Go, you chicken fat, go away! Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/ Mon, 27 Jan 2020 21:25:29 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Sat, Jan 25, 2020 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-25-2020.html <p>Next Friday is the last Del Sol Ragnar Relay.&nbsp; I wanted to have a confidence booster so I asked Mike to drop me off at the top of Usery so I could run home.&nbsp; Glen finally rejoined us to test out his knee.&nbsp; He and Mike ran 8 miles together at a slower pace than normal.&nbsp; I&#39;m worried I might have to switch legs with him for Ragnar.&nbsp; We&#39;ll see.&nbsp; But that&#39;s why I wanted to make sure I could do a 10+ run without a problem.</p> <p>They dropped me off and I briefly stretched out.&nbsp; I took a quick tinkle and headed down.&nbsp; I started to think about whether or not they would drive by me when they were done.&nbsp; But I realized that I would probably be a mile in to it by the time they even started.&nbsp; And if my wife runs the 7.4 miles, which she did, I would probably be over 9 miles by that point.&nbsp; It would take them another 20 or 25 minutes to drive back, so I should easily be able to get home before they did.</p> <p>I started thinking about coyotes, but for some reason my mind switched to javelinas.&nbsp; I was running on the west side of the road which was with traffic.&nbsp; I knew it would be about 2.5 miles before the road split and I could run on a sidewalk.&nbsp; Since there&#39;s so much less traffic that comes this way (everyone is either heading to the lake or out of town) I hoped I might even be able to get there before someone drove past me.&nbsp; I got about a quarter of a mile away before a car finally did.&nbsp; And as evidence by the fact that I&#39;m writing this entry, I did not die.&nbsp;</p> <p>Now I was starting to get into a more rural area, so I was starting to see more people out.&nbsp; That was nice.&nbsp; Also, there were street lights and I could have taken off my headlamp, but I kept it on for a while.&nbsp; I got to Brown Rd. and knew I was at the 4 mile mark and was pretty confident none of the other runners had reached the top yet.&nbsp; I contemplated texting them to let them know, but I didn&#39;t.&nbsp; I ran by Hilltop and remembered that out of the 4 times I&#39;ve attempted this run (this being the 4th) I&#39;ve only completed it once.&nbsp; One time I had to call my wife right here because my knee started to bother me.&nbsp; To be honest, my legs weren&#39;t feeling great, but I was confident that if I kept running nice and easy, I could get home without a problem.&nbsp;</p> <p>Now came basically the only extended amount of uphill climb.&nbsp; It doesn&#39;t even show up on Strava as uphill because it&#39;s artificial uphill in that it&#39;s a bridge over the 202 Freeway.&nbsp; I reminded myself that if I felt tired, it was because I was running uphill.&nbsp; But it wasn&#39;t bad at all.&nbsp; I also knew that this was the half way point.&nbsp; Now is where things got exciting.</p> <p>There&#39;s a steep downhill after the freeway.&nbsp; I was cruising down and I looked in the median of the road and spotted a javelina.&nbsp; I immediately recognized it as one because they were already on my brain.&nbsp; Now, javelinas are not like coyotes in that they can be aggressive.&nbsp; Coyotes will pretty much leave you alone unless they&#39;re rabid.&nbsp; But javelinas will charge you although they have poor eyesight.&nbsp; So I stopped to take a picture, but was cautious and kept my distance.&nbsp; I figured if it started chasing me I would run out in the street and hope a car came by so I could flag it down or something.&nbsp; I pulled my phone out of my pocket and it was soaking wet with sweat.&nbsp; All the sweat on the screen was making it hard to turn the camera mode on.&nbsp; I finally found a dry spot to wipe it off and was able to snap a picture.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://dgtzuqphqg23d.cloudfront.net/1Iz0jtof3ghrYeNpexXW99oJtKuPnuZg2evrJFV6Xrg-1536x2048.jpg" style="width: 384px; height: 512px;" /></p> <p>My glasses started fogging up a little, too.&nbsp; I noticed that when I would move a little, the javelina would get nervous and start to go away in the opposite direction.&nbsp; It seemed to be eating something.&nbsp; It was just starting to get light out and I couldn&#39;t make out what it was.&nbsp; Was it a bush?&nbsp; Was it another javelina?&nbsp; I didn&#39;t want to scare it out into traffic so I waited until it was clear.&nbsp; Then I stepped toward it and it scampered off across the street.&nbsp; Now I could go out into the median to see what the lump was.&nbsp; It was in fact another javelina.&nbsp; Dead.&nbsp; Most likely hit by a vehicle and it&#39;s buddy had no choice but to eat him.