Monday, January 31, 2011

Running Day #15 - Running with my first minor injury

I think the hardest part of running is getting out the door. On somedays, it's also hard to keep running. But the feeling you get after finishing a run and cooling off is one of the best feelings in the world. The excitement, the need to do more, run farther and succeed. That is truly the greatest part of running.

Runkeeper Stats:

Just completed a 6.28 mi run with RunKeeper
Duration 1:00:25 Calories Burned 804
Average Pace 9:37 / mi Average Speed 6.24 mph Elevation Climb 300 ft

I almost ran a VERY long distance today. I stopped myself for two reasons: one, I wasn't sure if I had the time. And Two, I twisted my ankle around 2.5 miles. It didn't hurt, but my left foot didn't feel right. Hopefully it won't be sore.

Now this VERY LONG run is something I must do in the next couple of weeks. And I think I have a plan to make it happen. On February 19th, I have to come in at noon to do Saturday Maintenance. If I show up around 10, I can get a long run in and be ready to work by 12. Strongly considering this. We'll see.

Disney World Marathon 2012 Countdown: 341 days
Total Distance Ran (since 12/27/10): 80.13 miles / 2852.79 (miles to WDW from my house)Fastest Mile: 12/30/10 - 9:01 / mi
Longest Distance: 1/22/10 - 7.26 miles

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

January 2011 - Brodie's Field Trip

There's something to be said about having a bunch of little kids who don't know you at the beginning of a field trip, and love you by the end. It's a feeling that words simply can't express.

All the kids but two took the Discovery Tree van, while Brodie went with me and a little girl went with her dad. We followed the lead van to the Amtrak station ($1 for every 20 minutes, we were there for an hour). After paying for parking, we took a quick tour of the station, which is unbelievable. Unfortunately, we weren't there for long so no pictures. We then went outside to see the trains. A young man, doing nothing, asked if we would like a ride tour. We loaded all the kids and parents on the cart and off we went. He drove us to the tracks for a close up of the trains, and then dropped us off right next to Old Sac. Saved us a lot of walking.

We quickly walked past the Railroad Museum and the Discovery Museum, ending at a train car that was standing by itself. The kids explored the car.





This little guy, Zach, became my friend real fast. At one point, Brodie and I went running after him to catch him before he got too far away. Good kid, but loves to run...away!!










After hanging out on the train car, we headed over to the river. They were amazed by the "big boat, which in my opinion needs some major TLC.



Being kids, their attention on the big boat didn't last very long. Before we knew it, they were flying off the boardwalk. When one starts, the rest follow.









After the flying lesson, next up is something the kids were really looking forward to: The elevator (some kids sounded like they were saying alligator)

After the elevator ride, we turned right to walk on the boardwalk, which was surrounded by water. With child safety in mind, there was only a chain link fence between child and water. Parents quickly grabbed as many hands as possible, and quickly walked past the danger zone.

















After the Danger Zone, time for the stairs and the bridge!












After regrouping, it's time for a group picture!!






After the group shot, we visit the trains that got in trouble. At least, that's what we told the kids. Really, just trains in a cage.


















We return to the lone train car. This time the kids play on the other side. One of the dad's yells "Riley is going to start the train" and all the kids hold on for dear life. PUSH RILEY PUSH!!




















Right after passing the Railroad Museum, we come upon a little cubby hole where there's a bell ringing, is a train coming?



The day is done. We head to the cars and say good bye. Well, there is one last chase of Zach, but then the day is done. Another fun field trip in the can. Til next time.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Running Day #14 - Running with Glee

For some reason, since the new update the app is having issues sending the information to the website. Just resent the last two back to RunKeeper, which finally sent my stats to Facebook and Twitter.

Runkeeper Stats:

Just completed a 5.56 mi run with RunKeeper
Duration 0:52:38 Calories Burned 688
Average Pace 9:28 / mi Average Speed 6.33 mph Elevation Climb 103 ft

Won't lie to you, getting my booty out the door was hard today. I was mentally saying no no no no no no no no no no no no all morning. Then out I went. It was hard heading out, easy coming in. Which was weird, it's usually the other way around. I think the music picked up the last two miles which helped a lot.

