Go, you chicken fat, go away! Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/ Mon, 19 Nov 2018 12:30:58 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Sat, Nov 17, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-17-2018.html <p>I planned on running with Mike like I do ever Saturday morning.&nbsp; I went to bed at 8pm.&nbsp; But I couldn&#39;t sleep.&nbsp; And I couldn&#39;t sleep.&nbsp; And I couldn&#39;t sleep.&nbsp; At 1am I texted Mike to tell him not to come by.&nbsp; I finally fell asleep around 2:15am.&nbsp; I think I was stressed out over a project I&#39;m working on.&nbsp; Anyway, I got up around quarter to 8 and my wife was already home from her walk.&nbsp; But she went back to bed and fell asleep.&nbsp; I wanted her to take me up to the top of Usery Pass.&nbsp; But she just wouldn&#39;t wake up.&nbsp; So I wore my running clothes all day.&nbsp; I finally decided to run at 5:51pm.&nbsp; I wanted some good miles but wasn&#39;t sure where to run.&nbsp; I figured it was too late to do Usery.&nbsp; I thought I would just run up the Canal to the Main Pumping Plant.&nbsp; As I was running I decided to instead run up to McDowell Road, turn east and run to Higley, then turn back south and run home.&nbsp; I wasn&#39;t sure how many miles it would be, but I figured it would be at least the distance of a normal Saturday run.&nbsp; I brought my headlamp with me because it was dark.&nbsp; I didn&#39;t put it on until about a mile and a quarter into it.&nbsp; Running along the Canal in between McKellips and McDowell, I saw some creepy guys walking down the path without any lighting.&nbsp; Could they be any creepier?&nbsp; I stepped on a rock somewhere along the path and now my foot is sore.&nbsp; Turning east, you start to head uphill, but I flet decent.&nbsp; I knew from riding my bike along Higley that the first half mile south was also uphill.&nbsp; But it&#39;s not steep, so I just kept plugging along.&nbsp; When I got to a mile and a half to go I got a call from my wife.&nbsp; She was worried about me.&nbsp; I told her I was fine.&nbsp; The last half mile was kind of a drag, but I made it.</p> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 07:00:00 Fri, Nov 16, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-16-2018.html <p>Just one loop today.&nbsp; I felt good and ran fast for me.</p> Fri, 16 Nov 2018 07:00:00 Wed, Nov 14, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-14-2018.html <p>I took yesterday off and opted to do a nice, easy 3 loops today.&nbsp; The City of Mesa, like other cities, has started this thing where you can rent a yellow bicycle for an hour or a day or whatever.&nbsp; This morning I saw what I assumed to be a vagrant, trying to push a shopping cart filled with all of his worldly possessions and straddling one of these bicycles.&nbsp; He seemed to be struggling and was stopped to adjust things in his cart.&nbsp; Just as he started again, one of his jugs fell out.&nbsp; I ran over and picked it up for him.&nbsp; He seemed grateful.&nbsp; I don&#39;t know what was in it.&nbsp; Maybe drinking water?</p> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 07:00:00 Mon, Nov 12, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-12-2018.html <p>For some reason, I really wanted to run under the freeway today.&nbsp; I didn&#39;t even know it was a thing until about a month ago when I saw one of the guys I follow on Strava had done it.&nbsp; The route is the same as my normal Canal run, but I&#39;ve never gone past the gate at the Main Pumping Plant.&nbsp; I knew that it&#39;s a 7.3 mile route to the gate and back, so I figured I might end up running 10 miles.&nbsp; But I felt up to it, and being that it&#39;s Veteran&#39;s Day, and I don&#39;t have to get any kids ready for school, I decided to go for it.&nbsp; I got to the gate no problem, and then I was in uncharted territory.&nbsp; Although I have actually been there before, just not running.&nbsp; I ran out to Val Vista and got on the other side of the Canal.&nbsp; From the pictures my friend took, I knew there was a tunnel that went under the freeway.&nbsp; I just wanted to run under it and maybe a little beyond.&nbsp; After I ran under the freeway I looked at my mileage and I was at 4.4 miles.&nbsp; I felt like I could do more so I kept going.&nbsp; I wanted to at least go to the bend in the Canal and see what there was to see.