Go, you chicken fat, go away! Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/ Sun, 19 Nov 2017 20:57:01 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Wed, Nov 15, 2017 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-15-2017.html <p>I woke up this morning with a sore throat.&nbsp; My run wasn&#39;t great, but it was ok.</p> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Tue, Nov 14, 2017 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-14-2017.html <p>My legs were still sore today, but by the time I was almost done, I was feeling strong.&nbsp; Good sign.</p> Tue, 14 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Mon, Nov 13, 2017 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-13-2017.html <p>Some times when I&#39;m running I think about what I&#39;m going to blog.&nbsp; I had just gotten to the Floodway and I thought I heard a vehicle coming up behind me.&nbsp; I thought, &quot;That&#39;s impossible.&nbsp; There&#39;s no way they could&#39;ve gotten the gate opened that fast.&quot;&nbsp; I turned around and it was a guy on a bicycle.&nbsp; So I thought, &quot;That&#39;s not really blog-worthy.&quot;&nbsp; But as I watched the guy ride off into the distance I saw him approaching a man walking two dogs.&nbsp; I could tell that one of the dogs was restrained and the other was not.&nbsp; The dog that wasn&#39;t on a leash barked at the guy on the bike.&nbsp; I hoped he would get the dog under control by the time I got there.&nbsp; However, he did not.&nbsp; And the dog came at me barking.&nbsp; Since I&#39;m not afraid of dogs I just kept running and said, &quot;Nice puppy.&quot;&nbsp; I looked at the old man and told him good morning.&nbsp; He just looked at me with a grumpy old man face.&nbsp; So I wondered if it was even his dog.&nbsp; Maybe he was grumpy because this dog was loose and wouldn&#39;t leave him and his dog alone.&nbsp; Who knows?&nbsp; Well, I got to the Canal road and headed back south.&nbsp; I could see across the Floodway that the other dog was still with them.&nbsp; The moral of today&#39;s story is - don&#39;t be a grumpy old man.</p> Mon, 13 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Sat, Nov 11, 2017 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-11-2017.html <p>I actually passed someone today.&nbsp; I&#39;m seeing a lot more runners out lately.&nbsp; And that&#39;s nice.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Sat, 11 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Thu, Nov 09, 2017 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-09-2017.html <p>As I was approaching the Floodway I saw the same lady that caused me such confusion on my prior run.&nbsp; I felt good inside knowing her gender, although I&#39;m not sure what she identifies as.&nbsp; She was on the Canal road while I was on the Floodway path.&nbsp; They&#39;re roughly 200 feet apart.&nbsp; But I could see that we were keeping the same pace.&nbsp; I briefly contemplated asking her to to fill out the last remaining spot on our Ragnar team.&nbsp; Anway, when we got to Brown she continued across the street while I ran over to the Canal and turned south.&nbsp; At a quarter mile south of Adobe I could see two people on the Floodway path.&nbsp; They seemed to be resting with their bikes.&nbsp; I got to University and headed back north on the Floodway path.&nbsp; When I was about 150 feet away I could tell that they had their bikes and everything else they owned strewn all over the path.&nbsp; Mind you, the path is at least 10 feet wide.&nbsp; At about 100 feet I could smell the strong pungent odor of marijuana.&nbsp; Holy smokes!&nbsp; I could also see that one was a man and the other a woman.&nbsp; The man was changing one of the tires on a bike.&nbsp; As I got close enough for them to say something to me, the woman apologized for having their stuff everywhere.&nbsp; She said it was an obstacle course.&nbsp; I just stepped off the path and ran around it.&nbsp; I hollered back, &quot;I cheated!&quot;&nbsp; They seemed very proud of me.</p> Thu, 09 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Tue, Nov 07, 2017 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-07-2017.html <p>I was feeling pretty ok this morning.&nbsp; Maybe because I started out slow instead of strong.&nbsp; Anyway, I saw another runner that had crossed Brown Road before I got there.&nbsp; They were on the other side of the Floodway which gave them a slight lead on me.&nbsp; I use they and them because at this point I couldn&#39;t tell if it was a man or a woman.&nbsp; I really thought it was a woman, but the short hair made me think it was a man.&nbsp; Anyway, I got to the other side and noticed they weren&#39;t putting that much distance between me.&nbsp; Like I said, I was feeling good, but I was still running slow.&nbsp; They moved over to the other side of the Floodway when they got to Adobe.&nbsp; I continued on the Canal road.&nbsp; After a while I forgot about them and thought maybe they&#39;d turned off somewhere.&nbsp; Then I started remembering how dirty my shoes, socks, and ankles have been lately because of all the dust I kick up on myself.&nbsp; So I started looking at the footprints and I noticed a barefoot print.&nbsp; Not sure if it was a barefoot runner&nbsp; or that homeless guy I see sometimes.&nbsp; Anyway, after I crossed University I notice the runner was still heading south and still hadn&#39;t put much distance between us.&nbsp; Right before Main Street they stopped and started walking.&nbsp; They turned right on Main Street allowing me the chance to run by HER.&nbsp; The moral of the story is I may need a stronger prescription for my eyeglasses.