Monday, December 29, 2014

Week 7: Nice to break 30 miles again.

Monday, December 22, 2014
Overdue for a good run, I went for a good run.  Sounds easy, right?  Well not if you've only logged in 25 miles for the first 21 days of the month.  Not, if you're gone 8 straight days without running, which, I believe is the longest stretch I've gone, since taking a break in November 2011 for a month.

I jumped onto the treadmill, and started my long ascent back into running.  It's amazing what even 4 days off will do.  This is a sport, where it takes awhile to build it up, but not so to get it all broken down again.

I was feeling good, and I didn't cough much during or after.  And in the end I was able to run nearly 10.5 miles between recorded and warm up.  My legs felt a little sore, naturally, after the run, and I actually feel good that they did.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
After spending an entire day cleaning the house, and taking care of my twins, I finally left for the gym to do an easy 3 miles at around 8:30pm.  I was feeling sluggish, but miles are miles, and am glad to have done them, just like I have been for the other 2,088.4 miles too.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
The joy of being off work is the ability to run almost without significant preparation/planning.  Even with kids in tow, heading to the gym and ripping off another 6.2 miles is a wonderful thing.

Thursday, December 25, 2014
Matt & Steffie came over, but not before I had the opportunity of running outdoors and adding on another three and a half miles.

Friday, December 26, 2014
Today was family day, and we spent a lot of time shopping at the mall, and cooking dinner.  This is what happens when you have a lot of people to account for.  :-)

Saturday, December 27, 2014
I should have, but I didn't.  That's the story for today.  The weather outside was perfect.  Karen kept pushing me to go outside and run, but I just had no desire to.

Sunday, December 28, 2014
So today I had desire.  I went to the gym (as it was a cold pouring rain in the morning and had just recovered from a bad cold), and racked up another 8.6 miles. I had posted that I had run 2100 miles, but that was inaccurate, because I was looking at my logs, which did not have my Christmas Eve or Day runs. I am now at 2109.7 miles.  My goal?  2112.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Week 6: I Ain't Hear No Bell Yet! Get Up! Get Up You Sonofab***h!

Monday, December 15, 2014
After running 4 miles the day before, loaded with a ton of "catch-up" work to do, and Karen having to work late, today would be an off day.  I was going to go at lunch, but was totally out of it, with the Claritin D doing its thing, and the Nasacort doing the other.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Ugh.  The sickness!  Waaah Waaah.  What a whiny bitch I've become.  When will it all end.  Machine, come back!!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Third and final day of Nasacort.  This stuff is deadly.  It's helped me quite a bit with the post nasal, but it has me wanting to sleep while I'm driving.  Umm, no.  Life is worth more than that.  Ran at the Y this evening. And mustered up about 3 miles, before the exhaustion wore in.  Again, it was mostly the meds making me feel this way

Thursday, December 18, 2014
As I'm a Retro Fitnees member, Karen mentioned to me that she saw that there was one near my job. So I drove over to Route 109 in Farmingdale to do my thing.  I was able to do about 3 miles before having to get to work, but just as well.  The drugs had me woozy to the point that I almost lost balance on the dreadmill (NOT GOOD). Still, I refuse to stay down, and getting more frustrated by the minute.

The gym was located next to a meat market (no, not a dating place, an actual Meat Market).  It was in a strip mall where I used to go to when I was truly single, and dates weren't so easy to get.  The quietness of the moment, made me reflect on the quietness of that moment.  Sad times, and good times, all wrapped into one.

Friday, December 19, 2014
The beginning of my much much much needed vacation.  I was too busy in the office doing whatever I could to catch up on all things, and I got home just in time to drive Maria Elena and her friends to Kennedy Airport for their vacation away in Mexico.

Saturday, December 20, 2014
Feeling better today, but still not with it, and just had too much going on to want to run.

Sunday, December 21, 2014
Again.  Too much going on.  Paying bills, Christmas shopping, laundry, food shopping, cooking, etal.  Jesus, I need a personal assistant around here.   Well, I finally hung up those picture frames that had been laying around the house.  Forward progress indeed.

6.66 Miles is not only an evil number, it is a lousy number.  A number which cannot be tolerated any longer.  Tomorrow, my friends, and this time, I have enough health (AND WEIGHT, UGH, the weight) to get this kicked off, cough or no.  Other number?  I am at 2088.4 miles for the year, making 2,100 a hopefully most easy number to make, now that 2,200 is out of the question.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Week 5 - Strep On Boy, It's Gonna Be A Bumpy Ride.

