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Weekend Recap

This weekend was much colder than I had hoped.  Especially Saturday When my rugby team played in the Mountain Ruckus tournament in West Virginia.  When we arrived at the pitch at 9:30 the cars thermometer was reading a nice and warm 16 degrees.  Lucky for us a few people on the team were smart and brought tarps, tents and propane heaters.  We started by setting up our own little tent city; this helped with the wind, though it was not enough to actually warm up.  At least it took things from freezing to cold.  I was hoping to have some pictures and actually do a nice little recap of the games, but it was too cold for my phone and it shut off shortly after putting it in my bag to go warm up.  As for a recap I am not even really sure of the scores of the games; it was a good day and we won all three matches, putting us in first place at the tournament.  It felt good to get out and play, to mer we looked and felt like we were playing a little more together than we did in the fall.  Hopefully that carries over to our next two league matches in a few weeks.  Two more wins will put us in a decent seeding for playoffs.  Hopefully I have better recaps for those last games. 

 However; as good as I was feeling saturday, sunday morning I could definitely tell that I had played the previously day.  60 minutes of Propping and Hooking along with staring out in the cold all day left me feeling a bit beat up and exhausted sunday morning. As soon as i got up I knew my planned long run (8 miles), was not going to happen; my legs were just a little too cramped to get that many miles in.  I am just glad my group run was not happening, I would have went and been hurting.  But I knew I needed a good stretch so I got out for an easy/light 3 miles and rolled my legs for a good while.  As much as I would have liked to get in another 5 my legs are probably better off today not pushing them that much.  I can make up the miles this week. 

 Sunday evening I got together with Lauren and Chelsea to start getting things together for our Alaska Adventure this summer.  It’s looking to be shaping up for a fun, hectic few weeks.  Though we still are trying to figure out exactly what we are going to see in a few areas, it is looking like I get to cross off a few things that I have been looking to do the last few times up there; including getting to see Mt. McKinley in Denali, and halibut fishing.  While it is still a few months off, I can’t wait.  If any readers have any suggestions of other must see/eat/do while we are up there, we are looking for suggestions. 

Five Things Friday (3-27-15)

This year seems to be flying by.  I can’t believe its already the end of March.  Hopefully that means that there is warmer weather just around the corner…I’m getting tired of running in the 30’s.  Now that Rugby is getting back to it’s normal practice schedule, hopefully I can stay on top of this blog.

1 – This summer I am going to Alaska to run in the Mayors midnight Sun half marathon.  My Friends Chelsea and Lauren are doing up as well.  At this point we have a loose agenda, but we are still looking to book things.  If you have any suggestions in the Anchorage, Kodiak, Denali area please feel free to let me know.  I’m really pushing for a Halibut fishing trip, though my travel companions do not know this yet.  After all Who does not love fresh seafood.

2 – I’m looking to become a half fanatic this summer.  After I complete Anchorage I will qualify for Neptune, but if I can find another around the end of May, I will be able to jump up to Saturn (I will have PA, WV, and Alaska in 7 weeks).  I should be able to find one in Ohio in that timeframe.  I just need to choose a race.

3 – Rugby starts this weekend with a warmup tournament in West Virginia.  Not sure I am really ready for the season to start up, but its here.  Two league matches after Easter and them playoffs.  The season will be over before I know it though.

4 – This summer I really need to get some work done on my backyard.  Even if i don’t get the patio finished, I need to get a retaining wall built and make the area more useable.  My new neighbors who moved in back in December, have been working overtime getting their yard ready.  I feel like i need to accomplish something in the backyard this summer.  Hopefully you will see some pictures of the progress as soon as the weather warms up.

5 – I am strongly considering signing up and training for the Pittsburgh Triathlon in August.  I have never done one, and really don’t know where to start training for it.  I would not do the international, but the sprint.  It would only be a 600M swim, a 20K bike, and a 5K run.  I still have some time to decide, but it I am very tempted to sign up at this point.

Running in the dark

I know I’m not always the smartest runner.  For instance monday weight training I did a high rep, medium weigh deadlift workout.  That is itself is not bad, but yesterday met fiends for a 6 mile run.  My back was getting a little still 2 miles in.  I was able to make it through, but could not push it as i wanted to.

But that is not the point of this post.  I am a morning runner.  I prefer to be on the road at 5 AM;  less traffic and less people out at that time.  I find it a nice way to wake up get my thoughts together for the day.  This time of year it is still rather dark while i am running.  I run the same area every day, changing the course up a little depending on distance i want to go.  It is in a local city park, and for the most part it is lit by streetlights.  I always make sure that I wear a reflective vest, while i don’t see many cars while I am out. I would rather be more visible in the dark.  However, one thing that I don’t use in my morning runs are flashlights.

I know there are numerous types; ones in hats, gloves, even ones that attache to the body.  I just don’t like them; Compared to other runners I see in the morning I fee that I am in the minority in this.  Of the Regular runners and walkers I see in the morning there is only one other person that does not seem to use some type of flashlight.  Personally I feel that they impair my vision more that they help me see the road.  While I can see the road directly ahead of me a little better, that is about the only place they help.  Anything outside the beam seems to be darker and I feel like I only focus on the area where it is brighter.  Similar to being in a theatre, you focus on the stage and do not notice the audience as much.  From a safety standpoint I would rather be more aware of my surroundings than have a little better vision of the road in front of me.

I know I run in the city, mostly under streetlights on paved roads at that hour.  My opinion on this may be a little different if I did not have the streetlights, but I have never had an issue running at 5 AM without a flashlight.  For those of you that run in the morning, or even after sundown, what is your opinion on this.

First Post

I have been tossing around the idea of a blog for the last few years, and as one of my new years resolutions I have said that i would start one.  It took me a month and a half, but i finally got it started.  Among my other goals for he year is to run 1000 miles this year.

At this point I’m still trying to figure this out, but once I get going I see this as talking about a few things; Running, Crossfit, Travel, and Home improvement.  But i need to figure out what I am doing first.

Hopefully its not too steep of a learning curve.