Go, you chicken fat, go away! Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/ Tue, 26 Mar 2019 20:20:47 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Tue, Mar 26, 2019 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-26-2019.html <p>I got up at 6am, but waited until we got Emily on the bus before I went running.&nbsp; Emily has been sick, too, and today was the first day back at school in forever.&nbsp; I started running, and I didn&#39;t feel great.&nbsp; I saw a ton of people out today.&nbsp; Lots of runners, too.&nbsp; Most of them looked older than me, but faster than me.&nbsp; Except that one guy that took his shirt off.&nbsp; I passed him.&nbsp; I saw one lady that was wearing last year&#39;s Ragnar McDowell Mountain Trail relay shirt.&nbsp; I told her I have that same shirt.&nbsp; She had to look down at it to remember what she was wearing.&nbsp; Anyway, my pace was 7 seconds faster than my average pace on this loop.&nbsp; Go figure.</p> Tue, 26 Mar 2019 06:00:00 Fri, Mar 22, 2019 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-22-2019.html <p>I am feeling better each day.</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2019 06:00:00 Thu, Mar 21, 2019 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-21-2019.html <p>I still don&#39;t think I&#39;m over the flu.&nbsp; But I was hoping I was good enough.&nbsp; I took Herbie with me.&nbsp; As usual, he just wants to pee all over everything.&nbsp; But that was ok, because I was able to stop long enough to hack up a lung.&nbsp; Finally after about the half way point I felt a little better and wouldn&#39;t let him stop anymore.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 Mar 2019 06:00:00 Thu, Mar 14, 2019 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-14-2019.html <p>I woke up this morning with a sore throat.&nbsp; I wonder why.&nbsp; Actually, I woke up yesterday with one, too.&nbsp; We&#39;re back home now.&nbsp; I got dressed for my run.&nbsp; I wanted to do 4 miles, but after about one mile, I decided I wasn&#39;t feeling great, and one loop would be sufficient.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2019 06:00:00 Tue, Mar 12, 2019 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-12-2019.html <p>I woke up kinda early before sunrise and my phone said it was 43&ordm; out.&nbsp; That&#39;s warmer than it was yesterday.&nbsp; However, the longer I waited before I ran, the colder it was getting.&nbsp; I&#39;ve noticed that happen over the years as the sun rays start pushing the air around it cools down.&nbsp; I figured I&#39;d wait a while and it should warm up again.&nbsp; But then I noticed something from behind the slits in the blinds.&nbsp; Something strange.&nbsp; There were hundreds, thousands of small particles floating gently towards the ground.&nbsp; Were we under nuclear attack?&nbsp; I drew the chord on the blinds so that I could face head on my impending doom.&nbsp; I was struck with wonder and amazement.&nbsp; Was this the end?&nbsp; No.&nbsp; Memories came back to me of pictures that I had seen from friends that live to the north of me.&nbsp; It was snow.&nbsp; Actual snow right outside my window!</p> <p>Of course I&#39;ve been in snow many times.&nbsp; But I have never run in it.&nbsp; I decided to wait and see if it would die down some.&nbsp; Emily has been getting real sick, as she does.&nbsp; So when the rest of the family wanted to antiquing, I stayed home with her.&nbsp; It didn&#39;t seem like the snow was going to let up.&nbsp; And if it did, it was still being blown down from the rooftops and the trees.&nbsp; Perhaps I wouldn&#39;t go running today afterall.&nbsp; I needed advice.&nbsp; I reached out to people with experience, but they were of no use.&nbsp; So when my family got back, I decided to just go for it.&nbsp;</p> <p>I just wore my shorts and T-shirt, as always.&nbsp; It was cold, but&nbsp; not terrible.&nbsp; I would just do a small loop.&nbsp; I&#39;d follow the same start as yesterday, but instead of going all the way around the neighborhood, I would just go around the block.&nbsp; It was about 1.7 miles.&nbsp; I was worried that I might slip and fall, but I seemed pretty stable the whole way.&nbsp; That first little climb felt like death was knocking again.&nbsp; But I knew I survived it yesterday, so I would survive it again today.&nbsp; I would look back and see my footprints in the road every now and then.&nbsp; They were leaving marks for everyone else to see what kind of fool goes out in this weather.