&nbsp; Turns out there wasn&#39;t much more to see.&nbsp; I stopped at a canal gate and took a couple of pictures.&nbsp; I tried to see if there was a way to get back on the other side of the canal without getting my feet wet, but there wasn&#39;t.&nbsp; So I decided it was as good of place as any to turn around.&nbsp; I just kept a nice easy pace and talked myself home.&nbsp; It was kinda cool out this morning.&nbsp; I might have to start wearing more layers soon.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Mon, 12 Nov 2018 07:00:00 Sat, Nov 10, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-10-2018.html <p>Another early morning Saturday run with Mike.&nbsp; Glen did not want to come today.&nbsp; 20 minutes is not enough time for me to get ready in the morning.&nbsp; I can get dressed in that time.&nbsp; But I can&#39;t poop.&nbsp; I packed some TP with me because I had a feeling, oh boy did I have a feeling.&nbsp; Right before we were about to take off, my bowels loosened up.&nbsp; I wandered off in the woods and found the same place I did the deed last time.&nbsp; Mike was kind enough to wait for me.&nbsp; After I was done I walked back to the parking lot, took one last stretch and started to run.&nbsp; I had a slight lead on Mike and he didn&#39;t catch me until about 1.6 miles.&nbsp; When he did, he was breathing real hard.&nbsp; It sounded like he was snoring.&nbsp; I almost asked him if he was okay, but it would make for a better tale if he would collapse and then I start chest compressions on him to save his life.&nbsp; But alas, that didn&#39;t happen.&nbsp; I stayed right behind him.&nbsp; Around mile 2.6 he completely stopped and hunched over.&nbsp; Was this my chance to perform life saving maneuvers?&nbsp; Nope.&nbsp; He started running right before I got to him.&nbsp; I kept him in my sights for the rest of the run.&nbsp; He runs so much faster than I do on the downhill.&nbsp; I wanted to break the 10 min. pace this morning.&nbsp; I would occasionally check my Strava to see if I had a chance.&nbsp; I could tell it would be close, and I tried picking up the pace.&nbsp; I would have to run it under 1 hour and 14 minutes to do it, (or very close to that.)&nbsp; Right before I turned to enter the parking lot, I looked and I was a few seconds over.&nbsp; I wondered if I&#39;d make it.&nbsp; But the final pace as recorded by Strava was 10:00.&nbsp; I was kind of bummed, but Mike encouraged me that it&#39;s still progress.&nbsp; He&#39;s right.&nbsp; It was a good run.&nbsp; Not a single cyclist this morning.</p> Sat, 10 Nov 2018 07:00:00 Thu, Nov 08, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-08-2018.html <p>I was going to take Monday off just because.&nbsp; Then while I was feeding the pig, my back tightened up on me.&nbsp; So I spent the next few days trying to loosen it up and stretch.&nbsp; I finally felt like I could run today.&nbsp; I just took it nice and easy.&nbsp; Other than some tremendous soreness in my right shin, it felt good.</p> Thu, 08 Nov 2018 07:00:00 Sat, Nov 03, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-03-2018.html <p>Ragnar #28</p> <p>I haven&#39;t run the last three Ragnar trail races that are held here in AZ at McDowell Mountain Park.&nbsp; Mostly for health reasons.&nbsp; But I&#39;ve been training pretty regularly this year and felt pretty good, so I decided to jump on a team at the last minute.&nbsp; I saw a couple of teams that had posted on the even Facebook page that they were looking for runners, and I messaged them both.&nbsp; One never responded.&nbsp; The other responded right away.&nbsp; Turns out they were one of the many RWB teams that ran this year.&nbsp; This group was out of Sierra Vista, AZ.&nbsp; They had three teams.&nbsp; I kind of knew one of the team members as she was also a Ragnar ambassador.&nbsp; So, they were all mostly veterans, and I&#39;m a mere civilian.&nbsp; But I&#39;ve found that as I&#39;ve attended various RWB events over the years, they are some of the most genuine and nice people.&nbsp; They welcomed me with open arms, and I had a good time.</p> <p>We had a pretty slow team, and we were slotted to start with the very first group that started at 9:30am.&nbsp; I was runner #5 and it was 1:36pm when I started my first leg.&nbsp; I had to run the yellow loop, which in my opinion is the hardest loop.&nbsp; It&#39;s listed as 4.7 miles, and it has the steepest climbs.