</p> Tue, 07 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Mon, Nov 06, 2017 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-06-2017.html <p>I took a week off.&nbsp; I didn&#39;t mean to.&nbsp; It just happened.&nbsp; The first couple of days I was busy at work.&nbsp; I shoulda went Wednesday, but I didn&#39;t.&nbsp; My plan was to hop on a Ragnar McDowell Mountain trail team at the last minute.&nbsp; But Thursday came along and I felt awful.&nbsp; Probably the Papa John&#39;s pizza I had the night before.&nbsp; So, no Ragnar, and no running.&nbsp; This morning I was feeling better and it was beautiful out.&nbsp; Even though I didn&#39;t start until 8:30am, it was still cool out.&nbsp; The first 100 feet felt great.&nbsp; I thought, &quot;this week off sure did me a lot of good.&quot;&nbsp; But then my knees and ankles felt like they were going to break, so I settled back down into the slow pace I&#39;ve grown accustemed to these last 5 or 6 years.&nbsp; As I was making the last turn up the Floodway I was coming upon a tree with a bunch of doves in it.&nbsp; Arizona doves aren&#39;t pretty white ones like you think of.&nbsp; They&#39;re brownish gray.&nbsp; Anyway, I spooked them so half of them took off flying to another nearby tree.&nbsp; It caused me to look up, and I noticed that one of them was a parakeet.&nbsp; A green parakeet with a red face.&nbsp; From the on I was singing, &quot;One of these birds is not like the other...&quot;</p> Mon, 06 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Sat, Oct 28, 2017 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-28-2017.html <p>Decided to go on a &quot;long&quot; run.&nbsp; The pace was slow, so it felt sustainable.&nbsp; I ran all the way up to McDowell Road.&nbsp; About a quarter mile before I hit McKellips I heard these speedy footsteps behind me.&nbsp; I turned to look and it was a speedy lady.&nbsp; I told her good morning.&nbsp; She put her hand up as if to say, &quot;I acknowledge you, but don&#39;t say another word to me.&quot;&nbsp; She then proceeded to leave me in her dust and run another half mile down the canal where she turned around giving me another opportunity to indeed say another word to her.&nbsp; This time I told her to have a great day.&nbsp; She gave me another wave so I think I have another new best friend.</p> Sat, 28 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Mon, Oct 23, 2017 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-23-2017.html <p>This is my entry for the run I forgot to blog about.&nbsp; Consequently, I don&#39;t remember too much about it.&nbsp; The End.</p> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Thu, Oct 19, 2017 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-19-2017.html <p>I went running after I put Emily on the bus at 8am.&nbsp; It was overcast out, so it was nice.&nbsp; When I got to the west side of the Floodway there was a guy running with his dog.&nbsp; He was probably 20 feet ahead of me and we were running at the exact same pace.&nbsp; (Which was slow, BTW.)&nbsp; I noticed in the canal what I thought were bubbles coming up from the bottom.&nbsp; That will happen sometimes when biological processes occur in the algae at the bottom.&nbsp; When we got almost to Adobe Rd. the guy and the dog went over by this lady that was walking down the canal.&nbsp; I guess they knew each other.&nbsp; That&#39;s when I realized it was actually sprinkling, so that was what was causing the bubbles in the canal.&nbsp; (They weren&#39;t really bubbles.&nbsp; I just thought they were.)&nbsp; Anyway, the lady thought the guy was sweating on her so she started to freak out.&nbsp; Then she realized it was raining, too.&nbsp; It made me laugh out loud.</p> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Tue, Oct 17, 2017 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-17-2017.html <p>Very slow run this morning.&nbsp; As I approached the Floodway, I noticed a big truck parked over on the other side.&nbsp; I always look to make sure they&#39;re not parked in front of the RWCD gate.&nbsp; I saw the owner by it, too, but didn&#39;t think much of it because I figured he was getting in it.&nbsp; As I ran north on the east side of the Floodway, I saw a man walking his dog on the west side of the Floodway.&nbsp; He was almost to Brown Road.&nbsp; When I made my over to the west side of the Floodway at Brown Road I saw another guy that walked up and touched the fence.&nbsp; I was like, &quot;Where did that guy come from?&nbsp; And why is he touching the fence?&nbsp; That&#39;s what runners are supposed to do.&nbsp; Not walkers.&quot;&nbsp; It was then that I realized he was the owner of the truck and he must&#39;ve ran up the canal.&nbsp; He waited until I got right next to him and he started running again.&nbsp; He was pretty slow, but I was slower.&nbsp; He made it back to his truck, which was half a mile away about 20 to 30 seconds before I did.&nbsp; Then he waited for me to pass by him again before he got in his truck.&nbsp; He seemed like a super nice guy.&nbsp; Maybe he&#39;ll be my new best friend.</p> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Mon, Oct 16, 2017 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-16-2017.html <p>It was a beautiful morning out.&nbsp; I&#39;ve been up since 5am, and after two rounds on the toilet, I finally got out to run at 7am.&nbsp; There were a lot of people out jogging, walking, walking their dogs.&nbsp; I didn&#39;t feel great.&nbsp; I had a tiny wheeze for the first half mile, but after a mile, I finally had settled in and felt ok.&nbsp; See you guys tomorrow.</p> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:00:00