Up From Zero

This is the giant flat bottomed divit in my training:

Two Three weeks ago was my last run- 5 miles in Barcelona. Three days later I was coming down with something, on the long flight home (the last leg in a 29,000 mile trip in two weeks), I knew I was falling to the mat, a TKO. I got to Phoenix Wednesday night, coughed all night at a friend’s house, managed to drive home, and spent 8 days hacking and not sleeping. My doc diagnosed it as a secondary bronchial infection riding on a normal virus.

I feel like I am still getting out of it, but know I need to ge the shoes back on the road, so just set out for an easy short loop. Just to see if I could.

Actually, it was not horrible, but need to climb back up the curves; was planning to do the Phoenix 10k next week.

Pine Creek Canyon Hike


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To mix things up, and ease into the schedule, and heck, to avoid the drudgery of running, today I went on a casual hike with friends into Pine Creek Canyon. A friend who lives near the entrance knows the people that run the private church camp at the end of the road, so we felt ok walking through camp. The canyon was gloriously lush with fall yellow colors, giant sycamore leaves, even the ferns had some autumn color.

I’ll stretch and count the miles here. Who cares? I am not training for the Olympics.

On the Brisbane Waterfront

After breakfast and a walk with my local friend Cyprien, I had a good sense this would be a great route- mostly flat and a lot of visual stimuli to occupy the mind. There was some sort of rock concert going on at the stadium across the river, lots of colorful people strolling about!

Given Coach Dave’s pace advice, I took it easy on the pace today, but just t make sure, I found a little kick at the end.


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All in all a good outing today, although I collapsed back at the hotel after a long shower. I’m clinging to hope that I do not catch the virus that was swirling at my friend’s house I stayed at for my first night.

And I cleared 10 miles this week, the weekly distance plots will keep arcing upward!

Running Down Under


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It’s upside down here in Australia.

Or maybe I am.

I landed this morning (which technically is yesterday afternoon) in Brisbane, Australia, after a 25 hour plus jaunt the included a bus ride to San Francisco airport, a short flight to Los Angeles, a loooooong flight (12 hours) to Auckland, and another 4 hours to Brisbane.. I feel good for getting at least 6 hours of sleep on the long haul.

But I was determined to get some exercise in today. I am staying tonight with a colleague, Phil, who technically lives in “Indooroopilly” (gotta love the names of places here), and he advised me of how hilly it was around here. He was not kidding, but suggested a walk up to the reservoir, where there was a great view of the city:


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and then explore running through some of the neighborhoods and up a trail to the peaks of the hills of a large city park area. I ended up walking up the trail parts, because it was pretty damned steep. But it was lovely terrain:


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And I jogged gently back down the steep parts.

So today was more run walk, then run, but I got in 3.5 miles and was out there more than an hour.

Running Away

Thanks to a suggestion of Chris Harbeck, I am going to post spots on a Google Map where I run that are away from home… so far, in 3 weeks, thats four other cities, and I am about to add a slew of them, all in other countries…


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I Got a Friend


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Thanks Barb.

This is amazing. On my drive down to Phoenix, I missed a phone call from my friend in Payson. She had gotten my email plea for sponsors, and as a fellow diabetic, she wanted to support me… but she almost apologized. What happened was is that her workplace had a matching donation plan for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and her donation alone to the JDF was about what I have raised so far in my campaign here, and with that match, it doubles the amount going to the cause.

I don’t care if it does not count for my run (benefitting the American Diabetes Association) – it’s that it goes towards stopping diabetes. And the JDF has a great focus on research towards a cure.

And as I have been overwhelmed by the kindness of people who responded to my begging (in about a week, I am about halfway to the minimum needed to be part of Team D).

So thanks, Barb… it’s all good.

And I should give her a shoutout- she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about 18 months ago. For someone… about my age, to completely do a 180 on diet (getting rid of all sugar and soda) and becoming more physically active, she has done a model job of taking on the challenge of living with the D.

I’ve got a friend and am appreciative.