&nbsp; If you haven&#39;t trained on running hills, this loop will get you.&nbsp; Luckily I had done some hill training last week, and I really feel like it helped me.&nbsp; However, even though it&#39;s November, it was stinkin&#39; hot out!&nbsp; It must&#39;ve been in the high 80&#39;s.&nbsp; I knew I would need to take it nice and easy so that I would have some energy left to run my remaining legs.&nbsp; I was running at a nice relaxed pace, and I was surprised at the number of people I was passing.&nbsp; That hasn&#39;t happened for me in a while.&nbsp; I mean, I was passing A LOT of people.&nbsp; I didn&#39;t even think to count them.&nbsp; I got passed a fair amount of times myself, but I passed a lot more than people passing me.&nbsp; Anyway, the uphills and the downhills were steep.&nbsp; The first real steep downhill, I heard this weird noise like I had just stepped on a metal plate or something.&nbsp; I was quick to think, there are no metal plates in the desert.&nbsp; So I turned back and saw that my water bottle had fallen out of my pocket.&nbsp; I had to turn around and get it because there was no way I was going to run without water in this heat.&nbsp; The second time I ran down a steep hill the same thing happened.&nbsp; After that, I learned to take it out of my pocket and hold it until I reached the bottom.&nbsp; I was doing all right up until the third mile.&nbsp; Right around where the water station was.&nbsp; It took me a while to get going again.&nbsp; But when I did, I was able to run all the way back in.&nbsp; The yellow loop merges back with the red loop, and one of the red loop runners ran with me for the last three quarters of a mile.&nbsp; She asked me if I was camping or &quot;glamping&quot;.&nbsp; I asked her what glamping meant.&nbsp; She says it&#39;s when you pay extra to have Ragnar set up and take down your tents.&nbsp; Glamour camping, I guess?&nbsp; I told her I was just camping.&nbsp; After a while she said I&#39;ll see you, and she picked up the pace.&nbsp; I was running right behind her.&nbsp; The green loop merges with the yellow and red about a quarter mile from the finish.&nbsp; Then you run up this hill to the finish line.&nbsp; Very cruel, Ragnar.&nbsp; I passed that girl on the uphill.&nbsp; I wasn&#39;t trying to purposely pass her, but I wanted to finish strong.&nbsp; According to my Strava, I ran 4.89 miles at an 11:27 pace.&nbsp; For the heat and the hills, I&#39;ll take it.</p> <p>My next loop was the green loop, the easiest one.&nbsp; The green loop is 4.1 miles.&nbsp; Even though you actually climb to a higher elevation than the yellow loop, it&#39;s just one climb.&nbsp; So the overall elevation change is less than the yellow loop.&nbsp; It was 10:35pm when I started.&nbsp; Well, I was oblivious to the fact that there were runners leaving both ends of the tent to start their runs.&nbsp; The yellow runners leave one side of the tent, and the green and red runners leave the other side.&nbsp; Nobody told me, and apparently I&#39;m too dumb to notice, so I ran the wrong way.&nbsp; I ran down the finishing hill, got to the bottom and asked the volunteer which way I was supposed to go.&nbsp; He said, &quot;I think you&#39;re supposed to go out the other side of the tent.&quot;&nbsp; Whoopsie!&nbsp; So I ran back up the hill and was thinking, &quot;If I cross the timing pad, I&#39;m going to screw all of our times up.&quot;&nbsp; So I ran on the outside of the chutes and got back on the course.&nbsp; This added at least another 2 tenths of a mile to my overall distance.&nbsp; Since it was no longer hot out, I found myself running pretty well.&nbsp; Really the only thing slowing me down was the dark.&nbsp; I was once again passing tons of people.&nbsp; The red and green loop are the same for about the first mile.&nbsp; Then they finally split.&nbsp; I was listening to my teammates talk about their experience on each loop, and as I was running, I was really questioning when the hill was going to start.&nbsp; It was hard to see it in the dark, and it was very gradual.&nbsp; It did seem that I was running slower in that 2nd mile, so I figured I was running up it at that point.&nbsp; I knew that once I reached the two mile mark it would also be all downhill.&nbsp; I could once again feel myself running faster.&nbsp; I just wished that I could&#39;ve run this leg in the early morning when I could see and when it wasn&#39;t hot.