Garmin, chairs, running, and someone made me feel weird

The new watch is here! So much data! It feels like a crime to use it for only two miles, but that’s one more mile than I was originally planning today, and I was so excited I went out way too fast. You’ll notice I linked to the Garmin website. Because MapMyRun, which I normally use, wants me to pay extra to view the data, I collect on my own, about myself. I think that’s patently ridiculous.
I had the heart rate monitor on a bit too tight, tomorrow that won’t be an issue. You can tell I was excited at the start, as I went out fast and apparently I was bouncing all over the place. This was my last run on my old 940v2s. Tomorrow I start on the new pair. I love new shoes, I’ll sing the New Shoes song tomorrow.
But right now, new watch. It hooked up to the satellites so quickly, it worked great, vibrated on the mile. I may end up shutting that off when I’m running long runs, we’ll see how it goes. The clip is so easy to use. First impressions, wow!
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You can see in the unboxed picture, the bar stools I got for the house and assembled today. I accidentally ordered 4, when originally the plan was to get 2, but 4 will end up working better when there is company. So that’s nice, and I like them. Not too difficult to put together.
Now, Brad Takei (George Takei’s husband) posted this thing about people complaining about people who are too fat, or too skinny, and how everyone always seems to have some sort of negative body comment for folks out there. I shared that people used to complain I was too fat, and then when I lost weight people started complaining I was too skinny, most of these people were close family members. A lot of people have been identifying with my comments. I appreciate that. They also got me thinking about how much all the negative body comments have hurt me, and how I never really say anything about that. Because I’m a guy, a straight guy at that, and I’m “not supposed” to be bothered by that stuff. When it’s your family it can be rather bothersome, it makes you feel like you’re doing something wrong and that no matter what you can’t please anyone.
That’s why I try to never make judgmental statements about people. If someone expresses a desire to learn, to change what they’re doing, then I will encourage them. I will be generally encouraging all the time anyway, and try and get people to run along with me, either physically or emotionally, either way. But as I always say, I’m not here to tell you what to think, or say, or do. And your physical appearance is no business of mine. I get that there is a point where it is a health concern for people, but they have to accept that too, and it’s not about how they look, it’s about their health. That’s the biggest complaint, because in my experience, people making the comments, while they may have been concerned for my health, did not express it that way. They said things like “you’re too heavy” or “you’re too skinny” and it was invariably followed with “you don’t look good”. Well nuts to if I am pleasing to your eyes, I care about being healthy, and ostensibly you do too, that’s why you claim you are commenting. So let’s have a conversation about health, and what that means, not about looks, looks don’t matter, and it can really damage people and make the problem worse.
So that was my day, how was yours? Remember to have fun out there, keep running, and remember; If Gil can run, then so can you!

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Beat, the word for today is beat

So I took it slow today. I will keep it slow and short until I feel recovered. Tomorrow will be easy, as I’m only doing a mile, and then Tuesday I’ll see how I’m feeling, but probably not more than 5 or 6 miles tops. This has been, by far, the most difficult marathon recovery I’ve had. I’m starting to get a little worried, but the good news is it’s all over in a couple weeks.
As of today I am within 100 miles of my target distance for the year. I only have one more marathon to run, two races left on my schedule for the year, and then I’m taking it easy to start next year, and working on speed and overall fitness. I still can’t think of any real goal for next year besides a sub 20 minute 5 k. That’s it. I think that’s a taller order than anything I’ve asked of myself out of running before, honestly.
So yesterday at my father’s place, my half-brother had his girlfriend (I guess) over? I’ve never met her, I don’t really have much of a relationship with my half-brother, which doesn’t need to be gotten into. But anyway, I didn’t really interact with her or him, I tend to spend my time giving attention to my nieces and nephew, it’s just the way I am. Plus, I generally dislike meeting new people, it makes me feel intensely uncomfortable. Many people that know me, will probably be surprised to learn that, I do a very good job of hiding it when I have to.
But he had to leave for work and she had to leave to go home, and for whatever reason, my half-brother says, “And that’s my brother Chris over there with the receding hairline” because he wasn’t in the room when we were introduced originally. Now, I’ve my hair hasn’t really moved anywhere since I was about 25 or so, and I’m not particularly concerned about it either way. I don’t understand why people have to be like that though. There was no kindness in what he said, no jocularity. There was completely unwarranted jealousy and insecurity though. I’ve always felt like all my siblings are in some sort of contest with me, and I’m simply not competing. I’m sure they would argue this point, but I really never cared. But my point is, there’s no reason to say things like that about people. It only bothers me insofar as he meant for it to diminish me, and to me it was to some stranger. Not cool, not cool at all.
But I doubt he will ever examine the meaning behind, the motives behind, the things he says. I think most people don’t, and I think that’s why we don’t progress. Think about why you say the things you say and think the things you think. Always examine your thoughts and attitudes, and check them against facts and decency. I think that’s the only way to get better as a person, and I think it’s the only way our society can get better, and obviously we require improvement.
Well hey, 4 days done, 33 to go. Have fun, keep running, and remember if Gil can run then so can you!