California Must Be Good for My Soul


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There must be something about California that is good for me. Oh, there is an obvious thing, and she is the reason why I am here a few days for the Big Trip.

But wow, something unexpected happened in today’s run.

It felt good.

I got here yesterday, and between dealing with a flat tire on the way to the airport (and almost missing the plane) and a flight delay (the reason I did not miss the plane), I just did not feel like doing the Sunday short run. And knowing tomorrow morning was going to be busy getting ready to go, I opted to mash them both up with a 5pm run.

The smaller roads where I am (near Rohnert Park) are pretty, but there are almost no shoulders. But once out on Redwood highway, the route was easy and there was room for me.


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But rather than plopping along, I felt a little more energy, and managed to run at about a minute per mile faster than I had been doing at home. I am caring less about times and records, and more about just feeling good about running. Today was a refreshing change.

Wait a minute, am I smiling?


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I am not quite ready to change the blog name yet. It’s a long way to go.

Where’s My Gas?


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I missed the Thursday run, with all day travel back from Boise. Today’s training was for 4 miles, but I pooped out at 3, and at that I was doing walk breaks the last 2. I’m just not feeling any energy, but know I need to keep at it to build that “foundation” Coach Dave describes.

And now the fun begins as I begin tomorrow a trip that will have me make a world loop between then and October 6.

I am going around the world in search of my running gas.

I Want To Annoy You Every Year


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I’ve been on team Diabetes two weeks but have let slide my fund raising campaign, so I just blitzed my [now former?] friends and family (they have no option to opt-out) with an email message generated via the ADA web site.

The key thing I realized is that this October marks my 40th year of since being diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic. And damn have I been lucky. So while I feel like one of those people who come to their friends with their palms out each year for a donation to their cause– I want to be able to be this annoying for a long freaking time. Next year, and the year after that, and the year after the year after that….

So if you did not get my spam message, read it below. Then please take a click over to my Team Diabetes Page and show some support for all of the hating I am doing to get ready for another run through Phoenix.

Hi,

I’m becoming one of those people. The ones who e-mail you the same time each year letting you know they are biking/running/ballroom dancing to raise money for some cause.

Yes, I decided to run another PF Changes Half Marathon (or a “half mary” as a commenter on my blog referred to it) on January 16, 2011 in Phoenix to raise money for the American Diabetes Association. And I’m asking for your support.

But here is the thing- this October marks the 40th year since I was diagnosed with the disease that affects more than 24 million Americans (and many more who don’t know it). And I’d like to be here many years from now, annoying you a similar email message.

I have been super fortunate to have suffered no diabetic complications beyond a bout of retinopathy in my eyes more than 15 years ago, but its an every day effort to stay on track… and as much as I do not really enjoy running, it is the best healthy activity to keep my blood sugars in line.

Please help me reach my goal by supporting me for this year’s event. Follow the link to my personal fundraising page where you can make a secure, 100% tax deductible donation. (If you do not want to donate online, contact me at cogdogblog@gmail.com and I will provide an address you can mail a check to).

And if you do not feel like donating, or finances are too tight now to do so, I understand. Do me a favor and toss a comment on my blog site, or better yet, make sure your family members have been checked for symptoms of diabetes.

You can follow my progress at http://dommy.com/ihaterunning

Together we can stop diabetes. I’ll be out there running for it.

regards

Alan

Do you need that link again?

http://main.diabetes.org/goto/cogdog

Thanks!

My Own Private Idaho (Run)

I arrived in Boise today in order to be here for a presentation tomorrow at Boise State U. It’s my frst time in Boise- what a pretty place! The mountains were tremendous flying in.

My original plan was to run this morning, but ran out of time getting ready. I’m glad I opted out, cause it meant I could do an early evening run on the greenbelt here, a great trail right along the river. There were some beautiful homes backing on the river, some mega houses too. Maybe the peak was seeing a deer dash across the trail right in front of me.

It is still slow easy going on my runs. I’m not feeling any spark yet, but just plugging along. I should get another in Thursday before I go.

(ignore this as I try to get my twitter tools working…)