&nbsp; But anyway, I averaged a 10:13 pace for 4.43 miles.&nbsp;</p> <p>My final leg was the red loop, the longest distance.&nbsp; It&#39;s listed as 6.6 miles.&nbsp; My Strava got 6.67, so pretty close.&nbsp; I was scheduled to start around 6am.&nbsp; Unfortunately, my team was way behind schedule, and I started at 8:11am.&nbsp; It was already starting to warm up.&nbsp; It wasn&#39;t terrible, and there was a breeze at first, but by the end I was feeling it.&nbsp; This time I decided to count how many people I passed.&nbsp; I don&#39;t like to call them &#39;kills&#39; because sometimes people actually die.&nbsp; Anyway, my mind goes in a million different directions while I&#39;m running so it&#39;s hard for me to remember what number I&#39;m on.&nbsp; But I think the total was 20.&nbsp; I&#39;m sure I passed a lot more than that on my first two runs.&nbsp; I was slowing down, because after three loops, I&#39;m pretty tired.&nbsp; But I never stopped except just briefly at the water station to fill up my water bottle.&nbsp; The red loop had the highest climb.&nbsp; Immediately after the green and red loops split, you start the steepest part of the ascent.&nbsp; I was still feeling good, and had no problem going up.&nbsp; I also knew that once I reached the top there were some more ups and downs.&nbsp; This discouraged a lot of the runners, but that&#39;s why you&#39;ve got to look at the map before you run.&nbsp; After 2.75 miles it starts going downhill.&nbsp; It&#39;s a nice trail, and you can pick up some speed, but this is where I started feeling fatigued.&nbsp; I wanted to walk at times, but I knew that I didn&#39;t need to, and if I just maintained the pace I was running, I wouldn&#39;t have to.&nbsp; There were a few more steep short hills that were heartbreakers, but I prided myself in being able to run up all of them.&nbsp; I finally got to the last hill before the finish and was able to sprint up it.&nbsp; I&#39;m glad I decided to do the race.</p> <p>On a side note, I used to be able to see a lot of people that I know at these types of races.&nbsp; But I think that there are just so many people that don&#39;t want to run Ragnars anymore, and so many new people that do.&nbsp; I saw two former teammates of mine, Elizabeth and Brian.&nbsp; I also saw Kelli and Scott.&nbsp; They were volunteering.&nbsp; Kelli used to be a prominent blogger, but she has since disabled her blog.&nbsp; Our team finished around 1:30pm.&nbsp; We took our picture and my wife picked me up at 2pm.&nbsp; I had her stop at Wendy&#39;s on the way home for a Frosty.</p> <p><img alt="" height="743" src="https://beta-static.photobucket.com/images/qq326/BurtMcCumber/1/d6a29663-81ff-4274-a50c-991d4fe7f5e9-original.jpg?width=1920&amp;height=1080&amp;fit=bounds" width="1116" /></p> Sat, 03 Nov 2018 06:00:00 Tue, Oct 30, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-30-2018.html <p>3 easy loops on the Floodway/RWCD roads.&nbsp; I saw some bunnies, ducks, and dogs.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Mon, Oct 29, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-29-2018.html <p>I felt pretty good this morning.&nbsp; My legs are almost back to normal.&nbsp; I was running to the Floodway when a truck pulled up alongside me and the driver said, &quot;Hey-ay!&quot;&nbsp; It was Vanessa, my wife&#39;s walking buddy.&nbsp; It was just getting light out and there weren&#39;t a lot of people out yet.&nbsp; When I got to two miles I saw a runner coming toward me.&nbsp; He was the same guy I saw a few months ago that let&#39;s his dog follow him, but it&#39;s hard to tell if it&#39;s his dog, because of how far away it always is from him.&nbsp; He seemed pretty fast and I expected him to run over to the other side of the RWCD Canal when he turned back north at McKellips.&nbsp; I didn&#39;t think he&#39;d be able to catch me before I got to McDowell.&nbsp; I got to McDowell and turned around and I saw him coming back to me on the same side of the Canal that I was on.&nbsp; There is a bridge at the Canal gate about a fifth of a mile from McDowell.&nbsp; He crossed the bridge right when I got to him and was quickly in front of me on the other side.&nbsp; He then proceeded to run a quarter mile and turn back around.&nbsp; I knew I was running faster than I have in a long time, but I&#39;m still slow.&nbsp; I was happy that I averaged well under a 10 min. pace today.