Go, you chicken fat, go away! Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/ Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:00:40 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Tue, Sep 18, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-18-2018.html <p>I was able to do my &quot;5 Loop&quot; run today.&nbsp; I got up early and sat on the toilet for a while.&nbsp; A long while.&nbsp; Glad I did.&nbsp; I finally got out the door just shy of 6am.&nbsp; I ran north on the Floodway trail.&nbsp; I saw that deaf lady again.&nbsp; I think she&#39;s deaf.&nbsp; Maybe some day I&#39;ll ask her.&nbsp; I crossed Brown Road and right before merging on to the RWCD road I saw a little thing hopping across the trail.&nbsp; I thought it was a bug or something.&nbsp; Turns out it was a little toad, about 3/4&quot; long from head to haunches.&nbsp; I don&#39;t see a lot of those while I&#39;m out running.&nbsp; This very well may have been the first time.&nbsp; I paused to take a picture.&nbsp; The cute little guy wouldn&#39;t hold still.&nbsp; I started running again feeling decent.&nbsp; There were a lot of people out running today.&nbsp; One guy was running without a shirt on.&nbsp; He was tan and muscular.&nbsp; But he was running with his arms straight down.&nbsp; I thougt maybe he was carrying weights or something.&nbsp; But I think he may have been crippled.&nbsp; Good for him for getting out and getting some miles in.&nbsp; Right before the fence where I turn around at, this girl came through the other side of the fence.&nbsp; Her arms were flailing around.&nbsp; I thought she might have been dancing.&nbsp; Turns out she was talking on the phone with someone and she&#39;s the type of person that talks with her hands.&nbsp; I wondered if I could catch her.&nbsp; I touched the fence and turned around and noticed there was a young guy with mauve (maybe maroon, I&#39;m not good with colors) hair that was running pretty fast.&nbsp; I knew he would catch me and the girl, too.&nbsp; He did.&nbsp; As he passed me I said, &quot;You&#39;re pretty dang fast.&quot;&nbsp; He said, &quot;Thank you.&nbsp; It&#39;s a beautiful morning.&quot;&nbsp; It was a nice morning.&nbsp; I&#39;m glad it&#39;s been cooling down at nights somewhat because we&#39;re still getting over 100&ordm; days here.&nbsp; I wasn&#39;t able to catch the girl, not that I was trying.&nbsp; She was putting some distance between me even though sometimes she was weaving across the trail.&nbsp; But she stopped and turned around about an eigth of a mile from McKellips.&nbsp; I waved again at her and told her good job.&nbsp; I saw a few more runners on the way back.&nbsp; Some of them were using Strava and I am getting familiar with their little profile pic icons.&nbsp; The last mile was a bit of a struggle, but I maintained a decent pace most of the way.&nbsp; Most of my miles were under 10, and I haven&#39;t seen that for a while.</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 06:00:00 Mon, Sep 17, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-17-2018.html <p>I got sick Friday afternoon.&nbsp; My wife got sick Saturday.&nbsp; That covers everyone in the household.&nbsp; I texted Mike Friday evening telling him to check with me in the morning before coming over because I wasn&#39;t sure if I&#39;d be able to go.&nbsp; I wasn&#39;t.&nbsp; I still did things Saturday, like going to the baptism of one of my scouts and then out to eat at Applebee&#39;s with the family for my wife&#39;s birthday celebration.&nbsp; I was going to stay home from church Sunday, but I still went.&nbsp; I was feeling better this morning and thought about getting a long run in to make up for Saturday.&nbsp; But I didn&#39;t get out the door until after 6am, so I thought about just doing the 5 loop course.&nbsp; I changed my mind and decided to do the 3 loop course.&nbsp; But after a mile I changed it to the two loop course, and honestly would have been happy with the 1 loop course.</p> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 06:00:00 Fri, Sep 14, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-14-2018.html <p>I stretched out and had a nice liesurley jog today.&nbsp; But I finally ran 10:00 even pace.&nbsp; So it&#39;s good to see that even when I&#39;m not trying.&nbsp; It&#39;s also kinda funny to think that 10:00 is a good pace for me.&nbsp; I&#39;m old.</p> Fri, 14 Sep 2018 06:00:00 Thu, Sep 13, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-13-2018.html <p>Yesterday was my lovely wife&#39;s birthday, so I didn&#39;t run.