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://dgtzuqphqg23d.cloudfront.net/ep5Kj3ohwyQy1v9mZG5S8K10iKMf1GzyiT7dsCKq1gE-1536x2048.jpg" style="width: 384px; height: 512px;" /></p> <p>I sent the rest of the team the pictures.&nbsp; My wife texted me back to show me that this was her fastest run going uphill.&nbsp; She had probably just gotten to the top at that point.&nbsp; I started running again and reached my daughter&#39;s high school.&nbsp; The track team was out doing an early morning run.&nbsp; They were all very friendly as they ran by.&nbsp; Power Road is 3.1 miles from my house.&nbsp; Just a 5k to go.&nbsp; I was feeling good.&nbsp; I had taken off my headlamp at this point so I had my phone in my left pocket and my water bottle and headlamp in my right pocket.&nbsp;</p> <p>It looks like Mike and Glen finished when I got half way between Power and Recker.&nbsp; So I still had 2.6, maybe 2.7 miles to go.&nbsp; I got to Higley and took a picture of the intersection.&nbsp; I texted it to the team and tried to say &quot;1 mile to go&quot;, but again my screen was so wet that I couldn&#39;t get the 1 to work.&nbsp; It kept recognizing 2.&nbsp; So I just texted the picture so they could figure it out for themselves.&nbsp; According to Strava, Vickie finished when I had 0.6 miles to go.&nbsp; I took my gloves off and stuffed them in my right pocket.&nbsp; I took another swig of water and had just a little bit left, so I crumpled up the water bottle as much as I could, put the lid back on and stuffed it in my right pocket, too.&nbsp;&nbsp; It must&#39;ve fallen out shortly thereafter.&nbsp; I turned on 48th and ran the last 0.6 miles and texted Vickie to see where she was at.&nbsp; She responded saying that they were waiting for Alyssa still.&nbsp; Alyssa ran 8 miles real slow.&nbsp; So I ended up beating them home by 30+ minutes.&nbsp; I went inside to find Emily watching Peppa Pig, eating an ice cream sandwich for her breakfast.</p> Sat, 25 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Fri, Jan 24, 2020 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-24-2020.html <p>I&#39;ve just been doing two loops all week because I want to be able to run a 10 miler tomorrow.&nbsp; But my legs felt like lead today.&nbsp; Is it weather?&nbsp; Old age?<br /> &nbsp;</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Thu, Jan 23, 2020 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-23-2020.html <p>It was a nice morning out.&nbsp; A tiny bit of fog.&nbsp; No coyotes.&nbsp; There were a bunch of people out today.&nbsp; I saw the two old ladies that I&#39;ve been seeing a lot lately.&nbsp; They run together and I&#39;m slightly faster than they are.&nbsp; Then I saw another lady running towards me.&nbsp; I don&#39;t think I&#39;ve seen her before.&nbsp; Then I could see someone sitting on the Floodway path from the other side.&nbsp; I thought it was Jeff.&nbsp; I haven&#39;t seen him very much.&nbsp; The last time I saw him was Saturday when I drove by there.&nbsp; I ran further and saw Jeff near University.&nbsp; Yesterday there was a huge accident right here as a car hit a city bus.&nbsp; The police had it taped off.&nbsp; But it was open this morning.&nbsp; So the person sitting on the path was not Jeff.&nbsp; Turned out it was some guy with a skateboard and a hoodie playing a game on his phone.&nbsp; After that there was a gaggle of old people on their walk.&nbsp; I saw them yesterday, too.&nbsp; Anyway, it was a nice day to be outside.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Wed, Jan 22, 2020 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-22-2020.html <p>This might be long, depending on how many details I decide to share.</p> <p>So yesterday we bought a house.&nbsp; It&#39;s the house we&#39;ve currently been renting for the last 6 years.&nbsp; The recession hit us hard and we lost our last house, so we&#39;ve been renting ever since.&nbsp; To celebrate we went to Buca di Beppo.&nbsp; But before we did that I had to take Herbie on his daily walk.&nbsp; It had been lightly raining for most of the day.&nbsp; Sometimes Herbie likes to pull real hard on his leash.&nbsp; Well, a lot of the time.&nbsp; I always have to be real careful when he walk down into the Floodway because it&#39;s steep and he tries to go so fast.&nbsp; But because of the rain, it was slick and he pulled hard which caused me to slip.&nbsp; I scratched up my arm some, but I was more mad than anything.&nbsp; He kept wanting to pull hard, and I just wanted to kick him, buy you know, animal cruelty and stuff.</p> <p>After a little bit he started to pull real hard.&nbsp; Now I know he only does this when he sees a coyote, so I started looking for one, but it was dark out.&nbsp; Then I saw it near the bottom of the west bank of the Floodway.&nbsp; It trotted over toward the middle and stopped on the trail in the middle.&nbsp; We got pretty close to it before it ran off.