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Seltzer's Pilgrimage

Discussion in 'Fitness Journals' started by Seltzer, Mar 23, 2006.

  1. Seltzer

    Seltzer Elite Member

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    Due to a still unresolved plumbing issue my run started over an hour later than I planned, but I got it done so I'm satisfied. I now have my first double digit run (10.1 miles) behind me since I ran a marathon on May 30th and while the distance I need to train for is still an intimidatingly large leap from where I presently am it was nice to get past this psychological barrier. I struggled at times and didn't have much left at the end, but kept on moving. I guess as long as I can continue to do that I'll be okay. :)

    Have a great day!
     
  2. Paddy

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    good run bub.
     
  3. Seltzer

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    Thanks Paddy. It took more out of me, both mentally and physically, than I care for and am hoping that this weekend's eleven miler goes more smoothly.

    On a bright note or two, although tired nothing is hurting and my DOMS from yesterday's lifting is much less than I feared it would be.

    Update

    I exhausted all of my DIY options to fix my plumbing issue and am now waiting on a plumber to arrive. :blank:
     
  4. jbivens

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    Guess you're in better shape than even you thought. That's great.

    At least you tried. When it comes to plumbing I head straight to the phone. Electric, carpentry, drywall I'm ok with. Plumbing scares me. Not sure why.
     
  5. Seltzer

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    Thanks. I haven't done as much as usual the past three weeks, but I'm getting back into the groove.

    As for the running, the fear of showing up unprepared for a marathon is a big motivator.

    Interesting as electric scares the crap out of me. I guess I don't have a good fundamental understanding, even after being a property owner for over 25 years. Today's plumbing issue is clogged pipes and I wound up not being able to get to source of the clog, hence the call to the plumber. The possibility of me wrecking something was very low and even when I rerouted water pipes years ago I was able to test for leaks so I knew that everything was safe. With electric projects if I screw up I could burn the house down.

    Update

    When I posted pictures downstairs I promised to post others up here. Before someone :whistle: starts asking for them here are some:

    Old firehouse that's now turned touristy.

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    Bell from the SS Cape May a WW2 warship.

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    Memorial for fishermen lost at sea.

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    Houses looking out onto the bay.

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    Cape May lighthouse.

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    Random beach.

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    Birds in flight.

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  6. kree-kree

    kree-kree Well-Known Member

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    Love the pictures!! Kind of bummed that you beat me to it and I didn't have to ask :lol:
     
  7. Seltzer

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    Thanks. Yeah, I was thinking of you. :)

    Update

    Diet in all respects was good yesterday and I'm beginning to shed some of my vacation gain. I'll be leaving for the gym with dear son in about thirty minutes and tonight wifey and I, along with some friends, will be running a 5k charity race in town. The race ends at a local watering hole that is a sponsor and is giving all participants a coupon for a free drink.

    Have a great day!
     
  8. Shamie

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    Nice photo's. How is it that photo's of NJ make it look like a really nice place. :confused: It must be some sort of camera trick. :)

    Which marathon are you running in, and when is it? Is anyone from JSF running also?
     
  9. jbivens

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    NJ is a nice place. Once you get off or the turnpike of south of exit 8. Some of the nicest places in the country are in NJ. Very affluent neighborhoods. Beautiful beaches. The problem is we have Camden, Newark and the industrialized section of north jersey that everyone sees while driving through. And those idiots from out of state ruining the "Jersey Shore".:)
     
  10. Shamie

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    I was just kidding. I live in the Garden State. 165 on the Parkway. :)
     
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    Then it is totally acceptable to bash NJ. :lol: Exit 98 for this guy. Murder commuting home from work on Fridays between memorial and labor day.
     
  12. Ecrivain

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    Now that's a good deal. Enjoy!
     
  13. Seltzer

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    Thanks for the comment about the photos.

    Shamie I'm running in the Marine Corps Marathon on October 30. Unlike last year when I met up with M@ and his wife and shared the run experience with Zoetastic, Phillydude, and Ecrivain, who was nice enough to stay with me for most of the race, this year I'll be running alone. Wifey and dear son are coming and we're going to make a long weekend of it and not head home until Monday.

    Agreed, it's very unfortunate that the part of the state that most non residents are exposed to is so different than what most of the state offers.

    JB, I'll be in your neck of the woods on Saturday; as part of his on going birthday celebration dear son is going with some friends and cousins to Six Flags. Like last year I'm bringing a book and also like last year fully expect to get made fun of.