&nbsp; We went to this sushi bar that has conveyor belts that run along the seating and you pick the food off that you want to eat as it goes by.&nbsp; I had some chocolate cakes and other goodies, too.&nbsp; I felt kinda blah again today.&nbsp; As I was heading north on the Floodway, I could see Rich Porter on the Canal road.&nbsp; He was walking.&nbsp; I ran up to Brown Road and turned south down the Canal road.&nbsp; We said hey and then he turned and started running with me.&nbsp; I was just going to do two loops today.&nbsp; Emily has been sick so I haven&#39;t had to get up as early and it was already after 8am.&nbsp; In fact, my wife didn&#39;t call the school early enough to cancel the bus, so I actually stopped the bus on my run and told her she was still sick.&nbsp; Anyway, we ran down to Adobe together which is where I planned on continuing south down the Canal road, but Rich turned to go back into the neighborhood.&nbsp; I decided I would run with him to his house.&nbsp; He asked me which way I was going.&nbsp; I told him I was only planning on doing 2.5 miles, but I would do whatever.&nbsp; He was only going to do 3 miles, but we passed his house and went down to Higley Road.&nbsp; I figured we&#39;d just turn around and go to his house, but he again asked which way I was going so I said, &quot;Let&#39;s run down to University, then down to the the Floodway and come back around.&nbsp; That would be about another mile.&nbsp; It was a good talk.&nbsp; I didn&#39;t know he&#39;d been out of work since January.&nbsp; I pray that he finds something soon.</p> Thu, 13 Sep 2018 06:00:00 Tue, Sep 11, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-11-2018.html <p>We had the full time missionaries from our church over for dinner last night.&nbsp; My wife asked me what she should make and I told her to make her world famous stuffed french toast.&nbsp; She said it&#39;s not keto.&nbsp; I said that&#39;s ok.&nbsp; So I was feeling it this morning.&nbsp; Again.&nbsp; The run didn&#39;t feel great, but I realized when I was done that my pace was decent.&nbsp; A little faster than normal.&nbsp; Definitely faster than yesterday.</p> Tue, 11 Sep 2018 06:00:00 Mon, Sep 10, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-10-2018.html <p>I ate too much junk food over the weekend.&nbsp; I wasn&#39;t feeling great, but I trudged through my miles anyway.&nbsp; My pace was about the same as my pace from Saturday.&nbsp; There were a lot of people out this morning.</p> Mon, 10 Sep 2018 06:00:00 Sat, Sep 08, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-08-2018.html <p>I got the jump on Mike again this morning.&nbsp; I was ahead of him for the first 0.6 miles.&nbsp; Then he caught up to me.&nbsp; But then he had to stop to tie his shoe so I passed him.&nbsp; He passed me again at 0.9 miles.&nbsp; His first mile was 8:57.&nbsp; Mine was 10:50, almost 2 minutes slower.&nbsp; I think he was running fast to catch up to me because his second mile was 10:40 and mine was 11:48, barely a minute faster.&nbsp; Again his third mile was 10:26 and mine was 11:36.&nbsp; So I was able to keep him in my sights almost the entire way up the hill.&nbsp; When I finally lost sight of him about half quarter of a mile from the top, I could see a couple of runners coming down.&nbsp; I wondered if one of them was Mike.&nbsp; But it was two girls.&nbsp; Mike was about a tenth of a mile behind them.&nbsp; I was hoping I&#39;d be able to see more than just Mike on the way down.&nbsp; But the thing about Mike, he&#39;s very competitive.&nbsp; He made sure to catch up to the girls and pass them.&nbsp; I only saw momentary glimpses of them on the way down.&nbsp; This was my fastest time on this route this year, but it seems it may have been Mike&#39;s also.&nbsp; He even went sub 8 on one of his downhill miles, while my fastest was a 9:21.&nbsp; But progress is progress.&nbsp; So as we were driving up the hill to go home we saw this girl running down.&nbsp; About a half mile later we saw this other girl.&nbsp; Mike was like, &quot;Didn&#39;t we just see her?&quot;&nbsp; Later while looking at my Strava Flyby&#39;s I realized they were twins.&nbsp; So I text Mike, &quot;Those girls were twins!&quot;&nbsp; Except I sent it to my elder&#39;s quorum group instead of Mike :(</p> Sat, 08 Sep 2018 06:00:00 Thu, Sep 06, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-06-2018.html <p>Today&#39;s run was eventful.