Go, you chicken fat, go away! Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/ Thu, 24 Jan 2019 03:21:04 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Wed, Jan 23, 2019 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-23-2019.html <p>I&#39;m still kinda sore from Monday, but I need to get the miles in.&nbsp; I ran 2.5 nice and easy.&nbsp; It&#39;s cold out, so I wore a long sleeve T.</p> Wed, 23 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Mon, Jan 21, 2019 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-21-2019.html <p><a href="http://slowjoe.fastrunningblog.com/">SlowJoe</a> texted me last month to let me know that he&#39;d be in town this weekend because his new bride&#39;s parents are renting a place in Apache Junction for the winter.&nbsp; I was sick for the last half of last week, and wasn&#39;t able to run.&nbsp; Joe sent me a text apologizing that he wasn&#39;t able to touch base with me earlier while they were there, but I told him it was ok because I was sick anyway.&nbsp; So we planned on doing a run/hike this morning in the Superstition Mountains.&nbsp; Then I realized I had a client coming over at 10am.&nbsp; We planned on meeting at 7:30am.&nbsp; It was a 30 minute drive.&nbsp; So to be home and ready for my client at 10am, I would have to turn around somewhere near 8:15am.&nbsp;</p> <p>I decided to get there early, and left shortly after 6:30am.&nbsp; I texted Joe to let him know, hoping maybe he&#39;d come early, too, so that I could have a little extra time out on the trail.&nbsp; But he texted back saying he was still on target for 7:30am.&nbsp; He had sent me a link for directions to get there, but they ended up being directions to a gated community.&nbsp; So, he ended up getting to the trailhead before I did after sending me a pin of his location.&nbsp; I was only about 5 minutes away.</p> <p>They were kind enough to wait while I took a few minutes to stretch.&nbsp; I&#39;m not much of a hiker, but I was feeling much better and was anxious to join them.&nbsp; We started out hiking for most of the way.&nbsp; We passed this sweet old lady which was Julie&#39;s (Joe&#39;s new bride) mother.&nbsp; We kept hiking and we could see Julie&#39;s father up the trail, but we couldn&#39;t catch him.&nbsp; It wasn&#39;t until we started running the flats and the downhills that we caught him.&nbsp; He&#39;s in pretty good shape.</p> <p>We made our way up to the ancient hieroglyphics.&nbsp; 1950&#39;s we&#39;re guessing.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://beta-static.photobucket.com/images/qq326/BurtMcCumber/1/49720968-30c4-4b4d-b9c0-81849095d0ba-original.jpg?width=1920&amp;height=1080&amp;fit=bounds" style="width: 1440px; height: 1080px;" /></p> <p>There&#39;s a small pond there with a trickle of a waterfall.&nbsp; I always wonder where the water comes from any time I see a stream.&nbsp; Especially in a dry desert.&nbsp; It was at this poin that we kept going up and got off the trail.&nbsp; We bushwacked it for a little while until Joe got us back on the trail.</p> <p>We probably went another half to three quarters of a mile and it was getting a little late, so I told them I&#39;d need to turn back around.&nbsp; We snapped a selfie and some more pictures and hugged goodbye.&nbsp; Even though I was a sweaty mess.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://beta-static.photobucket.com/images/qq326/BurtMcCumber/1/b3efcf68-c47b-49d2-9eb3-85fa2e75568c-original.jpg?width=1920&amp;height=1080&amp;fit=bounds" style="width: 1280px; height: 960px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="https://beta-static.photobucket.com/images/qq326/BurtMcCumber/1/488c7af1-3017-4627-aa9b-3f22040fbf98-original.jpg?width=1920&amp;height=1080&amp;fit=bounds" /></p> Mon, 21 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Wed, Jan 16, 2019 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-16-2019.html <p>I got up kinda early this morning.&nbsp; Well, early for me.&nbsp; I was sitting on the toilet when I heard a cat meowing.&nbsp; It sounded like it was in distress.&nbsp; I went out the back door and started following the sound.&nbsp; It was dark out.&nbsp; I wondered if it was a bobcat.&nbsp; Or maybe a cat being eaten by a coyote.