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Oh Saturday

So I ran, watch Manchester United draw with Leicester City in another subpar performance, and got to my father’s house for another Thanksgiving meal.
My legs are very sore still, very tired. The conditions today didn’t help. A very thick, humid atmosphere holding all the vehicle exhaust close to the road. The last couple miles I mostly walked, ran every now and then, even tried a flat-out sprint for 1/4 mile (400 m). It was alright, I got up to a decent pace considering the fatigue I’ve been feeling. I’m considering dropping a few miles tomorrow to try and aide my recovery, but I will see how I’m feeling once I get out there.
Meanwhile, my new Garmin is delayed in delivery for some reason. They sent it to the wrong sorting facility. I’m pretty upset about that, I want to take this thing out of the box and have fun with it. Hopefully, they sort it all out and it arrives Monday. I already wrote an email to ask if there’s any sort of problem. I’m going to guess with the increased volume of the Holidays a mistake was made.
That kind of kills what I wanted to talk about today, so I’ll leave it at that. Have fun, keep running, and remember, if Gil can run, then so can you!

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Day 2 of the Streak, 35 days to go

I put in just a mile. Today is usually an off-day for me, so I didn’t want to do any more than the minimum. That’s what I will do on this streak, like I did last year. I’m still a little under the weather, but my legs are recovering slowly but surely.
Other than that I’ve just been trying to find the most economical way to plan my trip to Denmark. I will sort that out and hopefully be able to stop in Manchester to catch a United match at the very least. Travelling on a budget is one of my specialties.
Other than that I’ve just been trying to relax today, not go overboard with things. Made a fine vegetarian gravy to eat with all the yummy side dishes I had leftover from yesterday. Thanksgiving sides are always where it’s at. The whole nonsense about main courses is way over-rated. That’s the truth all over the country. Who doesn’t love the side dishes?
So have fun, keep running (the streak), and remember if Gil can run, then so can you!

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Episode 25 is up!

I ran today. The movie I was thinking of and couldn’t name, Point Break. Hopefully next week things will be back to normal with my computer back from the manufacturer. Sorry for the tardiness, been having trouble getting the video into the proper format. It’s seriously been almost 24 hours getting this episode set. Enjoy! Friday’s post will be coming up momentarily!

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The butterplanchini is complete

Yep, I did it, a zucchini inside an eggplant inside a butternut squash. I killed and cleaned the beasts myself. The stuffing tastes good, if the rest of it is as good tomorrow, I will share what I did. I left out the mushrooms, as I don’t do funghi.
I also ran today. I ran a little less than anticipated, my legs were on fire still. I’m pretty sure I’m still fatigued from my illness and marathon, but tomorrow I will push some more. My pace wasn’t too bad today though, even though my old stinky watch was on the fritz. Next week, that will be all fixed. Also, I got my next pair of New Balance 940s but I won’t start using them until December 1. My current pair has over 750 miles on them. I get too excited over new shoes.
Ordered some stuff for the house tonight, need to fix the water dispenser on the fridge, and putting a whole house filter in. Have I talked to you about not using bottled water? You shouldn’t. I don’t, and although the fridge has a filter in it, filtering the water for the whole house has advantages. Cleaner clothes, easier to fill pots and pans when you need to boil water for pasta and such. They say that boiling water from a city system can actually concentrate the chemicals they put in it. So filtering it gets rid of most of that. Plus you do feel cleaner when you take a shower.
Other than all that, tomorrow begins the “Holiday Season”. I implore that all of us keep in mind, while we’re stressing over what to get our loved ones, and where we’re going, and what we have to bring and all that mess, please remember those who have little to nothing and need some help and a little love and giving from those of us who don’t need to worry about it. So don’t just take care of the things you feel you have to, make a little time, spend a little money to help out a stranger who is in need. It’s pretty much the real reason for the season. We are all one, appreciate it and do what you can. It’s the season, it commands love.
With that, have fun, keep running, and remember, if Gil can run, then so can you!

