I'm retired from racing. Really. Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://Jon.fastrunningblog.com/ Sun, 24 Mar 2019 04:46:46 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Fri, Mar 22, 2019 http://Jon.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-22-2019.html <p>AM 7v7, sub on my team. Pretty even teams, windy. My team made more unforced errors. Some were ok throws that the wind impacted, but a lot were just hurried/unwise throws. We also had a LOT of drops. I played pretty well, though I did have a few throws the wind caught. We lost 5-2. Pretty good whupping. We did have a 4v4 second game which we won 2-1.</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2019 06:00:00 Thu, Mar 21, 2019 http://Jon.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-21-2019.html <p>AM- 8 on GE trails. Saw 8-10 deer and lots of turkey, 20+. On the final return trip, the turkeys had moved onto the trail and a tom was puffing up and then charging me. I wasn&#39;t in the mood to fight him so routed way around the rain ponds, which included 5 minutes of mud and water, and then briars. One shoe was submerged in mud up to my ankle. Fun. Slow today, 8:30-9 pace.</p> Thu, 21 Mar 2019 06:00:00 Wed, Mar 20, 2019 http://Jon.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-20-2019.html <p>Lunch- 50 deg and windy, a little nippy for frisbee. 13 people, my team had a sub. The wind played a big factor in both short and long throws. My team wised up by the end and did smarter throws, hence fewer turnovers. We won 5-2.</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2019 06:00:00 Tue, Mar 19, 2019 http://Jon.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-19-2019.html <p>AM- Temps around freezing and I didn&#39;t feel like getting dressed, so TM run. 7 miles. Sore and tired the whole time, especially my lower back. Not the best run but got it done.</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2019 06:00:00 Mon, Mar 18, 2019 http://Jon.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-18-2019.html <p>Lunch 6v6 frisbee. Other team had more speed, we were a little better throwing. I played well- a couple bad throws but generally good. My team was up 3-1, then had a few turnovers near the endzone and it was soon tied 3-3. We scored, other team scored, we got near the endzone but had an incompletion, then they won. 4-5. More running than usual today. Then game of 3v3 which my team won 3-1.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2019 06:00:00 Fri, Mar 15, 2019 http://Jon.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-15-2019.html <p>AM- strong thunderstorms today (I got soaking wet in my 15 second dash from car to office) so I ran 8 miles on treadmill. Continues the tradition of rain on every Friday. I just hope my kids can finally play their sports&nbsp;tomorrow (T-ball tonight for 2 of my kids is already cancelled, meaning they have not even had a practice yet- every practice has been cancelled!!!). It&nbsp;doesn&#39;t look good as it rained hard in the morning and it&#39;s raining again for a few hours at lunch. It&#39;s rained 80 inches in the past year, folks. 80 inches. It&#39;s absurd.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 15 Mar 2019 06:00:00 Thu, Mar 14, 2019 http://Jon.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-14-2019.html <p>AM 50 deg morning run. Saw a few GE workers but no one on the trail. Several groups of turkeys, including a big Tom, who I haven&#39;t seen in a while. 7-10 deer. 8 miles or so</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2019 06:00:00 Wed, Mar 13, 2019 http://Jon.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-13-2019.html <p>Nice day for frisbee, slight breeze, sunny. 12 people showed up, though Benson hurt his hand and Dave left early so we ended up 5v5. My team was generally playing well but started making some mistakes (bad throws) during the game and were soon down 3-1 and 4-2. We rallied with 2 points (4th point was a beauty throw from Graham to Sam). Lost 5-4 in the end. Tom (other team) made some nice defensive plays on long throws to Sam. I played well- 1 or 2 incomplete passes, but otherwise no real mistakes. I did miss a very hard hammer catch and landed with my elbow on the lip of the disc, which hurts. But fun day. Looks like rain again Friday, so probably won&#39;t play.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2019 06:00:00 Tue, Mar 12, 2019 http://Jon.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-12-2019.html <p>AM- first run in 1.5 weeks. PF isn&#39;t feeling a lot better but I figured it was time to go anyway. I brought my headlamp but didn&#39;t need it. 8 miles on wet/muddy GE trail. Saw about 18 turkey and 8+ deer, no people. Good to be out there again.</p> Tue, 12 Mar 2019 06:00:00 Mon, Mar 11, 2019 http://Jon.