&nbsp; Anyway, I got pretty close and it must&#39;ve heard me because it stopped.&nbsp; I don&#39;t know why I told that story.&nbsp; But I was up and my lungs were congested.&nbsp; I tried to hack up as much as I could before my run.&nbsp; I went outside and stretched.&nbsp; I felt pretty flexible.&nbsp; But when I started to run my legs felt sore.&nbsp; I just took it nice and slow.&nbsp; It was cold out, but still shorts and T-shirt weather for me.&nbsp; I saw a lot of walkers on the trail today all bundled up.&nbsp; There was a cool looking fog settled in the bottom of the Floodway.</p> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Tue, Jan 15, 2019 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-15-2019.html <p>I started my run at 6:25am.&nbsp; It was still dark out, and it remained dark the entire time.&nbsp; I didn&#39;t bring a light with me, and there are no lights along the Floodway and Canal paths.&nbsp; There was just enough light for me to see where I was going.&nbsp; I was wearing real dark clothes, too, so I must&#39;ve seemed like a creeper.&nbsp; But the nice thing was, there weren&#39;t very many people out on the path.&nbsp; I felt real good, and the weather was awesome.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Mon, Jan 14, 2019 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-14-2019.html <p>It was a beautiful morning out.&nbsp; A tiny bit cold, but perfect for running.&nbsp; When I started to stretch out, I realized how sore I was.&nbsp; But I felt good when I was running.&nbsp; I saw a tent in the bushes.</p> Mon, 14 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Sat, Jan 12, 2019 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-12-2019.html <p>I finally ran again with Mike.&nbsp; And Glen.&nbsp; Mike said he would pick me up at 6:15am, but he got here at 6:00am, and I was still on the toilet.&nbsp; I got ready and was out the door by 6:12am.&nbsp; We picked up Glen and headed out to Usery.&nbsp; On the way there we had to stop as at least 9 horses were crossing the road, including some young&#39;uns.&nbsp; We stretched out and Glen and I started running with Mike following us shortly thereafter.&nbsp; Glen and I ran together for about the first quarter mile.&nbsp; Then he started to pull ahead.&nbsp; Mike was right behind me so I was a an Oreo.&nbsp; But since I&#39;m fat, I was a Double Stuff Oreo&reg;.&nbsp; Speaking of behing fat, I did start my diet again this week on Tuesday, and I&#39;ve already lost 8 lbs.&nbsp; Weird.&nbsp; Anyway, I was worried about my knee, although it felt fine, so I kept it nice and slow.&nbsp; A runner passed me at the 2.2 mile point.&nbsp; The his buddy passed me at the 3.1 mile point.&nbsp; I had told myself that I was going to play it safe and turn around at the 3.1 mile point, but after being passed by another runner, I decided to run a little further.&nbsp; I texted Mike to let him know, took a quick tinkle, and headed back down.&nbsp; Glen caught me with just under two miles to go.&nbsp; That means he ran a mile more than I did, and beat&nbsp; me by 5 minutes.&nbsp; I finished before Mike by about a minute.&nbsp; Well, I just looked at Strava and it was precisely 31 seconds.&nbsp; My knee was good, but there was one moment right around 1.2 miles to go, where I thought it might start to hurt.&nbsp; But it behaved.&nbsp; It was a nice run.&nbsp; Not too cold either.</p> Sat, 12 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Wed, Jan 09, 2019 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-09-2019.html <p>I was running down the street when my neighbor pulled up behind me and yelled out the window, and this is a direct quote, &quot;Looking good, Burt!&nbsp; You got those calf implants going.&quot;&nbsp; I was wearing my saggy shorts, so I was pulling them up the entire time.&nbsp; I made one loop and had to stop for traffic.&nbsp; Once I started running again my knee started to hurt, so I stopped.&nbsp; I walked the rest of the way home.</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Tue, Jan 08, 2019 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-08-2019.html <p>I ran 2 loops today.&nbsp; My knee seemed to behave.&nbsp; So that&#39;s good.&nbsp; Day 1 of starting my diet again.