Monday, December 8, 2004
With a fever of 101, a sore throat, a massive migraine, and chills throughout, I managed somehow to get into a shirt, tie and pants, and headed over to the new office for "go-live" Monday.  As expected, all went well (how could it not?  I spent nearly 60 hours since Thursday insuring that it would).  All except for me.  Having spent the better part of a week taking care of everyone but myself, the result would have me completely fit for a bed.
Taking sympathy, my boss told me to leave as soon as possible.  Found a flight that left at 1pm, and while we did sit in the plane for an extra hour due to congestion at Kennedy,  the flight landed just before sunset in NY.  I was so glad to be home, and wanted nothing more than to kiss and hug everyone, but as extremely infectious as I was, which what looked like might have been a case of strep throat (yep I saw the white spots on saturday), I didn't dare go near anyone.

Tuesday, December 9, 20014
Called in sick.  Stayed in bed almost the entire day.  Felt just as miserable at the end of the day as I aid in the beginning.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Still feeling miserable.  It's been almost a week now since I had my first signs.  I called my doctor who called in a prescription of anti-biotics for me.  Thank God.   I also bought some Claritin-D.
I drove up to the CVS drive through window.  Seeing, Claritin-D in a shelf next to the drive up window, I gave them my name to claim my script and asked to buy Claritin-D.

The lady said, "I'm sorry, you have to come into the store for that."

I asked, "Why do you have it by you prominently being displayed to drivers".

Lady: "I don't know but you have to come in so as to sign for it."
Then she gives me a receipt to sign for the antibiotics.

Machine: "Excuse me.  If I can sign for my script here, then why can't I just sign for the Claritin-D here as well?"

Lady in a CVS Cage: "Because we have to scan your driver's license too".

I dig my DMV license out of my wallet and tried to hand it to her;

Machine: "Here you go."

Lady is a tramp:  "I'm sorry.  I can't do this.  We would both be arrested if I did."

Machine: "Arrested?  For what and why?"

Lady No Luck: "These are the new laws to prevent people from abusing the drug to use for meth instead."

At this point, I started to laugh (even though it killed my sore throat to do so).

Machine: "Lady, I've seen every episode of Breaking Bad.  And if I wanted to make methampetamines out of the Claritin D, I would need a heckuva lot more, not to mention that my reason for coming here was to get my doctor-provided prescritpion."

There was no use in getting her to budge.  She looked as if though she had seen a ghost.  Did I look like Aaron Paul?

I went into the CVS, and was the 7th person in line.  Just what I had sought to avoid by going thru the drive through.    My car's empty gas light and tire low pressure (again) lights were on.  Went to the station, filled up both the tank and the tire.  Found the culprit on the rear left tire.  Will have to get it plugged sometime later when I feel like a human being again.

Thursday, December 11, 2014
After waking up with 500mg of Azithromycin, Nyquil, Sudafed-24, and Advil ruuning around my blood stream like a bunch of hungry collegiate freshmen around a campus track, I woke up to find myself almost absent of a sore throat.  Finally.  After 6 days of feeling as if though a fellow terminator machine had ripped out my adam's apple, the apothecary's mix of relevant drugs finally started to make a difference.  My brain, gave up on throwing fevers at it, but fortunately the insurance co-pay made up the difference this time.

With all continued success, I may be able to go to work tomorrow.  Followed by a run in a temperature controlled environment, aka. DREADMILL.   But first things first.

Friday, December 12, 2014
Well, I actually relapsed a little, thus the run never happened.  Sometimes running will bring up your adrenaline levels but if one's too sick to do it....I've been coughing like crazy.  Strep is going away from what I see, but I detect a bad post nasal drip sitch here.  Today was also my first day back at work.  I took it nice and easy (as easy as I can, that is).

Saturday, December 13, 2014
Ahh, to be home and do nothing but lounge around.  But wait... Isn't that what I've been doing since Tuesday?  Well not exactly, I felt like one of the characters on the Walking Dead, and hint hint, it wasn't one of those characters that have used a comb recently!  I spent some time putting up the Christmas Tree (finally), and making dinner and taking care of the kids and household chores, all under the guise of a human being, when I still feel like a zombie. Well at least not a white xombie anymore.  The strep looks all gone now.  Good work Z-pac!

Sunday, December 14, 2014
With Karen's kick in my pants, I finally went with her, at least to the gym anyway, and ran on the treadmill while she took her usual spinning class.  Happy to report, that I logged 4 miles.  They were awfully brutal.  And slow.  I barely broke 11 minutes a mile.  And for me, that signals I'm not there yet, which I'm not.