&nbsp; As I approached Greenfield Road I saw a lady on the east side of the Canal.&nbsp; She crossed over to the west side and started running.&nbsp; I wasn&#39;t able to catch her and I thought she might just be doing this little loop that I see a lot of people do who work out at the gym there on the corner.&nbsp; But she crossed Brown Road and kept going south.&nbsp; I still wasn&#39;t able to catch her until she stopped right before Adobe.&nbsp; I told her good job, but she didn&#39;t say anything back to me.</p> Mon, 29 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Sat, Oct 27, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-27-2018.html <p>Woke up to a text from Mike saying that he wasn&#39;t going to be able to make it today.&nbsp; But I had already texted Glen yesterday to see if he was coming.&nbsp; After I saw Mike&#39;s text, I texted Glen to see if he wanted a ride.&nbsp; He said - sure.&nbsp; I picked him up, and although it&#39;s only been a couple of years, we had a lot to catch up on.&nbsp; We ran together for most of the way up chatting the whole way.&nbsp; Mostly about our pets.&nbsp; A little bit about our kids.&nbsp; Right before the top we saw this other couple running down.&nbsp; They didn&#39;t have headlamps or butt lights, and very little reflective gear.&nbsp; We got to the top and turned around.&nbsp; It wasn&#39;t long before we had almost caught the couple.&nbsp; I think one of them must&#39;ve stopped for a tinkle.&nbsp; But we couldn&#39;t catch them.&nbsp; When we reached the Bulldog Trailhead, I told Glen we had 2.9 miles to go.&nbsp; He asked how our pace was.&nbsp; I said, probably a little slower than usual, but not bad.&nbsp; He then started to pick up the pace.&nbsp; I could see that he was about to catch the couple.&nbsp; But it was hard to tell because it was still dark and they had no lights.&nbsp; Glen ended up finishing about 3 to 4 minutes ahead of me and said he wasn&#39;t able to catch the guy, but he got the girl.&nbsp; He ran pretty well for not having run that much in a while.</p> Sat, 27 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Fri, Oct 26, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-26-2018.html <p>My legs felt completey wrecked yesterday from all the hill work the first three days of this week.&nbsp; So I took yesterday off.&nbsp; I did a nice and easy run today to shake them out for tomorrow.&nbsp; I averaged a 10:01 pace.&nbsp; Nice to see that my easy pace is now what my fast pace was a few months ago.</p> Fri, 26 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Wed, Oct 24, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-24-2018.html <p>I fell asleep early last night.&nbsp; I knew that I had left my phone charger in my office, but thought I might get up during the night and get it.&nbsp; I was awakened by my wife moving my phone and thought I saw her putting it on the charger.&nbsp; I thought, &quot;How sweet.&nbsp; She got my charger for me.&quot;&nbsp; Only she didn&#39;t.&nbsp; There is another chord next to my outlet, but it&#39;s not the right one.&nbsp; So I woke up to my phone being at 27%.&nbsp; I was up pretty early, too, but I didn&#39;t go running.&nbsp;&nbsp; I thought maybe I&#39;d do a 5 mile loop, but my two youngest daughters are staying home again from school, and my wife said she had to take our other daughter to school early for some testing.&nbsp; She said she was going to do Hilltop afterward and asked if I wanted to come.&nbsp; So I agreed to.&nbsp; As we drove through the second roundabout crossing the freeway, I saw a chicken in the road.&nbsp; The poor thing was trying to make it to the side.&nbsp; Where my wife parked was only about 0.4 miles away, so I decided to run back to it to see if it was okay.&nbsp; I crossed the road (no jokes, please), and ran back to the roundabout.&nbsp; I couldn&#39;t see it.&nbsp; I slowed down and started running back looking for it everywhere.&nbsp; That&#39;s when I heard a car on the other side of the road stop and start honking.&nbsp; I quickly crossed over to the median. where the, not chicken, but rooster, had gone to the other side.&nbsp; It tried to run away from me, which I figured it would, but it was in pretty bad shape.&nbsp; I tried to pick it up, but it wriggled away from me.&nbsp; I let it walk a little more across the road.&nbsp; Luckily there wasn&#39;t a whole lot of traffic, but the few cars that were coming were being courteous and driving around us.