&nbsp; We chased it a little bit.&nbsp; I figured I was going to have to change my shirt anyway since I slipped in the mud.&nbsp; If I start to sweat a little, what&#39;s the harm?&nbsp; We chased it to the east side of the Floodway where it ran up the bank, went about 10 feet north and then came back down.&nbsp; We followed it a little more and then we saw another coyote.&nbsp; So we chased that one, too.&nbsp; They weren&#39;t running away to try and get away.&nbsp; They were just running enough so we couldn&#39;t catch them.&nbsp; But then I noticed that once we stopped chasing one, I would turn around and the other one would be right behind us.&nbsp; Not only that, but now there was a third one.&nbsp;</p> <p>They say coyotes aren&#39;t pack animals, but they certainly do hang out together.&nbsp; But what I noticed is that they separate from each other instead of hanging together to fight together.&nbsp; So we&#39;d chase one and then we&#39;d turn around and see the other two surrounding us.&nbsp; It was like they were velociraptoring us.&nbsp; I finally convinced Herbie to just walk away, but they were following us.&nbsp; So we&#39;d chase them off, but they still stayed close by.&nbsp; I think the closest we got to one was about 8 feet away.&nbsp; I tried to take some video, but it was too dark.</p> <p>Fast forward to this morning.&nbsp; I had gotten dressed to go on my run.&nbsp; Vickie had already left for hers.&nbsp; She texted me to say that it was foggy out and it was kind of eerie.&nbsp; I immediately took Herbie out back for his morning pee, but it wasn&#39;t foggy out.&nbsp; I figured it was probably only real foggy out near the Floodway where the fog likes to settle in the channel.&nbsp; So I rushed Herbie back inside and fed him.&nbsp; I didn&#39;t want to miss the fog before it lifted.&nbsp; I didn&#39;t even stretch today, which I always do before I run.&nbsp; I got to the Floodway and sure enough, there was fog.&nbsp; I snapped a picture.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://dgtzuqphqg23d.cloudfront.net/TK-JmcTHd8wSDqsTYPaVPmGSKzz44ryZyLrQLTAcDV8-1536x2048.jpg" style="width: 384px; height: 512px;" /></p> <p>Up ahead on the path you can see a couple and their dog.&nbsp; As I got nearer to them, I saw a coyote run out in front of them on the path.&nbsp; I asked them if they saw it when I passed them and they did not.&nbsp; I ran to where I had seen it and it was still there on the top of the bank.&nbsp; Plus, there was another coyote with it.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://dgtzuqphqg23d.cloudfront.net/9jPQbDnHQ4DF48pg6HSluTwBmTvGi9cmQEbFVPVFn2A-1536x2048.jpg" style="width: 384px; height: 512px;" /></p> <p>I pointed them out to the couple and then I saw another one on the opposite side of the Floodway.&nbsp; I titled my run on Strava - Coyotes in the Mist.&nbsp; I ran up to Brown, crossed the Floodway, and headed back south.&nbsp; I had seen the coyotes at the half way point between Adobe and Brown, so I kept my eyes open to see them again.&nbsp; They had all moved down about an eight of a mile south towards Adobe.&nbsp; Now they were all on the west bank together.&nbsp; I took some more pictures.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://dgtzuqphqg23d.cloudfront.net/Y9aNlzdiIyDWe7khMoRyBz2aOhAr5xL5kL9XSjiVSYo-1536x2048.jpg" style="width: 384px; height: 512px;" /><br /> You can see all three of them in this picture.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://dgtzuqphqg23d.cloudfront.net/ANOvnOL7tjvWehU5dyWfVYXfgJbZBGNrCEK7gGTU6lk-1536x2048.jpg" style="width: 384px; height: 512px;" /></p> <p>There are two of them in this picture.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://dgtzuqphqg23d.cloudfront.net/kgDhKUm84-T2CWW6-swjIu1duEK7oXsW7Gz2rUc7JsY-1536x2048.jpg" style="width: 384px; height: 512px;" /></p> <p>I couldn&#39;t stay much longer because my glasses started to fog up and I couldn&#39;t see anymore.&nbsp; I&#39;m guessing they were the same three from last night, but who knows?</p> <p>I crossed Adobe and saw a group of old men walking towards me.&nbsp; I told them about the coyotes.&nbsp; Then I saw Vickie running towards me.&nbsp; We stopped and kissed and I showed her my pictures.</p> <p>The End.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Tue, Jan 21, 2020 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-21-2020.html <p>Just two nice and easy loops today.&nbsp; It had been raining, but it was mostly done by 7am when I went running.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Mon, Jan 20, 2020 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-20-2020.html <p>MLK Day.&nbsp; No school.&nbsp; My wife and I went to Hilltop and just did one climb.&nbsp; On the way down I was following this Native American lady and there was this old man on the trail in front of us.