&nbsp;&nbsp; About a quarter mile before I finished my phone rang.&nbsp; It was my bishop.&nbsp; He wanted to make sure Emily had a helper now that she&#39;s in Young Women&#39;s.&nbsp; I told her that it was covered and made sure I explained what I was doing at the moment so that he wouldn&#39;t wonder why my breathing was so labored.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://beta-static.photobucket.com/images/qq326/BurtMcCumber/1/611d938f-a2c0-4b84-9328-b3ae937a1bfd-original.jpg?width=1920&amp;height=1080&amp;fit=bounds" /></p> Tue, 12 Mar 2019 06:00:00 Mon, Mar 11, 2019 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-11-2019.html <p>It&#39;s Spring Break for the kids this week.&nbsp; Like last year, we decided to take a mini-vacation up to Pinetop, AZ.&nbsp; Well, last year we went to Heber, AZ, but you get what I mean.&nbsp; I looked at the map on Google and decided on a way to go.&nbsp; I had to turn left at the first road to the south, run to the end, then turn east and run as far as my heart desired.&nbsp; The elevation in Pinetop where we stayed is around 7,300.&nbsp; When I turned on that road it immediately starts going uphill.&nbsp; Between the slight uphill, the cold, and the altitude, I thought I might die.&nbsp; Luckily I didn&#39;t.&nbsp; I got to the end of the road where I was supposed to turn east and I saw that it was gated.&nbsp; I had no choice but to go west.&nbsp; This would take me through the neighborhood.&nbsp; We were renting a cabin at a country club on the south side of town.&nbsp; After turning west, I started to feel a little better.&nbsp; The elevation leveled out and even started going downhill a bit.&nbsp; It had rained during the night and there were places on the road where I was running that it literally sounded like I was wearing spikes.&nbsp; I worried that I might wake up the neighbors.&nbsp; As I rounded a curve I passed this gentlemen out walking his dog.&nbsp; He was all bundled up.&nbsp; As he saw me coming he started to yell encouraging things at me in what I&#39;m guessing was a German accent.&nbsp; I can&#39;t remember everything he said but he said something about my muscles.&nbsp; Then he told me I was very brave for wearing shorts.&nbsp; I was very brave.&nbsp; Very brave indeed.</p> <p>I continued going and I had to look at my map on Strava to see what would be a good route.&nbsp; I could see that if I made a loop around the neighborhood that it would be right around 4 miles, and that seemed perfect.&nbsp; Once the loop turned back east again, I was heading uphill.&nbsp; There was a garbage truck that had passed me.&nbsp; It was trying to grab a garbage can that seemed just out of its range.&nbsp; He tried several times to get a good grip on it, but he finally had to get out and move it.&nbsp; I was able to pass him when he did and I saw another garbage can up the street that was tipped over.&nbsp; I decided to be a good Samaritan and pick it up for him.&nbsp; I lifted it and it felt quite empty.&nbsp; I took a quick look inside and it was completely empty.&nbsp; Then I realized it was a recycle bin.&nbsp; So no good deed goes unpunished, I guess.&nbsp;</p> <p>I finished the loop and actually felt pretty good about it.&nbsp; I wasn&#39;t overly frozen either.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2019 06:00:00 Sat, Mar 09, 2019 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-09-2019.html <p>There was another move this morning.&nbsp; It was in Maggie&#39;s new neighborhood, but a few streets down.&nbsp; We&#39;re supposed to be going out of town for vacation today, so my wife was a little upset that I was going to help.&nbsp; Well, there was a bunch of stuff to move and not a lot of people showed up.&nbsp; One guy told me that he&#39;s never been at a move for longer than an hour and a half, which is what we were going on.&nbsp; I told him my wife was going to be mad at me, so he kicked me off the job.&nbsp; I ran home and I saw Maggie&#39;s van parked in her driveway.&nbsp; Right before I got to my street Maggie drove by me.&nbsp; I waved and then I texted her to say that the only thing that offends me in this life is when someone I know sees me running while they&#39;re driving and they don&#39;t honk at me!&nbsp; :)</p> Sat, 09 Mar 2019 07:00:00 Thu, Mar 07, 2019 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-07-2019.html <p>My legs felt heavy this morning.&nbsp; It was nice out and slightly overcast.&nbsp; Yesterday when I crossed University I saw this group of 5 women all walking side by side.&nbsp; So they basically were taking up the entire path.