this early?  The sky was overcast and it was actually light out.  My theory from the other day must be wrong.  The lights from the City were illuminating the clouds and I could see quite well.  It's been a few days since I ran, so I was a bit stiff.  But I was enjoying the run, and the wind died down a little.  In the home stretch between University and Adobe, I saw the owl swoop down in front of me and land on the wall.  I was going to take a picture, but when I pulled my phone from my pocket, I realized it was raining.  I mean, I knew it was, I just thought it was a light sprinkle.  So, I opted not to take a picture.  I continued running and saw two figures approaching me.  It was two sweet old ladies all bundled up.  I, of course, was not, so one of them said, "You're getting all wet."  My response?  "Yeah, and I just saw an owl."

Just in case you're wondering, I did go back and flush the toilet.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 2.62
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
3.78

I was awoken a few ticks before 4:30am by David crowing.  I was out the door at 5:23am.  The weather was nice.  I saw a police vehicle at the stop sign and it slowed down to check me out.  It wasn't too dark.  There were some clouds that were providing reflection from the city lights.  I looked upward and estimated between 40% and 50% coverage.  As I was about to enter the Floodway I detected the unmistakable odor of moss.  The Canal must be getting filled up.  I got to Brown and crossed the Floodway to the Canal.  The water was gushing through the radial gates.  There was water once again in the Canal.  Did they fill it up yesterday and I not know because I didn't run?  I looked down in it.  It was dark, but it didn't look full.  Hard to tell.  I could see the reflections of the clouds in the water and every now and then would spot the outline of a duck.  I got to Adobe and once again could hear the water gushing through those radial gates.  I didn't think about it at the time, but the water doesn't usually gush through.  When the Canal is full, the gates open from the bottom and water runs underneath.  This does cause some turbulence, but not a gushing turbulence.  At the half way point between Adobe and University is a well.  It only gets used about once a year.  When I passed by it, I looked down in the Canal and it was as dry as a bone.  What the heck?  I could've swore I just saw water!  I ran back to the other side of the well.  Clouds!  There's water.  Am I going mad?  Back to the other side, and ah ha!  Here comes the water.  It was just barely moving along despite the gushing sounds at the gates.  I guessed there couldn't be more than 1 cfs (cubic feet per second) moving through.  I wondered at this rate how long it would take to fill the Canal.  Maybe I'll do some math later.  Seems like it would take a while.  I texted my buddy Brad at the District to tell him that I had just passed the water as it was filling up the Canal.  I told him that I guess I'm faster than water.  Probably not the text he wanted to see before 6 in the morning.

I decided to do 3 loops today since I missed yesterday for no good reason.  I continued down to Main.  Once I crossed University it got darker.  I looked up and now it looked like there was only 20% to 30% cloud coverage.  There was quite a bit to the west of me, but nothing above or to the east.  I ran to Main and went to the other side of the Floodway.  Before I got to University, I saw a man in his backyard in the 55+ community.  His porch light was on.  I said good morning to him.  Right before University is their tennis courts.  There were no lights on, but a dog started barking at me.  I then saw the owner telling it to be quiet.  Since he probably heard me tell the other guy good morning, I said good morning to him, too.  I crossed University and looked down at the wall to see if I could see Jeff.  His sleeping bag was there, and it looked like he was in it.  On the other side of the wall is a small little neighborhood park. There's an opening in the wall for access.  Looking through the opening I saw another person.  Where are all these people coming from?  I looked at my phone and it was 6:06am.  I didn't think I was going to see anyone, but within two minutes I had seen 4 people.  I saw one more person before I finished.  They were wearing a headlamp.  I contemplated yelling at them that if they hurry they could catch up to the water.  But that would've been weird.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 3.78
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
2.55

David woke me up again at the same time as yesterday.  So I was out and running at exactly the same time as yesterday.  5:23am.  But before that I had remembered that I left the water running in the backyard last night.  I meant to shut it off before I went to bed, but I forgot.  So my grapefruit trees are nice and watered.  But my orange trees didn't get touched.  About a month or so ago I noticed that a couple of chickens were roosting the night in one of the grapefruit trees.  This is what my remaining chickens from our previous batch use to do after the coyote attacks.  Then there were three in the tree.  The other night I saw four.  But this morning, even David was up in the tree.  I assume it was because I left the water on and it was flooding out their coop.  So, being up in the tree above the wall line, his crowing had no sound blocking whatsoever.  He usually crows when he wakes up in the morning and at least three more times for every hour after.  He also crows if someone turns on the sunroom light late at night.  And he crows if someone goes in the backyard.  So since I was in turning the water off, he started crowing again.  I bopped him on the head with a shovel.  That stopped him for about a minute, but then he was at it again.  I took the recycling and green barrel out to the street.  Then I started my stretch routine, and he must've heard me and started crowing again.  I keep saying he's got to go, but like Aunt Polly, I don't have the heart to do it.  (I'm listening to the Adventures of Tom Sawyer right now.)  So I was running north on the Floodway and I can clearly hear David again.  I'm like, "I've got to be half a mile away!"  I pull out my Strava and sure enough, half a mile.  He must be waking up everyone.  The rest of the run was uneventful.  The sky was overcast and gray.  The Canal is completely full and serene looking.
 

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 2.55
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
1.47

Saturdays are supposed to be my long runs.  But I'm not in shape for long runs.  But still, I should be able to do at least 4 miles.  Well, I got up this morning, later than the last few mornings, but it was still dark out.  My knees were sore.  Why are they sore?  I'm not running long or fast.  But they were sore.  I thought maybe I would just need to start going and they would loosen up.  I stretched out and started running.  I thought, well, I guess I'll only be doing two loops today.  I don't even feel like 3.

I got to the Floodway and I saw a coyote running down Adobe.  I turned around for a second and then turned back.  I saw it standing in the middle of the road a few hundred feet away.  It was staring at me.  The street light had turned off.  I stopped and watched it for a while.  I thought I saw something smaller dart across the street.  Maybe a cub?  Nah, must be my eyes playing tricks on me.  But why is it just standing there in the middle of the road?  I thought I would wait until a car came by to scare it away.  The street light turned back on and I tried to hide myself behind the warning sign.  Still it just stayed there staring at me and no cars were coming.  As I was about to give up, my eyes finally adjusted to the sight, and I realized I was staring at a tree trunk.  What a fool I am.

I ran up to Brown and headed back down to Adobe on the other side of the Floodway.  I saw a black figure coming toward me.  I think.  Who knows with my eyes today.  But it was.  I couldn't tell if they were running or walking.  Walking.  Man or woman?  Woman.  Then I thought, "I bet that's Edythe."  And it was.  I said, "Good morning!  I'll see you tomorrow at church!"  Shortly after that I realized my knees were still hurting and decided just to do one loop.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 1.47
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
1.45

It's been raining off and on for the last couple of days.  I didn't run yesterday because I took a nap Sunday and couldn't get to sleep until after 2am.  Even then, I tossed and turned.  I fell asleep early last night.  I got up early this morning and got ready.  My knees weren't hurting like they were Saturday.  I left my shoes somewhere.  Either upstairs near the sun room or downstairs in the laundry room.  I went outside to feed my chickens and got a bunch of mud and probably other stuff on them, so I took them off so as to not spread it all over the carpet.  Anyway, I didn't feel like going and looking for them, so I just grabbed another pair.  My flourescent Asic Gel Kayanos.  They felt a little tight.  When I started running it felt like I had some spring to my step.  But I realized it was just the shoes.  My legs were not feeling great and there was a tinge of soreness in my lower back.  It was finally cold, but luckily there was no rain.  I decided to just do one loop again.

Asics Gel Kayano 21 Miles: 1.45
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
2.54

Another early to bed, early to rise.  I wore my schnazzy shoes again.  It was actually cold this morning.  38º.  That's still short and T-shirt weather, though.  At least for me.  The moon was somewhat full.  But it still seemed rather dark.  I decided to try and push the pace a little this morning to help keep warm.  I ended up being 50 seconds per mile faster than my average lately, which isn't saying much.

Asics Gel Kayano 21 Miles: 2.54
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
2.55

I woke up before David again.  My phone said it was 52º out.  Nice.  I grabbed my shoes out of the sun room.  Less than 80 miles before I trash them.  They really should be trashed right now.  The sky was overcast with the moon shining behind the clouds creating a soft glow to light the way.  I was going slow today because I pushed it yesterday.  I saw something between the Floodway path and the wall.  I couldn't tell if it was a cat or a stump.  So I stopped and turned my light on.  Two eyeballs shined back at me.  As I was approaching University I saw a light coming towards me.  Must be a cyclist.  I watched the light as it crossed University and it pointed in all directions.  It was zigzagging.  I'm guessing the guy didn't know how to get through the fence.  But after he got through he continued to zigzag and I wondered if he was going to run into me.  So I yelled, "Good morning!"  He said good morning back and rode on.  As I exited the gate, I saw what I thought was a jacket hanging on the fence.  Then I noticed that there was something else hanging next to it, so I went over to get a closer look.  It turns out it was a bunch of pants and a few shirts.  I said out loud, "There's a whole wardrobe here."  Then I could see a light underneath the bridge and I said, "I see your  light."  But I didn't say it loud enough so that whomever it was could hear me.  I then crossed the Floodway and headed back north.  I saw Jeff's sleeping bag.  It was too dark to see if he was in it.  If I look at him at all, I just look for a lump.  But he's so skinny that I can't see a lump in the dark.  Approaching the green belt I saw another light across the Floodway over by a big tree.  I'm pretty sure it was the cyclist.  He had stopped there and turned his light off.  I then saw another sleeping bag between the path and the Floodway.  Someone was in it and I could make out other objects by him.  Maybe a bag and some trash.  It was one of those mornings where if I wasn't confident in my manhood, these things could have freaked me out.
 

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 2.55
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
2.55

I woke up late again.  It was going to be light out when I ran, but I had to do it.  There was a beautiful sunrise that I wish I could've enjoyed longer.  But sunrises don't last all day.  There wasn't that many people out, but I could see the few that were.  As I was heading south on the west side of the Floodway approaching Adobe, I could see two people walking.  I could also see something shorter out in front of them.  Possibly a dog?  I got closer and realized it was a tiny human.  Then another.  Then another.  None of them could be older than 3 years old.  Who has that many tiny humans?  Then I saw the mom was carrying an infant in a pouch on her chest.  I finally realized that it was the Smith's from the ward.  I stopped and talked to them a bit from a distance.  Sis. Smith told me they had just picked up another foster child.  I told her my wife is jealous.  She wants a foster child.

