Go, you chicken fat, go away! Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/ Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:24:51 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Wed, Jan 17, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-17-2018.html <p>My Runkeeper alerts me of my pace and distance every five minutes.&nbsp; Today my pace was exactly the same for the first five times that it went off.&nbsp; After that it got faster.&nbsp; So that was nice.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:00:00 Mon, Jan 15, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-15-2018.html <p>I didn&#39;t go running until 10am.&nbsp; So that&#39;s 50 hours since the last time I ran.&nbsp; Still, my legs were pretty sore.&nbsp; I&#39;m pretty sure my pace today was about the same as Saturday&#39;s.</p> Mon, 15 Jan 2018 07:00:00 Sat, Jan 13, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-13-2018.html <p>I got a text from Mike yesterday about picking me up this morning at 5:45am.&nbsp; I said no problem.&nbsp; Only there was a problem.&nbsp; My alarm didn&#39;t go off.&nbsp; Or it did go off and it was turned down low, so I didn&#39;t hear it.&nbsp; That doesn&#39;t explain why it went off last week in church when I thought I had all my volumes turned down.&nbsp; Anyway, luckily this week I immediately got his text and it woke me up.&nbsp; I texted him back that I would be right out.&nbsp; I threw on my clothes and went pee pee.&nbsp; I grabbed my wife&#39;s headlamp and I was off.&nbsp; We drove out to Usery like we always do.&nbsp; About five minutes before getting there, Mike got a text.&nbsp; It was mine.&nbsp; Grr!!&nbsp; Anyway, our goal was to make it to the top today and back down.&nbsp; Except we didn&#39;t tell each other that was our goal, I just assumed it was both of our goals.&nbsp; I asked Mike if he had any fancy napkins just in case I needed them.&nbsp; Luckily he did.&nbsp; We began our ascent.&nbsp; I was running right behind Mike and he slowly started putting distance between us.&nbsp; I was surprised at the number of cars out on this remote road this early in the morning.&nbsp; But then I remembered that it&#39;s a holiday weekend, so maybe a bunch of people are headed to the lake or something.&nbsp; I felt pretty good, even though my breathing was labored.&nbsp; I felt like I was breathing while in a deep sleep.&nbsp; Kind of like that guy in Sunday School last Sunday.&nbsp; Only he wasn&#39;t running.&nbsp; He was just sitting there.&nbsp; It stayed dark almost all the way to the top.&nbsp; About a half mile before I reached the top I could make out the sillouhette of a lady running down at high speed.&nbsp; She was on the other side of the road, and I said good morning to her.&nbsp; She either had ear buds in or just ignored me.&nbsp; I figured with her behind me now I could start talking to myself.&nbsp; I was just mentioning how much I had to poop when here she came again, still on the other side of the road, still at high speed.&nbsp; I sure hope it was ear buds.&nbsp; About a quarter mile from the top I saw Mike coming down, which means he put about a half mile distance in between us.&nbsp; I still felt good, and even though I had to poop, I was confident I could hold it in the rest of the way.&nbsp; But then the downhill came.&nbsp; I knew I was in trouble.&nbsp; I looked for a place to pull over that wouldn&#39;t be too conspicuous.&nbsp; I found some large trees that looked like they would do the trick.&nbsp; It was getting light now, but I still turned off my head and butt lamps so as to not draw attention to myself.&nbsp; I hate having to do this.&nbsp; It&#39;s so disgusting.&nbsp; And stinky.&nbsp; And dangerous.&nbsp; Well, it took all three fancy napkins, but I finally finished.&nbsp; Now Mike would be well ahead of me.&nbsp; I started back down and was feeling good.&nbsp; At one point my knee gave another sharp pain similar to Thursday&#39;s run.&nbsp; I slowed down a little and it was fine for the remainder of the run.&nbsp; With about six tenths of a mile to go, Mike pulled up in his truck.&nbsp; He asked if I wanted to finish.&nbsp; He wasn&#39;t sure because last week I told him to keep going.&nbsp; I said that if it was all right with him, I&#39;d like to finish.&nbsp; He said no problem and drove back down to wait for me.&nbsp; It&#39;s been a while since I&#39;ve gone all the way to the top and back down, so I was glad I did it.&nbsp; I&#39;m&nbsp; feeling more confident about being the first runner for the Del Sol Ragnar.&nbsp; My first leg is 8.7 miles mostly uphill.</p> Sat, 13 Jan 2018 07:00:00 Thu, Jan 11, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-11-2018.html <p>I tried out a new pair of shoes today.