&nbsp; I tried picking it up again, but it wouldn&#39;t let me.&nbsp; Then I heard a lady hollering that she had a box.&nbsp; I looked down the sidewalk and a the lady and her daugher were hurrying up the way with a box and a towel.&nbsp; By now the rooster had gotten to the other side of the road, and had stopped right at the curb.&nbsp; And there were a lot of cars coming.&nbsp; So I reached down and got a good hold of it, picked it up, and put it in the box.&nbsp; They covered it with the towel.&nbsp; She wasn&#39;t sure what she was going to do with it.&nbsp; She said she was a teacher and was going to bring it to school.&nbsp; I said I hope it survives.&nbsp; They said they saw it get hit by a car.&nbsp; It probably has internal bleeding and I&#39;m afraid it won&#39;t last much longer.</p> <p>When I got back to where my van was parked, it was gone!&nbsp; I briefly entertained the idea that my wife was hiking up the hill and it had been stolen.&nbsp; I called her to see where she was.&nbsp; She was having tummy issues and went to the local grocery store to relieve herself.&nbsp; So, I decided to start without her.</p> <p>I started running up the hill.&nbsp; I had forgotten my inhaler, and I was wheezing a bit.&nbsp; I had to stop like three time going up.&nbsp; Right before the top I saw this guy that looked like a real mountaineer.&nbsp; He had a long scraggly beard and those mountain poles.&nbsp; He was booking it down.&nbsp; I got to the top and decided to wait until my wife came back so I could wave at her from the top.&nbsp; At least 5 minutes went by.&nbsp; I was just about to call her again when I saw the van pull up.&nbsp; I waited another minute or so until she finally got out of the van.&nbsp; She started walking around the base of the hill.&nbsp; I waved, but she couldn&#39;t see me.&nbsp; So I called her.&nbsp; As soon as she heard the phone ring, she looked up and waved.&nbsp; She answered and I asked what she planned on doing.&nbsp; She said she would do whatever until I was done.&nbsp; Well, I was hoping she was going to hike to the top and back.&nbsp; I was going to tell her that I would just run down the road towards home and she could pick me up when she was done.&nbsp;&nbsp; But since she was hiking around the base, I decided to just run down and try to find her.</p> <p>When I turned around to go down, the mountain man had reached the top again.&nbsp; He was running around the plateau, and I started running down.&nbsp; It wasn&#39;t long before he was running down and hot on my tail.&nbsp; I moved over and ran in the sand so that he could pass me.&nbsp; The last stretch down the hill is very rocky due to the recent storms we&#39;ve had.&nbsp; At least, that&#39;s what my wife says.&nbsp; I&#39;ve never seen it any different, so I&#39;ll take her word for it.&nbsp; But it&#39;s rocky enough where I&#39;m gonna slow way down, so that I don&#39;t trip.&nbsp; Mountain man just kept cruising.&nbsp; By the time I had gotten to the bottom, he had already turned around and started back up.</p> <p>I wasn&#39;t going to do doubles today, so I ran down the dirt road that I had seen my wife walking on.&nbsp; I ran all the way around the west side of the hill and saw that the road was about to dead end.&nbsp; I looked around for my wife, and spotted her up on another trail on the hill.&nbsp; I hollered at her, but she had her ear phones in and didn&#39;t hear me.&nbsp; That&#39;s when I had the idea to sneak up behind her and scare her.&nbsp; I started running up the trail which went up and as it turns to go around the north side of the hill, goes back down.&nbsp; I saw that she covered this part pretty quick, but she was walking and I would be able to catch her soon.&nbsp; I tried to run on her left side because I figured if she turned her head, it would be to the right.&nbsp; When I was about 20 feet away she turned her head to look up the hill to see if she could spot me.&nbsp; Unfortunately she spotted me behind her.&nbsp; I scared her a little.&nbsp; But I really wanted to make her pee her pants.&nbsp; Oh well.&nbsp;</p> <p>I walked with her a little bit until the trail ended at a golf course.&nbsp; I said where now?&nbsp; She said that sometimes she cuts through, which is tresspassing, and sometimes she walks around and turns back around to follow the trail back.