2011 Nike Women’s Half Marathon

As you all may be aware, my wife has been raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training to run the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco.

The race is not until October, and my wife is already above 10mi for her long run for the week. She’s on pace to do the distance no problem. Her fundraising goal has also been met! As of this writing, her website does not reflect all donations made yet because some cash donations are currently in the mail and they take a few days to show up on the website. Donations are still being accepted, though. We want to blow the goal amount out of the water now!

Some Run Logs

I’ve done a little bit of running here recently, and I haven’t logged any of it until now. In fact, the runs have been sitting on my GPS until today. The first one was back at the end of April…so it’s been awhile. I’ll start today and work backwards. Today was the Nacogdoches Blueberry 5k race done in conjunction with the Blueberry Festival. The race this year was to benefit the dog park some folks are working to get here in town. As such, they were very welcoming of dogs running the race. The route passed the aid station twice, giving the pups a couple chances to get a drink. All in all, I’d say the race was very well-done. The local police blocked off some roads for the runners, and thankfully we weren’t buried under a bunch of useless swag.

Upland Island Wilderness

I’ve been planning to visit the Upland Island Wilderness for awhile.  I ordered a map from MyTopo for this area last summer and I’ve been trying to get out here since.  On the 4th, with the wife out of town, I figured I’d go hike in the Upland Island Wilderness. I wanted to see the longleaf pine savannas and the spring-fed bogs at the exposures of the Catahoula Formation and photograph some of the carnivorous plants.

The trip didn’t work out how I had hoped. The trailhead area was pretty dilapidated. Something public isn’t available, but I don’t know what.

Bike Month Weeks 2 & 3 and Tyler State Park Apocalypse Ride

I didn’t post any updates for awhile and I apologize. I had finals to deal with and hardly went to the office at all. And when I did, there was bad weather brewing so I wound up driving. So Week 2 was a wash. I didn’t bike to work, but then again I hardly drove, either. Week 3 was another matter. I biked in most of the week but wound up driving a couple of days for inclement weather forecasts. The forecast bad weather those days didn’t end up happening until well after dark, so I felt cheated.

Video and Maps – SFA Trails Vid Trial 1

As I’ve posted before, I got my hands on a new GoPro HD Hero recently. My first “video” wasn’t much – essentially just a backyard test. I was supposed to get some real footage on Friday, but a mechanical problem halted that. So, Monday was my next opportunity, and I took advantage. I got to get some ride footage of the local trails.

Tanita BC-1000 ANT+ body fat monitor

I got this thing about a year ago and I figured it’s time for a long-term report on it. You might have read my first post about the scale.

After a year of using it and saving data, I’ve noticed a few things about it.

This graph illustrates a few things I’d like to point out about the scale.

It looks like I gained about 20lb between August 15th and 16th, right? That would be wrong.

Acute Myelogenous Leukemia Update

I already wrote about my experience running a local 5k race to finish the Cancer to 5k program last weekend.

Yesterday, I had a checkup with my oncologist at MD Anderson Cancer Center. It was my first “3 month” visit, meaning my previous visits had all been at about 1-1.5mo intervals. Last time, though, my doctor decided to let me go for 3 months between appointments. I had anxiously been awaiting the time when my appointment intervals would start increasing.

Cancer to 5k

I haven’t written in a little while, but I wanted to write about my experience in the Cancer to 5k program today.  The Cancer to 5k program is put on by the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (see their blog, too).  I can only say positive things about the experience.  I wanted to use the program as a springboard to regain my physical fitness and lose the weight I had been wanting to lose before I got sick.  I had packed on a good 25lb in the couple years prior to getting sick, and my overall fitness was suffering.

August 28th MTB Ride

Today was the day I decided to ramp up my mileage for my weekly rides.  I’ve felt good the past couple of weeks, and ready to increase my mileage.  Both my legs and my lungs felt ready for it.  In addition, it was a nice day, and I decided to ride from home to the trails.  To get a longer ride in without being out later, I had to start earlier.  Since it was nice out, I could do that easily enough.  I set out from home and picked up the Lanana Creek Trail at its Main St. trailhead.  I headed north and saw a number of other folks enjoying the trail on their bikes or on foot.  Unfortunately, I flatted my rear tire after not long on the dirt.  I had just inflated my tire, so I thought I may have burped some air.  I reinflated it and checked for trouble.  Sure enough, I heard a loud hissing sound.  I looked around for the source of the escaping air and found a puncture.  That’s odd…I’ve got sealant in there, it should have sealed this little hole.  It looked about the size you’d expect from a piece of broken glass, but the hole was clear.  Well, that’s why I carry a spare tube.  So I had to pull the tire off and insert a tube.  While I had the tire off, I double-checked that a piece of glass wasn’t poking through the tire.  Fixing that would have killed the evening.  When I got the tire off, I saw why I got a puncture…my sealant was dried up.  There were no boogers of any sort, so it appears as though I just didn’t put enough sealant in to start with.  I’ll have to remedy that.  The tire was clear, however, so I tossed in a tube, inflated to a comfortable pressure, and continued on my ride.

Planet Cancer/Livestrong/Next Step Young Adult Cancer Survivor Retreat, Austin, TX

On August 20-22, 2010 I attended a young adult cancer survivors retreat in Austin, TX. Let’s see if I can get this right: It was organized by Planet Cancer, funded by Livestrong, and run by Next Step (I think). What a great event! Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it), I got the phone call on Thursday that someone was unable to attend at the last minute, and I was next on the waiting list.