"My Life Would Suck Without You" came on and sped up my pace. What a great song to run to. When I got back, looked up the song and it was from Glee Volume 2. Score, always great to find a good song to run to.

Also did my out, loop, and back. Love that path. When I feel stronger, I hope to push that out a little further. Even passed a jogger today!! It counts, even if he was over 65.

Disney World Marathon 2012 Countdown: 348 days
Total Distance Ran (since 12/27/10): 73.85 miles / 2852.79 (miles to WDW from my house)Fastest Mile: 12/30/10 - 9:01 / mi
Longest Distance: 1/22/10 - 7.26 miles

Running Day 13 – A Saturday Run

Spring certainly feels like it has arrived. No rain in weeks, sun is out, and the days seem longer and warmer. And it’s only January. Day 13 was an easy day to leave the house, but to keep running, that was the tough part.

Runkeeper Stats:
Just completed a 7.26 mi run with RunKeeper
Duration 1:09:51 Calories Burned 915
Average Pace 9:37 / mi Average Speed 6.24 mph Elevation Climb 230 ft

Lot of cars out for this run, which meant more time at the stop lights waiting for them to change. I tried to leave the traffic behind, but it always seemed to follow me. Nice run, one that I will probably do again for a couple of weeks. 7.25 miles was a lot, and my body will probably need to get used to it. Will push on good days, if I can.

Today, I’m tired, lazy, whatever. Not sure I’m going to get a run in today. We’ll see.

Disney World Marathon 2012 Countdown: 350 days
Total Distance Ran (since 12/27/10): 68.29 miles / 2852.79 (miles to WDW from my house)
Fastest Mile: 12/30/10 - 9:01 / mi
Longest Distance: 1/22/10 - 7.26 miles

Friday, January 21, 2011

Allergy Meds and a Week of Nothing Planned

Part 1: Allergy Meds update

Yesterday, before my amazing run, I took a Kirkland brand Allergy pill from Costco. As I mentioned, it made me feeling weird on the last two miles and feared that a headache may still occur. The good news, no headache. The bad news, it left me in an almost catatonic stupor. Didn't talk much, just kind of laid around, and was physically exhausted. This morning, Erin said she was concerned about the way I acted last night. I kind of floated from place to place and watched TV, even laughed which surprised me at the time. After my TV break, I made lunches, took a shower, laid down to read and ended up passing out. Only to have one of the most imagery filled rest of my life. Dreams jumped from one scenario to the next, which left me sad and angry when the alarm went off. Now, I'm still tired, I don't really want to move too much and my eyes really want to close and return to sleep. If this is due to the meds, holy smokes!! I'll take that over a headache any day.

Part 2: A week vacation with nothing planned, and how it is driving me NUTS

The real reason for today's blog is that I don't plan on running today. My body still feels like its asleep and I didn't make my lunch. So I get to go hunting the only way most of us state workers knows how: Hunt for someone who will join us, then off to someplace to eat where we hope to spend less than 10 bucks.

At the end of February, Conner and Erin have a week off. After two weeks of working during the Christmas vacation, it left me feeling bad that I couldn't have stayed home for at least part of it. Every evening, one of the boys would ask me to stay home, and somehow I always talked myself into going to work. So I decided to jump on taking that week off in February, and got it.

But now, we have nothing, absolutely nothing planned. Not that we don't want to, it's just we haven't saved for a vacation for that week. So even though there's no funds, my mind still dreams and plans of a vacation. In truth, I think I missed my calling of being a travel agent. I get excited every time someone asks for help on a Disney vacation. So here a two top five lists of trips I wouldn't mind taking:

Top 5 Trips that we can do in a week:

5. Disneyland / San Diego trip: It's beginning to look a lot like spring, which is my favorite time to be at the Disney parks, followed by Halloween of course. The boys have been asking, I've been asking, and I think Erin is wishing too. In September, Brodie didn't go on his favorite ride (Tiki Birds) and I still feel terrible. Plus, we could go during the week, which would be awesome.

4. Disney Cruise (Mexican Riviera or Caribbean): Something that we would definitely have to save for. Would like to wait til Brodie is a little bit older, but it would still be fun to go.