I downloaded Spotify.  It's nice because unlike YouTube, I can turn the screen off on my phone and the music keeps playing.  So I listened to music blaring out of my pocket while I ran today.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 2.55
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
1.46

It's been hard to be an NBA fan lately with all the nonsense and down right dangerous rhetoric that some of the players spew.  But it's hard not to be when you've been one for most of your life.  I still get messages on my phone when the Suns play.  Late last night I saw a message and checked the score.  There was just seconds left in the game and the Suns were down by 2.  The Suns hit a 3 pointer with just over a second left and ended up winning.  I also get suggestions to watch the game recaps the next morning after a game.  The recaps are between 9 and 10 minutes long with just highlights of both teams scoring.  I decided to watch the recap this morning to see just how exactly they pulled it off.  I did it while I was stretching out.  I usually don't stretch out for quite that long.  Devin Booker hit the three with Chris Paul assisting.  I started my run and I knew that I was a few minutes earlier than yesterday, so maybe if I was lucky I would get to see a beautiful sunrise.  I can't see the sunrise when I'm running north (north by northwest really) because it's behind me.  But I can see it when I'm running south.  So halfway through my first loop I was treated to a beautiful sunrise with the American flag waving in the midst.  But despite all my stretching out, my legs felt uber tight, and I decided one loop would be all I should do today.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 1.46
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Tom K on Fri, Feb 05, 2021 at 11:14:15 from 47.206.60.114

That's a nice sunrise!

Total Distance
2.60

Ever since we bought our house just over a year ago, we've been trying to renovate it.  When I say we, I mean my wife and my daughters.  So far they've ripped apart one of the upstairs bathrooms, tore the drywall out of the kitchen, and graffittied my office wallpaper.  We've had a couple of contractors come by to give us quotes, but then they seem to disappear.  But we did have one guy do some work in our laundry room.  My wife demo-ed the cabinets and the tile.  Then the guy came in and installed the new flooring.  It's supposed to be waterproof.  Well, we had some flooding issues and it appears it's not as waterproof as advertised.  So we called my old friend to see if he could help out, and it turns out, this kind of stuff is exactly what he does for a living.  So during this week, their team has come by to remove the flooring, cut out drywall, put fans out to dry everything up, and eventually they'll put things back together.  As part of the renovations, my wife wants to remove our bathtub and construct a walk-in shower.  I told my friend that after they pulled out the vanity and the toilet, and he said now's the time to do it.  So thinking that today might be the last day I get a decent shower, I better go running.

We're down to one toilet in the house now.  It's all the way upstairs and I have to go through Julianna's bedroom to get to it.  After my normal daily routine of sitting on the throne for half an hour, I headed back downstairs to get dressed.  My legs felt stiff and sore going downstairs.  I wasn't sure if it was from running or from sitting on the toilet for half an hour.  But as I started running, I felt surprisingly well.

The moon looked to be about half phase, but it was providing decent light.  I could actually see my shadow from the moonlight.  As I approached the Floodway I saw two fast moving figures approaching me.  I realized it was a couple speedwalking.  They were probably speedwalking faster than I was running.  I ran north on the Floodway path and saw two more figures approaching.  It was the two old ladies I see from time to time.  Going south down the RWCD road, I saw another runner on the other side of the Canal.  When I got to Adobe, I could see a cyclist coming down the road.  I must've fixated on it, because there was a lady running west on Adobe and I didn't see her until she said good morning to me.

Looking down the RWCD road, I could see a bright light that looked like it was on the road, also, but appeared to be way down the road.  Like past University.  The Canal takes a slight angle about half way between University and Main, so whomever it was, they must've been near that point, which was about 3/4 of a mile away.  I started thinking about how I don't normally see this many people out this early.  Then I remembered that yesterday when I took my daughters to school, I saw 5 runners within the first half mile.  The first one I saw was a blonde girl.  Now I've seen this blonde girl before and she looks exactly like the Schumacher's youngest daughter who has recently returned from her mission and gotten married.  The Schumacher's have beautiful children.  The boys are handsome, strong, square jawed chaps, and the girls look like blonde bombshell Barbie dolls.  But I thought, it can't be her because now that she's married, I'm sure she doesn't live with her parents anymore.  They do have one son and his family that moved back in with them, Blake.  Blake was the Sunday School President, and his father, Bruce, was his Secretary.  Then Bruce got released and I was called to be the new Secretary.  But this was all during Covid, so we never did anything.  Now there's a new President and I'm still Secretary.  I did take attendance in the last Zoom meeting we had.  Anyway, I realized that the first girl I saw wasn't the Schumacher girl.  When I pulled up to the light at 48th and Brown there was another girl about to cross the street.  Lo and behold, she was the Schumacher girl!  I said to my daughters, what is she doing in this neighborhood?  She doesn't live with her parents, does she?  My daughter said she didn't think so, but she probably does live near here because she's in charge of Mission Prep.

So as the memory of yesterday's drive to school were playing out in my mind, I could still see the light way down at the end of the Canal.  It didn't seem to be getting closer.  I would have guessed by how bright it was, that it was one of those lights cyclists screw on to their bikes.  But cyclists move relatively fast, even if they are pedalling slow.  I started to wonder if it was a runner and they for some reason had their headlamp on backwards, and that's why it didn't appear to be getting any closer.  But, I thought, they should be hitting that angle soon, and I wouldn't be able to see them anymore.  Eventually I realized there were two lights.  They were coming towards me, but at a very slow pace.  It didn't dawn on me that they could be walkers.  But they were.  I saw them cross University.  Their lights were so bright, that they could probably see me and recognize me from a distance if they knew me.  I planned in my head what I would say to them: "Good morning.  I could see you guys from a mile away!"  And that's exactly what I said, but right after saying good morning to them and spitting out the rest of my packaged greeting, one of them said, "Good morning, Burt."  It was the Schumacher's!  What a funny morning.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 2.60
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
2.57

Yesterday was Emily's birthday.  She wanted Olive Garden for dinner.  So we did an online order and had a veritable feast.  I don't even want to know how much we spent on it.  There's tons of leftovers.  We also had ice cream for dessert.  Lots and lots of ice cream.  I thought I would have a rough night of sleep.  I slept fairly soundly for the most part, but I did wake up to switch from my right side to my left side and vice versa often.  But I would immediately go back to sawing logs.  At some point during the night Emily joined us.  I usually hear her come in, but didn't last night.  Maybe it had to do with all the fans blowing for the construction.  Anyway, around 4:30am I was trying to wake up, but had another bout of sleep paralysis.  I was doing everything I could to break out of it or to alert my wife so she could shake me out of it.  But with Emily between us and the fans, she didn't even notice.  I finally woke up.  Blah!  I went upstairs to use the bathroom.  Despite all the food I ate last night, I didn't have a bowel movement, and I hoped that wouldn't come back to haunt me during my run.  It did.  I had to stop to compose myself a couple of times, but it wasn't too bad.

It seemed to be just a hair darker than yesterday.  Approaching Brown Rd., I saw a figure moving towards me and then I could see a dog, also.  I thought it might be this girl I see sometimes walking her dog, so I said in a pleasant voice, "Gooooood morning!"  Then I realized it was Jesse Lee and he said, "Good morning, Burt."  Oh.  I lowered my voice down a couple of octaves and in my manliest voice said, "How's it going, Jesse?" 

I felt all right during the run other than my battle for composure.  On the last leg of loop 2, I saw two bright lights on the other side of the Floodway and thought it must be the Schumacher's again.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 2.57
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
2.53

We spent all morning Saturday cleaning up the junk on the side of our house.  Then to make my neighbor happy, we trimmed some of the trees along the wall.  The City of Mesa had brought out a bunch of large trash bins and placed them throughout the neighborhood.  It was a lot of hard work, and I was quite sore for a few days.  However, I've also been lazy and busy with work.  I finally decided to get out and run this morning.  The front door was open.  At least the screen door was closed.  It was a little cold in the house, but not too bad.  I saw the Schumacher's again with their headlamps on.  I think their batteries are going a bit low.  They were halfway across University when I turned to go to the other side of the Floodway.  When I got home I decided to cool off outside.  Sometimes I just sit on the side of the bathtub to cool off.  But we don't have a bathtub anymore.  It didn't seem like I was waiting too long when the Schumacher's came passing by.  I had left them behind with 3/4 of a mile to go.  I must've been sitting there longer than I thought.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 2.53
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
2.55

Today is Feb. 15th.  I realized I didn't blog so I'm going off of memory.  The trouble is, I don't remember too much.  However, as I was running this morning I remembered that I forgot to mention one thing.  Now I know why I forgot.  Because I completely forgot to blog!  I will now mention that one thing.

I did my usual two loops around the Floodway/RWCD Canal.  As I was about to hit the last leg of the second loop I saw someone walking toward the gate.  I thought it might be Jeff, the hobo, and it was.  He went over to his little corner.  Then I saw someone else walking down the path.  He had on a backpack and what looked like Army camo.  Another hobo.  So I ran a little and stopped to see if he was going to interact with Jeff, which he did.  I trust Jeff, but I don't trust anyone else I haven't met.  Then I realized there was another hobo walking along the top of the bank of the Floodway.  He probably saw me watching them.  So I ran away and there behind an umbrella on the ground was another hobo.  This place is becoming skid row.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 2.55
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
2.53

I got up later than I wanted to this morning.  But then again, I went to bed later than I wanted to.  Saturday we did one more load of tree branches.  My allergies have been acting up for the last couple of weeks as a result.  But at least my yard looks better, right?  So says my neighbor. 

I ran north on the Floodway path and was brooding about my wife kicking me off the toilet.  I wasn't done!  I guess at the time I thought I was done, so I can't blame her really.  I went to the other side of the Floodway to head south and I saw someone coming.  She had to wait for me at the gate so we didn't bump into each other.  It was Edythe.  Later I saw two more runners, a girl and a guy.  The girl was about 20 feet ahead of the guy.  I said good morning to her first, but she didn't say anything back.  Then I said good morning to the guy and he did respond with a good morning of his own.

I was running even slower than usual this morning for reason already mentioned.  I even had to stop and compose myself briefly about 0.05 miles away from home.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 2.53
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
2.54

Other than the two cyclists I saw at the intersection, there was nobody else out this morning.  It was cold.  It was dark.  Only a lunatic would be out in shorts and a T-shirt at this time of day.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 2.54
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
1.47

My wife is going to go on a hike tomorrow with her group of friends from Kingman.  I decided I would like to join.  I woke this morning at 3:30am and thought I would go back to sleep for another hour and then go running.  But I woke up after 6am.  I didn't start running until 6:45am and it was already light out.  I ran into Edythe again.  She was walking today.  My legs were really sore.  Like really sore.  So I decided to just do one loop so that I would be all right for tomorrow's hike.
 

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 1.47
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
13.71

This was a hike, not a run.  Daylene and crew came into town again.  They planned on doing two hikes this weekend, Weaver's Needle on Saturday and Daisy Mountain on Sunday.  My wife told me that the hike was 12 miles long.  I said I wanted to go.  Honestly, if she would have said it was 13 miles long, I probably would have opted out.  It turned out to be 13.71 as measured by Strava.

We were supposed to meet at 7:15am to start.  We were just a couple of minutes late as Vickie was putting her stuff together.  She had bought a new backpack and water pouch.  She was trying to close the lid and she said she kept feeling like it was not going on straight.  I grabbed it, turned it upside down, squeezed it, and it wasn't leaking.  So I said it must be good.  She discovered it was leaking during our ride out there.  She also forgot to grab the two water bottles she had gotten out to take with her.

Weaver's Needle is in the Superstition Mountains in Apache Junction, AZ.  Vickie had told me to bring a jacket, which I did, but I took it off as soon as we got there.  Some of the other hikers said it will probably get cold as we get up to higher elevation.  I knew I could tough it out, and it never did get colder.  It did get pretty warm.  Not hot, but warm.

