Saturday, May 27, 2017

Number 69 - 2017 Fast Track 5K and a Dog Bite

After recently being inspired to get back (and complete) this 100 race/event goal I started a few years back, did the Fast Track 5K in Duluth, GA.  It is a small, local race, this was the 3rd annual.  So local, I didn't even have to drive to get to it, I could just simply walk to downtown Duluth, do the race, and walk home.  Easy.

Nice day, temps in the low 60s, listening to tunes with the earbuds in, walking to the race.  This was nice!  Walking on the sidewalk noticed a woman walking her dog coming the other way.  No worries with the dog, it's on a leash, with a harness, no aggressive movements, nothing really here to be concerned with.  As we got closer the women and I nodded, smiled, and said "good morning".  As we passed each other with the dog in between us, all of a sudden "WHAT THE ..." the dog bites me.  Brain immediately goes into overdrive - what's happening, what do I do, this is weird, end up take two more steps and fall to the ground.  That blanking hurt!!!

The women appeared more upset than me, she said "he's never bitten anyone before, he never does this, I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry".  "Are you all right"?

So about that time I stand back up, pull up my running shorts looking to see if the dog broke the skin.  It bit me in the buttocks on the left side but I could not see it, especially with my left Lazy eye.  Brain really trying to figure out what to do next.  I need to see this bite area to assess it - but can't.  The thought comes, oh yeah, I have an iPhone, I'll just ask her to take a picture of it so I can see it.   Yeah this something that you do everyday on the side pretty busy road - ask some women, who you don't even know, to take a picture of your ass while you pull up your shorts!  Yeah, that's the ticket!

So I say to her "I know this is a bit weird, but could you take a picture of this so I can see it"?  She says "sure".

It did break the skin but was not gushing or dripping blood.  She was still in massive apologize mode.  I ask about the dog's vaccines, she says all up to date so that did make me feel a little bit better.  I get her name, number and that was pretty much it.

Okay, where was I, oh yeah the 5K, earbuds back in, walk to the race.

It was about a mile walk and the whole time I'm thinking, I really need to clean this.  Now I'm banking on someone having a first-aid kit at the race.  As luck would have, quite a few   officers from the Duluth PD were at the race for traffic control so made my way over to them.  One of the officers noticing me approach says "can I help you"?  I said "yeah, I got bit by a dog on the way here and was wondering if you had a first-aid kit in your car with anything I could use to clean" as I pull up my shorts and show my ass to five police officers.  Yeah, can this day get anymore weirder?

Thanks Duluth PD!

Luckily, the rest of the race was very uneventful!  We did some group warmups, headed to the starting line, and we were off.

Fast Track 5K

I had a good race, mixing in a little running with the walking for a 38:09 finish.  About 12:18 miles, for me, that's a good day!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Number 67 & 68 and the 100 Races/Events

The 100 race/event goal is still in place - but happening ever so slowly at this point...

I really got lazy with the blogposts on the 100 race goal part.  Although the main goal was for walking a bunch of miles, after awhile I came up with a secondary goal of completing 100 races/events.  I've been stuck in the mid 60s (races/events) for a while.  I've noticed a pretty steep rise in what they charge to participate in the races, especially the half marathons (and greater) distances.  I just do not think the "value" is reasonable for a lot of the half marathon races anymore.  I certainly get it if a person is doing one for a bucket list thing, or even a few, but for 100, different story.  The half marathon distance is my favorite distance so I'll probably still do a few more of these.  But to reach the 100 races I need to consider other options.

Catching up on races from last year...

Number 67 - PurpleStride Atlanta 5K, November, 2016, Atlanta, GA

My son organizes this race for us each year as it supports research for pancreatic cancer research and support.  Pancreatic cancer impacted our family, my dad suffered from it.  I'm proud of my son for doing this each year.

We gathered at Centennial Olympic park in a sea of purple (t-shirts, hats, balloons, streamers,...) to do this race.  As always - a great cause!!!

-----  Race #67 -----

It's a small thing but the number 67 has always been 
a special number for me, memories from long ago...