&nbsp; When he saw us coming he moved over and said to the lady, &quot;I&#39;m watching out for.&nbsp; There&#39;s Indians around.&nbsp; I&#39;ve spotted a few.&quot;</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Sat, Jan 18, 2020 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-18-2020.html <p>Two more weeks until Ragnar.&nbsp; It was me, Vickie, Maggie, Alyssa, and Mike this morning.&nbsp; I hope Glen is all right.&nbsp; This is two weeks in a row that he&#39;s missed.&nbsp; He came and paid me for the race last week and told me he might have tweaked his knee.</p> <p>It was cold again, but I was just wearing shorts and a T-shirt.&nbsp; I was having to adjust my new reflective straps the entire run as they kept falling off my shoulders.&nbsp; Luckily I only have one night run during Ragnar.&nbsp; Or unluckily, depending on how you look at it.&nbsp; But from a strap adjusting viewpoint, it&#39;s luckily.&nbsp;</p> <p>We all kind of left pretty close to the same time with Alyssa being the last to leave.&nbsp; I&#39;m always worried about her because she is diabetic.&nbsp; But she&#39;s pushing through.&nbsp; My legs have been sore all week.&nbsp; I haven&#39;t given them a rest.&nbsp; So my pace was a bit on the slow side, but not as bad as last week.&nbsp; I warmed up and wasn&#39;t that cold until I turned around and discovered a nice breeze in my face.&nbsp; But it warmed up again the further downhill I went.&nbsp; Mike had gone 8 miles, which meant he had passed my going downhill right before I got to the top.&nbsp; I tried to keep him in sight on the way down, but he&#39;s too fast, and he finished just over a half mile ahead of me.&nbsp; No horses again today.&nbsp; But I did hear coyotes yipping when we first got there.</p> <p>Everyone pretty much went to the top and back.&nbsp; Alyssa was the last to finish.&nbsp; She wasn&#39;t too far behind Vickie and Maggie, which is good.&nbsp; Then we all chatted for about 10 minutes before we decided we were too cold and went home.</p> Sat, 18 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Fri, Jan 17, 2020 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-17-2020.html <p>Just two loops today.&nbsp; I want to feel fresh for tomorrow.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Thu, Jan 16, 2020 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-16-2020.html <p>It was 49&ordm; this morning.&nbsp; But it was also completely overcast and dark.&nbsp; It made for a beautiful run even though I couldn&#39;t see anything.&nbsp; My legs are sore still, so I took it nice and slow.&nbsp; I have done the same route for the last three days; three loops on the RWCD/Floodway roads.&nbsp; When I was heading north and crossed University, I saw that the vehicular gate was open.&nbsp; I looked ahead and could see the tail lights of a truck.&nbsp; As I kept running, the truck turned around.&nbsp; Now its headlights were shining at me.&nbsp; When I got real close it was hard to see due to the glare.&nbsp; I came about 20 feet from running into this couple.&nbsp; I had to swerve around them.&nbsp; I got home and my wife had just finished her run, too.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Wed, Jan 15, 2020 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-15-2020.html <p>It appears my Strava glitched slightly today, so, I&#39;m entering in my distance from yesterday since I ran the same route.&nbsp; It felt like work again today, but that&#39;s a good thing.&nbsp; I was heading north along the Floodway path and I spotted a coyote in the bottom of the Floodway.&nbsp; I stopped and took a picture and watched as it went to the other side of the Floodway where I would be shortly.&nbsp; I ran to the other side and watched it some more and all of the sudden I saw another one running right by where I was just moments ago on the other side of the Floodway.&nbsp; How did I miss it?&nbsp; I&nbsp; watched them both run south down the middle of the Floodway while I continued running myself.&nbsp; Then I saw a third coyote.&nbsp; I wasn&#39;t able to get a picture with all of them together.&nbsp; I saw a guy walking his dog and asked him if he sawa the three coyotes.&nbsp; He said he only saw two.&nbsp;</p> <p>Right before getting back to Adobe I noticed the Canal was filled with water.&nbsp; I was so preoccupied with the coyotes that I failed to realize they were putting water back into the Canal after having it dry for about a month.&nbsp; I continued south down the Canal road and I spotted my forth coyote sitting on top of the bank on the other side of the Floodway.&nbsp; So that&#39;s the four I usually see.&nbsp; I guess.&nbsp; I wonder how far up and down the Canal they go.&nbsp; Like, I wonder if that day that I saw 5 of them, if any of the 5 were the same ones I saw today.&nbsp; Or is there just a bunch of coyotes haning around the Canal.