&nbsp; I told her that I would meet her at the van.&nbsp; I then finished up my run by going back to the locked van.&nbsp; I sat down on the bank of a small wash and waited for her.&nbsp; My phone was down to 5%, but it lasted.&nbsp; When I got home and looked at my Flybys on Strava, I realized that the mountain man was my old friend Brian that I see all the time when I&#39;m running Usery.&nbsp; How embarrassing.&nbsp; I didn&#39;t even recognize him behind all that scruff.&nbsp; I sent him a message apologizing.&nbsp; But overall it was a fun morning.&nbsp; Prayers for the rooster.</p> Wed, 24 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Tue, Oct 23, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-23-2018.html <p>I did Hilltop again today.&nbsp; I did it twice.&nbsp; I guess I was ready.&nbsp; I wasn&#39;t able to run all the way up like I did yesterday.&nbsp; I stopped a couple of times.&nbsp; So maybe I wasn&#39;t ready.&nbsp; I brought my inhaler today because of all the wheezing yesterday.&nbsp; I started out and immediately was wheezing again.&nbsp; So I took a hit.&nbsp; By my second ascent, I wasn&#39;t wheezing anymore.</p> Tue, 23 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Mon, Oct 22, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-22-2018.html <p>I&#39;ve decided I want to try and hop on a Ragnar McDowell trail team here in the next couple of weeks.&nbsp; I better join a team within the next couple of weeks because the race is in less than two weeks.&nbsp; So I need to start doing more hill training.&nbsp; I run up Usery Pass every Saturday, but that&#39;s a long gradual climb.&nbsp; The hills in McDowell are shorter and steeper.&nbsp; Ergo I chose to try and run Hilltop for the first time today.&nbsp; My wife hikes it all the time.&nbsp; I started the morning out by running my usual 2 loops around the Floodway/RWCD Canal.&nbsp; Then I took my daughter to school and continued on to Hilltop.&nbsp; My wife told me that it was 1.5 miles round trip.&nbsp; I recorded 0.8 miles.&nbsp; But it was quite steep and I wheezed the whole way up.&nbsp; But I made it without stopping.&nbsp; I&#39;m going to try and do this as much as I can between now and the race.&nbsp; I might even try doing doubles as soon as I feel I&#39;m ready.</p> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Sat, Oct 20, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-20-2018.html <p>When you have Filiberto&#39;s the day before, you make sure you pack some TP with you.&nbsp; It was a beautiful morning, but I didn&#39;t have a bowel movement beforehand.&nbsp; I got a headstart on Mike.&nbsp; He caught me right around 0.55 miles.&nbsp; I told him I didn&#39;t know if I could hold on for the entire run.&nbsp; I said, &quot;Luckily I brought some toilet paper with me.&quot;&nbsp; He said, &quot;You did?&quot;&nbsp; The way he said it made me think that he might need some.&nbsp; But I wouldn&#39;t be able to afford any so I said, &quot;Yeah.&nbsp; Just a little bit.&quot;&nbsp; He continued past me, but he wasn&#39;t running as fast as he usually does.&nbsp; Or I was running faster than normal.&nbsp; I thought I might actually pass him, but it I enjoy having him in front of me.&nbsp; That way the traffic sees him and is more aware of me.&nbsp; Selfish?&nbsp; Maybe.</p> <p>Right at 1.2 miles the pressure was too much.&nbsp; I found a nice tree to go behind.&nbsp; I popped a squat and well, you know.&nbsp; I had just enough TP, so I&#39;m glad I didn&#39;t share.&nbsp; I got back out on the road and Mike was well ahead of me, but I could see his butt lamp from time to time.&nbsp; He was now half a mile ahead of me.&nbsp;</p> <p>At one point I could see a headlamp pointing in my direction.&nbsp; I wasn&#39;t sure if it was Mike, a cyclist, or another runner.&nbsp; Then I saw the butt lamp, and figured it was Mike.&nbsp; I was thinking maybe he was going to ask me for some TP.&nbsp; I felt a little bad, but I have to take care of numero uno.&nbsp; Or numero dos, depending on how you look at it.</p> <p>I was actually gaining on Mike.&nbsp; Looking at Strava, I can see a couple of times that he had to stop.&nbsp; I reached the top and stopped briefly to pull my briefs up.&nbsp; By which I mean retie my shorts.&nbsp; As we were running up, there was plenty of vehicles coming downhill, but not one that came uphill.&nbsp; I finally saw one at the 2.75 miles to go mark.