There were a lot of cars in the parking lot.  We figured it would be pretty busy.  The first 2.5 miles was kinda busy.  I guess a lot of people just hike the Peralta Trail up to the point where you can see Weaver's Needle.  Then they turn around and go back.  After that, we hardly saw anyone. This is a picture of the point where everyone turns around.

I was snacking on mixed nuts while I was walking along, and I would take sips from my Camelback.  We stopped near the halfway point, and I was starting to feel tired.  I hoped after I ate some more food, I would feel better.  My appetite wasn't great, and I could only eat half of my ham and cheese sandwich.  I forced down a piece of beef jerky, also and a couple of miniature cookies.  We started off again, and I was lagging way behind the rest of the group.  After a while they stopped and waited for me.  They started again as soon as I caught up and now I was in the middle.  Well, there was six of us, so Daylene and Chuck were in front of me and Vickie, David, and Toby or Koby or Colby was behind me.  Vickie poked my shoe with her walking stick and apologized.  I moved over so they could pass me so I could be behind everyone again.  I prefere to hike alone because sometimes I want to go fast and sometimes I want to go slow. 

I realized I was starting to crash.  I felt like I was ok, and would be able to make it, but that I would have to go real slow.  The group stopped for me again right before a very steep climb.  This is where I really had to stop and get some rest.  My wife said she still had a liter of water.  She asked how much I had.  She pulled it out of my pack and I realized I had hardly drank any even though I had been sippping on it quite often.  That was my problem.  So I took some big drinks and at some energy beans.  That climb was brutal, but after I got up it, I started feeling better.  I was now drinking more and more water.  The wind started to pick up, too.  It would completely dry my mouth out which would make me drink more.  By this time we had told the rest of the group not to wait for us.  With about four miles to go, Vickie was out of water.  She thought we only had three miles to go, but I said I think it's going to be closer to 4.  I was right.  She said she would be fine.  We kept going and stopped to rest one more time.  I found a patch of grass and laid down.  If my legs weren't on top of rock, I probably would have taken a nap.  We started going again and I asked Vickie if she wanted any of my water.  She said she was fine.  I then took another sip and realized that was the last of my water.  We still had 2.5 miles to go.  I was feeling better now despite not having water and now Vickie started to lag.  I just kept going so that I could get back to the parking lot and hopefully someone would have water.

Now we were starting to see more people again.  I was able to follow them to know that I was on the right trail.  Vickie has the AllTrails app, so she wouldn't get lost.  I know she's a stronger hiker than I am, but I felt bad about leaving her.  I tried to go slow so she could catch up, but she never did.  There were still some more significant climbs in those last two miles.  Luckily the mountains provided shade for a bit of it.  But the wind was still blowing and making my mouth dry.  My lips were getting cotton mouth.  I just had to keep moving forward so I could get to the parking lot. 

Finally I saw the parking lot.  It looked like it was a mile away, but I knew it was closer.  I was so thirsty.  Also, for much of the hike we were without cell service.  But I was back in range.  Since I hadn't seen my wife for a while now, I called her.  She answered and I asked how she was.  She said fine.  She didn't sound happy.  Next, I called Daylene.  She said she was still there waiting for us.  I said, "You didn't have to wait for us, but since she did, did she have any water?"  She said that Dave had some.  What a relief.  I just had to get there.  The final half mile was all downhill.  But it was very steep and it had steps.  It was painful.  At least I could move my legs again, but they were continuing to ache with each step.  At times I would yell out if I started to slip or if a step down was real high.  I'm glad no one heard me.  I finally got to the parking lot, and wouldn't you know it, they didn't have any water waiting for me.  C'mon, guys!  LOL!  But they went and got it.  Not too long afterwards we saw Vickie coming.  She was exhausted and dropped all her gear when they handed her the water.

I guess I really don't like hiking that much and I had forgotten that.  That's why I didn't do Rim to Rim with my wife.  Maybe if I get in better shape and lose a few pounds.  Oh well.  We went out to eat with the group once we were done.  This turned into an all day thing even though we thought it would only be half a day.  We had plans to finish cleaning outside, but that didn't happen.  I guess we'll have to do that next weekend.

 

Mizuno X10 Trail Miles: 13.71
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Sarah! on Tue, Feb 23, 2021 at 21:34:40 from 73.63.54.46

Wow! Thatís a long hike :)

From Burt on Wed, Feb 24, 2021 at 09:45:54 from 98.161.146.237

Yeah. I'm still too sore to go running! LOL!

Total Distance
1.45

My legs were finally feeling recovered enough to go for a run.  I decided to just do one loop even though I felt like I could do two while I was running.  While I was heading north on the Floodway path I turned around.  Maybe because of the scary movie I watched last night that was trending #2 in the world.  I saw a light behind me.  I've run this route enough to know it wasn't just a street light or a house light.  Someone was behind me.  But I promptly forgot about it until I crossed over to the other side of the Floodway and saw the person about to reach the gate.  I then watched him as he crossed over to my side.  I figured he'd probably catch me, and he did.  He said, "Good morning!"  I said, "Is that you, Jesse?"  It wasn't.  It was an old man that looked like a prospector.  He totally had a full blown conversation with me even though he was running faster than me.  It ended with him saying, "See you Monday."  I couldn't help but notice how short and choppy his stride was.  Am I really that slow?  Obviously yes, but still.
 

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 1.45
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
1.45

I slept a lot yesterday.  So last night I didn't try to go to sleep until 1am.  Even then I heard a mosquito buzzing around, so I couldn't sleep.  I finally got a few hours in and woke up at quarter to five.  It took me over an hour to get ready.  It was 39º out.  A bit cold.  I was having a hard time breathing this morning.  My allergies are still kicking my bum.  I just did one loop again.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 1.45
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
1.79

Another bad night of sleep.  But it may be due to the fact that my daughter had her baby at 2:30am this morning.  I kept waking up to ask my wife if she did.  I got out late.  Late for me.  6:55am.  I ran to Adobe and saw a kid waiting for the bus.  There was also a mini van parked by him waiting.  I looked over to the Floodway and saw a coyote.  I was going to knock on the window of the van to point it out to them, but they had their window down and were already looking at it.  They wanted to warn me about it, so they were probably surprised when I ran towards it.  I took a couple of pictures, but only one was decent.  I can't remember if I blogged about this or not, but about a week and a half ago, a coyote jumped the fence and killed three of our chickens.  Most of them have started sleeping in the tree.  I think the black one hunkered down in the coop still.  Maria still sleeps by the back door, close to our window.  So, late at night I heard Maria start clucking.  It was the type of clucking when Herbie gets too close to her.  So I immediately jump up and run to the window and pound on it.  I saw something scamper away.  I then ran outside to check on Maria, and luckily she was fine.  I had scared it away before it got her.  My daughter, Julianna, had also heard the commotion from her bedroom above us.  She went to the sunroom and then she was like, "Dad?  There's something dead right there."  Next to the steps was one of our white chickens.  She handed me her phone so I could use the light.  I then went over by the tree where the chickens sleep.  I saw a bunch of black feathers.  I counted the remaining chickens and there was one more missing.  So, that's three and almost four with Maria.  Ever since then, the chickens have been sleeping another branch up and I put Maria in a laundry basket, and she sleeps in the laundry room. 

I did my first loop and was looking for the coyote on the way back.  I suspect it went through the culvert to the south side of Adobe.  I crossed Adobe and couldn't see it anywhere.  I decided to run to the well, cross the Floodway, and head north on the other side of the Floodway.  But then I saw the service ramp and decided to run down it instead.  Once I got to the middle of the Floodway, I stopped to look around.  No coyote.  I was hoping it wasn't brazen enough to jump my fence in the daylight.  I started to run to the other side of the Floodway, but just as I reached that service ramp, I got a phone call.  It was my #1 client, and probably the only person I would stop to take their phone call.  We talked for a while and then I headed home.  Right before I got home I got a call from Krysta Summers, no relation to Tara Summers.  Since she works for my #1 client, I answered.  But I didn't stop running.  She was like, "Do you want me to call you back?"  I was like, "Nah, I'm almost home."  After I got off the phone with her I checked on the chickens.  All present and accounted for.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 1.79
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Sarah! on Thu, Mar 04, 2021 at 18:32:50 from 73.63.54.46

Congratulations Burt!! Thatís exciting about your daughter and new grandchild. Iím sorry about the chickens though :(

From Tom K on Fri, Mar 05, 2021 at 07:58:05 from 47.206.60.114

Congratulations!

From Burt on Fri, Mar 05, 2021 at 09:57:54 from 98.161.146.237

Thanks, guys. I hope to get to meet him soon. In the meantime, I'm enjoying spending time with my other grandson while mom and dad are in the hospital.

Total Distance
2.56

Wow.  It's been a week since I've ran.  I've just been lazy.  We finally had a neighbor complain about David, so we had to "take care of it."  The neighborhood should be sleeping better now.  I should be sleeping better now.  I did sleep well last night, but I didn't get up until shortly after 6am.  It was completely light out when I started my run.  Luckily it's Spring Break and there aren't that many people out. 

I didn't feel great today, but decided to push two loops out.  I could tell I wasn't at full lung capacity, but I wasn't wheezing.  It's now been about an hour since I ran, and I am starting to wheeze.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 2.56
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
1.44

Today is my daughter Abby's sweet sixteenth.  It's been a while since I ran, and I was feeling pretty blah, so I decided to do a thing I don't do very often.  Run in the afternoon.  I changed my clothes and was ready to head out when my daughter Julianna asked, "Did you get mom's text?"  "No."  "Oh, she said be ready to go at 6:45."  "We're going out to eat?  We're not ordering in?"  "Yeah."  Dang it!  Well, my wife was on her way back from Wickenburg picking up AJ, so I figured I could do at least one loop.  That's what I did, and that's all I felt like doing anyway.  So it was good.  Afterwards I showered real quick and we went to IHOP.  All 17 of us.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 1.44
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
2.55

So Maggie baked a cake for Abby's birthday.  But apparently she forgot and made it yesterday instead of the day before on her actual birthday.  My wife said she felt bad and she cried.  I laughed.  I guess there's this Instagram thing where people use glasses to scoop out a piece of cake to eat.  That's what we did.  We're trendy like that.  Anyway, the cake was probably part of what caused me to not sleep well last night.  So I woke up early and decided to go for a run.  It was 5:43 am when I left.  So it was nice and dark, but it would be getting light out soon.  I saw a man walking his dog leaving the Floodway as I was entering it.  I stepped off the pavers and into the gravel to avoid them.  I said good morning to them, but I'm not sure if it was someone I knew because I didn't look at him that close.

As I got closer to Brown Rd. I saw another man running with a dog.  I immediately knew it was Jesse.  I asked in a loud voice, "Jesse?"  I listened and no answer.  But then I heard music.  He was playing music from his phone, so he probably didn't hear me.  He said, "Hey, Burt."  But I didn't say anything back because I had already said something to him.  He probably thinks I'm a jerk now.
 

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 2.55
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
2.53

Two days in a row!  Woot woot!  It was light out when I started.  6:42am.  My lungs were a bit congested so I forced out some coughs right before entering the Floodway.  The next thing I knew I was seeing stars.  I had to stop and compose myself.  After that, I felt fairly decent.  I still run slow, so that hasn't changed.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 2.53
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Tom K on Thu, Mar 18, 2021 at 17:36:39 from 47.201.57.215

Woot woot!

