Work in Progress

I decided a couple weeks ago that I would punish my body and try the Fifth Third Riverbank run coming up in May.   Since it would be my first “race”, I thought I should stick to the short, 5k run.  But I’m a glutton for punishment and am up for a challenge, so I decided I should give the 10k a shot.

Being that the temperature has been, on average, below 20 degrees for the last couple weeks, I’ve been limited to only running on the treadmill so far.  All I can say is that I hope it’s a lot easier running on solid ground as opposed to a thin piece of rubber moving at a high rate of speed.  The longest I’ve run since I’ve started this adventure is only a little over 2 miles…I’ve got a long way to go.

Last night I made the mistake of trying to see how fast I could run 1 mile…I really need to have my head checked.  I hit the start button and hit the psuedo-pavement at 8mph…20 seconds later…9mph…a few seconds more…up to 10mph.  I proceeded to put my life in danger for about a whole minute and thirty seconds, before promptly going back down to 8mph….then to 7…then to 6, which is where I ultimately finished.

My Arch Enemy

    My Arch Enemy

So, how did I fare you ask?  Well, I didn’t even make it a whole mile; I stopped at about 3/4 of a mile.  I don’t think I’ll ever do that again.   So tonight, it’s back to normal…hopefully I can settle down and find a nice pace and try to make it 3 miles tonight.

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Eat, drink, and be merry

My wife and I went out with some friends last night to Founder’s in downtown GR, it was our first time there. We had a great time and enjoyed some good food and drink. The place was pretty packed; kind of hard to find a table to fit 11 people on a Friday night, but somehow we managed to squeeze in.

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I went with the Breakfast Stout, it was a nice smooth stout with a definite chocolaty coffee taste that also packed a pretty good punch. Patty went with the Pale Ale, which she wasn’t too fond of. I tried a drink of her Pale Ale and wasn’t a big fan either. You win some, lose some.

As for the food, Founder’s had a pretty big selection of different sandwiches and appetizers. Patty and I shared the “Godfather”, a sandwich loaded down with pepperoni and capicola – it was excellent. We also tried the “Beer Cheese Dip” with some sort of toasted bread and tortillas, it was also quite tasty – although I could have skipped the part of burning the roof of my mouth and tongue – the dip must have been boiling right before it was given to us!

We had a great time and hope to be able to do it again in the near future.