&nbsp; And by eventful I mean full of events.&nbsp; First, I almost got attacked by a dog.&nbsp; But I&#39;m not afraid of dogs.&nbsp; I saw a lady up the path, but then she disappeared.&nbsp; When I got closer I could see that she had got off the path and went over to the bank of the Floodway.&nbsp; Her dog was not on a leash.&nbsp; By the time she saw me and realized that her dog was running up to me, she had that, &quot;Oh, crap&quot; look in her eye.&nbsp; (BTW - I&#39;ve always felt like crap is a cuss word, so I never say it.&nbsp; Typing it is different, right?)&nbsp; Well, the dog just ran up and sniffed me.&nbsp; The lady, after seeing that it didn&#39;t bite me, started nervously laughing and assured me that the dog doesn&#39;t bite, although she sounded like she was trying to convince herself.&nbsp; All in all, I saw a total of four unleashed dogs.&nbsp; Two of them sniffed me.&nbsp; I felt like I was running stronger than normal today.&nbsp; I think I was.&nbsp; More on that later.&nbsp; Right before I got to Greenfield I could see someone running on Greenfield.&nbsp; But they stopped and walked right before I crossed.&nbsp; Luckily there was a break in the traffic right when I got there so I didn&#39;t have to stop.&nbsp; I kept going and I think it was him, maybe it was someone else, caught up to me and left me in the dust.&nbsp; After a mile I could tell they were about a quarter mile ahead of me.&nbsp; So, my son is a pot head.&nbsp; He likes to go in the &quot;sun room&quot; and do his thing.&nbsp; Sometimes I walk in there after he&#39;s recently been in there, and it stinks.&nbsp; This morning it smelled like pot outside.&nbsp; Maybe it was just the orange groves.&nbsp; Or maybe that smell was stuck in my nose.&nbsp; Anway, I crossed McKellips and I could see this guy coming down the path sitting on a cart being pulled by a horse.&nbsp; He waved as we passed each other and I recognized him.&nbsp; He was this 80+ year old man that lives down the street.&nbsp; He&#39;s a real good friend of my wife&#39;s best friend, Dartell.&nbsp; The reason I know that is because I had a run in with him while I worked as a zanjero.&nbsp; Apparently one night I short changed his order.&nbsp; I didn&#39;t think I did, but later looking back, I realized that I had.&nbsp; Someone else had ordered water downstream of him, so I pulled the board early that I needed to split the water for the other customer.&nbsp; When that happened it took a while to build the water level back up in the canal and he lost probably 15 minutes worth of water.&nbsp; Well, the next order he had two weeks later, he really let me have it.&nbsp; I mean he was just running me down telling me how crummy of a job I was doing.&nbsp; I could have ignored him, but he was being a total jerk, so I had words back at him.&nbsp; Anyway, it wasn&#39;t pleasant.&nbsp; But two weeks later, when I had realized what I did and it was indeed my fault, I apologized to him and he apologized to me.&nbsp; He said that&#39;s not the type of person he is.&nbsp; I was going to take a picture of him before I realized who it was, because it&#39;s not often that you see a horse and cart on the Canal path.&nbsp; But I opted not to.&nbsp; I kept running and got to the turn around point which is a chain link fence.&nbsp; I always touch the fence as I turn.&nbsp; Today I didn&#39;t really look at the fence as I reached for it.&nbsp; I almost missed it.&nbsp; I spent the next quarter mile contemplating on whether or not I would have turned around to touch the fence if I had missed it.&nbsp; I think I decided I would not have.&nbsp; I was heading back south and I could see old man Hatch coming back.&nbsp; This time I decided I would take the picture so that I could send it to Dartell.&nbsp; As we were passing I asked him if he knew Dartell.&nbsp; He didn&#39;t understand me so he stopped the horse.&nbsp; I had gone a few strides past him, but I stopped, too.&nbsp; I had to ask him a couple more times before he understood.&nbsp; Dartell is an uncommon name.&nbsp; He said he did.&nbsp; They shared the same birthday.&nbsp; We talked for about 10 minutes.&nbsp; I told him that I used to work for RWCD and that we had met before.&nbsp; But I didn&#39;t tell him that it was me that he ran down.&nbsp; I think we got closure on that already.&nbsp; So, he said he needed to get going and I looked at my phone and saw that it was 6:30am and I needed to be home by 7am to wake up my daughters for school.&nbsp; I was only 2.25 miles from home, so it wouldn&#39;t be a problem.