Total Distance
2.55

I slept better last nigh despite eating a cinammon roll before bed.  Dartell came back to town to see my new grandson and she made cinammon rolls for Abby's birthday.  She's been in Kingman for months.  After her mom died she went up there to help out her dad and brother. 

I woke up rather gassy.  I'm often gassy, but this morning I was especially gassy.  Oh that's right.  Dartell wanted Santa Barbera quesadillas for dinner.  Beans.  The American fruit.  Once upon a time I wrote a race report on this blog where I made many similes to gas.  I got censored because this is a family friendly blog.  LOL!  This entry may get censored as well.  So I got up early and it was nice and dark out.  As I was heading south between Brown and Adobe on the west side of the Floodway, I let one rip.  Right after that I heard a voice.  I couldn't see anyone at first and I looked behind me and back in front of me.  Finally I saw a man coming with a dog.  Was he talking to his dog?  Or did he have something to say about my expulsion?  Right after that I saw another man coming with a dog.  I didn't realize right away that it was Jesse because I thought the two guys might be together.  I reached Adobe and saw another guy and a dog.  So three dog walkers in less than two minutes.  Actually Jesse was running.

Oh, one more thing.  Something had our neighbors chickens agitated this morning.  They are down to 4 chickens because last summer they lost a bunch to the heat.  They had shade and misters, but the heat was still too brutal.  Just yesterday I noticed they have more chicks under a heatlamp right next to the coop.  So maybe the chicken was upset about the chicks.  Not sure, but it worries me.  Their chickens are safe in their coop from predators, but mine are not.  Last night was the first time in a couple of weeks that I didn't bring Maria inside to sleep.  But they're all good right now.  The End.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 2.55
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
2.56

I woke up in the middle of the night and had to go potty.  But I didn't feel like going all the way upstairs, so I just held it in and went back to sleep.  Come 5am, I couldn't hold it any longer, so I got up.  I went running shortly before 6pm.  It was still dark out, but it was getting light.  I saw a man walking on Adobe as I approached.  That's when I noticed my shirt was riding up my belly.  So I pulled it down.  I crossed Adobe and was heading towards the Floodway.  I could see three women coming towards me, all three of them walking dogs.  Two of them were on the sidewalk and the third was in the bike lane.  I had to run out in the street to go around them.  I also had to pull my shirt down.  I hope they weren't laughing at me.  I could see a light all the way up at Brown Rd.  It was just sitting there for the longest time.  When I finally decided to watch it to figure out what it was, it started to move.  It was moving pretty fast, too, so I figured it was a bicycle.  It was on the other side of the Floodway.  It was still too dark out to be able to tell if it was being pedalled or if it was electrical. 

I started running south on the other side of the Floodway and as I got closer to Adobe, I saw another light.  Was it the bicycle that had gone all the way down to University and turned around?  Nope.  It was the same guy that passed me a few weeks ago.  It was just getting light enough to see, so I thought it silly that he still had his light on.  I crossed Adobe and saw a runner coming towards me.  He was an old man with shoulder length gray hair.  He was wearing jeans and hiking boots.  Silly.

After passing by the well site, I could see a light underneath the Floodway bridge at University.  Was this the bicycle?  I kept watching it the whole time, but I never figured out who it was.  I headed back north on the other side of the Floodway.  I could see another light heading my way, but on the the other side.  It was the same guy again, still with his light on, but now it was perfectly light out.  I guess he was probably in the zone and couldn't bother to save his battery.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 2.56
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
1.47

So in my church we have what's called ministering.  It used to be called home teaching.  This is where you are assigned to a family to check in on them, usually monthly.  It's changed a bit now that it's called ministering.  You don't do a monthly report, but you have quarterly interviews with the Elder's Quorum Presidency to see how you're doing and your families are doing.  For a couple of years my families have been high counsil members.  Basically that means they're pretty solid.  I certainly don't check in on them every month.  They don't need it.  However, I was also assigned to the daughter of one of these high councilman.  She lives with her parents.  I should say lived.  She died a week ago from a severe asthma attack.  And guess who never went to meet her.  Yep.  Her ministering brother.  Me.

Today is the funeral.  I told the father that if there's anything he needed from me in preparation for the funeral, to let me know.  Yesterday I got a call from the Elder's Quorum President asking if I was going to the funeral.  I said that I was planning on it.  He then asked me a favor if I'd be willing to do it.  Apparently there is something in the church handbook about having someone watch your house while you are at a funeral.  I guess some people learn of the funeral and take advantage of that time to break into your house while you're gone.  Isn't that just the lowest of the low?  Who would do that?

So, that's what I'll be doing today.  I got up early and decided to just do one loop so that I would have time to shower and get ready.  My pace was 30 seconds faster than yesterday's.  I'm pretty sure I saw Edythe Ray on the opposite side of the Floodway.  I ran the loop clockwise today because I saw a zanjero truck and wanted to see if it was someone I knew.  But I didn't recognize him.
 

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 1.47
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
2.57

I woke up very early this morning.  Usually when I get up that early, I go back to sleep.  But I've been playing Scrabble with Tracy and noticed she was up, too.  However, she's two time zones away so it wasn't too early for her.  She asked if I was going for a run and I said that's a good idea.  But then she told me to go back to bed.  So to spite her, I went for a run.

It was 4:28 when I started.  Before I started I stretched out.  The reason I didn't run yesterday is because I was having cramps in my right calf.  So I knew I needed to stretch out good.  Right as I was finishing I saw some random dude walking down the street.  Creepo!

I could see the moon behind the houses as I was leaving.  I thought it might be nice to take a picture of the moon this morning, but by the time I got to Adobe, the moon was behind some clouds!  So I just kept going hoping it would pop out again.  When I was heading south on the west side of the Floodway, I spotted it.  I ran about 10 more feet and stopped thinking it would be a good time to take a selfie.  I had to back up to get where I could see it again, but when I got back, just seconds later, it was gone again!!  So I ran some more.  Then it came out again and I stopped and tried to take a picture with it, but it was gone before I could get a good one.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 2.57
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
3.13

So my friend Sarah who used to be one of the Third Thursday Adventure Run volunteers has been on a running streak.  Back when she was about to hit 600 days of running at least 1 mile a day in a row, I told her I wanted to join her for day 600.  But then I got Covid and couldn't.  Today was day 700, and there was no way I was going to miss it, even though I typically don't run on Sundays.  So my wife and I drove out to Tempe Town Lake and met up with her.  She wanted to do 7 miles for day 700, but I only wanted to do 3, so she ran 4 miles before we got there.  She was nice enough to slow down for us, but sadly my wife couldn't keep up.  We ran one mile and reached some picnic tables, so we decided to stop and wait for her.  We started running again and stopped at a shade structure/bench which was the turn around point.  After talking a while we started off one more time.  As we got to the last turn before the parking lot we stopped one last time for Vickie to catch up, but she was only about 200 feet behind us, so we started running again as soon as she caught up because we were only 6 or 700 hundred feet from the parking lot.

She was so grateful for us for coming out to support her.  I told her I was grateful for her for letting us, because it's kinda awesome that she's run so many days in a row.  I told her I wanted to join her for day 730 (2 years) and certainly day 1,000.  We had some good conversation, too, while running.  It was so nice to catch up.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 3.13
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
2.56

About 30 miles to go on these shoes.

I snored myself awake this morning.  It was 5am.  I started running at 6:03am.  I had to take the garbage out to the street first.  I noticed one of the hinges was broken on one of our barrels.    The other one looked broken, too.  I also noticed what looked like diarrhea on our driveway.  And some hot dogs in the gutter.  Strange morning.

I ran towards Brown Road and could see a bright light coming even though it was getting pretty light out.  It was a cyclist.  Then I saw two men crossing the street.  About the time I reached the fence, they started to run.  I wondered if they were going to run or if they were just running to beat the traffic.  Once they got to the sidewalk, they started walking.  Ok, I guess they were just trying to beat the traffic.  But when they reached the fence, they started to run.  By this time I was half way across the Floodway and wondered if I could catch them.  They didn't look fast.

I followed them for a bit when I noticed another light coming towards us.  I could tell it was a person running, and knew it was the old man I've been seeing lately.  As we passed each other he said, "All right, man.  Good to see you."  I said, "Same to you."  I then looked ahead at the two other men and saw that they were way ahead of me.  I won't be catching them.  I wondered if the old man would turn around at the fence.  If he did, there was a good chance he would catch me.

I turned around to look when I reached the halfway point between Adobe and Brown.  Sure enough, he was coming.  I probably sped up a little.  As I approached Adobe I noticed that the two men were walking again.  Maybe I would catch them.  But they were quite a bit ahead of me.  What if they were only going to walk for a quarter mile and start running again?  I probably wouldn't catch them.  The old man was getting closer.  There's no way I can hold him off until I reach University, is there?

The two men kept walking once they reached the halfway point between University and Adobe.  I caught them!  Hey, it doesn't matter that they were walking.  I caught someone!  With about 20 yards to go before I reached the fence, the old man caught me.  He said, "You're running deceptively."  I asked, "How so?"  He replied, "I thought I was going to catch you a long time ago."  I said, "I may have sped up." 

He crossed the Floodway and started heading north on the other side.  I followed him.  There's a little dip on the trail right after you enter the fence.  When he started running down it, he stopped and walked.  He finally took his ridiculous light off.  Haha!  It was so light out by now.  He didn't even need it on the first time I saw him which was like a mile and a half away!  Anyway, I caught him.  That's three guys I caught in one day!  He said something about not liking running downhill.  He said some other stuff that I couldn't make sense of.  He started running again and I asked how far he runs.  He said according to [nonsensical noise] about 5.4 miles.  It takes him an hour.  I said, "That's great."  He had now passed me again and said that he would see me on Frid-, Thursday.  Tomorrow is his day off.  He's really friendly.  I think he thinks that we're best friends now.

When I got home I noticed the lid from the garbage was completely off.  How did that happen?  It was on when I left.  Did the diarrhea man do it?

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 2.56
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
2.56

I felt terrible this morning.  My legs were sooo stiff!  I ran a minute per mile slower than yesterday.

As I came up to Adobe, I saw a lady walking east of the intersection on the north side of the road.  I realized it was Edythe.  I wondered if she would follow me.  I got on the Floodway path and saw the two old ladies I see all the time.  I passed them up.  I didn't want to look back to see if Edythe was following me.  I ran up to Brown before looking.  She wasn't coming.  That means she probably crossed the street and went down the Floodway south of Adobe.  Probably trying to avoid me.  I stopped at a power pole to stretch out.  My legs felt a little better after that, but I still thought about only doing one loop today.  I got down to Adobe and figured I could go a little further.  I stopped again at another power pole.  I was leaning against it stretching my calves out.  That's when I saw Edythe on the other side of the Floodway.  I yelled, "Hi Edythe!"  She said good morning back in her usual cheery voice. 