</p> <p>I should go check on my chickens now and make sure they&#39;re all right.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Tue, Jan 14, 2020 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-14-2020.html <p>I woke up at 5am and got out the door at 7am.&nbsp; It felt cold today, but it said it was 40&ordm;.&nbsp; Sometimes you just got to trust that you&#39;ll warm up while you&#39;re running.&nbsp;</p> <p>My legs felt heavy today.&nbsp; My pace was much slower than yesterday.&nbsp; When I crossed University heading south, I spotted a coyote ahead of me on the Canal road.&nbsp; I immediately grabbed my camera.&nbsp; I zoomed it all the way out because I was afraid I would scare it away and wouldn&#39;t get a good picture.&nbsp; I took a couple of pictures and it spotted me, but then it started coming towards me.&nbsp; I thought, &quot;How close is this guy gonna get?&quot;&nbsp; Then it finally went down in to the Floodway.&nbsp; I got about 15 feet away from it and beckoned it to come to me so I could pet it.&nbsp; There were two other runners coming towards me.&nbsp; I recognized them as the two ladies I raced last week.&nbsp; All of the sudden there went another coyote speeding down the middle of the Floodway.&nbsp; As soon as it passed the first coyote, they both took off.&nbsp; I yelled at the ladies, &quot;You scared them away!&quot;&nbsp; They laughed and said they thought it was my dog until they saw me taking pictures of it.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://dgtzuqphqg23d.cloudfront.net/YFJK_sJ8Mmqq6UZO7eZsWHZtc7Q8Vxlu7CDbqWWhu94-1536x2048.jpg" style="width: 384px; height: 512px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="https://dgtzuqphqg23d.cloudfront.net/vbQsWYtfU2m86KQiAc8EZfO1ZxLk91xeEZckK00ER-U-1536x2048.jpg" style="width: 384px; height: 512px;" /></p> Tue, 14 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Mon, Jan 13, 2020 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-13-2020.html <p>Our team didn&#39;t run on Saturday.&nbsp; Everyone was sick.&nbsp; I decided to do a &quot;longer&quot; run today.&nbsp; It felt like work, but I&#39;m happy with my pace.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Sat, Jan 11, 2020 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-11-2020.html <p>Emily came and crawled into bed with us at 4am.&nbsp; She had another &quot;bad dream.&quot;&nbsp; I think she just wakes up and uses that as an excuse.&nbsp; I went to the bathroom and then couldn&#39;t get back to sleep, so I went running.&nbsp; But I was in the bathroom for a longgggg time, so it was 5:41am when I started.&nbsp;</p> <p>It was dark, and there&#39;s not much to say about it.&nbsp; The moon was bright and lit the way.&nbsp; I looked at my pace when I was done and was surprised to see that it was about a minute per mile slower than what I have been running.&nbsp; My first thought was maybe it was because of how dark it was.&nbsp; But then I remembered that I&#39;ve been sick the last two days.</p> Sat, 11 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Tue, Jan 07, 2020 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-07-2020.html <p>I woke up before 5am, but I couldn&#39;t get out the door.&nbsp; We&#39;ve got a sickness going through our house, and I might have caught a bit of it.&nbsp; I had to sit on the potty twice.&nbsp; I finally got out right after 7am.&nbsp; It was lighter outside than yesterday.&nbsp; It said it was 49&ordm;, but it felt colder because of the breeze.&nbsp; I mean, because of the wind chill.&nbsp; My body feels like I should be running more.&nbsp; All except for my knees.&nbsp; They don&#39;t want to.&nbsp; So I might take tomorrow off.&nbsp; I saw someone coming towards me when I was half way between Adobe and University.&nbsp; I knew it must be Vickie.&nbsp; We stopped for our customary smooch and I kept going.&nbsp; As I approached University, I saw two other ladies running north.&nbsp; I ran to the other side of the Floodway and thought that if they have to wait for a bit for traffic, we could be entering the Floodway at the exact same time.&nbsp; Sure enough, we did.&nbsp; It was on now.&nbsp; Who would make it to Adobe first?&nbsp; Actually, I thought for sure they would.&nbsp; For one, I&#39;m slow.&nbsp; For two, the Floodway path that I was on winds and turns and goes up and down.&nbsp; But I noticed I was keeping up with them.&nbsp; When I got to the half way point I noticed I was slightly ahead of them.&nbsp; Kudos for me.&nbsp; I can still outrun people!</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Mon, Jan 06, 2020 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-06-2020.html <p>I woke up early.&nbsp; Which is good, because school is back in session and I would need to get my kids ready.&nbsp; It was dark out.