Go, you chicken fat, go away! Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/ Sun, 22 Jul 2018 21:39:24 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Sat, Jul 21, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-21-2018.html <p>My alarm went off at 3:30am this morning, but I somehow knew in my deepest subconscious that Mike was out of town, and we weren&#39;t going running today.&nbsp; I managed to turn it off and went back to sleep.&nbsp; I woke up again around 5:00am and witnessed a fantastic lightning storm going on outside.&nbsp; Nope.&nbsp; No running in that.&nbsp; I stayed awake and finally went running around 8:00am.&nbsp; It was still cloudy out and felt nice.&nbsp; I decided to run to the top of the RWCD Canal, which, as you can see, is a 7.3 mile round trip.&nbsp; It took me 2 miles to be completely drenched in my own sweat.&nbsp; Well, 2 miles until my shirt was completely saturated.&nbsp; And the sweat kept coming.&nbsp; I saw a few other runners out today, too.&nbsp; I saw an RWCD zanjero at the 1/2 lateral.&nbsp; I didn&#39;t stop to say hi.&nbsp; There&#39;s a little hill at the turn around point that I ran down, touched the fence, and ran back up.&nbsp; But when I got to the top, I stopped for a potty break.&nbsp; I don&#39;t usually do that.&nbsp; As I was heading back south I realized that I was not going to make it home before the sun came out from the clouds.&nbsp; Right around mile 5 is when it poked its head out.&nbsp; The warm rays started pushing the cooler air around, and it actually made a nice little breeze for a little bit.&nbsp; But then it warmed up, and the sweat kept flowing.&nbsp; I slowed down a lot those last two miles.&nbsp; I thought about calling my wife to come get me, but I talked myself out of it.&nbsp; If I can do this, I&#39;ll have no problem next Friday doing the Ragnar Chase the Moon.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Sat, 21 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Fri, Jul 20, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-20-2018.html <p>I tried running yesterday, but I got about 40 yards down the road when my knee started to hurt.&nbsp; I said, &quot;Nope.&nbsp; Not today.&quot;&nbsp; Today I took it nice and easy to baby it.&nbsp; It felt all right.&nbsp; It was also very humid again, and I was soaked to the bone in my own sweat.&nbsp; I saw some of my regulars today.&nbsp; The old man that looks like he runs real slow, but in reality probably runs the same pace I do.&nbsp; The lady that throws the stick in the Canal for her dog to fetch. Et cetera.&nbsp; Et cetera.</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Wed, Jul 18, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-18-2018.html <p>I&#39;m getting a little faster.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Mon, Jul 16, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-16-2018.html <p>I wanted to get another long run in this morning since it&#39;s a weigh in day.&nbsp; Next week is the final weigh in.&nbsp; As I was heading west towards the Floodway I could see that it was raining hard in the West Valley.&nbsp; It also appeared to be raining in North Phoenix and Scottsdale.&nbsp; No sooner had I turned in to the Floodway when I felt some cold drops on my arm.&nbsp; Even though the cloud cover wasn&#39;t very dense, there was a light sprinkle.&nbsp; I looked in the western sky again and saw another partial rainbow.&nbsp; Then the light sprinkle became a light rain.&nbsp; It felt prettygood.&nbsp; I think it made me feel overly good as I was running faster than usual.&nbsp; The rain stayed there all the way until half way through my second loop when I turned to head north.&nbsp; That&#39;s when the faster pace caught up with me and I decided three loops would be enough.&nbsp; I&#39;m down about 33 pounds.</p> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Sat, Jul 14, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-14-2018.html <p>Got up at 3:30am again for another Usery Pass run with Mike.&nbsp; It was humid again.&nbsp; I was ready early and went outside to wait for him.