1972 season - senior year

Number 68 -  Atlanta Half Marathon, November, 2016, Atlanta, GA

This was the 6th time doing this race.  It has become somewhat of a Thanksgiving Day morning tradition.  After doing this race six times and blogging about it, there really is not too much more to write about.  I do like seeing Atlanta this way and suspect I will probably continue doing this race as long I am in the Atlanta area for Thanksgiving.  The absolute best, best, best thing about this race - since calorie consumption will be significant later in the day - you sort get the feeling you are getting ahead and justifying the overeating that will take place by burning a significant number of calories before the feasting even begins!  :)

If I'm going to do this race in November, need to sign up soon as they do have a tiered pricing scheme:

$65 through 5/30/17
$70 through 7/31/17
$75 through 8/31/17
$80 through 9/30/17
$85 through 11/15/17
$90 at number pick-up


Sunday, May 21, 2017

New Goal: Walk 24,901 Miles

I was up early (even on vacation), still dark outside, on a walk, about half way between Rotten City Pizza and Emeryville Public Market heading for a coffee at Peet's and the thought just kept in coming into my head - need another walking goal...  Just would not go away.

Having just reached a goal of walking 10,000 miles a fews days earlier, I already missed having a walking goal.  Part of me actually believed that I would be content with reaching 10,000 miles and that would be it.  It was not.  So, it just made sense, make a new goal.

The 10,000 was arbitrary so I kicked around other numbers but nothing seemed to fit.  Out of the blue, the idea of the circumference of the earth popped into my head.  So I looked it up, turns out it's about 24,901 miles.  That will work!  So building on the 10,000 miles just completed I will continue to add to that to reach the circumference of the earth, 24,901 miles.

Earth - Source:

Monday, May 15, 2017

10,000 Miles Completed

So after six years, four months, and 15 days, reached my goal of walking 10,000 miles.  Somewhere between boredom and a desire to set up some type exercise program I made up this goal up to give me something to do with my ever longing desire to retire from full time work.  Only problem is, not ready to retire from full time work just yet.  Think it will be about one more year - well that is the current thought on that.

10,000 miles  :)

So after a Garmin and two Fitbits, not sure what to do now as far as tracking miles.  I will continue to distance walk, that is one thing that came out of this - enjoyment from walking, especially long distances.

Next goal....  thinking of rowing 1,000,000 meters on the indoor rowing machine.  Sort of took that up as a lunchtime workout habit recently.  Have 144,543 meters logged so far on the  Concept2 Log Tracking site.  Should be able do this with a year.  Hmmm....

So This Llama Walks into a Bar

Okay, it wasn't a bar, it was a park.  Nonetheless we had no expectation of seeing Llamas at the park, we just wanted to go for a Mother's Day hike and decided on Redwood Regional Park in Oakland.

The park has about 36 miles of trails, not that we thought we'd do anything near that distance.  It did provide us with options though.

The weather here is great.  A light, long sleeve fleece was needed especially when walking in shaded areas, which there were quite few.  Only to role up sleeves when you find yourself in sunny areas.

As we approached a playground area, noticed a crowd gathered just to the left of it.  Getting closer all did double takes focusing on these fairly tall furry things.  Not sure what we were seeing but knowing that it was out of the ordinary.

Llama at the water fountain

Have never seen this before, llamas taking turns at the water fountain!  They were quite friendly llamas, eating grass, letting people pet them, very easy going.

We continued on with Ellie with her stopping frequently picking as many rocks, flowers, pine cones, and sticks as she could hold.

Great day for a hike!

This hike brought my 10,000 mile goal to 9,996.

Four more to go :)

Saturday, May 6, 2017

For Love of the Game


“ And they'll watch the game and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they'll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good and that could be again. Oh...people will come Ray. People will most definitely come.”

― James Earl Jones, Field of Dreams

Baseball has always been a huge part of my life, from playing Little League in Succasunna, NJ in the 1960s, to countless sandlot games (why don't kids do this anymore?), to my Grandpa taking me to see the Mets at Shea Stadium, to playing catch with my son more times than I can count, to watching my son play in youth leagues, travel ball, high school, college, and minor leagues.  It has most definitely been a constant in my life.

But just as everything else in life, things move on, chapters close, and new chapters begin.  Leaving fond memories behind, as one grows older, seems to become the norm.  And baseball, for the most part for me now has basically been relegated to watching the Atlanta Braves a few innings here and there.

However, my son, who now works full time in a career not related to baseball at all, recently decided to join a men's baseball league.  He plays for the Atlanta Dragons and last weekend played in a tournament at the Gwinnett Braves Minor League Stadium - Coolray Field.

So last Saturday afternoon, baseball once again was front and center and I loved every minute of it!  As James Earl Jones said "and they'll watch the game and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters".

He had a great day on the mound, pitching six innings and striking out 13 batters!  We'll take that any day!

Guys playing in this league do not do it for the money (they actually have to pay money to play), they do not do it for fame, they simply do it for love of the game.