&nbsp; Well, it appears I&#39;ve put 10.89 miles on them already.&nbsp; Anyway, I didn&#39;t do my normal stretching routine.&nbsp; I just stretched a little and took off.&nbsp; I got to 0.29 miles and felt a sharp pain in my knee.&nbsp; I immediately stopped.&nbsp; It felt like it might be a muscle strain or something.&nbsp; I didn&#39;t want to risk going any further.&nbsp; I did run back home, but very gingerly.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Thu, 11 Jan 2018 07:00:00 Tue, Jan 09, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-09-2018.html <p>My legs are a bit sore.&nbsp; I noticed that I was speeding up just like yesterday, but then I started slowing down.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Tue, 09 Jan 2018 07:00:00 Mon, Jan 08, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-08-2018.html <p>I&#39;m still not 100% healthy.&nbsp; As Emily would say, I have boogers in my throat.&nbsp; But today was nice.&nbsp; I felt great during the run.&nbsp; And I actually got faster as I went without trying.</p> Mon, 08 Jan 2018 07:00:00 Sat, Jan 06, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-06-2018.html <p><img alt="" height="450" src="http://i460.photobucket.com/albums/qq326/BurtMcCumber/sunrise_zps9uwzivau.jpg" width="600" /></p> <p>Today was cool.&nbsp; I got up at 5am because Mike was going to pick me up at 6am.&nbsp; I sat on the toilet for half an hour, but no bowel movement.&nbsp; So I got ready to go.&nbsp; Right at 6am I texted Mike to see how far away he was.&nbsp; I wanted to give it one more try.&nbsp; I sat down and managed to expunge a little, so I felt like I would be good during the run.&nbsp; Nevertheless, I packed some wipes to take with me.&nbsp; At 6:10am I looked out the window and there was Mike who had been waiting about 5 minutes.&nbsp; Apparently we weren&#39;t getting each other&#39;s texts.&nbsp; He brought his daughter Megan with him.&nbsp; Last year was Megan&#39;s first Ragnar and this will be her second.&nbsp; Today would be Mike&#39;s first attempt at running since his shoulder surgery.&nbsp; He was also sporting a knee brace.&nbsp; About two miles before we arrived we saw some serious runners out doing the entire loop.&nbsp; I think it&#39;s about 17 miles.&nbsp; I had a feeling they would catch us.&nbsp; Sure enough as we crossed the intersection we saw two of them right behind us.&nbsp; They caught us in short order and I said good morning to them, but they were having a conversation, and they completely ignored me.&nbsp; Douches.&nbsp; Mike and I stayed together for the first quarter mile and I asked him how he felt.&nbsp; He said he didn&#39;t like it, meaning he didn&#39;t like the knee brace.&nbsp; He started to inch away from me, but at 0.38 miles he stopped.&nbsp; He said, &quot;I can&#39;t do it.&quot;&nbsp; I didn&#39;t know if that meant he couldn&#39;t run with his knee brace on or he just couldn&#39;t run.&nbsp; He took his knee brace off while I supported his balance.&nbsp; He then proceeded to find a hiding place for it over by the barbed wire fence.&nbsp; By that time Megan had caught up to us.&nbsp; She offered to carry the brace for her dad, but he said it would be fine.&nbsp; We started running again and shortly after that the next guy caught us.&nbsp; He did say good morning back to me.&nbsp; He was a sweet guy.&nbsp; Mike started to pul away from me again.&nbsp; He was running with a handheld light that would illuminate the trees on the side of the road every time he swung his arm.&nbsp; When Mike got two miles up the Pass he turned around.&nbsp; He mentioned beforehand that he would probably do that.&nbsp; But I really wanted to get all the way to the top today because it&#39;s been a while since I&#39;ve done that.&nbsp; I told him to just go down and get the truck.&nbsp; I would continue going.&nbsp; I figured with only 1.7 miles to go to get to the top I should be able to make it there even though he would be going downhill and I would still be going uphill.&nbsp; I was right.&nbsp; About a tenth of a mile before the top the next set of runners, a guy and a girl, passed me.&nbsp; I put my hand out to give them five.&nbsp; They guy only gave me two, so he felt obliged to slow down and make sure I got the entire five on the second attempt.&nbsp; I made it to the top and kept going straight, now downhill.&nbsp; About 0.15 miles later another set of runners, another guy and a girl, passed me.&nbsp; They also accepted my five on the side.&nbsp; It&#39;s a good feeling to make it to the top of Usery Pass, so a high five, a low five, or a five on the side is completely appropriate.&nbsp; I got to 4.01 miles when Mike pulled up.&nbsp; Even though I&#39;ve been sick all week, I felt pretty good.&nbsp; But then the most amazing thing happened.