&nbsp; I was sweating just sitting there.&nbsp; As we were heading north towards our destination we saw some lightning bolts.&nbsp; They never got too close.&nbsp; I left a few seconds before Mike.&nbsp; He caught me just before the intersection.&nbsp; I was feeling pretty good this morning.&nbsp; After the first half mile, the road curves.&nbsp; Then it stays straight for another half mile before curving again.&nbsp; After that it gets progressively more curvy.&nbsp; That&#39;s why I usually lose track of people I&#39;m running with around 2 miles.&nbsp; But today I was able to see Mike right up until 2.75 miles.&nbsp; Then I thought I lost him for good, but I saw him once more at 3.25 miles.&nbsp; He was coming back when I was about a quarter of a mile from the top.&nbsp; That means he was only ahead of me by half a mile.&nbsp; When we do the 9.2 mile loop, he&#39;s usually ahead of me by a mile.&nbsp; He said, &quot;Good job, Burt.&quot;&nbsp; Some good job Burt&#39;s mean, &quot;I see you struggling, but I know you can do it!&quot;&nbsp; And some mean, &quot;Wow!&nbsp; You&#39;re really doing good today.&quot;&nbsp; I could tell that his good job Burt was the latter.&nbsp; When I turned around there was a nice breeze.&nbsp; With the cloud cover I never saw the sun break the horizon.&nbsp; But there was a little sliver of a rainbow.&nbsp; It made me think my mom had died.&nbsp; Luckily, she&#39;s still alive.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Sat, 14 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Mon, Jul 09, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-09-2018.html <p>Less than 20 miles to go before I can retire my shoes.&nbsp; They&#39;re long overdue.&nbsp; Anyway, I usually use RunKeeper to track my run, but today I decided, for no particular reason, to use Strava.&nbsp; But as I was running, I realized more people see my Strava workouts, and I didn&#39;t want everyone to see how slow I am, so I tried to go faster.&nbsp; That lasted for about a mile.&nbsp; Today is a weigh in day, so I did 3 loops.&nbsp; The Floodway and Canal paths run at a diagonal and they intersect with the intersection of Main St. and Higley.&nbsp; As I was approaching the intersection, I saw a guy riding his bike down the sidewalk.&nbsp; He had a Gatorade in his hand and a duffel bag on the back of his bike.&nbsp; The duffel bag fell off and he cruised to a stop.&nbsp; I decided to be a good Samaritan and pick it up for him.&nbsp; Holy heavy!&nbsp; I think it might have been everything he owned.&nbsp; Also, I may have broken the zipper.&nbsp; It rained last night while I was sleeping, so today was very humid.&nbsp; I was very sweaty when it was all said and done.</p> Mon, 09 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Sat, Jul 07, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-07-2018.html <p>Another early morning with Mike out at Usery Pass.&nbsp; It was 94&ordm; already at 4:30am.&nbsp; Despite my best efforts yesterday to baby and stretch my left calf muscle, it was still quite sore this morning and I questioned my ability to do this run.&nbsp; I figured I&#39;d just have to give it a try.&nbsp; As soon as I started it immediately began to hurt.&nbsp; But I just changed my stride slightly, and I was able to go, albeit slower than last week.&nbsp; I could tell because Mike was putting some serious distance between us, whereas last week I managed to stay in sight of him for quite some time.&nbsp; Anyway, it was hot, too, so that was another reason for me being slower.&nbsp; I always have to talk myself into not turning around before I get to the top.&nbsp; It was so hot that there weren&#39;t very many bikers out.&nbsp; I didn&#39;t see the first two until 2.7 miles in to my run.&nbsp; I counted a total of 7.&nbsp; On the way down I saw one of them coming uphill towards me, but then I noticed he wasn&#39;t pedaling.&nbsp; He had an electric bike.&nbsp; So he doesn&#39;t count.&nbsp; 6.&nbsp; The last half mile always seems to be the hardest because I&#39;m tired, thirsty, and the slope starts to level out.&nbsp; I was glad to be done.