Later that day, all of the calories I burned off, quickly came back on and then some. We celebrated Doug's 50th at Breakers in Bayville.  Breaker's is a nice sports bar with a fireplace, pool table and decent table service as well.  During the summer it's mostly a biker bar, and by winter just the hardcore sports fans and locals show up.  I was uber impressed with the waitor who actually went out of his way by going to the ice cream shop next door to get chocolate milk for the kids.  Hmmm.  I think he had his eyes on Karen, as he explained this, lol.   Between a nice unhealthy slab of buffalo wings, and other assorted human "dog" food (which tasted quite nice, btw), a shot of Jameson's and several Guinesses later, all caloric progress went to the negative.  Oh and then we went to see Horrible Bosses 2.  Hey no one held a gun to my head ordering me to eat popcorn, or those raspberry filled Krispy Kremes that Doug brought over, lol!....  Well at least I ran...

So why, you ask, the Michael Douglas 'Falling Down' motif?  Because as with Douglas, who was just robbed of his stuff, he looked the thugs in the eye, and sarcastically said "You forgot the briefcase."  Being sick sucks, but I shall return....

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Week 4 - All Work And No Play, Makes Alex A Sick Boy.

Monday, December 1, 2014
Working from home today, you'd think I'd have plenty of time to "sneak" in a run.  The schedule had me as "off" today but with my Chicago trip part 2 coming up, I needed to bank some mileage upfront, in anticipation of work-related chaos.  Well, think again.  So busy was I, that I barely did 3 miles, and answering emails while I was running.  And this was BEFORE I was scheduled to start work.  I guess this is not what you'd call a quality run, but at least three is better than zero.  Later on in the day, I went with the Malee and the kids to get myself.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Since quality sessions (which I also call 'brutality' sessions) are the most important during my weekly regimen, I figured why not get it out of the way sooner rather than later.   Tonight, I did 10 miles.
I screwed up initially, by interpreting incorrectly what I was supposed to do, but I corrected by doing what I needed to do.  In the end I wound up doing 4 miles at a pace of 7:18 for each mile, followed by a minute of recovery running.  And then an even more blistering run of :48 seconds at a pace of 6:13, eight times, with a minute recovery run in between.  Whereas I was supposed to do a 2 mile warmup, I did 1, but at the end I did a 3 mile cooldown run instead of 2.   And my cooldown, was at a pace of 8:33  Afterwards, I made sure to do my stretches, showered up, and came home in time to eat dinner at 10pm.  A little crazy, but I got in the important workout for the week.  Tomorrow I will find a way to run 5 miles (probably at home, after I put the kids to sleep)_

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
With the schedule of a rock star lately these days, I took the few precious free moments to spend them with family and squeez a 5 mile workout on our treadmill in the basement. Not a quality run, not even a good run, but miles were done as per the regimen.

Thursday, December 4, 2014
Travel day.  Get up at 5. Leave at 6. Fly at 8, Land at 10:30.  Get to office by noon.  Work till 8pm.
Eat dinner at Firefox with boss.  Get back after 10, too late for gym.    Office was very dusty from all the construction.  I'm allergic to dust, and start getting a scratchy throat. Well, at least I am now a Hilton Gold Club member....

Friday, December 5, 2014
Get to work by 8am.  Work until 10pm.  14 hours.  Knowing this would be the long day, there was no chance that I was going to tire myself out with a workout, so today was skipped.  Besides this, I start developing a cough.  At the time I thought this was because of the dust in the building. Went to bed with a tight neck, sore back and a headache.

Saturday, December 6, 2014
Show up even earlier this time.  7am.  Weathering the onset of a bad cold, I still worked till 10pm. 15 hours working.  No chance to run.  Whoever thought that my trips were a pleasure ride, think again.
However, the new office is coming along great.   Woke up in the middle of the night to an email regarding an issue with the phones.  It took me 5 minutes to realize and fix the issue, and another 25 to boot up the wonderful company commissioned laptop.  Then did some more work around 4am.   So make that a 16 hours day.  Sick as a dog too.

Sunday, December 7, 2014
Day off right?  Think Again.  Drive to another office undergoing rennovations.  Got there at 8:30am worked there until 11:30.  Drove to new office, and left for lunch at 1pm.  We were supposed to drive to Chicago, but got as far as Kaufmann's Deli in Skokie, IL.  Great hard salami.  Almost worth the 45 minute trip.  Then we returned to the office in Geneva for what would be another dose of work until 9pm.   12.5 hours worked and as I write this I'm getting sicker.

This was a wasted week of running with a sick ending.  No doubt next week is not going to be a good one either.  Where I had started my running as a ferocious lion in January of 2014, I might just be ending this year as a quiet mouse.  :(