I was going to cross the Floodway at the green belt, but I decided to tough it out and do the complete loop.  I think I stopped one more time.  Maybe twice.  Hopefully I'll feel better tomorrow.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 2.56
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
4.01

My knees were hurting after my last run.  Everytime I would walk up or down the stairs, they'd ache.  My wife asked me if I wanted to run Usery this weekend.  I said it depends on how my knees feel in the morning.  I woke up around 5am and decided to go for it.  I said to my wife, "Hey, get up."  She got mad at me.  But she got up and we left.  There were vehicles all over the place.  There may have been some sort of activity going on.  I saw a RaceLab truck.  Or just a bunch of people getting up early to be active.  That being said, we were the only ones that parked at the sherrif's station.  That's typical.

We stretched out and headed out of the parkin lot.  I kept waiting for my wife to run, but she wasn't, so I just started hoping she'd follow.  It took her a while to start.  So I had a good head start on her.  Despite all the vehicles everywhere, there weren't that many road bikers.  I mean, there were, but not as many as I would've expected.  I remember one guy cruising down the hill.  I stepped off to the side and within moments he was passing me by.  He must've been going 40mph, easily.  A lot of the cyclists would stop at the bottom, turn around and come back up.  So I saw a lot of them twice.

I got to the two mile mark and crossed the street.  I could see my wife coming.  She was probably less than 0.2 miles away.  I told her she was almost there as I passed by her, but she had her headphones in and didn't hear me.  She just asked how my knees were feeling.  I think her overall pace was faster than mine today.  We got home and showered just in time for the first session of General Conference.
 

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 4.01
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
1.44

Emily came in our room around 4:30am.  She climbed in between us and proceeded to try and spread the sheet out for what felt like 20 minutes.  When it finally seemed like she had adjusted it to her liking, she got up and left 10 seconds later.  I couldn't get back to sleep, so I got up to run.  I signed up for one of those challenges on Strava where you are supposed to be active for at least 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week for four weeks.  Let's see how it goes.

My legs were a little sore from Saturday.  But it was the good sore.  So I decided to just do one loop.  I also decided to not stretch out.  It was approaching 6am and it was pretty much light enough out to be able to see real good despite the sun not breaking the horizon yet.  I saw a lady walking her dog on Adobe but I didn't catch up to her  before turning on to the Floodway path.  When I got to Brown I was treated to another beautiful sunrise.  There was scattered clouds throughout the sky and the sky turned maroon and pink.

Heading back I was thinking about how I hadn't seen anyone other than the dog walker.  Yes, I was only doing one loop, but it was light out, and I would've expected for more people to be out.  When I got to Adobe I did see two other runners heading west down Adobe.  The blonde girl looked real familiar.  I've probably seen her on Strava or something.  But now that Strava has disabled Flybys, I won't know for sure.
 

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 1.44
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
1.45

I woke up at 4:57am.  I wasn't really dragging today like I do some days and got out the door and running at 5:41am.  I did stretch out beforehand today.  I wasn't expecting it to be so light outside.  The days are getting longer.  Today's sunrise wasn't as pretty as yesterday's, but it was still pretty good.  I saw a lot more people out today.  My legs were super sore.  I wanted to do two loops, but I opted for just one.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 1.45
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
1.46

I got a late start today.  The sun had been up for an hour.  I saw sooo many people today that it was impossible to keep count.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 1.46
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
1.45

I may have missed a beautiful sunrise.  When I went outside to stretch, the sky was pretty and pink, but I'm guessing that if I had been out there 10 minutes earlier, it would've been prettier.  Oh well.

I saw the old man that thinks I'm his best friend.  He was running towards me as I was heading south on the west side of the Floodway towards Adobe.  When he got about 20 feet from me he waved.  Then he said something that I couldn't make out, but I think it was, "I'll see you tomorrow."  Then he said, "I don't think I'll be catching you today."  I was already over half way to Adobe and was only going to do one loop again, so I said, "Not today."
 

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 1.45
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
2.58

Emily came in our room at 3:47am.  I couldn't get back to sleep, so I went running.  I started at 4:26am.  It was dark.  I loved it.  I was feeling decent today, so I did two loops.  My wife is leaving today to hike the Grand Canyon again.  So I would like to run Usery tomorrow, but don't know that I will by myself.  That's also partly why I did two loops today.  I got over to University where Jeff lives.  He had a light on as he was laying on the ground.  When he saw me coming he tried to hide the light and then turned it off.  I could see something directly ahead of me in the bottom of the dip.  It was actually two things, but I couldn't tell what they were.  As I got closer I saw one of the things stand up and pick up the other thing.  It was a man and a backpack.  He said good morning to me, and I said it back to him.  I'm guessing he was a vagabond, also.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 2.58
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
2.54

I forgot to mention Friday that when I took my shoe off, I looked inside at the heel and could see straight through them!  Will they last another 15 miles?  We'll see.

Last night I had two bouts with sleep paralysis.  The first time I tried to wake myself out of it as best I could.  I tried slinging my arm over the side of the bed.  But who knows what I'm really doing when this happens.  I finally managed to get my arm close enough to my night stand that I could knock on it with the back of my fingers in the hopes that my brother would hear me and wake me out of the sleep that I could not escape.  The plan worked.  Kind of.  My wife shook me awake.  I realized that I haven't shared a bed with my brother in 30 years.  I'm telling you, it's weird when you're dreaming something, but you think it's reality.  About an hour later I rolled over.  This time, the mere thought of sleep paralysis put me back in it.  Luckily my arm was close enough to my wife that I was able to nudge her so that she could wake me again.  It was almost 4am now, so I just stayed awake and got ready for a run.

Normally I try and have a bowel movement before I run.  But we're down to one bathroom in the house still and I heard someone upstairs in the one remaining bathroom, so I decided to hold it in and go later.  As soon as I stepped outside I saw a white cat running down the sidewalk.  It went and stopped under a car.  I stretched out and then heard noises in the leaves by our front yard orange trees.  I went to take a look and I saw a different cat jump up on the fence.  At least, I'm pretty sure it was a cat.  It was dark out.  I definitely saw a dark tail.  Anyway, I went over to the wall just to make sure it wasn't a coyote.  I shined my light, but I wasn't sure if it jumped in my yard or the neighbors yard.  Hopefully my neighbors didn't see me shining a light in their yard.

When I got to Adobe I could see a light coming my way.  I knew it was a cyclist.  I said good morning as the passed by but got no response.  I also saw a runner coming my way on the south side of Adobe.  I couldn't tell if it was a man or woman.  I started my first loop.  It was so dark this morning.  Some of the lights were blinding me again where it was hard to see the trail.  I got to the west side of the Floodway heading south towards Adobe.  I could see tail lights ahead.  I figure it must be an RWCD truck checking Canal levels.  Then the lights got dim.  At the same time, some white lights started to get bright right next to them.  It took me a second, but I realized the vehicle must've done a 360.  Now I had headlights shining at me, but I was still far away.  After a while the lights suddenly turned off.  I started imagining that the RWCD truck had driven into the Canal, and that I would have to make a dramatic rescue of the zanjero.  That actually happened to Mosiah once.  Luckily someone saw it happen and helped him get out.

Once I got to Adobe I saw a black car parked next to the fence.  So my dreams of being a hero were dashed.  It wasn't long before I saw a shadowy figure ahead.  It was a man walking two dogs.  He held them close as I went by.  When one of the dogs barked at me, I said, "Good morning!"  The man said good morning back.  When I got to University, I could tell the sky was getting a little blue instead of black.  I ran to Adobe and it was even bluer.  It won't be long before I won't be able to beat the sun anymore.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 2.54
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
1.45

11 miles to go on these shoes.  I slept decent last night, although I woke up a bunch of times.  Mike King and I used to live right by each other.  We shared back walls.  One of our neighbors died yesterday.  I texted him about it.  Around 3:30am I looked at my phone to see what time it was.  Right when I did, Mike responded.  That has nothing to do with running, but I just thought about it, so I blogged about it.

Our dog Herbie had the runs last night.  My wife told me he went all over the stairs.  When I got up at 4:40am I saw that there was more on our welcome rug and at the top of the stairs.  I had to clean it all up.  I was already sweating by the time I started running. 

I just did one loop today.  It was getting light out already.  I saw lots of people walking their dogs.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 1.45
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
2.55

I guess I forgot to blog today.  (Today being Thursday, but it's really Friday.)  I don't remember much.  I know I didn't run the day before, but I did walk Herbie.  I do remember it was dark and I heard a voice up ahead on the Floodway Trail.  Then I saw a guy zig out of my way with his dog.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 2.55
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
2.58

I woke up at 3am.  Herbie was restless, which means he probably had to pee, so I took him outside.  I can't confirm whether or not I relieved myself under the grapefruit tree, but Herbie started barking at something and I couldn't get to him right away.  I'm not sure what he saw.  Maybe a cat.  I tried to go back to sleep, but I couldn't.  So I went running.  It was 4:30am and plenty dark out.  I felt pretty good.  I live inside my head so much that I really enjoy running this early with no lights.  But sometimes my mind does play tricks on me.  Today it was wondering if I was seeing a person, but I would quickly realize it was just the warning markers next to the Trail.  I saw Jeff with his light on from across the Floodway.  Rather, I saw a light where Jeff stays.  He must've seen or heard me coming because he turned it off before I got there and tried to stay hidden.  I also saw that same car that parked by the RWCD Canal as I did a few days ago.  Only this time I was behind him.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 2.58
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
4.10

I was surprised when my wife's alarm went off at 5am that I hadn't already woken up.  We had to hurry and go today because my daughter needed to work at 9am, and I wanted to go to Rodney Reed's funeral also at 9am.  We got to Usery at 6am, just in time to do 2 miles up and 2 miles down.  Vickie left before me and said, "See you when you catch up to me."  I wasn't sure I would.

She was ahead of me by almost a tenth of a mile.  Probably not quite that.  I closed the gap somewhat, but when we got to half a mile, I couldn't close it any more.  At about thre quarters of a mile she stopped and started walking.  But that only lasted for 5 seconds.  Then shortly after a mile she stopped again and I caught her.  I was worried that she might catch me, but she never did.  She must've taken another break at the turn around point. 

I saw two of my Strava friends today.  One of them was the guy we saw two weeks ago.  I gave him kudos and he started following us.  On Strava.  Not in real life.  He waved at me while he passed by.  Another guy gave me a peace sign when he passed by.  I didn't realize it until later that it was another Strava friend of mine.

We got home just in time for me to take a shower and go to the funeral.  The problem is, my daughter drove to work and our van is broken down.  So I just rode my bicycle.  It's only 1.8 miles away.  I went nice and slow on the way there.  It was a nice service.  Then I pushed the pace on the way home.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 4.10
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
2.56

800 miles + on my shoes.  Time to retire them.  I think I will wear my neon yellow shoes next.  I woke up at 5am.  It's already getting light out.  By the time I was running it was completely light.  The sun was just about to come over the horizon.  I don't like that.  Anyway, I saw more people than normal.  One person was walking their dogs down in the bottom of the Floodway.  I wondered if they did that a lot, but I never saw them because it was dark.  Probably not.  As I was approaching Brown, I saw a zanjero truck pull up to the Canal.  I then turned around and saw the old man that thinks I'm his best friend.  He was running on the west side of the Floodway, and I thought for sure he would catch up to me before the fence.  He didn't.  But just barely.  As I ran toward him, he looked at me.  I could tell from his puppy dog eyes that he was sad that I was too far away to say anything to me.  He turned around and headed south.  The zanjero jumped out of his truck.  I didn't recognize him.  For sure he was putting a drop through.  I'm not even sure what that means.  That's what got me in trouble once.  I raised the radial gates instead of lowering them.  I kind of drained the top end of the Canal.  Oops.