&nbsp; The sun broke the horizon at 5:37am.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Sat, 07 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Fri, Jul 06, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-06-2018.html <p>It was just straight up hot this morning.&nbsp; I left about 6am.&nbsp; My legs are sore.&nbsp; Should they be this sore?&nbsp; Nope.&nbsp; Unless it was all that street sweeping I did yesterday.&nbsp; Anyway I got to almost Brown Road and I saw a zanjero truck driving down the Canal.&nbsp; As I turned the corner I saw half of a watermelon that had been halfway eaten.&nbsp; I was really admiring it when I heard a woman&#39;s voice call out.&nbsp; I looked around expecting to see someone by the Canal.&nbsp; But then I heard the voice again, and she was calling my name, and she was behind me.&nbsp; It was my wife on her walk!&nbsp; I was not expecting to see her there.&nbsp; So we smooched.</p> Fri, 06 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Thu, Jul 05, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-05-2018.html <p>I got up a few minutes after 5am this morning.&nbsp; I was anxious to get a few miles in while it was still relatively cool.&nbsp; But then I had a thought.&nbsp; What if nobody cleaned up that mess we made in the cul de sac last night with all the fireworks?&nbsp; Sure enough it was a mess.&nbsp; At least the big stuff was picked up, but there was little papers all over the place.&nbsp; I fed the animals, grabbed a broom and dust pan, and got to work.&nbsp; I finally was able to run at 6:30am and I had already worked up a pretty good sweat.&nbsp; But that&#39;s ok.&nbsp; I need to since I took another cheat day yesterday.&nbsp; I felt pretty good.&nbsp; Maybe from all the carbs I had that I&#39;m not used to consuming for the last few months.&nbsp; Nothing too exciting happened other than seeing a couple of sketchy looking dudes by the Floodway.</p> Thu, 05 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Wed, Jul 04, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-04-2018.html <p>Happy Independance Day.&nbsp; I ran with Herbie today.&nbsp; He did all right for the most part.&nbsp; I had to tug on the leash a couple of times.&nbsp; I finally let him have a break when we reached the Canal.&nbsp; Surprisingly, he went chest deep into the Canal.&nbsp; He won&#39;t even get in the swimming pool.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Speaking of swimming pool, I then spent an hour cleaning it so that it would be ready for the day.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I took most of the day off from work and spent a lot of time splashing around with my family.</p> <p><img alt="" height="844" src="http://i460.photobucket.com/albums/qq326/BurtMcCumber/Herbie%20Canal_zpsfrjix7p5.jpg" width="633" /></p> <p><br /> <img alt="" height="840" src="http://i460.photobucket.com/albums/qq326/BurtMcCumber/Baby%20ducks_zpsxpnpteck.jpg" width="630" /></p> Wed, 04 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Tue, Jul 03, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-03-2018.html <p>It felt nice today.&nbsp; Just a nice recovery run.</p> Tue, 03 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Sat, Jun 30, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-30-2018.html <p>I texted Mike yesterday to see if he wanted to go running.&nbsp; Mike has an air conditioning company, so he&#39;s super busy in the summer.&nbsp; He told me we&#39;d have to go super early.&nbsp; I said that&#39;s fine by me.&nbsp; He came and got me at 4:00am and we got to Usery at 4:30am to start our run up the hill.&nbsp; Mike hasn&#39;t run since two weeks after Ragnar when he did the Phoenix Half Marathon. But he still is faster than me.&nbsp; I had to borrow one of his headlamps.&nbsp; I actually think it&#39;s my old headlamp that I lost.&nbsp; Hmmmm...&nbsp; Anyway I stayed close to him for longer than usual.&nbsp; I felt pretty good until about 1.75 miles.&nbsp; Then I started to feel a little sluggish, but I know that after 2.5 miles, it gets easier.