&nbsp; And the path has got to be 15 feet wide at least.&nbsp; Today I saw the women again.&nbsp; Only there were just four of them.&nbsp; I asked them if they were missing one today and they giggled and said, &quot;Yep.&quot;</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2019 07:00:00 Wed, Mar 06, 2019 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-06-2019.html <p>My back was real sore this morning when I got up.&nbsp; I made sure to stretch out real good and roll it.&nbsp; I felt decent as I ran.&nbsp; My back didn&#39;t bother me, and I noticed my pace was about 13 seconds faster per mile than two days ago on this route.&nbsp; There were a lot of runners out this morning and they all had one thing in common.&nbsp; THEY WERE OLD!!&nbsp; I could see some clouds building up to the west of me.&nbsp; The more I ran the closer they got.&nbsp; When I turned back north again I could see a partial rainbow.&nbsp; If finally started to sprinkle with about 0.15 miles to go.&nbsp; Good day to be running.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Wed, 06 Mar 2019 07:00:00 Tue, Mar 05, 2019 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-05-2019.html <p>I felt blah today.&nbsp; My back was sore and I had to go potty.</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2019 07:00:00 Mon, Mar 04, 2019 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-04-2019.html <p>Emily didn&#39;t want to get on the bus today.&nbsp; She was still hungry after eating the eggs and potatoes mommy mader her.&nbsp; I had to use the bathroom real quick right before her bus came and by the time I got out I could see her trying to sneak some pancakes out of the fridge.&nbsp; I told her there was no time because her bus would be there in two minutes.&nbsp; That&#39;s when she decided she didn&#39;t want to go.&nbsp; I had to prod her out the door.&nbsp; She didn&#39;t fight me, but she started crying.&nbsp; I had offered to heat up half a pancake and let her eat it while she waited, which I did, but she wouldn&#39;t eat it.&nbsp; So I ate it.&nbsp; Anyway, she got on the bus and I started my run with half a pancake in my belly.&nbsp; I usually run on an empty stomach, but it didn&#39;t seem to bother me.&nbsp; This was the first time in forever that I ran with headphones on.&nbsp; I was listening to the Ben Shapiro Sunday Special from yesterday where he interviewed Dan Krenshaw.&nbsp; He&#39;s the congressman that SNL made fun of for having a pirate patch.&nbsp; I had my phone in my pocket, but after about three quarters of a mile I took it out because I heard an alert.&nbsp; Then I saw I was on a different screen, so I was afraid that if I left it in my pocket, I would mess up my settings, so I just carried it in my hand the rest of the way.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Mon, 04 Mar 2019 07:00:00 Sat, Mar 02, 2019 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-02-2019.html <p>You all remember Maggie from my Ragnar team?&nbsp; Of course you don&#39;t.&nbsp; Nobody reads this.&nbsp; Anyway, she moved out of the house she&#39;s in now.&nbsp; Her soon to be ex-husband will be keeping it.&nbsp; We helped move the heavy stuff this morning.&nbsp; I wore my running clothes so I could get a bit of a run in, but I didn&#39;t know how much I wanted to do after carrying heavy stuff.&nbsp; Anyway, we loaded all the stuff on to a trailer, and I jumped in the back of the trailer and rode down to her new house, which is probably less than a mile away.&nbsp; Or very close to a mile.&nbsp; After unloading her stuff I took the long way back to her house where I had left my car.&nbsp; It ended up being only 1.61 miles, but I felt a little stiff, so it was good enough.</p> Sat, 02 Mar 2019 07:00:00 Thu, Feb 28, 2019 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-02-28-2019.html <p>Two laps around the RWCD/Floodway paths.&nbsp; I set my phone on battery saver last night which apparently disables the GPS, so my Strava only recorded 0.1 miles.&nbsp; But at least it said my pace was sub 7.</p> Thu, 28 Feb 2019 07:00:00 Tue, Feb 26, 2019 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-02-26-2019.html <p>It was a beautiful day out today.&nbsp; Last week we got some snow in the high parts of the Valley, and it was cold.&nbsp; But it&#39;s warming back up now.&nbsp; I ran along the Floodway to Greenfield, turned around and down to Main, and turned back around again to home.&nbsp; Lots of people out walking and a few running.</p> Tue, 26 Feb 2019 07:00:00