I followed the old man down the RWCD road.  He kept putting more and more distance between us.  Within just over a mile, he must've put a quarter mile between us.  I'm slow.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 2.56
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
2.54

I went to be early yesterday.  You know it's bad when you wake up at 12:30am and think it's closer to 4am.  I went back to sleep, but I would wake up every hour or so until I did get up just prior to 4am.  I was running at 4:45am.  Nice and dark.  Just the way I like it.  I saw a white suburban parked on the north side of Adobe on the east side of the RWCD Canal.  I wondered if I would see the driver during my run.  I kept my eyes open, but I could barely see more than 40 feet in front of me depending on neighborhood lights. 

My legs were feeling pretty tight this morning and I decided I would just to one loop.  As I was heading back south on the west side of the Floodway I could see a light in front of me. I figured it must be the suburban driver.  I guess that it was a headlamp on a person rather than a bike because for the most part, a bike is headed in one direction, so the light is constantly shining at you.  This late would turn every so often meaning that the person was turning their head to look at something off the trail.  Finally we passed each other and I saw that it was a lady I see quite often that walks her two dogs.  But then I noticed that the suburban was no longer there.  I never saw it leave. 

By now I was feeling better and decided to go ahead and do two loops.  I was running real slow.   It took me over half an hour to run, and it was actually getting light out by the time I got home.  I sat down outside my front door on the brick planter and watched the Suns game recap.  It's 9 minutes long.  I think I've mentioned that before.  My son came home after being out all night.  I mean, he's 26, so that's ok.  But he just spent a night in jail for driving with unpaid speeding tickets.  Or something.

Asics Gel Kayano 21 Miles: 2.54
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
1.45

I can't remember what time I went to sleep last night, but it was early.  I woke up at 1:30am to go potty.  I could not get back to sleep.  I tried everything.  It was probably close to 4am when I finally did.  After that, I did not feel like getting up.  But I did.  But I didn't feel like running.  But I did.  I just did one loop.  It was a few minutes before 7am when I started.  The entire world was up.  First Sis. Inglish from across the street waved at me as she was pulling out of her driveway.  Then Br. Heiselt said good morning to me when I was crossing Adobe.  There were more people out than I cared to count.  I also saw Sis. Ray and the old man in the fisher hat.

Asics Gel Kayano 21 Miles: 1.45
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
2.54

I had another bout with sleep paralysis last night.  My wife shook me out of it.  That was around 1:30am.  I woke up a few minutes before 4am and took Herbie outside.  Then I sat on the toilet for quite some time.  I heard a girl's voice say, "I'm sorry."  Then she called for Herbie.  She whistled a few times.  I thought it was my daughter, Julianna.  Turns out it was AJ's girlfriend.  I didn't know this until much later when I looked out my bedroom window and saw Herbie outside.  I don't know how long he'd been out there, but I'm glad he didn't escape.  Once he squeezes through the pool fence, he has no problem opening the RV gate.

Anyway, I started running at 5am.  It was nice and dark, but it started to get light out before I finished.  I saw a couple of guys out walking their dogs.  On the last half of my last loop I saw the two old ladies that always go walking together.  I also saw my neighbor, Kevin, in a bright orange work shirt in his backyard.  Kevin has chickens, too, and he has a bright light that shines in his backyard I assume as a safety precaution against coyotes.

Asics Gel Kayano 21 Miles: 2.54
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Rhett on Thu, Apr 22, 2021 at 10:00:31 from 66.185.226.102

Sleep paralysis doesn't sound good.

From Burt on Thu, Apr 22, 2021 at 10:04:32 from 98.161.146.237

Yeah, I mean I think that's what it is. I diagnosed myself without doing any research, so I'm pretty sure I'm right. It's just basically me trying to wake up, but I can't. I can move a little bit. I sometimes can make noises. Last night I was able to tap my nightstand enough times to wake up my wife so she could wake me up. But for some reason I really thought it was going to be my brother waking me up. It's weird. Obviously tied to my dreams somehow.

From Rhett on Thu, Apr 22, 2021 at 11:40:01 from 66.185.226.102

Thatís scary stuff.

Total Distance
1.56

Yesterday I got ready to go running.  I was surprised at how tight my legs were for not having run in 3 days.  I got almost to the stop sign when I had a sharp pain in my right knee, so I immediately stopped and walked home.

I tried again this morning.  I decided that I would start walking if I had to, but I wanted to do at least one loop.  And that's what I did.  We got some rain during the night.  It was still sprinkling this morning.  I could hardly feel it.  I'm not sure how many times I stopped to walk.  Probably 5 or 6.  At one point I saw three ladies walking towards me.  Two of them had dogs.  So I made sure to run until I passed by them. 

When I got to the other side of the Floodway I could really see the amount of sprinkles in the Canal.  I think it started to pick up, too.  Then I saw a bird sitting in the edge of the water.  I thought that was queer, so I stopped.  Did it get its feathers wet and now it couldn't fly?  It looked so sad just sitting there.  After about a minute I decided to scoot my way down to the water's edge and scoop it out.  I could see that its wing was broken and bloody.  Did it get attacked by another bird?  Did it get zapped by the power line?  Probably the former.  I reached to pick it up, but it scuttled away.  So I crawled back up the bank and headed home.

I saw another lady coming towards me walking her dog.  No doubt she saw me.  She had a rod in her hand and she was curling it as part of her workout.  Sure enough she asked me if I was taking a look at the Canal.  I told her there was a bird with a broken wing that I was trying to save.  She asked what type of bird.  I said it was a dove.  Then I showed her the picture.  She told me that she thought maybe I was taking a bath.


 

Asics Gel Kayano 21 Miles: 1.56
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
1.45

I woke up this morning and used the bathroom.  As soon as I finished and shut the door, I heard my door close downstairs.  That means my wife was waiting for me so she could take her turn.  As she went upstairs, she opened the front door since it was so nice out.  When I was getting dressed I heard the chickens.  I didn't think much of it at first because they often sound like that especially when they're laying eggs.  But then I thought, "It's not even 5:30am.  Surely they're still up in the tree."  So I went to the front door and looked out the side window.  There was a cat with a jeweled collar on its neck.  It was just staring at me.  Herbie was upstairs looking out the window, but he couldn't see it because it was below him.  I said, "Herbie, get that cat!"  He barked.  The cat still didn't move, so I opened the screen door.  It ran away.

I then decided I better go check on the chickens.  I went out the back door and Herbie followed me.  I was barefoot, but there was no time to lose.  I made my way to the tree and 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, all present and accounted for.  Maria was sitting on her chair, too.  But then I saw a little sparrow sitting on the ground.  It wasn't moving, but it looked alive.  I mean, it wasn't laying on its side with its eyes rolled back.  I shined my light at it.  It wouldn't move.  I pointed it out to Herbie, but he didn't notice it.  Then one of the chickens jumped out of the tree almost landing on both me and the sparrow!  One by one they all did the same thing, but I couldn't do anything because of my bare feet!  One of them actually did land on the sparrow which is how I knew it was still alive. 

Finally Herbie noticed it and started to sniff it.  That's when it sadly tried to get away.  But it was too sick or injured.  Actually, I think it got into the poison that was placed in the traps for the mice.  Once Herbie got bored of it, Maria came around.  Oh...my...gosh!  She's a stone cold killer.  She pecked it to death!  I wanted to save it.  You know how I always try to save birds.  But I was not about to get in between Maria and her bloodlust.  So I did the next best thing.  I filmed it.

Well, that story had nothing to do with running.  After I got my shoes on, I went for a walk/jog.  Yesterday I called it a jog/walk, but there was more walking today than jogging, it seemed.  I took more pictures of birds while I was out there.  So I've got pictures of sparrows, chickens, quails, and ducks this morning.
 

Asics Gel Kayano 21 Miles: 1.45
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
2.04

Today was Sarah's 2 year anniversary of running at least a mile every single day.  I had to join her.  She asked me to meet her at her house after she got off work.  Sunday the 10 day forecast said it was supposed to be 100º today.  It didn't get quite that hot, but it was in the 90's.  I got to her house and her husband, Todd, didn't recognize me because of my beard.  We talked outside on her front porch until her other friend got there to run with us.  I had a water bottle with me.  I put it in my pocket.  Also in my pockets were my wallet, keys, and phone.  As soon as we started I realized my shorts were falling off.  I took my water bottle out and held it.  I almost took my phone out, too, but decided not to.  I kept having to hike my shorts back up as I ran.

The two girls were much faster than me.  Even still, I think they were running slow on purpose.  We were doing a one mile loop around her block.  I started to lag way behind.  When they reached the final turn back to her street, they turned around and ran back to me.  I told them I would sit out the next mile and run the final one with them.  That gave me a chance to lock my wallet and water bottle in my van, and put my keys on her front porch.  I talked with Todd while they did their second loop.  Once they came back around, I joined them and stayed with them for a little bit.  Then I realized that the heat was killing me, so I slowed down so they could go on ahead and not see me suffer.  I tried picking up the pace a little when the got far enough ahead of me.  But twice they turned around and ran to me.  I didn't stick around long after finishing, but I congratulated her on reaching her two year milestone.  I went home because the sister missionaries were supposed to come over.  That's why Vickie stayed home to get ready for them.  But she canceled and we took Atticus to Culver's for his birthday dinner instead.

I might as well tell the story that happened at Culver's.  As I was getting out of the van I saw this old lady backing up in the parking lot and totally hit another car.  Well, she swiped it as she was turning.  Immediately some fool ran out of the restaurant and started cussing her out.  Then an entire mob came out and started freaking out.  By this time the old man came around and got in the driver's seat.  He wanted to park because their vehicle was in the drive aisle.  They thought he was going to drive away.  The panicked even more.  One lady was like, "Call 911!!!"  That's when I decided to get involved.  I started yelling at them to let him park.  I told them they all need to chill out.  Accidents happen.  Everyone needs to relax!  They still kept freaking out and saying, "It's a brand new car!  They can't match the paint!"  Oh my gosh.  Then my wife started yelling that they all need to take a breath.  This is what insurance is for.  A little kindness and forgiveness goes a long way.  Well, to make a long story short, the mob was baffled that the police weren't going to send an officer to arrest, imprison, and throw away the key to the mailicious offenders.  My wife ended up buying their dinner for them and telling them not to let this little accident ruin their night.  She's such a saint.
 