&nbsp; But the whole time I was praying (not literally) that my Strava&#39;s autopause was working.&nbsp; I think it did, but my overall pace is probably off by a few seconds.&nbsp; Maybe.&nbsp; I ran a 10:01 pace per Strava, so maybe it was slightly under a 10 pace?&nbsp; Oh well.&nbsp; With just under three quarters of a mile to go this lady runner was coming up on me.&nbsp; I waved and said hello.&nbsp; The way she said hello back to me made me think she was deaf or partially deaf.&nbsp; With about half a mile to go I could see two more runners coming up on me.&nbsp; They were kind of chuckling.&nbsp; I wondered briefly if they were laughing at me.&nbsp; After they passed I looked down at my shorts.&nbsp; These were my shorty shorts that I don&#39;t wear very often, but there weren&#39;t any other clean ones.&nbsp; I was sweating so bad that it looked like I had peed myself.&nbsp; So, maybe they were laughing at me.&nbsp; Can&#39;t blame them.&nbsp; I got home and had to go through a bunch of screens in my Strava to get back to the stop mode.&nbsp; It had turned on again in my pocket, but at least it didn&#39;t stop like last time.&nbsp; I finally have put a lock on my phone now, so hopefully it won&#39;t happen anymore.&nbsp; The time that it took me to finally stop the recording allowed me to see that my wife was coming home from her run/walk.&nbsp; I went down the street and ran the last 100 yards with her.&nbsp; Then I jumped in the pool.&nbsp; So, that&#39;s it.&nbsp; And if you read all this, you must have a lot of time on your hands.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Sep 2018 06:00:00 Mon, Sep 03, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-03-2018.html <p>It&#39;s a holiday.&nbsp; No school for the kids.&nbsp; I felt like doing a longer run than normal even though it was 7am before I finally got out.&nbsp; It rained last night so I knew it would be humid.&nbsp; I kept a nice easy pace.&nbsp; There were a lot of walkers out and a few runners.&nbsp; And a couple of cyclist, one of which was crusing pretty fast.&nbsp; This was on&nbsp; the Canal path so I don&#39;t know how he was going that fast.&nbsp; I thought maybe he had a motor on his bike but I couldn&#39;t hear anything.&nbsp; Anyway, I saw a pack of condoms on the side of the road when I crossed McKellips.&nbsp; They looked like they were two to three sizes larger than I would need, so I left them there.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Mon, 03 Sep 2018 06:00:00 Sat, Sep 01, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-01-2018.html <p>I went to bed early and had no problem getting up when the alarm went off.&nbsp; There were a lot of bugs out this morning.&nbsp; One flew in my mouth.&nbsp; I started about a minute before Mike and was ahead of him for the first mile.&nbsp; I thought about what I&#39;d say to him when he caught up to me, but when he did it was just awkward silence.&nbsp; There was a lot of runners and cyclists out this morning.&nbsp; All of the cars seemed to be coming in groups.&nbsp; I guess that makes sense because they all probably get stuck ath the stoplight together.&nbsp; Anyway, I would tell the other runners I saw good job and they all seemed pretty friendly.&nbsp; Runners.&nbsp; Gotta love &#39;em.&nbsp; So when I got to almost the top, my sweaty pocket stopped my Strava.&nbsp; As I was running back down I could hear my phone making noises so I pulled it out and didn&#39;t think to look to see if my Strava was stopped.&nbsp; About a half mile before the bottom I finally looked at it and realized it had turned off.&nbsp; So I turned it back on and it only recorded 4 miles.&nbsp; Boo!&nbsp; But I think I fixed it.&nbsp; I just would have liked to have been able to compare my times from last week.&nbsp; I guess it&#39;s time to put a code on my phone.</p> Sat, 01 Sep 2018 06:00:00 Fri, Aug 31, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-08-31-2018.html <p>Yesterday I purposely ran fast and today I purposely ran slow.&nbsp; Hoping for a nice run tomorrow.&nbsp; For the last week I&#39;ve seen a gaggle of men&#39;s socks strewn all over the path.&nbsp; I think a frustrated housewife must&#39;ve given up on finding their matches and decided to get rid of them.&nbsp; Her husband must be a slob.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Fri, 31 Aug 2018 06:00:00 Thu, Aug 30, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-08-30-2018.html <p>If I were to guess, I&#39;d say this is the first time I&#39;ve run over two miles in under a 10 minute pace this entire year.