Running update

So, I checked back on my Garmin to find out what I had totaled for 2/2 when I broke my ankle. I had 2.59 miles logged that morning before the catastrophe…so that totaled with my 1.5 last night gave me almost 4.1 to add to my Melisa Memorial 570 run. I’ve also decided that if I can complete this run THIS year, that would be an accomplishment. So that is now the goal. Only 540 miles to go.

#8

You’ll note that there is a new feature on the map. The blue squiggly line at the bottom is the elevation chart so that you can see what the terrain would be like. It’s a very geography thing. Also, not that you can see it on the map, but I’m near White Cloud, IN. I’m stealing the map factoid idea from Drew over at Trials and Trails, but it’s cool since he stole my map idea. Anyway…here’s your factoid:

White Cloud, IN is an unincorporated community in Harrison County.

Basically what I’m saying is, there’s not much to White Cloud and it probably doesn’t even have a sign pointing out its existence. So hopefully there will be better factoids in the future.

The movies and events pages have been updated within the last month or so, movies more recently than events. Anyway, check ’em out.

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Back on track

Tonight I took my first steps toward returning to running.  I headed down to the local YMCA and pushed GO on the treadmill.  I huffed and puffed through a measly 20 minute jog which resulted in about a mile and a half.  All in all, my ankle felt good, but my opposite knee was a little achy.  I actually felt pretty good afterward and lifted a couple of weights, just to say I did.  We’ll see how I feel tomorrow, but other than some sore muscles, I feel pretty good.

And now, some Random Thoughts:

  • Seriously?! The Red Sox got swept by the Devil Rays?  We’re gonna have to start getting some runs or it’s going to be a long season.
  • I’m reading A Tree Grows In Brooklyn right now and it is at times beautiful and heartbreaking.  It is slowly becoming one of my very favorite books.
  • Toying with the idea of becoming a vegetarian…no, really…it’s the best thing for my body and for the earth on so many levels.  However, I can list a dozen meals off the top of my head with meat and/or seafood that I would really miss.  I’m torn.
  • The cold snap that we’re experiencing is referred to as dogwood winter, according to my mother.  She’s an expert on seasons that aren’t really seasons and the fruit/plant that they’re associated with.
  • Speaking of cold, I can’t seem to shake the one I have.  It’s been two weeks now and it’s been a mix of allergy and cold symptoms.  I’m hoping it’ll be gone by Derby.
  • Speaking of Derby, have you picked your horse yet?  Don’t even know who’s running do you?  Nobody does, and won’t until May 3rd, but I’m gonna pick Cowboy Cal, provided he’s still in the running when they actually choose.

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At Last!

Two days ago I turned in my final draft for my senior thesis. It felt really good to hand that off and I look forward to graduation on May 10. This will certainly open up a whole new chapter in my life and Stickley rockerI can now say, with some measure of certainty and relief, that I embrace this new chapter whole heartedly. I can also look forward to a relaxing summer in the comfort of my new rocking chair, a graduation gift from my parents.  It’s a gorgeous Stickley rocker, by the way, and the picture to the right is a good representation.

I think I’m finally starting to let it sink in as well.  I’m beginning to feel lighter as the graduation day approaches.  I’m trying my best not to sound like the “first person ever to have graduated from college”, but this has been such a monumental obstacle in my life.  It is a bit tantamount to my first half-marathon where I really didn’t think I would finish and many times I thought about just stopping, but I rounded the corner to the finish line and all those people were there cheering me on, even though they had no idea who I was and I sprinted (like I’d never run before) to the finish, nearly in tears.  And it was the absolute best feeling in the world.  Just now, I’m starting to feel that way about graduation.

Dare I even consider graduate school?  It’s a possibility, but not at the moment.  Let’s let this sink in and then we’ll talk.

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Earthquake!

Yeeah, what a ride baby! We rode the 5.4 this morning at around 5:38 a.m. And it was AWESOME!

Yes, I’m that guy. I’m the guy that loves to be involved in natural phenomena. It’s part of what I love about physical geography. I stand at the window during tornadoes to watch what happens. I found the recent flooding a little bit intoxicating. I sit on the porch swing during severe thunderstorms to feel the crackle of lightning and the rumble of thunder through the crisp air.  I wanted the earthquake to last just a little bit longer because at that hour of the morning, it was basically over by the time I figured out what it was.

It only knocked some books over on my shelf, but the bed was rockin’ because Mother Nature was knockin’! I was so excited I asked my wife if she thought it would be on a website yet. I wanted to log in right then and find out what the deal was. The last earthquake that we felt here of any decent magnitude was back in the early ’80s, so to say it’s a rare occurrence is a severe understatement.

Anyway, I thought it was wonderful because it didn’t do any real damage here. I apologize up front for anyone who may have been traumatized by an earthquake…but for me it was fun. That said, I’m also the guy who doesn’t like fast elevators, flying in planes, or spiders of half-dollar size or larger.

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Memoir tagged

Gleemonex (whose only discernable fault is an obsession with the hated Yankees *grin*) has deigned to tag me with a considerably difficult meme especially given that it’s taken me this long to simply introduce the damn thing. So here’s the rules for those of you wanting to play along…and those of you who have no choice because YOU’VE BEEN TAGGED!

1) Write your own six word memoir
2) Post it on your blog; include a visual illustration if you’d like
3) Link to the person that tagged you in your post, and to the original post if possible
4) Tag at least five more blogs with links
5) Leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play!

My memoir: Graduated finally; spent life in love.

That’s actually pretty decent. And now…MsHellion, Mar-cee-ah, Drew, Tiffany, and KyLydia

That’s all I have for now. I’ll write more tomorrow, I promise. I have to tell you about my school presentation.

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It’s a jungle out there.


lawnmower

Originally uploaded by jovivebo

Well…there it was. The mower, lurking in the dark corner of the garage. Sneering at me with its electric grin. It could feel the warm weather through the window of the dim shelter. I slowly rolled it out into the sun to meet its nemesis. It fairly snarled at the depth of clover and wild violet that blanketed the small lawn. The lawn merely waved in the soft early spring breeze, not aware of its impending slaughter beneath the teeth of the hungry mower. It had been stored too long, it’s thirst for chlorophyll not slaked in some time. The mower hummed to life, surging in its desire to attack the high grass. The dandelions were smart to look away as the evil mower slashed toward them, laying waste to the field of green.

And so yesterday, the lawn mowing season began.