Asics Gel Kayano 21 Miles: 2.04
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
3.52

Vickie wanted to run Usery this morning.  I guess I did, too.  We got up, but not nearly early enough.  Even though it was 7:30am when we started, it was warm.  I wanted to run 5 or 6 miles, but I wasn't feeling great.  I was doing all right, but was very cautious of my knee.  So if I even thought it was about to hurt, I would stop and walk.  Finally, at 1.75 I decided to turn around and go back.  There was so much traffic today!  Right after crossing the intersection, there must've been 30 cars in a row!  I didn't see a single cyclist until half a mile in, though.  Anyway, when I turned around I wanted to get a drink of water from my wife, so I stayed on the right hand side of the road despite the traffic.  I took a swig and she gave me the keys.  I then crossed the road and headed down.  Right before the bottom there was a group of about 20 cyclists together all wearing white shirts and white helmets.  They looked hardcore.  I crossed the intersection again and saw that the Salt River Tubing parking lot was filling up with people ready to tube down the river.  Since Vickie was running 5 miles, I had nothing to do but watch girls in bikinis.  It really sucked.

Asics Gel Kayano 21 Miles: 3.52
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
2.53

My wife woke me up when she came to bed last night.  I couldn't believe it was only 11:30pm.  I went back to sleep and woke up again at 2am.  Just a tad too early to go running, but I did go potty.  I woke back up again at 5am.  It took me a while to get out the door.  It was 6:22am and felt like it was warming up already.  It really wasn't that bad, but I could feel some heat from the direct sun rays.  I actually felt decent today.  Not great, but not bad.  As I was heading south from Brown Road, I saw two people walking together on the other side of the Canal.  They both had bright orange shoes on.  I recognized the lady as the old lady I see all the time out walking.  I then recognized her assumed husband as Gary Prahl, my Strava friend.  I didn't know they were married!  At least, they better be married.  That would be weird to walk with some lady you're not married to and have matching shoes.

I later saw a blanket laying on the Floodway path.  I took a picture of it.

Asics Gel Kayano 21 Miles: 2.53
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
0.97

Yesterday I noticed that my legs were pretty sore.  Like the soreness you feel after having done more than you usually do.  In my mind I didn't feel like I had done more than I usually do.  I did a mere 3.75 on Saturday and two loops yesterday.  I thought about skipping today to be safe. 

I rememebered that today is Cinco de Mayo.  So last night I asked my wife what would be for dinner as we culturally appropriate Mexican heritage the following day.  She said she didn't know yet, but that tonight (last night) we would be having tacos.  However, the meat that she had set out to thaw in the morning was still frozen come night time.  So she decided to buy tacos instead.  And she decided they would come from Filiberto's.  Honestly, I think this will be the last time I eat Filiberto's.  It tastes well enough, but it does stuff to you.  Unmentionable stuff.  I woke up at 1:30am.  I went to the bathroom and couldn't get back to sleep.  I was just laying there uncomfortably cursing all the 'Berto brothers.  At 3:45am I made the choice to go running.  I got dressed, went to the bathroom again, and started out at 4:21am. 

It was lovely out.  67º.  Dark.  Very dark.  But still I was able to spot a small white cat near the stop sign.  It crossed the road and scampered away when it saw me.  Then I started to hear dog collars.  I worried that the cat would get attacked by an unseen dog.  I looked around for where it was coming from and finally I was able to make out the sillhouette of a woman walking three dogs.  She crossed the intersection heading west right when I was crossing heading north, turning west.  I said good morning to the early riser.

I was feeling okay for a while despite the soreness in my legs.  The highlight of the run was seeing a shooting star.  I turned around to head back south down the RWCD road.  I got to almost a mile when all of the sudden I had an immense shooting pain in my right calf.  I stopped right away and walked over to the nearby power pole to stretch out.  It wasn't long before I knew I wouldn't be running anymore.  So I stopped my Strava and set it for walking.  I walked a half mile home. 

It was a painful walk.  I saw someone with a light down at the bottom of the Floodway near Adobe, and I wanted to see who it was, but I couldn't get there in time.  I got home and went back to sleep.  It's 9am now and my calf still hurts.  I blame Filiberto's.

Asics Gel Kayano 21 Miles: 0.97
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From ben on Mon, May 10, 2021 at 12:29:58 from 209.33.248.15

Bummer... hope you feel better soon!!

From Burt on Mon, May 10, 2021 at 12:31:02 from 98.161.146.237

Thanks, bro. It's feeling better, but it's not ready to run on yet.

Total Distance
1.46

After two and a half weeks off, I decided to test out my calf.  It behaved.  As I was running towards the stop sign, I saw a lady walking across the street.  She disappeared behind the house.  Once I got beyond the house I was surprised at how far away she was.  She had started to run.  That's when I realized it was Sister Ray.  She went to the other side of the Floodway and turned north.  I thought we might cross paths once we both switched sides.  But she stopped about 20 yards in and stood there for a while.  I passed her up and I could see the Schumachers ahead of her.  I wondered if she would catch them.  I then continued running and saw a lady running towards me.  She said good morning to me and I asked how she was doing.  She said she was doing great and asked how I was doing.  I thought, "this lady is way too happy to see me."  Then I realized it was Sister Allen.  I got to the other side of the Floodway and saw the Schumachers, but Sister Ray was gone.  Where did she go?  It's a mystery.

Asics Gel Kayano 21 Miles: 1.46
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
0.98

I saw so many more people out today than yesterday!  I wondered if I had gotten out later.  I checked Strava and I actually got out about 30 minutes earlier today.  I saw a lady that I was pretty sure was Sister Porter.  I waved at her and she waved back.  But the closer I got, the less I thought it was her.  Embarrassing... I saw the Schumachers again.  I stopped right before I got to them to take a picture of a momma duck and her kids.  I then ran a little more when my right calf started to hurt again, so I immediately stopped and walked the rest of the way home.

Asics Gel Kayano 21 Miles: 0.98
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
1.45

One loop.  My calf felt ok.

Asics Gel Kayano 21 Miles: 1.45
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
1.46

I decided to try another pair of shoes today to see if that was the problem.  I found a pair of Mizunos in my closet.  Turns out it's an old pair with over 800 miles on them, but they didn't look bad at all.  I was getting ready to go, but they felt very uncomfortable.  I thought maybe there was a piece of exposed plastic near the left side in the middle.  I finally decided to look at the piece of plastic, but it turned out it was a rock.  LOL.  I dumped it out and it was fine after that.  As I was finishing my first loop and approaching Adobe, I thought about what to blog about for yesterday since I hadn't blogged yet.  I thought maybe I would just say that my calf felt fine.  That's when I realized it didn't feel fine today.  Or maybe it started to hurt right at the moment I had that thought.  Who knows?  Luckily I was almost home.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 7 Miles: 1.46
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
0.00

I decided to just walk the dog today and maybe we do a little running if I felt like it.  I haven't been walking him every day like I used to for quite some time.  He got gun shy after hearing some fireworks.  I don't even remember for which holiday.  Maybe last 4th of July?  Has it been that long?  But occasionally I take him out when he forgets it's not always scary.  But then he forgets how to walk and he only wants to sniff every little thing.  And he's always pull, pull, pull, or stop, stop, stop.  There's no in between.

Well, we didn't get too far when all of the sudden my calf had another shooting pain.  I'm glad no one was in my immediate vicinity because I audibly winced.  I wasn't even that far from home, but I called my wife to come get us.

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
1.56

Last week my leg was feeling better.  I told Sarah that I wanted to test it out.  I did test it out by taking Herbie on a long walk.  I got just over a mile into the walk, when the top of my right foot started to hurt real bad.  I almost had to stop and call my wife to have her come pick me up.  I actually did text her, and she didn't reply, so I slowly walked the rest of the way home.  When I got ready to take my shower, after I'd been sitting down for a while, my foot hurt so bad I could hardly walk on it.  I ended up hopping into my office and resting some more until it felt good enough to make the climb upstairs to the shower.

I wasn't sure if it was a stress fracture or just soreness due to inactivity.  But it was feeling better so I decided to try and run on it this morning.  I went real slow.  I wanted to go over to the Floodway and turn south instead of north like I usually do.  But for the last two weeks they've been doing construction work at the stop sign at 48th and Adobe.  They're replacing a sewer line.  When I got to the stop sign it just looked like there were too many work trucks around, so I continued straight.  I basically took the same route I walked Herbie in, only in reverse. 

Everything felt ok.  I did stop twice to stretch out my calves and catch my breath.  I was wheezing for the first half mile.  But all in all, it was a successful run.

Asics Gel Kayano 21 Miles: 1.56
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
1.56

I just realized I haven't blogged for two days.  Anyway, I ran the same route as I did yesterday.  I was a tiny bit faster.  Also, I saw a coyote for the first time in forever.  I stopped and took about 3 pictures and one video.  There were two quail right by it, so I'm sure I ruined his chance at breakfast.

The only thing different about this run was that I went through the fence at a different spot.  There's an opening in the fence right next to the neighborhood wall.  Yesterday I barely squeezed through with my fat tummy.  So I went to the other opening today.  It's probably about 6 feet wide, but there are two bollards making about 3 2-foot openings.  Luckily I'm not that fat.

Asics Gel Kayano 21 Miles: 1.56
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
1.30

Three days in a row!  But I was feeling terrible today, so I'm going to take a day off tomorrow.  It was so hot!  My legs were sore, and I was wheezing for most of the run.  I took a different route today.  I went the way I usually walk Herbie, but in reverse.  So, through the neighborhood, to the green belt, and over to the Floodway.  But then I turned and went south down to University.  I ran across the Floodway and over the RWCD Canal.  Then I ran north until I reached the green belt, cut through the Floodway, and back through the neighborhood to home.

Asics Gel Kayano 21 Miles: 1.30
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
2.11

I woke up at 4:30am.  I took the dog outside to go potty.  Then I got ready to go running.  It was 5:10am when I started.  It was mostly old ladies out.  The construction workers weren't there yet, so I decided to run my normal Floodway/RWCD route.  I was dragging this morning, but at least I wasn't wheezing.  I was coming up on Brown when I saw a large branch covering the entire Floodway path.  It had fallen out of the tree.  We've gotten some crazy wind storms the last few nights.  My next door neighbors are on vacation for a month.  I have been checking on their chickens every day.  Two days ago I noticed that their neighbors behind them have a tree and a saguaro cactus that blew over into their yard.  But I digress.  So, I took a picture of the tree branch and I also saw an old lady on her bicycle.  She got to the gate just after I did, so she waited until I came through.  We had a small conversation about the branch.  I told her she'd just have to go around it.  I guess I wasn't just dragging physically but mentally, also.  I ran to the other side of the Floodway and I saw her get off her bike and drag the branch off the trail.  I didn't even think to do that.  I felt lame.

While this was going on there was another old lady walking her three dogs.  She was on the other side of the Floodway and I was slowly catching her.  By the time I crossed the Floodway, she had crossed the RWCD Canal.  So now we were closer still heading in the same direction but separated by the Canal.  I could tell that the dog she had on her leash was a Doberman.  But where were the other dogs?  Surely she's not going to let two more Dobermans run wild.  Maybe they weren't Dobermans.  Then I saw their heads pop up from the drainage swale between the Canal road and the subdivision wall.  Sure enough, they were Dobermans.  And they weren't leashed.  She must have faith that they would behave themselves.  But they did bark at me.  And then I saw Gary Prahl's wife walking toward them.  It was the second time I'd seen her this morning so I waved again.  I hoped she wouldn't get attacked, and I don't think she did unless they went straight for the throat.

