Thursday, November 26, 2009

Turkey Day 5K

The Arnold Turkey Day 5K is in the books. Based on my non-scientific analysis of how many Phil Collins songs (yes, Phil Collins, and no, I'm not gay; not that there's anything wrong with that) I finished in the 30-31 minute time frame. I'm awaiting official time. That would be a couple of minutes under my goal of 33 minutes. Next stop, the I64 5K.

Update: I broke 30 minutes for the first time!!! Official time 29:41.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Updates Galore

No shave November went out with a thud last weekend. We had family photos, and I was required to clean up the under the neck area. But, the beard remains!

I've done a bunch of work to the yard this month. Gary came over and we dropped two trees. One of them was hollow up about seven or eight feet. Hit up Heather's site for some pictures.

I screwed up my back a little when we were dropping the trees, so my Couch-to-5K calendar looks all forked up this month. I missed almost a full week of running. Good news is, I'm up to 5K and running my first race in over five years tomorrow. Wish me luck!

This past Saturday, I spent the day up on the roof hanging Christmas lights. Abby thinks they are "so bitty". I think that means she likes them. Sunday I put in an invisible fence for the dog. I hope to get a few good hours this long weekend out in the yard to train him.

I'm looking forward to a day off work tomorrow, then a semi-tradition on the day after Thanksgiving. A buddy of mine from work and I work part of the day, then go to Growler's for drinks. I think the group may be expanding a little this year, but it should be good fun.

I'll try to get some pictures up sometime this weekend, of the dog, no-shave November, the backyard, the Christmas lights, and a hair on my bum that may be infected. Ok, I lied about the hair.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

No Shave November

After Heather firmly put her foot down on Bacon Stupidity Month, I was forced to find another frivolous way to spend a month. Website The Art of Manliness provided just the activity. They are running a Movember contest to raise awareness of men's health issues:

Started in 2003, Movember is an annual, month-long celebration of the mustache, highlighting men’s health issues – specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and male depression. During the month of November, men grow a mustache and raise funds for charities like the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LIVESTRONG).
Now, it just so happens that I got a wild hair and shaved my beard off in September. I don't want to be one of those guys that gets pulled onto the Oprah show for a makeover, and gets his beard shaved on for the first time in 20 years. I don't want to become that attached to it. Unfortunately, I was already planning to grow a March-stach so I have no desire to sport a mustache in November as well. Also, Heather really wants me bearded for holiday photos. So, instead of doing a true Movember, I'm doing a No-Shave-vember. That's right, I'm not shaving my ugly mug at all this month. I'm thinking that this will include trimming as well, but it depends on how much like Ted Kaczynski I end up looking.

So, without further fanfare, I present to you No-Shave-vember Day One:

PS - I'm sure Heather appreciates all the sympathy she gets for marrying a guy who feels the need to fill months with such juvenile activities.

Also, I'm still working on the whole Bacon Stupidity Month angle. I'm running now, I should be able to indulge.

And yes, I'm aware that I'm a grown man. I just don't feel the need to act like it.