3. Disney World: I would love to return to Disney World during a month we haven't been. Unfortunately, it costs way too much to fly there for four, so this will definitely be just a dream. Plus, way too late for dining reservations, I bet they are pretty much all taken now. Have to wait til January before we can go.

2. Hawaii: Ever since our vacation to Tennessee, I would love to go somewhere we have never been and Hawaii is definitely at the top of the list (Europe [by train] and Tokyo also rank up there, but need more than a 4-5 day trip to make that happen). I think the boys would love playing in the ocean, better include Erin in that one.

1. Road Trip - Oregon: Been wanting to take the kids and Erin up to see the Trees of Mystery, Sea Lion Caves and then San Francisco. That would be a great trip. Pricing it, not too bad. But again, when there's money involved....

Top 5 Day Trips

5. Gilroy Gardens - Would definitely be higher on the list if it was actually opened. Doesn't open until late March, so number 5 it is. I would like to take the boys before they get too old to enjoy that fun little park. Discovery Kingdom is also closed, which is why it's not on the list.

4. San Francisco - Boys love Sea Lions, and have been asking to go to that "place where the sea lions sleep on the wood above the water." Great idea and would be fun to go back.

3. Lake Tahoe - It's been a couple of years since we all went to Lake Tahoe. We use to go there for the buffet, but they took away our favorite buffet and the price for the other one was too high. Plus, Brodie has never seen REAL snow. So that would be cool.

2. Santa Cruz - The Beach Boardwalk is open on Presidents Day, the beach, the wharf, what better day? All depends on the weather though. If it's cloudy and rainy, probably not a good idea. If the weather is mid 60's, bring it on. BRING IT ON!!

1. Monterey - Another spot that Brodie has not been to is the Monterey Bay Aquarium. That would be a great spot. Neither boys have been to Point Lobos, another great spot. And who could go wrong with the ocean and some Ghirardelli ice cream?

Of course there's the top 5 of destinations I would go to if I had unlimited money and time, but that would probably be more depressing than exciting. Hopefully something will happen. Hate to spend the week sitting on my butt catching up on tv, playing video games and reading. All three I would love to do, but where's the family in that?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Running Day 12 - OH YEAH!!

First, another one of those days that it was hard to get out the door. Second, something was funky about the Run Keeper. It started then paused, then started and then when I stopped it, it gave me the time, but didn't stop. So I pushed it again, saved my activity, and didn't post anywhere. So if it finally posts, I'll update the below.

I took the info from the app and added it below:

Runkeeper Stats

Just completed a 5.57 mi run with RunKeeper Duration 0:52:35 Calories Burned 695
Average Pace 9:26 / mi

This run was amazing. I took my first Allergy Pill, and I think it made my body feel a little weird the last 2 miles. My legs felt a little shakey, and my head didn't feel right. Hopefully my body will get used to the meds and no headache will happen. PLEASE NO HEADACHE!!

Did my run on the bike trail again. Beautiful weather and smelly homeless people. Then up ahead of me, there was a running buddy and I was gaining on him. His name is Dean and we often talk in the changing room. Right when I was going to get to him, he turned right and I went left. Good thing I did because I found an amazing loop that is just over 5.5 miles. Now I don't have to think of where to go for that 5.5 miles. It's a perfect loop, LOVE IT. And if I wanted to, I could go under Northgate and keep going down Garden Highway, very nice!!

Plan to do this tomorrow, depends on a meeting. Great run, makes one excited about running.

Disney World Marathon 2012 Countdown: 353 days
Total Distance Ran (since 12/27/10): 61.03 miles / 2852.79 (miles to WDW from my house)Fastest Mile: 12/30/10 - 9:01 / mi
Longest Distance: 1/6/10 - 7.15 miles

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Running Day 11 - the excitment goes down

On Running Day 10, I came down with a migraine that night. The first migraine I've had in a long day. So when I went out for Day 11, I was nervous that a headache would occur. So I went out slow, did a shorter run, then came back.