When I got to Adobe I decided I didn't want to do another full loop.  So I would cross the Floodway at the green belt again.  I figured that would get me real close to 2 miles.  Then I could run loops around the cul-de-sac until I got to exactly 2 miles.  But when I pulled my phone out of my pocket just as I reached the cul-de-sac, I was pleasantly surprised that my Strava read 2.10 miles.

Asics Gel Kayano 21 Miles: 2.11
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
1.45

I woke up at 3:30am.  I took the dog outside even though he doesn't like to go out that early.  He hesitated, but he went out.  I tried to go back to sleep but was unsuccessful.  About 4:30am I heard it start to rain.  By 5am it had cleared up, so I put my running clothes on.  I did one loop.  I was following a lady, but I couldn't keep up.  She continued north when she got to Brown, and I went to the other side of the Floodway.  I saw two more women running north on the other side of the Floodway.  Then when I was almost back to Adobe I saw a group of 5 or 6 guys on the other side of the Floodway.  They were walking, but then they started running.  So that's 8 or 9 runners I saw this morning.  Much more than normal.  Everyone must be training for something.

Asics Gel Kayano 21 Miles: 1.45
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
1.72

The construction crew had already trenched through the intersection and patched it all up.  But now they had it barricaded again.  When I got there I saw that they were about to dig it up again.  I wonder what that's all about.  I ran over to the Floodway and headed north.  I decided to not do my normal 1 loop because I didn't want to have to deal with the construction, just in case.  So when I got to Brown, I turned east.  I ran to 48th St and headed back south.  Then, instead of going through the intersection, I ran around the block.  But before I did that I saw Sis. Sutherlin.  We waved at each other.  Sadly, they haven't been to church in at least a year.  I really enjoyed hearing their testimonies when they started coming back.  Anyway, I ran around and saw Br. Cox working in his yard.  I said, "Hi, John!"  I might have surprised him a bit.  Then I saw Sis. Sutherlin again as she was driving by and she waved again.

Asics Gel Kayano 21 Miles: 1.72
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
2.59

I woke up at 4am and started running at 5am.  Since it was so early, the construction crew hadn't arrived yet, and I decided to do 2 loops.  I've been playing Scrabble with Tracy and I know that I have an 8 letter word I can play (there are little hints you can use), but I haven't been able to figure it out.  There is a word strength meter that you can purchase.  There are 10 bars on the meter.  If you don't purchase it, it only shows your 4 of the bars.  So, for example, if with your letters the best move on the board is a 40 point point word, and you place a word that is 20 points on the board, the meter will go up to 5.  But if you haven't purchased it, you'll only see it go up to 4, so you don't really know if 20 points is the best word, or if there's a real high scoring bingo.  If you use all 7 letters on your rack, you get a bingo, which is a 50 point bonus.  So my trick is to put a word on the board somewhere that is worth 7 points.  If the word strength meter only goes up to one, I know there is a word on the board that is approximately 10 times higher than 7, which is more than likely a bingo.  There's another hint you can use if you have enough coins (diamonds actually) saved up.  This hint highlights every available tile on the board where you can put one of your letters to form a word.  So, I knew I had a bingo somewhere and I used the "binoculars" hint.  Since it was so late in the game, I could tell that the only place a bingo would fit was either on an L or an A.  Since I only had two vowels on my rack, I figured it was probably the A.  Scrabble is 70% math, 20% vocabulary, and 10% another word that I can't think of at the moment.  I usually win, but Tracy has beaten me more times that I'd like to admit.  I'm too competitive.  The letters were N U C L E R S and probably A.  So nuclear is a word, but not nuclears.  Unclear is a word, but not unclears.  As I was running I kept shuffling around the letters in my head. 

When I got to Brown I saw doberman lady again.  I was able to get through the fence before she did.  When I got half way between Brown and Adobe I thought of a couple of words I would like to try; secularn and reclanus.  Reclanus.  That's a good one.  I stopped and opened the Scrabble app.  But it was taking too long to load and I was afraid doberman lady and her dobermans would catch up to me.  So I exited out and continued running.  There were a lot of dog walkers out this early.  I didn't want to stop while I saw someone with a dog.  It wasn't until I was heading north again north of University that I finally stopped to try my words.  Neither of them worked.

Well, that was yesterday.  Today I finally gave up and hoped that I would get some better letters to make an obvious bingo.  Tracy has a slight lead that I won't be able to catch her unless I get a bingo.  But, as I said, it was late in the game, and I didn't realize there weren't any more letters left.  So she's going to win.  Anyway, the word was LUCRANES.  Now I will go crawl up in the fetal position and cry for a while.

Asics Gel Kayano 21 Miles: 2.59
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
2.71

We had an awesome lightning and thunder storm last night.  Around 2am there were some thunders instantaneous with the lightning.  It also rained most of the night.  Often times that makes me sleep soundly.  So after going back to sleep, I woke up 7am, which is kinda late for me nowadays. 

The rain was very light, so I decided to go running.  When I started running it looked like it might even start to clear up.  I wasn't even sure which route I would take today.  I ran straight through the intersection because the construction workers were in full swing.  I thought about cutting through the retention basin, but they have a large pipe connected to a fire hydrant that's laid all the way through the basin.  I didn't want to deal with that.  What if I tripped?  I couldn't handle the humiliation.  So heading north my next decision was whether to turn east or west when I got to Brown.  I could go east to Higley, south to Adobe, and back home.  That should be just over two miles.  But I don't like running on the main roads anymore.  I could go west, but the RWCD road is probably muddy.  Sometimes it's slick when it's muddy.  But I did want to see the Floodway and how much water was in it.  So west it was.  I ran over to the east side of the Canal which is the west side of the Floodway.  It wasn't bad as far as mud goes.  But now what?  How do I get back home.  My initial thought was to cut through the Floodway at the green belt like I did last week, but there was at least a foot of standing water in the Floodway.  I didn't want to go through the construction zone at Adobe and face my arch nemesis the large pipe.  So I had no choice but to run all the way to University, come back up the east side of the Floodway, and cut through the green belt into the neighborhood. 

Once I committed to that I remembered the dream I had last night.  I dreamt about Jeff, the hobo.  For some reason I had to get somewhere and the only way to get there was by crawling through a thicket and that's where Jeff lived.  I saw Jeff get up and leave, so I figured it was safe to go through, but as I was crawling through, I could see the shadow of another hobo under the brush.  I asked if it was all right that I pass by.  It was a weird and unrealistic dream, but still, it just felt weird that I might see Jeff after having dreamt about him.  When I got to University it started raining.  So, indeed it was not about to clear up.  It looked like Jeff was bundled up in his sleeping bag.  There was a palo verde tree near him that had been blown over.  Or struck by lightning?  Probably not.  I didn't see any burn marks, but I did take a picture.

It rained on me all the way home.  It was nice.  When I got home I was soaked, but I decided to get even more wet.  We're having our pool redone.  Yesterday, I think, the pool company came and put in the pebble tec.  Now the pool had about 8-inches of rainwater in it.  I wanted to be the first one to swim in the refurbished pool.  So I went down the steps and laid down in the water.  I couldn't swim.

To give closure to my previous blog entry, I ended up beating Tracy in that game.  She had some high scoring letters on her rack when I placed all my letters on the board.  The value of those letters get subtracted from her score and added to mine.  So it was like a 40 point swing and I ended up beating her by a couple of points.  Poor thing.  LOL.  Love you, Tracy.

Asics Gel Kayano 21 Miles: 2.71
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
1.46

I discovered the time when everyone is out.  6am.  So many people out, most notably the guy that wants to be my best friend.  I saw this lady walking towards me with her dog.  Then I saw my would be best friend.  He came up from behind of the lady.  He scared both her and her dog.  Then he stopped and started talking to her.  When I ran by I heard him say, "Here's the man that's never gonna die."  Then he gave me a thumbs up and she gave me a thumbs up.  So I guess he wants to be her best friend, too.  Two timer!  Maybe he wants to be everybody's best friend, which would make him an all timer!  He's an all time great!

Asics Gel Kayano 21 Miles: 1.46
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
2.59

What a difference half an hour makes.  I got out half an hour earlier than yesterday and I didn't see anyone until my second loop.

Asics Gel Kayano 21 Miles: 2.59
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
2.58

I started running at 4:30am this morning.  It was wonderful.  The moon looked to be about 3/4 phase and it was high in the sky providing some good light.  As I was heading towards Brown Road, I heard an owl hooting on the other side of the Floodway.  Then I heard some wings flapping behind me.  Even though I knew the owl was far away and the sound of the flapping wings sounded like they would be coming from a smaller bird, probably a dove, it kind of freaked me out.  I then spotted the owl sitting on the power line next to the power pole.  I guess that's why they're called spotted owls.  When I got to the other side of the Floodway I hoped that the owl would still be there so I could try and take a picture of it with my night vision.  But, alas, it was gone.  I heard three distinct splashes in the Canal as I ran down the mile stretch as part of my two loops.  All three came near the edge.  So I wasn't sure if they were fish popping their heads out of the water or perhaps turtles that scampered back into the water after seeing me.

I didn't see anybody until I got almost to University.  Someone was running down the road, but it was too dark and they were just a little too far away to tell if they were a boy or girl.  I think it was a girl.  Then I ran by where Jeff lives and it smelled like one of my sweaty shirts.

Asics Gel Kayano 21 Miles: 2.58
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
0.00

It was 5:30am when I woke up and I didn't feel like running.  Yesterday the painters come to paint our pool deck.  Now we're about 99% done.  They just have to fix the light.  So I decided to work out in the pool this morning.  First I did 20 sit ups on the trampoline.  Then I did some pool running in place.  Then I did a little bit of swimming.  Then I got out and skimmed the leaves out.  Then I got back in and did a little bit more of running in place and swimming.

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
1.46

Usually I just enter in whatever mileage Strava says I ran.  But Strava went crazy on me today and said I ran 2.92 miles at a 6:10 pace.  Haha!  Not even close.  That's more than double my pace.  Speedwise.  Anyway, it was just before 5am that I started.  It was kinda light out because the sun would be coming up soon.  Today's high is supposed to be 107º, and I could feel it.  I was actually feeling pretty good this morning, but then when the heat made me a little uncomfortable, I decided to just do one loop today.  That turned out to be a good idea because once I turned on to Adobe, my knee started to hurt.  I actually walked the last tenth of a mile home.

I saw a few people out there this morning.  As I was approaching Brown I saw a light from a cyclist.  That drew my attention to a dog walker on the other side of the Floodway.  He was ahead of me and we crossed paths shortly after I exited the gate.  When I went to enter the other gate on the other side of the Floodway, I looked back and saw that he wasn't walking down the street, and therefore must have gotten on the Floodway path.  However, I couldn't see him.  I ran along and figured I must've passed him by now, but I just couldn't spot him in the dark.  Then I thought, "What if he started running?  Then he's probably ahead of me."  Sure enough I saw him running on the other side.  I soon stopped after that to take a picture of the owl sitting on top of someone's house.  I used night vision and zoomed all the way in.  The picture didn't turn out great.  After that I didn't see the man or dog anymore.

Asics Gel Kayano 21 Miles: 1.46
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
172.81
Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 108.07Asics Gel Kayano 21 Miles: 49.57Mizuno X10 Trail Miles: 13.71Mizuno Wave Inspire 7 Miles: 1.46
Weight: 0.00
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