Archive for October, 2007

3.4 miles

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Got home in time for a feeding so took off for a run.  Began running north from the house toward my old run routes.  I think I like them a little better as there is less traffic.  Still have to cross one major street, but the rest of the routes are much less traveled.  Put in 3.4 miles.  Was really stiff after 9+ miles the last two days, but really needed to get the legs moving.  Really pushed the tempo on the last .5 miles which felt great.

Finished with a 2 mile walk with Carrie, G&A.  A bit cool, but we were all wrapped up.


Monday, October 29th, 2007

Saturday I was supposed to get up and run with A&D.  And they weren’t running until 7am, so I would get to sleep in 30 minutes.  Set the alarm, went back to sleep after a 4:30am feeding and woke up at 8am.  Apparently my alarm was not working.  Since they were long gone, decided to make a go of it myself with the pup.  Went for 5 miles.  It felt great and I was fairly rested, so didn’t really get tired.  It was nice and cool, mid 40’s but warming quickly in the beautiful bright blue sunny skies.  And surprising there was no wind.  Only down side was I forgot to take water and didn’t think about this until I was already a little over 2 miles into it, and would have had at least 1.5 miles to get back home.  So I pushed on without.  Not too painful.

Saturday afternoon was a beautiful day and we were lucky enough to get to spend it with a law school buddy and his new bride.  It was a beautiful intimate outdoor ceremony at one of their co-worker’s home in OKC.  Beautiful ceremony, great food, homebrew and no kids.  At least not our.  Grammy and Grandpa were in town and were itching to watch the, so we had no problems letting them have their wish.

Sunday we went to the pumpkin patch at our church and got some good pics.  Will post pics here later.  Went out for a run around 5:30pm.  It got fairly warm, into the low 70’s.  Went 4.5 miles.  Decided not to go for a walk afterward with Carrie, G & A since the sun was setting and it was cooling off.

Good times.

Mon. & Tues. Runs

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

I gotta just say that I love cool weather running.

Monday, I hit the road around 9:45PM.  It had rained all day and had held steady in the low 50’s.  When I left it was upper 40’s and cooling off.  Got in 3.2 miles.  First time to wear a hat due to cold weather.  Woo Hoo.  Didn’t take the dog, and for some reason it was a little still in the hood.  Not much traffic and many dark streets.  Felt kind of spooky at times.  I think all the Halloween decorations are getting to me.

Tuesday was another beautiful day.  It had warmed up a bit, mid 60’s during the day.  Thought the kiddos were down for a nap at 7:45PM so I headed out.  Went for  3.5 miles.  Felt like I was flying.  Got back, and apparently G&A missed me so much they decided to cry the whole time I was away.  Its nice (for me, not so much for Carrie) to be missed.

Weigh In…

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

Still holding at 210lbs.  Now its time to get serious.  I’ve sworn off sweets (Darn you vile temptress!).  We’ll see if that has any impact.  Only bad thing is that all of our wonderful friends and neighbors who have been bringing us dinner for the last couple of weeks continue to show up with delightful homemade desserts.  And I have no will power.  But no longer.  I’m through, its time to get serious.

On a good note, had a great run last night.  Worked in the yard Saturday afternoon and did something to my shoulder, so no run.  It wasn’t really bothering me Sunday even after changing the oil on our 2 vehicles.  We had an awesome cold front blowing through and I decided to get out into the wind.  It was really gusty, with sustained winds in the 20’s and blowing up to the 50’s.  But there was a chill in the air and I actually was glad that I wore a vest.  Got in 3.5 miles.

3.2 miles

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

Squeezed in 3.2 miles last night.  It was very windy and not my best run, but I got it in.

Only got 3-ish hours of sleep last night, so we’ll see about tonight’s run.

3.7 miles

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

After being away from home all weekend, Carrie was itching to go for a walk.  Monday evening we loaded up the jog stroller and went out.  Did about 1.5 miles as G screamed the entire way and it was getting close to feeding time.

Tuesday, got to get back at it.  Went for 3.7 miles.  Felt good, good music, and nice temps, but it was humid as all get out.  There was a bunch of Gulf moisture blowing in from the south.  Today that rain fell and cooled it off a little bit.  I hope the temps stay like this (downward trend) for a while.  I’m so ready for fall and all that it brings, such as cool nights curled up under a blanket.   Now to figure out a way to keep the kids a sleep for more than 2.5 hours so that we can enjoy curling up.

Great Weekend

Monday, October 15th, 2007

Was at a Walk to Emmaus this weekend. It is held at a retreat center called Canyon Camp, which is down in a beautiful sandstone canyon just outside of Hinton, Oklahoma. Got in 1 good run at 5:45am on Friday morning. Did 3 out and backs of a little over 1 mile each. Also went for a hike to the top of one of the bluffs. IT was probably a 2 mile loop with lots of ups and beautiful scenery.

Saturday had a long break in the middle of the afternoon and went for a great run out of the canyon to the main entry road. It was absolutely the hardest run I’ve undertaken in quite some time. There were 2 great hills, with the low elevation being the start at 1522 feet and the highest point being 1712 feet. Absolutely beautiful day. Heres the map.