&nbsp; As I approached the Floodway I saw a man and his little dog leaving it.&nbsp; As soon as I got in I could hear a coyote yipping not too far ahead.&nbsp; I pulled my phone out and started to record some video.&nbsp; I could hear that I was getting closer and closer, but it was too dark to see.&nbsp; I knew it must be on the path or very close to it.&nbsp; I barked and then yelled to try and scare it.&nbsp; Then I finally saw it about 10 feet away from me.&nbsp; It was too dark for the video to capture it, and I tried to turn my flashlight on, but for some reason it wouldn&#39;t.&nbsp; Maybe it doesn&#39;t work while you have the camera going? (I ask myself.)&nbsp; I stayed there for a bit, and then ran a little bit ahead.&nbsp; I watched the video back.&nbsp; At one point I could have swore I saw someone shine a light, maybe from the other side of the Floodway.&nbsp; I turned and looked, but didn&#39;t see anyone.&nbsp; So I started running again and after about 4 minutes I thought I saw another light.&nbsp; I turned around and looked and caught the tail end of a shooting star.&nbsp; That was cool, but I don&#39;t think it was the shooting star that flashed the light.&nbsp; I guess that will remain a mystery.</p> <p>I continued on my run and thought about how I never see Jeff anymore.&nbsp; He had moved down the Floodway closer to University, but who knows where he is now.&nbsp; As I was getting closer to where I used to see him all the time, I could see an older couple and a dog ahead.&nbsp; It was still dark, but light enough to where I could see them.&nbsp; I tried to holler good morning at them so they knew I was coming, but I don&#39;t think they heard me.&nbsp; I said it again as I passed them, and their little dog started yapping at me.&nbsp; By this time I could see a bunch of stuff where Jeff used to hang out, and wondered if he was there.&nbsp;&nbsp; I felt bad if the dog&#39;s barking had woken him up.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Sat, Jan 04, 2020 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-04-2020.html <p>I was still sore from Thursday, so I was worried about how I&#39;d do.&nbsp; It was cold, but not too bad.&nbsp; When we hopped in Mike&#39;s truck, the sensor on his rear view mirror said it was 44&ordm;.&nbsp; It was me, Vickie, Maggie, Mike, and Glen today.&nbsp; As we got about a mile from the sheriff&#39;s station, the temperature gage said 38&ordm;.&nbsp; What the heck?&nbsp; How did it drop 6&ordm;??&nbsp; From that moment on I kept an eye on it and by the time we pulled into the parking lot it was 35&ordm;!!&nbsp; I didn&#39;t bring any gloves like last week, so I would have to tough it out.</p> <p>Vickie and Maggie left right away.&nbsp; They had a quarter mile lead before I started.&nbsp; Mike left next.&nbsp; I would have gone with him, but I felt a pebble in my shoe.&nbsp; I shook it out and decided to take a quick tinkle before I left.&nbsp; Glen was the last to leave.&nbsp;</p> <p>Vickie is getting faster each week.&nbsp; Maggie always stays with her, but if Maggie ever decided to train properly, she would probably be faster than me.&nbsp; I was caught by Glen at 0.4 miles.&nbsp; It took me until 1.5 miles before I caught Vickie and Maggie.&nbsp; I didn&#39;t like that they run side by side and Vickie closest to traffic.&nbsp; I always hug the edge of the road.&nbsp; Oh, I forgot.&nbsp; Right before Glen caught me, a big semi truck came rolling down the hill.&nbsp; If it wasn&#39;t cold enough already, the wind that he caused chilled me to the bone.&nbsp; I yelled, &quot;Whooo!!!&quot;&nbsp; 1 second later Glen yelled, &quot;Whooo!!&quot;</p> <p>I kept it nice and slow because I didn&#39;t want to risk a stupid injury from having two long distance runs so close to each other.&nbsp; I saw Mike coming back downhill and figured he must be a mile ahead of me.&nbsp; I got to the top and could see Glen&#39;s headlamp coming back up from the other side of the hill.&nbsp; He has been going down to the Usery Park entrance the last few weeks, so I figured if he did that again, then he&#39;s a mile and a half ahead of me!&nbsp; Turns out, he only went 8 miles (turned around at the shooting range entrance).&nbsp; So he was probaly 0.6 miles ahead of me.&nbsp; He had run 5 miles yesterday evening, so he was playing it safe, too.</p> <p>It wasn&#39;t long before I saw Vickie and Maggie.&nbsp; As the sun was slowly coming up, I spent the rest of the time trying to spot wild horses.&nbsp; I didn&#39;t see any!&nbsp; It&#39;s been a while since we&#39;ve seen them, but I know they&#39;re around because I see some of my friends post pictures of them on social media.&nbsp; Oh well.&nbsp; I finished up, and realized that I had sprung a couple of leaks on my nipples again.&nbsp; Apparently they hadn&#39;t healed up from Thursday.