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-11-2019.html <p>Lunch- great weather today (minimal wind, overcast, upper 60&#39;s) so 18 people showed up. I guarded Graham all game. Everyone played much better than last week- fewer drops and bad throws. A lot of the turnovers were off contested throws rather than bad plays. I had 2 blocked throws and 1 or 2 bad passes but otherwise played great- some good long throws, good short/medium throws, no drops. Even teams, but my team won 5-2. 5v5 for the next game, with me and Dave switching to the other team. We got down 2-0 (mainly due to a few key mistakes by Claire, plus I overthrew Tom once in the endzone), but we scored twice and made a defensive stop on the last point. However, we immediately turned it over near their endzone and they scored for the win.</p> <p>It wasn&#39;t supposed to rain today. But then it did rain. Again. Of course. One of my coworkers told me it&#39;s rained every Friday since November.</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2019 06:00:00 Fri, Mar 08, 2019 http://Jon.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-08-2019.html <p>Well, it rained with 45 deg temps but 6 people still showed up for frisbee. First time ever with 4 games the same week. 3v3. My team had a bad case of butterfingers, with many, many drops (Sam dropped 2 sure scores and a bunch more not in the endzone, Dave dropped all over the field, and I had 2 or 3 near the start). We lost 5-3. Still fun. I had 2 great scores at the end, both toe draggers.</p> <p>Found out today that the past 6 months (Sept to Feb) are the wettest on record in 145 years. 2018 as a whole was the 6th wettest on record. And there&#39;s still more rain predicted. Given the amount of rain today, I&#39;m pretty sure my daughter&#39;s 5th soccer game of the year will be cancelled (i.e. all of them). It&#39;s pretty absurd.</p> Fri, 08 Mar 2019 07:00:00 Thu, Mar 07, 2019 http://Jon.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-07-2019.html <p>Lunch- rain expected tomorrow (or maybe not?), so we played frisbee today instead. 7v7, which is a bit more crowded then I like. I had 1 drop at the start of the game and a few stupid throws, but generally played ok. Very competitive game. My team was up 2-0 and 3-1, then it was tied 3-3 before we won 5-3. The highlight was Dennis (on the other team) catching a beautiful long bomb just short of the endzone, then throwing a nice pass... right to Graham, who was not on his team. It was so funny we took an unplanned break and Graham fell down laughing. We&#39;ve all done it, but that was hilarious and very impactful.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2019 07:00:00 Wed, Mar 06, 2019 http://Jon.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-06-2019.html <p>Lunch- 11 people for frisbee, my team had the sub. We were probably a bit better but lost terribly. I actually played well- no drops, very few bad throws. My team self-destructed, though- so many throws right into the ground or drops. Today is Tom&#39;s 45th birthday and he is usually Mr. Reliable- he tracks his turnovers and usually has 0 or 1 most days. Today, he had 3 during the first 2 points. It was comical how bad my team played, plus the other team was making all kinds of crazy/lucky catches. At least 2 of their points came as my team turned it over right by their endzone. My team went down 0-2, then scored 1, then we were down 3-2 before they scored 2 straight to win 5-2. I just laughed how many unforced errors my team had, and it wasn&#39;t me for once! Fun, crazy game.</p> Wed, 06 Mar 2019 07:00:00 Tue, Mar 05, 2019 http://Jon.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-05-2019.html <p>Left foot has been acting up with a touch of pf so I skipped the run today and did an hour of xt.</p> <p>Realized something today. I have a coworker who is also a professional nature photographer- in the past few years, he spent a week by himself taking pictures in Norway, another week in Iceland, plus LOTS of days camping outside taking pics. When I look at my vacation from the past 4 years, almost all my days out of the office are either me working from home when my wife is out of town or&nbsp;travelling with or to extended families (2 trips out west, trips with families on east coast, etc). The ONLY time my immediate family (me, wife, 5 kids) have travelled by ourselves is a one day trip to Great Wolf Lodge last year.</p> <p>My time off is already booked for this year- another week home while Marci is at girls&#39; camp, 1.5&nbsp;weeks with Marci&#39;s family in upstate NY, 1 week with family coming Sept/Oct, plus a few days in July when my sister comes with her family.