&nbsp; But I still had thoughts about turning around when Mike was coming back.&nbsp; The only problem was Mike was only about a half mile ahead of me, which means when he came back, I was only a quarter mile from the top.&nbsp; So I went to the top, and turned around.&nbsp; It was a nice run, but my legs werer feeling it.&nbsp; The sun came over the top of the mountain at about 5:30 am.</p> Sat, 30 Jun 2018 06:00:00 Fri, Jun 29, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-29-2018.html <p>Just one lop today because it was 7:30am before I got out.&nbsp; I tried picking up the pace today in short intervals.&nbsp; It felt good.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Fri, 29 Jun 2018 06:00:00 Thu, Jun 28, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-28-2018.html <p>Yesterday when I woke up I got a terrible calf cramp.&nbsp; The kind where it just hits you all at once, and you can&#39;t remember if you&#39;re supposed to point your toes up or down.&nbsp; It hurt so bad, I struggled to walk, let alone think about going running.&nbsp; But it got better as the day went on, so I was able to get out this morning.&nbsp; I went real slow (as usual.)&nbsp; Actually slower than usual.&nbsp; I saw a zanjero up at the RWCD Canal and Brown Road (or Lateral 3, as they call it.)&nbsp; I wanted to see who it was, but I wasn&#39;t fast enough.&nbsp; That has happened a lot lately.&nbsp; I did see that it was Truck #5A, which generally means it&#39;s a lead zanjero&#39;s truck.&nbsp; I did my loop turning around at Brown Road and heading back down the Canal road.&nbsp; After a while I could make out a vehicle parked on the west Canal road in front of the gate at Lateral 3-1/2.&nbsp; Occasionally people do that, but they&#39;re not supposed to because it blocks the access for the RWCD workers.&nbsp; Then I saw the RWCD truck pull up and I wondered if he would ask them to move.&nbsp; Getting closer, I was able to see that the vehicle was actually the 5A truck and the other truck was the 1A truck.&nbsp; The 1A truck is just the regular zanjero truck, which is what I was for the year that I worked there.&nbsp; I was able to get there in time to stop and talk.&nbsp; I didn&#39;t know the regular zanjero.&nbsp; He was a new guy.&nbsp; He must&#39;ve thought I was a crazy guy when I approached them.&nbsp; And the lead zanjero was just a regular zanjero when I worked there.&nbsp; He said the guy he replaced was &quot;asked to leave.&quot;&nbsp; That&#39;s too bad.&nbsp; Well, I didn&#39;t talk to them long, and I went to finish my final loop.&nbsp; I noticed that my pace increased.&nbsp; I guess my body wanted to run at the speed it&#39;s used to running lately.</p> Thu, 28 Jun 2018 06:00:00 Tue, Jun 26, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-26-2018.html <p>I failed to mention yesterday that as soon as I turned on to the Floodway path, I saw my wife and Vanessa on their morning walk.&nbsp; I was able to grab a drive by smooch.&nbsp; Today as I approached the Floodway I saw a lady walking towards me, and my first thought was, &quot;Do I get another kissy today?&quot;&nbsp; But I immediately noticed that it was not my wife.&nbsp; Then I saw another figure up the way, but could tell that it was a runner with a dog.&nbsp; And it was a man.&nbsp; But then I saw two females approaching.&nbsp; One of them appeared to be my wife, but the other did not look like Vanessa.&nbsp; So as they got closer I could definitely tell that it was my wife, but who was this other mystery woman?&nbsp; It wasn&#39;t until I was right up to them that I could tell it was Sister Green from the ward.&nbsp; I stole another smooch from my wife and continued on my way.&nbsp; I could see that the other runner had moved over to the RWCD Canal road.&nbsp; He stopped to catch his breath or for his dog to catch his breath.&nbsp; He started again and now I wasn&#39;t too far behind him.&nbsp; I wondered if I&#39;d be able to catch him at my incredibly slow pace.&nbsp; Then his dog stopped to take a look in the Canal.&nbsp; The owner only let him stop for a second before he got him going again.