&nbsp; Maybe even for a couple of years.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Thu, 30 Aug 2018 06:00:00 Tue, Aug 28, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-08-28-2018.html <p>Tried taking Herby on a run with me.&nbsp; He&#39;s the worst.</p> Tue, 28 Aug 2018 06:00:00 Sat, Aug 25, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-08-25-2018.html <p>Usery Pass.&nbsp; We got there a little earlier than normal.&nbsp; I took off a little before Mike.&nbsp; I beat him to the stop sign, but then he went ahead of me.&nbsp; He ended up beating me by 10 minutes.&nbsp; But this was my fastest pace this year on this route.&nbsp; I guess I&#39;m getting more and more in shape.&nbsp; I paused once to take a photo of the moon.&nbsp; I don&#39;t know what phase it was in, but it looked pretty full.&nbsp; I enjoyed watching it go down.&nbsp; I beat the sunrise.&nbsp; The run felt very good and doesn&#39;t seem like that big of a deal anymore.</p> Sat, 25 Aug 2018 06:00:00 Wed, Aug 22, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-08-22-2018.html <p>3 Loops again.&nbsp; My lower back was hurting a little bit today.&nbsp; I passed these two ladies walking together.&nbsp; I&#39;m guessing they walked along the Floodway trail up to Brown Rd. turned around and walked to University, then turned back.&nbsp; I passed them again later on the way back and said, &quot;Good morning again!&quot;&nbsp; That means they covered about 1.75 miles in the time it took me to cover 3 miles.</p> Wed, 22 Aug 2018 06:00:00 Tue, Aug 21, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-08-21-2018.html <p>Did my 3 loops today.&nbsp; I saw so many ants.&nbsp; I wondered if they were getting ready for it to rain.&nbsp; But it hasn&#39;t rained yet.&nbsp; My wife, who got out before I did, said it rained a little on her.&nbsp; So maybe they were doing damage control.&nbsp; So humid.</p> Tue, 21 Aug 2018 06:00:00 Sat, Aug 18, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-08-18-2018.html <p>Alarm went off at 3:30am.&nbsp; Hit snooze once.&nbsp; Got up.&nbsp; Sat on the toilet for quite a while due to Mexican food yesterday.&nbsp; Got a text from Mike at 3:50am that he was here.&nbsp; Told him I&#39;d be out shortly.&nbsp; Got on the road at 4:00am and started running at 4:26am.&nbsp; I noticed a large amount of moths flying around and getting plastered against Mike&#39;s windshield.&nbsp; I wondered if they&#39;d be attracted to our headlamps.&nbsp; They weren&#39;t a problem.&nbsp; This was my fastest run on this route this year.&nbsp; First time being under 11 min. pace.&nbsp;&nbsp; Mike got to the top of Usery about 0.4 miles before me.&nbsp; As I approached the top I could see another headlamp.&nbsp; I thought it was a cyclist, but it kept going out, then it would come back on.&nbsp; I realized it was a guy getting ready to run.&nbsp; There&#39;s a place where you can park on the side of the road about a tenth of a mile from the top.&nbsp; He took off before I got to the top and turned around.&nbsp; How do I know?&nbsp; Strava.&nbsp; I never caught him.&nbsp; But I did get caught by three other runners on the downhill.&nbsp; Only one of them was a Strava user, but I wondered if they were all in the same group because they all started from the top and ran down.&nbsp; The first guy was huge.&nbsp; Like very muscular.&nbsp; Looked like a defensive end.&nbsp; The next guy was also huge, but not as muscly.&nbsp; He looked more like a lineman.&nbsp; They caught me within the first half mile of the downhill.&nbsp; Mike said they almost caught him, but he sped up so they wouldn&#39;t.&nbsp; The last one was a girl.&nbsp; I kept hearing footsteps behind me and would turn around to look but couldn&#39;t see anyone.&nbsp; Finally I saw her.&nbsp; She was wearing all black with very little reflective gear.&nbsp; She had headphones in, but she said hi.&nbsp; She passed me with just over 2 miles to go and I kept her in my sights the whole time.&nbsp; With about 1.2 miles to go a runner was coming uphill.&nbsp; He said good morning to me.&nbsp; Turns out, thank you Strava, it was the husband of one of my former Ragnar teammates.&nbsp;</p> <p>I felt real good this morning except for wanting to drink some water and thinking I needed to go potty again during the last half mile.&nbsp; It was nice to finish before sunrise today.</p> Sat, 18 Aug 2018 06:00:00