Wood Patrol

Friday was a day off for me.  It always feels good to get a lot of errands accomplished on days off.  It makes the day off worth it.  Being able to do things that you can’t do during the day while you are at work.

My morning started off by taking my dog to the groomers then dropping off the lawn mower at the repair shop.  Hagan and I then went to the YMCA for swim lessons.  “Getting in the safe way”, motor boat, and practicing floating are always fun activities in the pool.

After struggling to get him bathed and changed we headed to the tire changing place.  A balance and rotation was just what the Ridgeline needed.  It felt like a new truck.  A bowl of Spaghetti-Ohs was all he needed before his nap.  Hagan was out like a light.

Once Sandy got home, I headed out for week 1, workout 2.  A 13 mile run at 10% over marathon pace.  The weather was mild and overcast.  It was around 28 degrees with some residual snow on the ground.  Therefore I opted for trail shoes.

My route was running to Washington Park, doing 2 laps, then heading home.  On my first loop, who do I see but HardyBreed Rabbit Alex T.  I assumed he was on wood patrol.  Circling the park for prized fire wood to be sold at reasonable prices.  Alex, I saw a good piece of wood on the boulevard.  You’ll have to check it out.  I gave him a quick wave but had to maintain my concentration to keep my pace respectable.  The stop lights really cut into your pace.

Checking the Garmin when I stopped I was pleasantly suprised to see a pace of 07:48 for the 13 miles.  Not bad considering the stop lights and snow.

Saturday was a bit of a fiasco.  I was all set to swim at Eisenhower on Saturday morning as the person at the pool informed me there was adult lap swim this particular Saturday.  However, Dan informed me that his daughter had swimming lessons at the same time at Eisenhower.  Assuming he was right I was bummed the rest of the day because my training expectations were shattered.  I didn’t really know what to do since I ran hard the day before and it was too cold to ride outside.  So after spending a couple of hours at the Fun Time Station I came home and rode the treadmill for 60 minutes with some light weights afterward.  Later that night I enjoyed dinner with Sandy at Lake Pointe Grill and listening to Prairie Rose at Pier 55.

Sunday was another “what am I going to do today” day.  Afte wasting most of the day I decided to run outside for 4 miles then ride the trainer for 30 minutes.  Not much of a workout but at least I burned some calories.