Runkeeper Stats

Just completed a 4.60 mi run with RunKeeper Duration 0:46:23 Calories Burned 602
Average Pace 10:04 / mi Average Speed 5.96 mph Elevation Climb 236 ft

I ran the bike trail again and I do love running out there. You can see the homeless camps and the little community that they have created out there. I thought it would be uncomfortable, but the people out there either keep their head down or say hi as you run by.

I love being able to run without worrying about cars and having to stop at lights. I can run for miles if I wanted to. It's my new favorite location with tons of places to explore.

Unfortunately, something is out there that is bothering me. Last night, I returned with headache #2. Not as bad as Friday nights, but a headache nonetheless. The thought of returning to McKinley does not excite me, and I would hate to leave the Bike Trail. Might have to start trying some Allergy medication, just so I can continue. Plus, the smell of almonds is AWESOME!!

Disney World Marathon 2012 Countdown: 355 days
Total Distance Ran (since 12/27/10): 55.46 miles / 2852.79 (miles to WDW from my house)Fastest Mile: 12/30/10 - 9:01 / mi
Longest Distance: 1/6/10 - 7.15 miles

Friday, January 14, 2011

Running Log: Day 10 - A Beautiful Spring Day

Is it too early to say what a beautiful Spring Day? Probably, but it was a beautiful day!!

Runkeeper Info:

Distance 6.26 mi Duration 1:02:04 Calories Burned 809
Average Pace 9:55 / mi Average Speed 6.05 mph Elevation Climb 297 ft

While my mind wasn't totally in it, I decided to veer off my normal run and hit the Bike Trail. What a wonderful idea. Also found a perfect 10k, so if for some reason my phone doesn't work, I've got the run figured out. I also want to turn left instead of right and run through Discovery Park. See how long that run is. Someday. Someday.

I also took a couple of days off. The body said take a break or enough. So I took a 3 day break. Now, back to training.

Disney World Marathon 2012 Countdown: 359 days
Total Distance Ran (since 12/27/10): 50.86 miles / 2852.79 (miles to WDW from my house)Fastest Mile: 12/30/10 - 9:01 / mi
Longest Distance: 1/6/10 - 7.15 miles

Monday, January 10, 2011

My Birthday Wishes - Oh Yeah

So for the first time in years, I am excited about my birthday. My thinking is that I'm finally past all the family drama that has been going on since 2001, and looking towards the happiness that my own little family is currently having. It's nice to be surrounded by such happiness and joy. Add in there some good exercise, a new look at finances, and I got a pretty healthy future ahead of me.

So, for the first time in years, I'm going to make myself a wish list. Five of the top things that I would love for my birthday. My second list will be those things that I wish I could have when times are better. But lets do the first one first. Of course, there's one gift I'm leaving out, and that's private, and for a non-private sort of guy, that's saying something.

Let's do this David Letterman style:

5. Flesh Light - Okay, so not for the kiddies. But Kevin Smith has been pushing this item for the last couple of months, and dang it, I'm intrigued. Yes it's dirty, yes, it's something you don't really want to think of me doing, but dang it, this is my list and I'm putting things I'm interested in. If you REALLY want to know what it is, and don't mind going to a dirty site, I think the website is www.fleshlight.com, but better google it first.

4. Running Stuff - yeah, this ones vague. But I'm running now, and some of the cool running stuff out there is fun. Yes I need a new pair of running shoes, but in this economy, can't put that on the list. That just wouldn't be fair. Just a side note, I'm thinking about shaving my head for the marathon and putting the Pirates crossbones on the back of my head. That would be awesome.

3. Donkey Kong Country for the Wii - Wasn't going to put any video games on this list. Why? Video Games demand time, and I don't have time to play video games. I've got Epic Mickey, Super Mario Galaxy 2, and Diablo 2 all waiting for me to play. Yet, I have no time. It's a bummer, I know.

2. Binaurial Microphones - These microphones actually fit inside your ear and you record sound around you. Used for Theme Parks and other fun stuff. Took a recorder to Disney World last year and recorded the kids saying some fun stuff, like learning the word "tushy" which was hilarious. Would like to record more of that stuff without having to hold the device, just clip the mics in my ears, put the recorder in my pocket and off I go.