&nbsp; Gained almost everything back over the holidays that I lost last year.&nbsp; So that&#39;s bad.</p> Tue, 08 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Sat, Jan 05, 2019 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-05-2019.html <p>I&#39;m 1 for 3 on this run.&nbsp; I texted Glen and Mike to see when they wanted to run today.&nbsp; Mike said it was his wife&#39;s birthday, so he wouldn&#39;t be joining us.&nbsp; We haven&#39;t run together since before Thanksgiving!&nbsp; Glen and I decided to run Usery at 8am.&nbsp; My alarm still goes off at 3:30am on Saturaday mornings.&nbsp; I should change that.&nbsp; I woke up and decided to tinkle, but then I couldn&#39;t go back to sleep.&nbsp; I ate too much at Red Lobster last night.&nbsp; I was hoping to pass some of it, but nothing happened.&nbsp; Around 7am I got a text from Glen that something had come up, so he couldn&#39;t come either.&nbsp; I decided I would attempt the run again where my wife drops me off at the top of Usery Pass, and I run home.&nbsp; Of course she had to stop at another property she&#39;s been looking at beforehand.&nbsp; We saw a couple of coyotes.&nbsp; We walked around the property.&nbsp; I wasn&#39;t too impressed.&nbsp; Then we drove to Usery Pass.&nbsp; It was 9am when I started to run.&nbsp; Immediately my right shin was hurting.&nbsp; After two miles I stopped to try and stretch it out.&nbsp; It didn&#39;t help much.&nbsp; I kept going and hoped that it would stop after I was warmed up.&nbsp; I got to Brown Road which is 4.1 miles.&nbsp; I texted my wife to let her know.&nbsp; She texted back asking if I was good, but I didn&#39;t respond because it&#39;s hard to text and run.&nbsp; But I felt fine.&nbsp; Less than half a mile later my knee started to hurt.&nbsp; I thought I could run through it, but it didn&#39;t take long until I knew I had to stop.&nbsp; I tried stretching again, and tried to run, but a few steps later I texted my wife to come pick me up.&nbsp; She must think I&#39;m such a loser.&nbsp; I walked about a half mile by the time she got me.&nbsp; And she had donuts with her, so that made me feel better.</p> Sat, 05 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Tue, Jan 01, 2019 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-01-2019.html <p>I was going to skip today because of my long run yesterday, but I wanted to start the year off right.&nbsp; Around noon I decided to throw on some running clothes when my wife tells me that our girls want to go get sushi for lunch.&nbsp; I was like, &quot;Have fun with that.&quot;&nbsp; But she wanted to make it &quot;family&quot; event, so I had to come along, also.&nbsp; I had thrown on a tight fitting shirt, and decided it was too tight for wearing in a public restaurant, so I found&nbsp; one of my new shirts I got for my birthday.&nbsp; But it didn&#39;t have sleeves, so I pulled out an old BodyArmour&reg; shirt that I haven&#39;t worn in forever and put it on underneath.&nbsp; I figured that would be good since it was cold out.&nbsp; So my shirt was black on the bottom half and neon yellow on the top half.&nbsp; My shorts were like this camouflage red and black.&nbsp; My wife says, &quot;Burt, you don&#39;t match.&quot;&nbsp; No matter how many times I told her it didn&#39;t matter because they were running clothes, she just wouldn&#39;t listen.&nbsp; She made me change.&nbsp; I put on my new neon yellow running shorts, and she said it was okay.</p> <p>I wasn&#39;t sure if I wanted to run all the way home from the restaurant.&nbsp; It would be 5.8 miles, and my ankles are still tender from yesterday.&nbsp; Plus, how would it be running on a tummy full of sushi?&nbsp; I&#39;d have to make the call after I ate.&nbsp; I don&#39;t think I over-ate, but I had my fair share.&nbsp; Plus I had a glass of Sprite&reg;.&nbsp; I went to the van and briefly stretched out.&nbsp; I told my wife to drop me off at Higley and the freeway.&nbsp; I figured that would be around 3.15 miles.&nbsp; It was 3.17 miles.&nbsp; Nailed it.&nbsp; Kind of.&nbsp; I kept it nice and slow.&nbsp; I could taste the sushi come up a couple of times, but if I can run a mile and a half after consuming 6 donuts, I should be able to handle this.