&nbsp; That&#39;s always nice.&nbsp; I felt like I was running pretty well and pushing it a little.&nbsp; But that last mile seemed to drag.&nbsp; Mostly the last half mile, but that&#39;s usual because the slope starts to flatten out.&nbsp; I finished and Mike was upset at how poorly he had run.&nbsp; The truth is, it wasn&#39;t that bad.&nbsp; His pace was still a minute faster than mine.&nbsp; He told me that his shins were killing him and that he was glad we only did the 7.4 (to the top and back) today.&nbsp;</p> <p>The reason we only did the 7.4 is because I was going on a 1 mile hike later with my Wolf den.&nbsp; All 4 boys showed up and 1 father.&nbsp; I&#39;m glad he came because Vickie started feeling real sick after her walk this morning.&nbsp; He was able to substitute for her.&nbsp; We went to the Riparian Preserve in Gilbert.&nbsp; I think the boys had fun.&nbsp; Well, they certainly enjoyed the doughnuts when we finished.</p> Sat, 20 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Fri, Oct 19, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-19-2018.html <p>A nice and easy run today to keep me fresh for tomorrow.&nbsp; I don&#39;t know if fresh is the right word.&nbsp; But I&#39;m going with it.</p> Fri, 19 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Thu, Oct 18, 2018 http://Burt-McCumber.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-18-2018.html <p>I wanted a mid distance run today, but I was limited on time.&nbsp; So I did a run that I haven&#39;t done before even though I&#39;ve done it a million times.&nbsp; I ran up the Floodway to Greenfield Road.&nbsp; Usually I cross the road and keep going.&nbsp; But today I turned around and ran down the other side of the RWCD Canal, all the way to Main Street, and then back home.&nbsp; I felt nice and comfortable the whole way despite eating some goodies last night, and my pace was well below 10 min/mile.&nbsp; When I first got on the Floodway path, I could see a woman up ahead.&nbsp; I assumed it was a woman because of the skirt.&nbsp; As I got closer I started to question (short hair and baseball cap), but it was indeed a woman.&nbsp; It took me a while to catch her though because she was walking along at a pretty nice clip.&nbsp; She turned around at Brown Road and walked down the RWCD road.&nbsp; It&#39;s probably about 0.4 miles from Brown Road to Greenfield, so by the time I got back to Brown Road she was way ahead of me.&nbsp; It was a beautiful day out and there were a lot of people out walking.&nbsp; I saw this guy on the other side of the RWCD Canal.&nbsp; It looked like he was wearing an old Ragnar shirt.&nbsp; The closer I got, the more I was convinced that is what it was.&nbsp; He ended up saying good morning to me, and I asked him if he was wearing a Ragnar shirt.&nbsp; He looked down at it, and said, &quot;Yeah it is.&nbsp; But it&#39;s a really old one.&nbsp; Like 10 years ago.&quot;&nbsp; I said, &quot;I know.&nbsp; I have that same shirt.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p>I crossed Adobe and wondered if I would be able to catch the skirt lady.&nbsp; She looked like she was too far ahead.&nbsp; I was making some ground on her, but she got to University before me.&nbsp; I saw her turn east and thought she might live in one of the 55+ communities and that would be the last time I saw her.&nbsp; But she moved over from the Canal road to the Floodway path.&nbsp; I got to Main Street and started heading back north.&nbsp; When I passed her I said, &quot;You sure are walking fast!&quot;&nbsp; I don&#39;t know if she recognized me from before, so she probably thought I was being condescending.&nbsp; Right after that I saw this lady with a dog.&nbsp; I don&#39;t think the dog was leashed, but when she saw me she leashed him.&nbsp; As I approached her she said, &quot;I should just give you the leash and let him run with you.&quot;&nbsp; I said, &quot;Sounds like my dog except my dog stops on a dime every 10 seconds.&quot;&nbsp; Then she said, &quot;Would it bother you if I let him off his leash?&nbsp; He&#39;s not a biter.&quot;&nbsp; I said, &quot;I don&#39;t mind.&nbsp; I&#39;m not afraid of dogs.&quot;&nbsp; So she let him off, and he started galloping toward me.&nbsp; He got about 5 feet in front of me and stopped.&nbsp; He just wanted to beat me.&nbsp; I said, &quot;You win!&quot;</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 06:00:00