1. Vinylmations - Those crazy Mickey collectibles that I can't get enough of. My boys get excited about them, I get excited about them, it's just fun to open that box and see one that you don't have. Love it, love it, love it.

That's it folks. If your looking at me going that gross, that's uncalled for, well, that's me. I'm not going to hold something back unless it involves someone else, and one of those items does so I'm keeping it quiet. That's my list this year, should be a great birthday no matter what I get. I think the boys might even go shopping, but I might have to wait til February for that. That should be fun. If Brodie had his choice, I'd get either a pony or a goat. Next time, I'll give the expensive wish for when time's are better. Don't give me that look, we all have that wish, just have to convince Hugh Hefner that I'm his long lost son.

Running Log: Day 9 - Runkeeper Malfunction

So I am one of those runners that tries hard on organized runs, and then takes a week off and starts up again. Not this time people, I'm training!!

Unfortunately, this time, the RunKeeper App malfunctioned. I started the app up, the music started and I started to run. When I got to Rite Aid, I usually get a mile announcement. Not this time, I kept running. 2 blocks down the road, I checked my IPhone and sure enough, the app had stopped. While running, it took me 2 more times to get the app started. Then we were good. So I actually ran over a mile more than the reading. Here's the actual reading:

RunKeeper (Malfunction):
Distance 4.51 mi Duration 0:43:13 Calories Burned 576
Average Pace 9:35 / mi Average Speed 6.26 mph Elevation Climb 178 ft

So my distance was about 5.6, which is pretty good. No idea on the duration or the avg pace, so we'll keep that.

This time, I ran my usual run except I ran around McKinley twice. I'm hoping it's going to be closer to a 6 mile run, which would be my goal run right now. We'll see.

Disney World Marathon 2012 Countdown: 363 daysTotal
Distance Ran (since 12/27/10): 44.6 miles / 2852.79 (miles to WDW from my house)
Fastest Mile: 12/30/10 - 9:01 / mi
Longest Distance: 1/6/10 - 7.15 miles

Looking to the Future - Running

As you can probably guess, got lots of ideas for posts today so I might just keep on posting.

In order for Erin and I to keep practicing, we need to start looking for the future. Think of it, as Bill Murray’s character learned in “What About Bob”, as Baby Steps. These are the races we are thinking about doing in the future:

Jan 8: Rocklin 10K – So not really in the future, but it was one on our list to do while training for the Marathon

March 5th: Bidwell Classic Half Marathon OR March 19th: Whale Run 10K- My dream is to eventually do the Bidwell Classic in Chico. My dad use to run it, and my family would go and support him. Remember a guy from the Oldies station there and a park with a bridge. Ah memories. I can’t remember if we drove there that morning, or slept in a hotel. I think this year, we’ll probably do the Fort Bragg Whale Run. Too early for a Half Marathon

April 10th: Zoo Zoom with Conner – This one I won’t be doing my best on. This will be Conner’s first run, and I want to spend the time with him running it. Encouraging and seeing him get through it.

May 22nd: Windsor Half Marathon – First Half Marathon, also a new Half Marathon. I looked for new stuff, things that we could get excited about. If we have to drive a little to get there, so be it.

October 2nd: Urban Cow Half Marathon – Another first. Unfortunately, this one is in Sacramento, I find running here a bore.

December 10th: Walnut Creek Half Marathon – This will be about the time I hope to be doing 20 miles on the weekend. This one should be easy for both Erin and I, and hopefully our time will show it.

Thought this was interesting:

8/11 ? 8/14: http://www.thinairdistancefestival.com/ - This one looks like a lot of fun. We are considering doing this one, if we can find the time.

Running Log: Day 8 – Race #1

Lou Gehrig Roseville 5k/10k Run/Walk

Before we get to my run, let me tell you a little about Conner's run.

First, Conner was just as nervous as the rest of us. He got to see the 5 and under group run the 1/4 mile, so it gave him an understanding of what needed to be done. When it was his time, I took off down the track to take some pictures of Conner running. For the whole race, Conner stayed at the front of the pack. On his way back, his shoe kept falling off. Erin and I had forgotten to check his shoes. But he still finished in the top 10. Not bad for a 6 year old racing with 10 and under.