&nbsp; But about 20 feet later the dog said, &quot;I need a break&quot;, and it went down in the Canal to cool off.&nbsp; So I passed them.&nbsp; I was feeling better than yesterday, so I did another loop.&nbsp; When I got almost to my house I saw two birds in the road.&nbsp; One of them looked like it had a broken wing.&nbsp; I felt pity on it so I scooped it up and brought it home.&nbsp; I laid it in the shade of a tree.&nbsp; Then I went inside and grabbed a scoop of chicken feed so that I could feed our last remaining chicken.&nbsp; (Either our dog or our pig killed the other one about a week ago.&nbsp; They were both eating it.)&nbsp; I gave the bird about 5 pellets and continued to the backyard to feed the chicken.&nbsp; When I came back I grabbed a gallon of water that we had randonmly sitting in the front yard.&nbsp; I was going to pour it some water.&nbsp; But when I got to it, it had rolled over on its back like it was about to die.&nbsp; The other bird was there, too, but it flew away as I approached.&nbsp; I noticed the pellets were gone.&nbsp; I turned it back over and tried giving it water.&nbsp; But the poor thing died right there in front of me.&nbsp; Now I have a couple of theories about how it may have died.&nbsp; The most obvious is that I poisoned it with chicken feed.&nbsp; I think if that were the case there would be more dead doves around.&nbsp; My second theory is that the other bird came and ate all the pellets and pecked at the injured/dying bird to the point where it couldn&#39;t recover.&nbsp; My third theory is that it had been struck by a car which caused the broken wing and some possible internal injuries which it succumbed to.&nbsp; Luckily today was trash today and I was able to lay it to rest...in the top of the trash can.</p> Tue, 26 Jun 2018 06:00:00 Mon, Jun 25, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-25-2018.html <p>Last week was not a good week for my diet.&nbsp; First of all, I took a cheat day on Father&#39;s Day.&nbsp; I&#39;m sure that would have been fine being just one day, but my wife and I went on our anniversary vacation starting Thursday and ending Sunday.&nbsp; Subsequently, we made all those days cheat days, too.&nbsp; I gained 5 lbs this week.&nbsp; The first 5 weeks of my diet I was averaging losing 5 lbs a week.&nbsp; So it&#39;s almost like two weeks lost.&nbsp; Oh well.&nbsp; We went to Colorado.&nbsp; When I ran Ragnar Colorado a couple of years ago, we went through some cute little towns that I thought would be fun to take my wife through some day.&nbsp; So I finally decided to take her there this year.&nbsp; She found that it would be cheaper to fly into Colorado Springs than Denver, so we ended up doing mostly things around the Springs.&nbsp; We actually never went to those cute little towns.&nbsp; But there was plenty to do and see.&nbsp; Who knew?&nbsp; The first day we immediately went to the top of Pike&#39;s Peak.&nbsp; In hind sight that wasn&#39;t the smartest thing.&nbsp; I got elevation sickness and had a bit of a headache for about a day and a half after that.&nbsp; But it wasn&#39;t too bad.&nbsp; Just bad enough to make me not want to run any while I was there even though I had packed running gear.&nbsp; The next day we went to the Royal Gorge.&nbsp; I had my first ziplining experience, and that was pretty fun.&nbsp; The next day we went to 7 Falls and the Garden of the Gods.&nbsp; The last day we went to Cave of the Winds.&nbsp; We did a lot of hiking and stair climbing, so I was hoping it would help with the days off I&#39;ve missed running.&nbsp; My legs weren&#39;t sore except for my ankle joints from hiking on unsteady rocks and stuff.&nbsp;</p> <p>I got out the door at 7am this morning to run.&nbsp; I planned on running three loops so that I could hopefully lose some weight before weigh in.&nbsp; It was already hot.&nbsp; When I got to exactly a mile I had to stop and stretch a little.&nbsp; My sore ankles were starting to bother me.&nbsp; I decided to just do one loop.&nbsp; I&#39;ll try again tomorrow.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 06:00:00