Congrats to My Sister-in-law, for being the fastest Jank at the marathon distance, and probably any other distance for that matter.

Newsletter: Month 1

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

To take a page from one of my favorite blogs, I will be writing a monthly newsletter to the twins.  More of a way for me to keep tabs on the rapid growth and daily changes that come along with growing babies.   I’ll attempt to get it done on the monthly anniversary of their birth, September 4.  Unfortunately, I’m already almost a week late.   I’ll try to do better, but don’t hold your collective breath.

What a crazy month.  We spent the first 5 days of your life in the hospital.  You two were actually fine and required no special attention, with the exception of G not wanting to poop after filling 8 diapers in the first 24 hours.  Mommy came down with pre-eclampsia after the birth and the Midwife wanted to keep close tabs on her as it can be a very harmful thing.  It was nice on one hand to be in the hospital, with you in the room with us, for a few days as it allowed us to ask a lot of questions about what you were doing without feeling silly for calling someone about something so simple as is it normal for them to scream all night long?  For no reason?  At all?

But by the time we got to go home on Saturday, after watching your first Oklahoma Sooner football game no less, we were ready.  We had had enough of the late night blood pressure checks and questions.  We got home mid-day on a Saturday night and just about collapsed.  The following week was a blur of sleepless nights and various visitors.  There were a whole lot of people who just couldn’t wait to meet you and see your shining faces.  Or even your screaming faces.  They were just so excited to get to meet you on the outside of the womb.

While your first month was one of the hardest things I have ever had to manage in my life, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.  It was also some of the best times I have ever experienced.

G, you came down with a cold in the second week that lasted for 2 weeks.  You were so pitiful with the constant snorting and not being able to breath very well.  We did all we could to try to make you feel better including saline drops and the sucker bulb, both of which made you madder than a hornet.  But after we finished, you seemed to feel so much better.  I will always treasure the thought of holding you on my chest , rocking you while you took breaths in.  The look on your face as you just stared into my eyes, that “Daddy I don’t feel good” look.  It just melts my heart.  We just couldn’t put you down.

A, you definitely have a personality.  From day 1, you have been either full blast or asleep.  You seem to do everything with all your body.  from crying with a body so rigid that we can hold you in the palm of our hand under your stomach, and you can hold your head, arms and legs straight out.  While screaming full blast.  But you also put your whole self into cuddling as well.  I love how you put your face into the small of my neck and just coo.  It is the best.

The last week of your first month was definitely a turning point.  You both have begun making a lot of meaningful eye contact and have both started smiling when we smile at you.  You are also sleeping for longer periods during the night.  This has been wonderful.  You have both gained almost a full 2 pounds over your birth weight, which is a testament to how well you both nurse.  There is nothing better than what we call your drunk on milk faces.  A you use your whole body for this.  You stick out your full belly, stretch out your arms and stretch through your head, all while sticking just the tip of your tongue out of your mouth.  It is hilarious, especially when you have mil around your lips.  G you just sit there with an enormous belly with a look on your face that says “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.”

Heres to more months like the last week.  I can’t wait to see how you further develop.



2 mile walk and 3.5 mile run

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

Monday was a long day after the long weekend of driving.  Wanted to go for a run, but Carrie wanted to go for a walk first, so we loaded up the stroller and took off.  By the time we were done with 2 miles, I was done.  Called it a night.

Tuesday, took Boomer for a 3.5 mile run.  Felt good to be back out.  Gotta love the day off.

Hot and Humid 6 miles, and Revel Fun

Monday, October 8th, 2007

Ended up blowing off the Revel Run.  We got to Shreveport around midnight, and by the time we got the car unloaded and the kids fed, it was 1:30am or so.  To top it off they woke up wanting to feed again at 4am and didn’t get back to sleep until 5:45am.  Getting back up at 6:25 to get to the race just wasn’t appealing to me.  So I slept into until 9am and went for a 6 miler around Carrie’s parent’s neighborhood.  It was hot and humid and I didn’t take quite enough water.  Last 1.5 miles were extremely rough.  Finished in 56:50 min.

Then watched a GREAT Red River Rivalry. Great game.  Had us enthralled for the full game.

Made it to the Revel in time to catch part of the Trout Fishing set.  Good time.  Always love listening to those guys.  Went off to get some food before George Clinton and kept running into old friends.  That is always a fun thing when we head back to the ‘Port.  Even ran into Dionne who had run 20 miles that morning, as her last long run before she completes the Nike Womens Marathon in San Francisco in 2 weeks.  Couldn’t believe she was out wandering around the Revel after such a feat.  Eventually got some food and a couple beers, and some food into the kids and headed down to listen to some George Clinton.  It was a cool show.  Lots of energy and tons of people, both in the crowd and onstage.  Must be getting old as we spent most of our time listening from across the parkway from the stage as it was too loud.  Can’t let the kids go deaf I guess.  But it was cool.  Oh yeah, George Clinton was wearing a diaper, so G & A were not out of place at all.