For my race, I was tired after the first mile. Which concerned me. I wasn't sure if this was going to be a good race. The track was on a bike trail and when up and down the whole way. Very few flat areas, and 3 or 4 pretty good sized hills. A great location to jog on weekends, and I hope to practice there in the Spring. Even with being tired, I did not stop to walk or get water (didn't train for water).

Erin beat her time by 3 minutes and had a really good race. Probably thanks to all her hill work. This team thing is working for us, game on folks, game on.

According to the Race:
Chip Time: 56:51.8
Race Time: 57:05.1
Pace: 9:10/M
Age Group Placement (Male 30 to 39): 11 (last place :-()
Overall: 57/166

RaceKeeper:
Distance 6.24 mi Duration 0:57:09 Calories Burned 804
Average Pace 9:10 / mi Average Speed 6.55 mph Elevation Climb 471 ft

Disney World Marathon 2012 Countdown: 365 days
Total Distance Ran (since 12/27/10): 39.06 miles / 2852.79 (miles to WDW from my house)Fastest Mile: 12/30/10 - 9:01 / mi
Longest Distance: 1/6/10 - 7.15 miles

Friday, January 7, 2011

Guilty Pleasures [book] and a little Nine [movie]

So I said earlier that I would never get the Nine soundtrack in my collection. But I found a good copy for it will be joining it momentarily. We'll see if the music grows on me or if it ends up in the trash.

As for Guilty Pleasures, by Laurell K. Hamilton, was a wonderfully enjoyable read. Guilty Pleasures introduces the character Anita Blake. Anita Blake was introduced to me through a comic book called the Laughing Corpse, which is actually the second book in the series. Anita Blake catches my interest kind of like the way Lara Croft caught my attention.

Normally, I don't read female authors. The characters are way heavy on romance or perfect english. I have my favorites though: Sue Grafton and now Laurell K. Hamilton.

Anita Blake is a strong woman who kicks ass. She is a Vampire killer for the police and an animator, someone who raises the dead. So this is kind of a sci fi, horror, mystery novel. Something that definitely catches my attention.

In this alternate universe, the law now protects werewolfs, vampires and other forms of the dead. There's even a church for vampires, the only church that can promise you eternal life. You immediately get sucked in and before you know it, the book is almost over. Great read, definitely recommend. Can't say too much because I don't want to give it away. The one scene that is stuck in my mind is when the wererat tris to rape Anita. Nasty, nasty and nasty. Can't wait to read more.

Running Log: Day 7

A little late posting this. So here we go:

Runkeeper Stats for run:

Distance 7.15 mi Duration 1:11:25 Calories Burned 901
Average Pace 10:00 / mi Average Speed 6.00 mph Elevation Climb 224 ft

Run was amazing. I couldn't stop. Had a route in mind, it was shorter than I thought so I kept going. Erin didn't like me doing this, but I did run about 1/2 mile on Sunrise with no sidewalk. Not really the safest thing, but I wasn't about to turn around.

So I ran down sunrise to cirby, was going to run around the track at Oakmont, but it was too dark (CSI images raced through my head), took a left down Rocky Ridge, then continued around Maidu Park to Champion Oaks, then ran home. Amazing run, lots of hills, and holy smokes 7.15 MILES!! Disappointed in the pace, but the hills did slow me down.

Aftermath, next day: tired, headache, want to go to bed

Disney World Marathon 2012 Countdown: 367 days
Total Distance Ran (since 12/27/10): 32.82 miles / 2852.79 (miles to WDW from my house)Fastest Mile: 12/30/10 - 9:01 / mi
Longest Distance: 1/6/10 - 7.15 miles

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Running Log : Day 6

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Runkeeper Stats for run:

Distance 5.27 mi Duration 0:51:13 Calories Burned 663
Average Pace 9:43 / mi Average Speed 6.17 mph Elevation Climb 212 ft

I relatively easy run. Same mental issues I've had for the last two weeks. Legs started to tighten around mile 4.