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Extra day for recovery

I didn’t run today, with this cold, I just haven’t recovered enough. Didn’t do much of anything today, got my car fixed, it needed lots of work, valve cover gasket, catalytic converter, and a tie rod end. Not a pleasant bill, but it had to be done.
Other than that I’ve been daydreaming about what watch to buy at the end of the week. I think I’ll go with the Garmin 620. They’re on sale now that the 630 is about to come out. Luckily, I never need to have the latest and greatest, but I do like to crunch numbers in my spare time, so I’ll get tons of data from the 620 with a heart rate monitor, without spending too much money overall.
The rest of my week will be cooking tomorrow, I’m going with a stuffed squash dish for Thanksgiving, and giving that a try. It’s a big recipe and lots of work, but I want to give it a try. If it turns out well, I will share it with all of you. As always, I will make the recipe my own, there always seems to be an ingredient or two in everything I find that I simply don’t like.
Then there is tons of work to do on the house, from the sump pump still needing to be installed, to fixing horrible plumbing choices, shelving and storage, it feels like it’ll never end, and I need to get it done in the next couple weeks. but tomorrow we get gutters finally! Every day is a step in the right direction at least. Whatever your tomorrow brings, have fun, keep running and remember, if Gil can run, then so can you.

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Meatless Monday recipe!

I almost forgot all about it! With the illness and the travel and everything, it just slipped my mind. Let’s do a buffalo cauliflower pizza, shall we?

Use whatever you want for the base of the pizza. You can do homemade dough, I’ll have to post a separate recipe for that, or you can buy dough at most stores that do breads and pastries. You could use a ready made pizza base, like a focaccia or something. So all we’re going to worry about is making the buffalo cauliflower and assembling the pizza.

1 medium head cauliflower
2 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot (It works best for making buffalo sauce)
3 Tbsp Olive Oil
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp salt

Microwave butter until melted, whisk in hot sauce and put aside.
Mix 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Add the cauliflower and toss until well coated. Spread the cauliflower on a baking sheet and roast until beginning to brown and just tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Whisk the hot sauce mixture again, drizzle over the cauliflower and toss to coat. Roast the cauliflower 5 to 7 minutes more.
Once pizza crust is stretched out as desired (if using fresh), spread remaining olive oil on crust. Sprinkle remaining salt on crust, along with red pepper, any remaining buffalo wing sauce, garlic powder, mozzarella, and buffalo cauliflower.
Preheat oven to 475° F (245° C), you should use a pizza stone if you have one, if not use a baking sheet. Once oven is up to temp, put in pizza and bake 7-10 minutes until it is nice and golden brown.

If you want, you can put some blue cheese dressing on it too, for a extra bit of yumminess! Enjoy, have fun, keep running, and remember if Gil can run, then so can you!

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Finally got the Garmin to connect

Alright, so you can look and see how I did, you can tell by my pace where the cold hit me, where my friend found me and pushed me along and where I couldn’t keep up with her anymore. I actually was on pace through mile 14, then I lost it.
It hurt so much, mentally, when I realized I was not going to make it. I really did feel like quitting, forget the physical pain. Which I’m in a bit more than I’m accustomed to the day after a race. I believe that’s an artifact of my illness.
Meanwhile, I was thinking a great bit of swag for a cold-weather, that is a Autumn-Spring race would be some manner of lip balm. My lips were already a little chapped on Sunday morning, but now they are in full-blown crisis mode. They hurt so bad and are so cracked they’re actually bleeding in some minor places. Lip balm would have been a godsend. Luckily, I got some and have been using it liberally.
So here’s the weird thing, this is my second-fastest marathon ever. This is a PR for having a cold. I can’t be too upset with my performance. If I could run this well with a cold, then I could have been doing this pace all along, I have to imagine. I beat last year’s Philly time by almost 10 minutes. That was my PR race up until Hartford last month! So I’ve definitely turned a corner, flipped some sort of switch with running. There is no denying that.
So from here, it’s start to train for Roxbury, focus on the Holiday Streaking Challenge and then start to think about 2016!
Maybe I will give you guys a review of my Amtrak Acela experience when I get home. This country really needs to invest in some rail infrastructure. But if not I will check in with you all tomorrow, until then, have fun, keep running and remember, if Gil can run, then so can you!

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A great bad race

I have run with a cold before, but never gotten the cold while running. This was a new experience. I went through 7 bottles of water and gatorade during the race. I was sore, cramping, I could not breathe. For a few miles one of the members of my running club caught up to me and she kept me moving and really did a great job to get me to stay in the race, I was in really bad shape. I managed to do a new course best for myself here in Philly, and although I did not hit my overall goal, I did overcome a huge obstacle and made it special.
After my friends and I went out for some spicy Korean food, which was a good idea for how congested I was, and then we hit the Russia Baths for a few hours. Which the ice cold pool was great for my legs. So even though I am now sick, we absolutely made the best of it. So even though this was a successful failure of a race, I had a great weekend.
I cannot get the Garmin to connect, so I will post the stats later tomorrow. Good night everyone. Have fun, keep running and remember, if Gil can run sick, then so can you!

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