    It's a winning situation all the way around. I earlier called it a race, but it's more of a fun run; I've never participated in this event, but I doubt there will be any timing devices or other amenities that are present at the bigger events. I get to run with wifey and a couple of friends, I get a free drink, I help raise money for a good cause, and I won't have to do my short run on Thursday. :)

    Update

    I don't have my sheet with me, but I had a really good workout and added a rep on DB Bench Press, DB Row, and Lat Pulldown. Gripper work will be done this afternoon.
     
  14. Shamie

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    You must be busier than usual with the volatility of the stock markets. Us buy and hold types ending up losing (our shirts), you traders make the real bucks in this type of market. :)
     
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    Shamie, while I am more deft and make better decisions than the average person, I don't run a very transaction oriented business. For instance, most days I don't put on any trades and while there are some positions that I have had exposure to for over a decade there are others I enter with intention of having them in my portfolio for far less time. The recent volatility has presented some opportunities for me, but as it has for many folks it has also presented some challenges.

    Update

    It's been a paper work oriented morning and I still have a couple of hours of it ahead. It's what happens when you run a small business.

    Last night's run was a lot of fun. There were about 75 people, most of whom were members of a local running club, with the rest of the field filled out with the ilks of me, wifey, and our friend. Our friend, whose idea it was to do this, just started jogging last week after a multi year lay off and the 3.1 miles was significantly farther than his previous two mile runs. He coughed, he wheezed, he walked, he laughed, and he finished without getting hurt. I call that victory. :nod: The three of us stayed together throughout and met up with his wife for a late-ish dinner and some beverages. That first cold one, especially since it was free, tasted mighty fine. :) I don't know how much money was raised for charity, but the turnout was larger than the organizer expected so that's a good sign.

    At some point today I'm going to try and get out and cycle, probably at lunch time. I'm not sure how that's going to go because after days of improvement my left elbow swelled up again yesterday and is not any better today. I guess my plan to let it run its course didn't work out so I'll be calling my doctor to set up an appointment. :(

    In non fitness news dear son has his final state mandated driving lesson today and will be getting his learner's permit. The lesson is over at about 7:30 so something tells me that I'll be taking him out about 7:45.

    Have a great day!
     
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    Recently finished a short 7.6 mile bike ride with dear son and his new bicycle. His machine needed a minor adjustment so we lost a little bit of riding time while at the shop. No biggie.
     
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    No gym yet, but I did spend a couple of hours teaching dear son how to drive. Terror inducing, to say the least. Not because he was doing worse than expected, but because it's a very difficult process until some skills become internalized. Of course that only comes with experience; the more he gets the quicker he'll climb the learning curve so I plan on giving him a lot of time behind the wheel.

    He and I still plan on going to the gym, but it likely won't be until around noon or early afternoon. I probably shouldn't go because my elbow has ballooned up again, but I am. :D Something clearly isn't right, but I don't think I'm risking injury by exercising. With my deep knowledge of all things medical I'm uberly qualified to make such a self diagnosis, but just in case I called my doctor for a second opinion. :lol: I'm waiting for a return call and will schedule an appointment when I hear back from her.

    Time to take dear dog to the vet for some more tests. :blank:

    TGIF!
     
  18. Paddy

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    quality time with ds will continue to increase as dd moves on to school. good pics from cape may. looks like a great time. take care of that elbow. its the only one you have on that arm. :tucool:
     
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    Agreed about the change in dynamics once ds leaves.

    Thanks about the pics and, yes, we had a fine time.

    As for the elbow, clearly my idea that the healing would continue on its own was incorrect and I am now anxious to get it taken care of by a professional. My doctor, a sole practioner, doesn't work on Friday mornings, so I know I won't hear from her until the afternoon. :blank:
     
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    My workout earlier today did not reach the standard of Wednesday; no new rep highs and on two exercises I feel a rep short of my previous effort. I don't think my elbow is any worse from the experience, but it certainly isn't better. Shortly after coming back from the gym I spoke with my GP who referred me to a specialist and I have an appointment on Monday at two.

    Her over the phone diagnosis is that I have bursitis, but she doesn't believe it's infected or that I'll need to have my elbow drained. For now she suggested Advil three times per day, ice, and rest. I'll rest it over the weekend, but I'm going to workout on Monday. Case closed.

    Tonight we're meeting up with three other families to have dinner at an upscale pizza place in town that has wonderful live music on the weekends. The owner is a musician who has long time and deep connections in the industry and the bands are always a bit eclectic with a bent toward swing, ragtime, jazz and blues.

    I'll be gone almost all day tomorrow as we're taking the kids and three of their cousins, who are sleeping over, to an amusement park to celebrate dear son's birthday. It will be long day, but probably an relatively early evening as I have plans to beat the heat and wake up around 5:30- 6:00 to do my eleven mile run on Sunday.
     

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