&nbsp; We waited for Vickie and Maggie to finish, and I hid my breasts from them until I got home, because I know how it makes Vickie cringe.</p> Sat, 04 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Thu, Jan 02, 2020 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-02-2020.html <p>I knew I wanted to do a nice long run today, but I didn&#39;t mean to go quite so far.&nbsp;</p> <p>I started out heading up the Floodway/RWCD Canal.&nbsp; I saw three ladies walking my way right before McKellips.&nbsp; One of them bent down and picked something up.&nbsp; She took a few steps and bent down and picked something else up.&nbsp; By that time I could tell that they were dollar bills.&nbsp; She kindly asked me if I had run by this way before.&nbsp; I had to be honest and say that I had not.&nbsp; But I offered to take the money from her.&nbsp; In hindsight I should have set up a makeshift kissing booth.&nbsp; $1 a kiss.&nbsp; Except I hadn&#39;t brushed my teeth yet.</p> <p>I crossed McKellips and there is a fence gate that&#39;s usually opened at the 1-3/4 and the Main Canal.&nbsp; It&#39;s dry up season, and they&#39;ve been doing maintenance work on the Canal.&nbsp; I could see that there were no workers within the next quarter mile stretch of canal, so I went through the pedestrian opening.&nbsp; I saw my Strava friend Mike Norberg as he was just starting out his morning bike ride.&nbsp; We told each other good morning.&nbsp; Mike lives at 1-1/2 where the barricade is at.&nbsp; It was still up, so I turned west and ran through his neighborhood.&nbsp; It&#39;s a gated community, but there&#39;s an open pedestrian access way.&nbsp; Right at the gate there was a construction worker flagging dozens of big belly dump trucks into the subdivision that they&#39;re working on.&nbsp; As I approached Val Vista some of them were coming back after dropping their load.&nbsp; There were signs that said, &quot;Truck Traffic 20 mph.&quot;&nbsp; I thought that if I could run 20 mph (a 3 minute mile), I could hold them off.&nbsp; But I was running closer to an 11 minute mile, so it didn&#39;t happen.</p> <p>I turned north at Val Vista and headed toward the RWCD Main Pumping Plant.&nbsp; There&#39;s some downhill here right before the turn on to the the dirt road that runs along the SRP Canal.&nbsp; I figured if I ran along the South Canal Service Road, under the 202 Freeway, and a little bit beyond, I would reach 5 miles and would turn around.&nbsp; I stopped after running about a quarter mile beyond the freeway.&nbsp; I was at 4.8 miles.&nbsp; 0.2 miles to go.&nbsp; But then I had an idea.&nbsp; Maybe I could keep going and find a bridge to cross and I could take Greenfield back.&nbsp; I started doing the math and thought that I wouldn&#39;t quite make 10 miles, so what would be the point of getting so close to 10 miles and not getting 10 miles???&nbsp; So I would just do the 0.2 miles and turn around.&nbsp; I started running and had another idea.&nbsp; What if I kept going and found a bridge to cross at Higley?&nbsp; Surely that would get me my 10 miles.&nbsp; So, that&#39;s what I did.&nbsp; Turns out there wasn&#39;t any bridges to cross the canal at Greenfield anyway.&nbsp; I was now in no man&#39;s land, meaning I&#39;d never run this far on this route before.&nbsp; I stopped a couple of times to take pictures of the canal and to look at the map to make sure my plan would work.&nbsp; I came upon a bridge and briefly contemplated crossing over it, but I could see a road up ahead and decided to cross it there.&nbsp; It was a road to a concrete/cement company.&nbsp; A few trucks passed by me while I was running there and it started to head back uphill.&nbsp; I finally made it to Higley where there was more uphill to go over the 202 Freeway.&nbsp; I could see that it was uphill back to McDowell, and having rode my bike by here on numerous occasions, I knew it would be uphill for a half mile past McDowell.&nbsp; I knew that at Thomas Road I was just over 4 miles away from home.&nbsp; How far had I run?&nbsp; 7 miles??!!!&nbsp; Oh crud!&nbsp; Oh well, I guess I&#39;m doing 11 miles today.</p> <p>It was also about this time that my left nipple started to get a little irritated.&nbsp; Dang.&nbsp; I still have 4 miles to go.&nbsp; Do I take my shirt off?&nbsp; Nope.&nbsp; I&#39;m too fat from eating so much Christmas food and I&#39;m running on a main road.&nbsp; I guess I&#39;ll have to grin and bear it.&nbsp; Maybe my orange shirt would camouflage the blood.&nbsp; So I soldiered on.&nbsp; I would run with my arms close to my body so people wouldn&#39;t notice.&nbsp; Then my right nipple started to bother me, but not as much as my left.&nbsp; With three miles to go an RWCD truck honked at me.&nbsp; Not sure who it was.&nbsp; My legs were feeling it, but other than tired legs and the razer blades in my shirt, I was feeling all right.&nbsp; With two miles to go I realized that I was still actively sweating.