&nbsp; It was a decent run, but I definitely need to start my diet again.&nbsp; Happy New Year, everyone!</p> Tue, 01 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Mon, Dec 31, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-31-2018.html <p>Glen finally texted me back yesterday in the middle of sacrament meeting.&nbsp; I may go to hell, but I did text him back.&nbsp; He aplogized for just barely seeing the text, so I asked if he wanted to go today.&nbsp; He said sure and asked what time.&nbsp; I said I&#39;m free any time, thinking he would want to go in the afternoon.&nbsp; But he said he would come by my house at 6:00am to run along the Canal again.</p> <p>My alarm went off at 5:00am, and I hit snooze the max amount of times.&nbsp; I think it was 4.&nbsp; Anyway, I finally dragged myself out of bed around 5:30am.&nbsp; I was happy to get a bowel movement, and got ready.&nbsp; But with just minutes to go before 6:00am, I had to go again.&nbsp; So Glen texted me to tell me that he was here, and I texted back saying I&#39;d be out shortly.&nbsp; I had wanted to stretch out before he got here, but that didn&#39;t happen.</p> <p>After stretching out for about 5 minutes, we were ready.&nbsp; Glen was all bundled up, and I was wearing shorts and two T-shirts.&nbsp; It was a little bit cold, but not too bad.&nbsp; I also thought that the sun would come up soon, so I didn&#39;t bring my headlamp.&nbsp; Glen had his.&nbsp; He started putting distance between us right away.&nbsp; I know the Floodway path pretty well, so I didn&#39;t have any problems running in the dark.&nbsp; Glen was still within eye sight when he crossed Greenfield.&nbsp; I was glad to see that he went to the right side of the Canal (which is the left side.)&nbsp; But once I crossed Greenfield and went through the fence, I couldn&#39;t see him anymore.&nbsp; It was too dark, and he was too far ahead.&nbsp; I looked in the Canal to make sure he hadn&#39;t fallen in.&nbsp; I was able to see him a couple of times as once he turned his head and I could see his headlamp, and whenever he would get to a street to cross.&nbsp;</p> <p>When I got to a quarter of a mile away from the turn around point, I figured I&#39;d see him coming back soon, but I never did.&nbsp; Right before the fence, there is a steep drop.&nbsp; I thought maybe he was waiting there at the fence, so I coudln&#39;t see him.&nbsp; Or perhaps he kept on going to Val Vista and would turn around.&nbsp; I stopped briefly at the fence and drank some water.&nbsp; Then I saw his headlamp coming back, so he had gone on to Val Vista.&nbsp; I started back up the small hill and was able to keep him behind me for three quarters of a mile until I got stopped by traffic at McDowell.&nbsp; Then we basically ran the remaining 2.85 miles back together.&nbsp; We didn&#39;t talk much because we were both tired.&nbsp; I thought he was purposely slowing down to run with me, but he was crashing just as hard as I was.</p> Mon, 31 Dec 2018 07:00:00 Sat, Dec 29, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-29-2018.html <p>I texted Mike yesterday to see if he was still up for running today.&nbsp; Earlier in the week he said he wanted to pick me up at 6:00am.&nbsp; He finally texted back late and said that he had been moving furniture around all day, so he would text me at 9:00am.&nbsp; Around 9:30am he texted to say he was too sore.&nbsp; So I texted Glen, knowing that he likes to run in the afternoon anyway.&nbsp; He never texted back.&nbsp; So after eating 4 pieces of pizza, I finally decided to run on my own at 7:30pm.&nbsp;</p> <p>Since it was dark, I decided to stay on the main streets.&nbsp; That way, if I suffered a massive heart attack from all the pizza consumption, someone might find me.&nbsp; But as I was running, I felt like such a fatty, that I almost changed my mind because I didn&#39;t want people seeing my fat belly hanging out of my shirt.&nbsp; But I went on the main roads anyway, and felt totally blah.&nbsp; I went west down Adobe, turned south on Greenfield, east on University, north on Higley, and west again on Adobe.&nbsp; When I turned north on Higley, I could see a police helicopter circling around with its spotlight.