&nbsp; We were driving back home and we turned on McDowell Road.&nbsp; We passed the runners that had passed us.&nbsp; Then I saw two other runners running towards us.&nbsp; As we drove by I was like, &quot;That looks like <a href="http://nan.fastrunningblog.com/">Nan</a>.&nbsp; But it can&#39;t possibly be Nan.&nbsp; She lives in Utah.&quot;&nbsp; Guess what.&nbsp; It actually was Nan.&nbsp; It was amazinnnnng.&nbsp; I&#39;m glad I can spot her as she&#39;s running down the road and I&#39;m cruising by 40mph in a vehicle.</p> Sat, 06 Jan 2018 07:00:00 Mon, Jan 01, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-01-2018.html <p>What better way to start off 2018 than by putting another (ex) blogger on my list of BIMIRL?&nbsp; <a href="http://slowjoe.fastrunningblog.com/">Slow Joe</a> happened to be in AZ for the new year and on his way back to the airport from Tucson, I was able to meet him face to face for a few minutes.&nbsp; He looked just like I imagined he would from the hundreds of pictures I&#39;ve seen him in.&nbsp; He thanked me graciously for driving out to meet him, and I thanked him because it would give me the opportunity to run South Mountain.&nbsp; You know the run, Tracy.&nbsp; So after the warm embrace of a handshake, we parted ways; he to the rental car return facility, and I to South Mountain.&nbsp; But guess what, Clark?&nbsp; Florida was closed!&nbsp; How can you close a mountain?&nbsp; So instead of running there, I went all the way to Usery.&nbsp; It was a bit brisk this morning, but not bad.&nbsp; Still shorts and T-shirt weather.&nbsp; The air is bad in the Valley from all the fireworks last night, but it was clean out here on the outskirts.&nbsp; I saw one runner coming up as I was driving down.&nbsp; I was jealous that someone was running my route, because there aren&#39;t a lot of runners that do this.&nbsp; There were a couple dozen cyclists out too that I had to share the shoulder with.&nbsp; My legs felt ok, but after a while I really started to wear out, so I decided to turn around at 2 miles.&nbsp; Downhill was faster, but it still felt like I had to work it.&nbsp; On the way down one of the cyclists said, &quot;Good job.&nbsp; Keep pushing it.&quot;&nbsp; Now normally you don&#39;t push it on the downhill because the hill does the work for you.&nbsp; But he was right.&nbsp; Today he was right.</p> <p><img alt="" height="433" src="http://i460.photobucket.com/albums/qq326/BurtMcCumber/Slow%20Joe_zpsbbbedzfq.jpg" width="747" /></p> Mon, 01 Jan 2018 07:00:00 Wed, Dec 27, 2017 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-27-2017.html <p>I was running today and I noticed how I wasn&#39;t even breathing hard like I normally do.&nbsp; &quot;That&#39;s a good sign,&quot; I thought to myself.&nbsp; But about a quarter mile later my shins started to tighten up.&nbsp; I thought I&#39;d be able to run through it but the more I ran the worse it hurt.&nbsp; I stopped and tried stretching out.&nbsp; That helped momentarily, but I finally had to call it quits because, man, did they hurt!</p> Wed, 27 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Sat, Dec 23, 2017 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-23-2017.html <p>I wanted to run Usery today, but it&#39;s too close to Christmas and I&#39;m sure there&#39;s 1000 things to do.&nbsp; So I just ran up the Canal to Junior.&nbsp; There is a pump in the RWCD canal just downstream of the Main Pumping Plant that feeds lateral one half.&nbsp; It is affectionately named Junior.&nbsp; I saw a man in a long sleeve white shirt not quite a quarter mile ahead of me.&nbsp; I could tell he was running so I didn&#39;t think I&#39;d be able to catch him.&nbsp; When I got to the one mile mark I saw another man with fluorescent yellow shirt.&nbsp; He turned onto the Canal road.&nbsp; He looked like he was running pretty good so I knew I wouldn&#39;t catch him.&nbsp; I also noticed long sleeve white shirt man was running with a dog and I had made some ground on him.&nbsp; At Greenfield Road he had crossed over to the other side of the Canal.&nbsp; After a while of watching fluorescent yellow pull away I noticed long sleeved white was gone.&nbsp; I turned my head and saw that he had ducked into an orange grove presumably to take a pee pee.&nbsp; As I watched fluorescent yellow cross McKellips I saw a zanjero truck pull up.&nbsp; It was Jeff.&nbsp; Jeff had just started working at RWCD a few months before I left.&nbsp; We talked for a little bit.&nbsp; By the time we were done I think fluorescent yellow was at least a half mile ahead of me.&nbsp; I could still see him when I crossed McDowell Road.&nbsp; I thought maybe he&#39;d turn around soon since the Canal starts about a quarter mile north of Junior which is a half mile north of McDowell.