&nbsp; Does that mean I&#39;m burning calories?&nbsp; The last mile was a slog fest, but I made it.&nbsp; I stood in front of the mirror in my bathroom and was surprised to see that my right nipple looked like it had exploded!&nbsp; What was I thinking?&nbsp; Well, I don&#39;t regret it.&nbsp; It was worth it.&nbsp; Especially after not running the first day of the year!</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://dgtzuqphqg23d.cloudfront.net/sADA_0BFJdCysjuTx3GH1_7_Pj-sHrjktmq5nc8J99k-2048x1536.jpg" style="width: 512px; height: 384px;" /></p> Thu, 02 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Tue, Dec 31, 2019 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-31-2019.html <p>52&ordm; today.&nbsp; Cloudy.&nbsp; I sweated a lot.&nbsp; I&#39;ve been eating too many Christmas goodies.</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2019 07:00:00 Mon, Dec 30, 2019 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-30-2019.html <p>It was 40&ordm; this morning.&nbsp; Still shorts and T-shirt weather, but just barely.&nbsp; I only had time for 2 loops today.&nbsp; Truth be told, that&#39;s probably all I needed to do.&nbsp; I&#39;m kinda sore.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2019 07:00:00 Sat, Dec 28, 2019 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-28-2019.html <p>Yesterday Mike, Maggie, Glen, Vickie, and I all said we would be running this morning.&nbsp; This morning Mike texted to say he couldn&#39;t make it.&nbsp; A little after that Maggie texted to say she couldn&#39;t make it.&nbsp; So Vickie and I hopped in our van to go pick up Glen.&nbsp; We got to Usery and it was cloudy and dark.&nbsp; But the city lights were lighting up the clouds.&nbsp; It looked really cool and had me mesmerized the entire time.&nbsp; Glen got a slight headstart on me and was off like a gazelle.&nbsp; I caught Vickie right after the stop sign.&nbsp; I was running slower than last week, no doubt because I ran almost 5 miles yesterday.&nbsp; Maybe also because the road was wet and slick.&nbsp; I never saw any cyclists while I was running, but I saw some later.&nbsp;</p> <p>I got a new reflective vest for Christmas.&nbsp; My old one was like a construction worker&#39;s vest, and the zipper broke a couple of months ago.&nbsp; I would still wear it and somehow it would stay on.&nbsp; The new one is actually just straps that clip together in the front.&nbsp; I think my belly is too round because it kept riding up and would fall off my right shoulder all the time.&nbsp; Oh well.</p> <p>Since I missed a few days this week, and I wanted to run at least 20 miles, I knew I needed to run an extra 0.1 miles after getting to the top.&nbsp; Glen ran all the way down to the Usery Park entrance, which means he runs another 0.9 miles from the top.&nbsp; I didn&#39;t see him when I turned around, but he must not have been too far behind me.&nbsp; He caught me at about the 4.9 mile mark.&nbsp; He ended up finishing just over a half mile ahead of me.&nbsp; He likes to come back to the stop sign and wait for me, then run back to the parking lot with me.&nbsp; I finished up and texted Vickie to see if she wanted to finish.&nbsp; She did, so I walked to the stop sign.&nbsp; Then I just kept walking until I met up with her.&nbsp; We ran the last 0.4 miles together.&nbsp; So I got 20.4 miles this week :)</p> <p>Here&#39;s a picture I tried to take of the clouds using Night View from my camera.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://dgtzuqphqg23d.cloudfront.net/aRyFrxlv6XSYvX7-FxyMnN3ifkG8mzWSx5AyFfbiZh4-2048x1536.jpg" style="width: 512px; height: 384px;" /></p> Sat, 28 Dec 2019 07:00:00 Fri, Dec 27, 2019 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-27-2019.html <p>I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas.&nbsp; I for one, woke&nbsp; up to check my stocking, dumped out its contents on the kitchen counter, did not see the jar of mustard that must&#39;ve rolled right under the line of my arm until it fell off the counter and straight on to my toe.&nbsp; Holy buckets of Santa joy!&nbsp; So I took two days off from running.&nbsp; This morning was nice, except my right shin hurt.&nbsp; I don&#39;t know if it was because of the time off or if I was compensating with my stride somehow.&nbsp; I tried to run normal.&nbsp;</p> <p>The fence was open that said GATE CLOSED the other day.&nbsp; But I saw some RWCD trucks up there, and didn&#39;t want to bother them.&nbsp; I stopped and tried to stretch out my shin.&nbsp; But I don&#39;t really know how to stretch out a shin.&nbsp; I just pulled my foot up into my butt cheek and put some tension on it.&nbsp; It felt better on the way back.&nbsp; No coyotes today.&nbsp; Just some friendly dogs.&nbsp; Not that friendly.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2019 07:00:00