&nbsp; It looked like it was in my neighborhood, or at least on Adobe.&nbsp; The closer I got to Adobe, the more I could tell that it was definetely circling around Adobe.&nbsp; I wondered if it would be safe to turn on the street.&nbsp; I made the turn and saw a couple of police vehicles parked on the side.&nbsp; Then, as I passed the first road beyond Higley, I could see an officer with his gun drawn, waiting for the suspect to come around the corner.&nbsp; I just kept running and hoped that the police helicopter wouldn&#39;t think I was the suspect running away.</p> Sat, 29 Dec 2018 07:00:00 Fri, Dec 28, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-28-2018.html <p>I&#39;m trying to eat all my Christmas goodies as fast as possible so that I can start another diet.&nbsp; This plan is not helping my running.</p> Fri, 28 Dec 2018 07:00:00 Thu, Dec 27, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-27-2018.html <p>I ran the same route as yesterday.&nbsp; I&#39;ve been seeing this beautiful falcon the last couple of days.&nbsp; It doesn&#39;t like to be on the same side of the Floodway as I&#39;m on, so it always flies over to the other side.&nbsp; Today&#39;s run was slower than yesterday&#39;s, but if felt faster.</p> Thu, 27 Dec 2018 07:00:00 Wed, Dec 26, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-26-2018.html <p>I had a pebble in my shoe from the get go.&nbsp; I hoped that it would shift somewhere in my shoe where it wouldn&#39;t bother me, but it never did.&nbsp; After a half mile I stopped at the Nancy K. Daugherty memorial rock and took my shoe off.&nbsp; I had sliced open my thumb on Christmas Day trying to open this egg shaped toy for my grandson.&nbsp; So putting my shoe back on was difficult.&nbsp; Once I finally got it back on, I decided I needed to tinkle.&nbsp; I went behind some bushes by the bank of the Floodway, but I saw someone walking on the RWCD path, so I waited &#39;til they went by.&nbsp; I hope no one saw me.</p> Wed, 26 Dec 2018 07:00:00 Mon, Dec 24, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-24-2018.html <p>First of all, Merry Christmas to everyone who reads this blog.&nbsp; Which is about two people per week, if I&#39;m lucky.&nbsp; Second, it&#39;s not even close to being cold.&nbsp; Is it really Christmas?</p> <p>I ran two loops today.&nbsp; When I turned the corner on to Adobe, I saw a young kid turning on to the Floodway path.&nbsp; He looked like he was moving pretty fast.&nbsp; I was looking for him when I got to the Floodway, but I couldn&#39;t see him.&nbsp; But out of the corner of my eye I saw some teenage boys hanging out under the culvert bridge of the Floodway.&nbsp; I thought they looked suspicious, so I kept turning around so that they would know I was on to them.&nbsp; It felt like I was running super slow.&nbsp; I guess I was, but not as slow as I thought I was.&nbsp; I had turned around and moved over to the RWCD road and was looking for those teenage boys again, but they were no where to be found.&nbsp; I wonder if they were tagging the culvert.&nbsp; I haven&#39;t really paid attention to the spray paint so I wasn&#39;t sure if it was new or not.&nbsp; I continued south down the RWCD road and saw this couple that I had seen earlier on Adobe.&nbsp; They were walking their dog and the man had on Jack Skellington pj bottoms.&nbsp; I told him I liked his Christmas pants.&nbsp; At University I turned and headed north back up the Floodway path.&nbsp; I saw an old cheerful man carrying a pack over his shoulder.&nbsp; He told me Merry Christmas.&nbsp; If it was Santa, he shaved his beard off.&nbsp; Then I saw a lady walking her dalmation in the bottom of the Floodway.&nbsp; I said Merry Christmas to her, but wasn&#39;t sure if she heard me.&nbsp; She did and said thank you.&nbsp; Then I decided to go down to the culvert so that I could see if the paint was fresh.&nbsp; It looked kinda new.&nbsp; I ran my finger across it and it smudged a little.&nbsp; Then I sniffed it, but couldn&#39;t smell anything.&nbsp; I then went to the other side of the road because that&#39;s where I saw the boys.&nbsp; I did the same thing over there.&nbsp; There was no conclusive evidence that they had spray painted the graffiti on the culvert.</p> Mon, 24 Dec 2018 07:00:00