&nbsp; But he never came back so I figured he&#39;d gone out to Val Vista.&nbsp; I turned around at Junior, but did not touch the fence for fear of being electrocuted.&nbsp; About a quarter mile before McDowell I ran into long sleeved white shirt and his dog.&nbsp; Ginger had about a three mile threshold when I used to run with her.&nbsp; But they were taking it pretty easy so I&#39;m sure they were all right.&nbsp; One nice thing about this run was that I started off a little fast, but I started to slow down.&nbsp; Usually when that happens I get progressively slower and slower and slower.&nbsp; But I reached a pace where I evened out and maintained it for the whole way back.&nbsp; Have a Merry Christmas everyone.</p> Sat, 23 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Thu, Dec 21, 2017 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-21-2017.html <p>I got another early run in before sun up.&nbsp; It was 6:30am again.&nbsp; But there was nobody else out!&nbsp; It was eerily creepy.&nbsp; Last time there were tons of people out.&nbsp; I literally didn&#39;t see anyone until 2.5 miles when there was finally an old man walking his dog.&nbsp; A quarter mile later I saw another lady across the Floodway.&nbsp; Then I finally started seeing a lot of people right before I made it to Adobe as there were kids and parents walking to school.&nbsp; I guess it&#39;s getting too cold for everyone.</p> Thu, 21 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Wed, Dec 20, 2017 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-20-2017.html <p>Woke up this morning to an email that said, &quot;Do you have that job done yet?&quot;&nbsp; I realized it wasn&#39;t even on my schedule.&nbsp; But I missed my run yesterday and I didn&#39;t want to miss it today.&nbsp; I started&nbsp; out with the idea of running three loops.&nbsp; On my first loop I passed this old lady that was all bundled up for winter.&nbsp; She looked at me in my shorts and T-shirt and said, &quot;You&#39;re making me cold!&quot;&nbsp; (That&#39;s usually what old ladies say to me.&nbsp; I&#39;ve never had one say - you&#39;re making me hot.)&nbsp; I told her I have an extra layer of insulation as I patted my fat tummy.&nbsp; She laughed and said, &quot;Good attitude.&quot;&nbsp; As I was making my way back down the Canal, I decided to call it quits so that I can rush this job.&nbsp; Better call it quits for today on the blog, too.</p> Wed, 20 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Mon, Dec 18, 2017 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-18-2017.html <p>My wife, bless her heart, has been trying to do everything this Christmas season.&nbsp; She hardly sleeps.&nbsp; Well, it all caught up with her as she&#39;s now a little under the weather.&nbsp; I woke up early and knowing she wouldn&#39;t be going on her walk, decided to do my run while it was still dark out.&nbsp; It was only 6:30am, so there were people out.&nbsp; But I haven&#39;t run in the dark for a while, so I brought my headlamp.&nbsp; Not that it did me any good to be able to see better, but at least it would let people see me coming.&nbsp; My Runkeeper goes off every 5 minutes.&nbsp; It tells me the distance I&#39;ve gone and my overall pace.&nbsp; Right before the first 5 minute alert I could see that I was coming up on an old man with a rather large dog.&nbsp; The alert went off and I thought he heard it because the dog started walking next to him making me think he&#39;d pulled it in with the leash.&nbsp; However, the dog was not on a leash and I&#39;m pretty sure I spooked the guy as I said good morning.&nbsp; The dog started running toward me and even ran next to me for a little bit.&nbsp; I told it to stay.&nbsp;<br /> Coming back down the Canal Road I saw a zanjero truck pull up to the radial gate on Adobe.&nbsp; There&#39;s a gage they have to check several times a day to make sure the canal levels are on point.&nbsp; Then he crossed Adobe and parked in front of the well.&nbsp; It was still darkish, so I hollered at him and asked if he was Mosiah.&nbsp; He said his name was Jared.&nbsp; Just then another runner approached me and asked me what the name of the road was.&nbsp; I said it was Adobe.&nbsp; He said, &quot;Adobe?&quot;&nbsp; I said, &quot;Yes.&quot;&nbsp; He asked, &quot;So that up there is Brown Road?&quot;&nbsp; &quot;Yes, it is.&quot;&nbsp; &quot;And Lindsay is that way?&quot;&nbsp; I said, &quot;Yes, it&#39;s two and a half miles that way.&quot;&nbsp; He said, &quot;I should have gone to the other canal.&quot;&nbsp; I laughed, &quot;Yes, you should have,&quot; as if I have any idea what was going through his mind.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Mon, 18 Dec 2017 07:00:00