Thursday, July 29, 2010

Today is the big day

In about an hour, I will be a homeowner, again. I haven't been to Lowe's or Home Depot in about a year and a half and I miss it. I miss buying lumber to build stuff and mowing my own grass. I miss trimming hedges and cleaning up the scraps. I miss not having to use a key to get my mail. I miss not having a dedicated parking spot every time I come home from work. I miss not being able to paint with the colors I want.

I'm ready to party!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Running with a hangover

I'm not a lightweight by any means, but when your hanging out with good friends at a picnic on a hot and sticky Saturday night, you kind of forget about that 16 mile, 6am training run you told your friend you would be there for. Of course, said friend was also at the picnic and wasn't drinking. Damn him. I was home and in bed by 11pm though.

I managed to set my alarm for 5am and actucally woke up! Had my pre run toasted bagel and left to get to his house. I knock on his door, no answer. I text him, no answer. Sonofa... Sleep in on me will you? Hell no. I start blowing up his phone. He finally answers. In my most cheerful 6am voice I shout "Good morning! Great day for a run, isn't it? I'm outside waiting for you!" His response "grumble grumble mumble mumble, something else...... 10 minutes"

Luckly the newspaper was in the driveway so I had some reading material while I was waiting for him.

I didn't realize I had a hangover until we started running and the headache set in. I chugged 32oz of water before I went to bed then had 16oz when I woke up so the hangover wasn't as bad as it could have been. Still, it didn't feel good. It took about 3 miles for the headache to go away. Just in time for the sun to come up and beat down on us. Our water stops consisted of two gas stations where we bought gatorades, at mile 5, and again at mile 11. There were also two water fountains mixed in there around mile 13.5 and 15.5.

As promised, he even made me breakfast! Not his wife either! I made sure he washed his hands first. Nothing like french toast, sausage, and stage 19 of the Tour de France on a Sunday morning!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Harrisburg Mile

Last night was the Harrisburg Mile. YES I KNOW, JUST ONE MILE. But it was to benefit the local YMCA, or Y as they like to be called now. Waves start every 10 minutes based on age. I stared at 6:45. There were maybe 30 in my wave. Chipped timed, which is nice.

I went out fast, really fast. It's only a mile, right? They even had splits every 1/4 mile. My first 1/4 mile was 61 seconds. Shit, way too fast. No one was around me. At the 1/2 mile point the clock said 2:12. OK, slowed down a little, save some for the end. Still, no one around me. I'm starting to think to myself, "is it really going to be this easy?" Then I heard the cheers "come on Adam" "lets go Adam" They mean Jason, right? Shit, here comes Adam! I wish this was only a 3/4 of a mile race, I would have won. I start to see shadows and Adam and another dude wiz past me. I keep up with them for all of 3 seconds when I just decide to let them go. I'm in this race for hardware and a PR!

Why didn't anyone tell me the last 200 yards was uphill? The cheers from the crowd didn't help. I was in lots of pain. Quads were burning. (why did I have to run 7 miles in the rain the day before? and swim?) Luckily, someone in the crowd yelled out "you got 3rd easy" because he obviously saw me looking over my shoulder, both ways, every 2 seconds! I cruise thru the finish line in a time of 5:18. A new PR! And 3rd place! AND FREE BEER TENT! Yeah, you know where I headed. 5 beers, 2 hours, and dinner consisting of cotton candy and twlizzers later, I get my sweet-ass trophy and leave to go find my car. Shit, where did I park?

On other GREAT news.... I stopped at a gas station last night and bought some Powerball tickets like I always do twice a week. Coworkers and I each throw in $2 twice a week to play. I check the numbers this morning and we matched 4 out of 5 numbers not including the Powerball for $100!! Scratch offs here we come! (split 8 ways is only $12.50pp but whatever)

Monday, July 19, 2010

We close in a week!

Our closing on our house is scheduled for next Thursday, July 29th. Looks like we are going to close on time as well. Everything is in, the appraisal is done (albeit $100 over sales price) and they took care of all the stuff we wanted done on the home inspection. Now we just need to close, paint, then we can move in.

I have a 10k that Sunday after closing and an Olympic Tri the next weekend, so I don't know when we are going to be able to move in. Hopefully sometime durning the week, if we get some friends to help, we can bang out in an evening. Luckly everything is packed in boxes so all we have to do is put it in the house, then I'm sure it will take us a month to unpack everything.

As long as we find the coffee maker day one, that's all we need! (right sam?)

Marathon training is going well. Saturday I ran a strong 14 miles. It got rather hot and there wern't many water fountains on our route so that's something we are going to have to change up, or start planting water bottles along the route.

Sunday I went for a 75 mile bike ride with some friends and 12 miles in a spoke broke. Damn these legs for being so powerful. Wheels can't handle me cranking it up hills!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Home Inspection

I probably missed a post here but we put an offer on a house last week and it was accepted. Today is our home inspection. I'm hoping everything goes well, not too well though because if there are some things wrong with the house, we can ask for more money at closing.
The house is nice. All hardwood floors, decent backyard that backs to a cemetary (no nosey neighbors!). The only thing we have to do before we move in for within the first few weeks is put up a fence for the dog. We don't want her running away or causing havoc in the cemetary.