I’m glad

I am glad to hear that the down time wasn’t a big thing. It’s not like like I have a revenue flow through this thing. It’s all free… but I do expect to have it up and running when I can.

The weekend

We had a call that the In-laws were coming into town not Saturday, but Friday night. Okay, really Saturday Morning at 2am, but we didn’t need to be up to let them in or anything.

Jen and I watched the movie Akeelah and the Bee, which was a great movie. It is story about a little girl and her issues with life and how spelling words turned her life around. Lawrence Fishborne (“Do you want the Red Pill or Blue Pill) is excellent in this movie (as always). Angela Bassett plays Akeelah’s mom who works her boo-tay off for her 3 kids (air force guy, school nerd and a punk) and she has to do this by herself. No, just because they live in lower income Los Angeles doesn’t mean that her Baby-Daddy wasn’t there for the family. The just opposite, he was a victim of a random act of violence while coming home from work. The strangest part was to see Curtis Armstrong as Akeelah’s principle. Now you are saying who in the world is Curtis Armstrong. If you are a child of the Pop Culture of the 1980s. I can give you a hint… “We’ve Got Bush”… or NERDS! NERDS! NERDS!. That’s right, Booger from Revenge of the Nerds (1984) plays the stressed out principle who sees that Akeelah can do wonders for herself as well as their school. Mr. Armstrong has that distinct voice and so although he was talking about serious stuff, I still picture him talking about panty raids and wonder joints.

Akeelah: I’m naturally inquisitive.
Dr. Larabee: Yes, which is also sometimes confused with being naturally obnoxious.

My Grade: A- Great Family film. If you are in a rut and need some encouragement to overcome great odds, this one is a winner.

Sunday we did some shopping. Fellow reader, but never comments, my step-dad, Pete had given us a christmas gift of new chairs/barstools. Our current chairs were faling apart… literally. In fact, just two weeks ago, I was holding The Younger and the chair leg broke off. The Younger thought it was a fun ride. I thought… I don’t know what I thought other than not to drop the kid.

Since Pete was unable to come visit around Christmas, he sent us a check, which meant that we hang onto the check forever and maybe deposit it a month later when we get the chance to look for something. So with some free babysitting (i.e. Grandparents) we were able to go out and look for some furniture.

We scored on an inexpensive, but nice looking table and 4 chairs. We’ll still have enough money to get the barstools that we want AND with some creative shopping, I think we are going to be able to get bunkbeds for the kids.

I had planned to run Sunday afternoon if we got back in time and it wasn’t raining. But since it was pouring down rain, I decided to pass on the running and maybe try the treadmill (yeah, right). But after our huge grocery store purchase, it was time to get home and get the kids to bed. So no running for the weekend. bleh.


I did get to run at work on Monday. Despite missing the mild weather over the weekend, I was able to run 5 miles in some brisk wind which made the 40ish degree weather feel a little colder.

Probably the worst things about my run on Monday was that I did not have a real plan. I didn’t have a pace (easy, slow, tempo) in mind and so I just ran. You’ll be able to see from my split times that I went out like a Russian Rocket over Denver.

Mile 1: 7:45 pace: Not bad, felt good but not terribly easy

Mile 2: 8:14 pace: Ehhh, Could tell I was slowing down a bit

Mile 3: 8:48 pace: Needed to walk a little

Mile 4: 9:30 pace: More walking, more often

Mile 5: 11:01 pace: Was worn out, had to walk multiple times, although I did run a tempo pace up the Lake Loudon Hill

Total Time 45:18

It was nice to get the distance in, but it makes breaking my PR time at Calhoun’s a little grim right now. It’s not totally out of the question. Don’t forget that I am still dealing with my Date with Alyx.

Oh, if you don’t have one of my other running sites, Catch Me If You Can on your RSS feed, then stop by and visit. I have a new running bib up from a marathon in Israel and I will have up this afternoon a bib from this past weekend’s Disney Marathon.

About planet3rry

I'm a husband, father and runner in the Knoxville area. I love the way that running makes me feel and how it has changed my thinking. I am always looking for the new PR whether in the 5k or the marathon