&nbsp;</p> <p>I really need a vacation. Maybe I&#39;ll quit my job and go hike the Appalachian Trail by myself. Don&#39;t get me wrong, I enjoy seeing family, but for that to be my ONLY time off for 4 years...</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2019 07:00:00 Mon, Mar 04, 2019 http://Jon.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-04-2019.html <p>Today is not a frisbee game for the highlight real. 7v7. Lots of drops, bad throws, etc- by everyone, including me. I had 2 drops and lots of stupid, bad throws. My team was whupped in warmup but then were ahead 2-0 before losing 5-4. We did win the next game 3-1. I was tired today but generally just played pretty poorly.</p> Mon, 04 Mar 2019 07:00:00 Sat, Mar 02, 2019 http://Jon.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-02-2019.html <p>AM 4 easy</p> <p>Rain again today. We signed my second daughter up for soccer. In a month so far, she&#39;s had 3 practices and all 4 games have been cancelled due to rain. Hopefully it will dry out at some point so they can actually play. They have 6 more Saturdays for games and are supposed to have 12 games in the whole season.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 02 Mar 2019 07:00:00 Fri, Mar 01, 2019 http://Jon.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-01-2019.html <p>No frisbee due to more rain so I ran 1 loop of GE trail at 8:45-8:30 pace. Saw about 22 turkeys. One was stuck on my side of the fence so he freaked out a bit.</p> Fri, 01 Mar 2019 07:00:00 Thu, Feb 28, 2019 http://Jon.fastrunningblog.com/blog-02-28-2019.html <p>AM- gym closed at work so I ran 6 slow miles (9:00-8:30) around home before heading to work.</p> Thu, 28 Feb 2019 07:00:00 Wed, Feb 27, 2019 http://Jon.fastrunningblog.com/blog-02-27-2019.html <p>Lunch- it didn&#39;t rain too much, so we played frisbee. Upper 50&#39;s, overcast, little breeze. 11 people showed up, so my team had the extra player. The other team was stacked and really pushed us around. In the game to 5, they scored, then us, they scored again. Then, with the wind at our back, it took us 5 min or so to finally score- it was brutal. The other team scored 2 quick points so we were down 2-4, even with the extra person. Ouch. We scored, by which time they were exhausted from the extra running. We got a turnover to tie it 4-4. On the last point, I intercepted a pass, then immediately threw a terrible pass right by their endzone. Fortunately, Adrian then threw a bad pass and we got it back, but Scott had to throw a miracle pass over 3 defenders right to Dave. From there, we worked it down for the winning score. Considering we&nbsp;had an extra person, they did awesome. Teams were me, Scott, Elisha, Dave, JP, Travis against Sam, Adrian, Verdin, Kevin, and new guy Nick (who is super fast, aggressive, and good catcher). Kevin knocked me down once with a brutal bicep to the head but I&#39;m ok. Good, tiring game.</p> Wed, 27 Feb 2019 07:00:00 Tue, Feb 26, 2019 http://Jon.fastrunningblog.com/blog-02-26-2019.html <p>Frisbee Tuesday as we missed last week and it&#39;s supposed to rain the rest of the week. 12 people showed up in beautiful, 60 deg and sunny weather. My team was getting stomped in the warmup but, sure enough, we won the real game 5-2. We got down in the second game 0-2 before tying it but then losing 2-3.</p> Tue, 26 Feb 2019 07:00:00 Mon, Feb 25, 2019 http://Jon.fastrunningblog.com/blog-02-25-2019.html <p>55 and sunny, little breeze. First frisbee in a week so lots of people showed up. Grass was wet and soft. My team had 2 subs, other team had 1. I had a few bad throws, 1 drop, 1 awesome diving catch, and generally played ok. But we got down 4-2 before losing 4-5. 10 people stayed for second game which we lost 2-3. Doh. Still fun. I tossed a high one to Alex, saying &quot;I like my odds&quot; before he did indeed catch it for a score over Keven. Fun.</p> Mon, 25 Feb 2019 07:00:00 Sat, Feb 23, 2019 http://Jon.fastrunningblog.com/blog-02-23-2019.html <p>AM- Marci was gone all morning at her half marathon (she ran 2:02 despite wind, cold, and rain- good job). I snuck out for 4 mile run and felt fine. No watch. Breezy and rainy. Since Jan 2018, this is only my second 40 mile week, which is funny since I used to be at least 40-45 miles by Tuesday of each week.</p> Sat, 23 Feb 2019 07:00:00 Fri, Feb 22, 2019 http://Jon.fastrunningblog.com/blog-02-22-2019.html <p>Lunch- frisbee was cancelled due to extreme rain, so I went running. Even though it was mid-40&#39;s, I was sick of treadmill so went outside, and convinced John Korsedal to come with me. I probably haven&#39;t run with him for 2-3 years. Very muddy and wet, lots of puddles to splash through. John did 7 miles, then I did 3 more. Generally 8:00 pace, last mile was about 7:45. Felt good and thought of going further but decided to not push it as my achilles/foot is still iffy.</p> Fri, 22 Feb 2019 07:00:00