The really strange part was I'm running with a new arm band for my IPhone, actually built for the Iphone. My old one was built for the IPod, so it covered the phone completely. While this one was built for the Iphone which meant that the ports and other areas are open, which might give it better GPS connection. That being said, the mileage was off by a good distance. Which means I've been running further than what Runkeeper has been telling me. Should rerun the run from yesterday to see how much further I actually ran.

Funny thing. As I turned onto 16th, I started following bicyclist. Let's just say, I was following the bouncing butt crack for about 1/4 mile.

Disney World Marathon 2012 Countdown: 369 days
Total Distance Ran (since 12/27/10): 25.67 miles / 2852.79 (miles to WDW from my house)Fastest Mile: 12/30/10 - 9:01 / mi
Longest Distance: 1/5/10 - 5.27 miles

Monday, January 3, 2011

Running Log: Day 5

Runkeeper reports:

Distance 4.92 mi Duration 0:47:55 Calories Burned 623
Average Pace 9:44 / mi Average Speed 6.16 mph Elevation Climb 204 ft

Good run. My big toe on my left foot starting hurting for about 4 blocks and then disappeared. Muscles felt tight (insert dirty joke) but I kept going. Mind again tried to stop me, but the lights were the only thing that was successful. Must have lost at least a minute waiting for the dang lights. Added some mileage in hopes of hitting 5 miles, missed it by 0.08. Bummer

This Saturday is my first organized run in a long time. Just a 10K, but a good place to start. 2 more runs for this week, and then the big run on Saturday. Oh, and Conner is running is first 1/2 mile too.

Disney World Marathon 2012 Countdown: 370 days
Total Distance Ran (since 12/27/10): 20.4 miles / 2852.79 (miles to Disney World from my house)
Fastest Mile: 12/30/10 - 9:01 / mi
Longest Distance: 1/3/10 - 4.92 miles

Saturday, January 1, 2011

2 Movie Reviews - Nine and Tooth Fairy

Twice today, I almost stopped movies that I had tivo'd. The first 15 minutes of the movie did not catch my attention and I feared that I was wasting my time. At the beginning of Tooth Fairy, a movie I almost went to the theaters to see, I was angry that I almost wasted my money. But things change.

NINE

Nine had two things going against it. One, people told me the movie sucked. And two, I hate movies about making movies. I like the fantasy of creating a movie. Even Kevin Smith's stories about creating a movie help that fantasy. I don't need to watch a drama about the creation.

I thought the music was entertaining. Kept my attention and I kind of want to download one or two songs. The past story of the director was also interesting. His sexual needs vs his parents strong religious values. Yet the story involved his love and respect for his mother, which isn't fully realized in the 2 hour movie. His girlfriend, his wife and the other women that surround his life help keep the story interesting and watchable.

The one thing I didn't like is the way they made this movie a musical. Movies like Music Man and Pete's Dragon, the music is part of the movie. Characters jump into song at weird times. You never know when the character is going to go from dialog to song. This movie takes the song out of the movie. Most of the time the characters will be doing something, then you get removed from the story and you find yourself looking at a stage where the song takes place. Very strange, and I don't think it helps the flow of the movie. I've seen another movie recently do this, can't remember, and I hope that future musicals do not continue down this path.

I don't think I'll ever own this movie, or even watch it again. Except for the select songs that I think I can run to, I think this movie is a one timer.

TOOTH FAIRY

When I started watching this, I really thought it was a load of crap. The Rock tried to do what Tim Allen did in Santa Clause, make you hate the character and then love him. Except for the The Rock, I hated the fact that he couldn't act. It was terrible and I wouldn't blame anybody out there for turning this crap off and walking away.

But after 15 - 20 minutes, the movie actually got good. The fairies were fun to watch, thanks in part to Julie Andrews and a great surprise to see Billy Crystal and Seth MacFarlane. You beging to like Dwayne Johnson as an actor and his character, which I was extremely greatful for. The boys loved when the Tooth Fairy got small, or flew, or screwed up. It's a fun movie that both touches you and makes you laugh. The hockey part is also fun to watch.

I think they should make a sequal, but pick another action character, maybe Vin Diesel, and do another storyline with him. That would be fun.

I might sit through this movie again with the boys, but I won't own it, or willingly watch it again. Too many movies to watch, not enough time.