Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Phone

I, as are many other people in this world, am very attached to my phone.  Particularly this phone, a Droid 2, which I use to keep track of many things including my email and my running.  Well, on Tuesday my phone suffered a most unfortunate accident, involving the better part of a Nalgene's worth of water.  As most know, water and electronics do not mix.  After taking the phone apart and drying it off to the best I could at the office, I finally managed to get it into a bowl of rice over at the In-Laws' house.  After getting home I added rice to the bowl and phone in hopes of drying it out.

Then this morning I put the battery back in the phone and attempted to start it up again...drum-roll please...nothing.  Not a darn thing, no lights, no sounds, nothing.  Maybe the battery is dead, plugged it in, and after a shower...still not a darn thing.  A trip to the store is now in order.  Come lunch time, the family picked me up to take me over to the phone store and get lunch.  I have to say that the Verizon insurance service is apparently very easy to use and relatively fast.  I walked in told them the problem, and in about 15 minutes, my new phone was ordered and on its way to my house, and will be here tomorrow.

Now, for those that don't think that the insurance on phones is a good deal, I would say, that normally, I am one of them, but I am prone to phone problems.  I have washed my phone with my clothes, had the screen out right die on me, now with the water.  My wife has had problems with her phones too, as she went through three phones (the same phone model) during our last contract.  So, if you guys are unsure about insurance on the phones, know that you will be pleased that you have it if you ever really need it.

A bit about running:  After taking last Thursday/Friday off, I did get in my long run, 4 miles, matching my longest distance to this point.  Then this week, with the phone problem Tuesday, it looked like I was due to miss yet another run, this time a speed/interval set.  But, I regrouped today and got my run in today.  A speed set where I put in two, 1 mile, intervals.  I hope these pay off as the half-marathon training progresses.  The schedule is set this week, Friday a 2-3 mile Tempo run, and Sunday's 5 mile run.  Sounds like one of these will be in some snow, which is just par for the course. Until next time...

Monday, February 21, 2011

The Plan

Ever read someone's blog, comic, story what-have-you for a long time, then gone back to the beginning to see what the writing or the person was like 10 years ago, only to find out that they were kind of lame and that the first post was horribly written (and titled the 'First Post').  Well this is my attempt at having a first post, lame or otherwise.  Now you may be thinking that with a title like 'THE PLAN', this post might include ideas for what I plan on talking about in this here blog, hopefully the title of the blog gives you a hint about that.  In this case The Plan refers to running.

So what began as an idea in December (2010), has become a reality.  My friend mentioned that he wanted to run a marathon, only after his friend had run one.  I, being new to the sport, told him that no person should run alone, especially that distance.  After some discussion it was decided that a half-marathon was a more apt goal to attain in the spring.  After the holiday season a race was tentatively decided upon, enter the Sage Rat Run on May 14, 2011.

Turns out this run didn't fit into our schedules, for one, my friend is in class, and, for two, I didn't quite feel I would have my training up to speed in time after completing Basketball Officiating season.  In search of another race we went .  Next we settled upon the Clear Lake Memorial Races, up in White Pass, WA (sorry no link available).  This one, too, had a drawback, in that it has an elevation increase of 1000ft over 4 miles.  Back to square one.

The requirements had been set at this point:
1) The race must be on a Sunday.
2) The race need not unnecessarily climb 1000ft, this is supposed to be fun, not hazardous to our health.
3) It needed to be close so that we could easy get to it Saturday evening.

Another search turned up the Vancouver USA Marathon, which also has a Half-Marathon.  After some discussion it was decided, we will be running the Vancouver USA Half-Marathon on June 19, 2011.

Finally,we will be running a warm-up/introduction to racing the Bloomsday 2011 race in Spokane, WA on May 1st.

Well, there you have it guys, The Plan, which was more to do with my upcoming running schedule than say what this blog will be about.  Look for updates on the actual training plan that we are using to train for this madness.