Saturday, January 17, 2009


Today's Long Run

Today the training plan called for 6 miles, but it was so nice out and I felt so good I went 8.  No stopping, at a nice easy 10 min pace.  It was a great run, and I think I am going to sign up for the Oklahoma City half marathon today or tomorrow.  That will give me a target date.  I had been looking at possibly the Abilene half or the St Louis half, but due to family scheduling activities I think the OKC one will work out best.   Plus it's only a couple hours away.  

Barking mad...
The excitement on today's run happened at about mile 6 when two dogs, a pit bull and a St Bernard, charged out from a house and started barking and nipping at my heels.....I had to speed up and cross the street, but they chased me for about 100 yards.   It  was just a little scary. My wife said I should call animal control, but I think I'll just try to avoid running by that house.

There's a snake in my boot!

Last night we didn't have anything to do, so we went to the rodeo.  Actually it was the PBR (professional bull riding) event.  I have never been to a rodeo, despite living in Kansas for all of my life.  I'm more of a city slicker.   The kids were excited and had fun.   They put on their cowboy hats and boots.  I put on my Dallas Cowboys jersey.  Throwback retro Troy Aikman.   

Here's a pic of the three cowboys:

PS -- The rodeo was quite a cultural event...... I don't think I've ever seen so many pickup trucks, camouflaged shirts, people chewing tobacco, cowboy hats, etc.  in my life.....


joyRuN said...

Cute pic!

Sounds like you should be good for your HM if you're already running 8.

I still don't know what to do about scary dogs nipping at my heels.

RunToFinish said...

I love love love the rodeo! Wasn't it amazing not to be a crazy negative windchill today!!

I loved OKC..hadn't considered doing the 1/2 but that's a great idea. I just think they did such a fantastic job and everyone there was so happy to be running it.

Fair Weather Runner said...

Congrats on the run, aren't those the best? I did 9 (ummm didn't feel as good as you, wind got brutal) yesterday and we had two dobermans about to jump the fence at us, creepy. My running buddy usually carries mace for that reason, dogs!

YAY for OKC, it's gonna rock, you'll love it! Hotels near the race start are already filling up. Crazy!

TiredMamaRunning said...

CONGRATS on deciding to sign up for OKC. I've read reviews here and there and have it on my list of possible races for the next five years. Can't wait to hear your opinion of the event after! (Did you know that surviving family members of the bombing hang the finisher medals around your neck at the end? I know I wouldn't be able to keep it together for that).

DOGS. I think I may have to blog about this myself. We're dog owners and lovers but have been frustrated to no end lately with crappy dog owners when we've been out running or biking. Sucks that you had to deal with that too.

d.a.r. said...

I just found your blog through another blog, and had to comment! I am also from the Oz state. I was contemplating the OKC Half, but Eisenhower won out. How neat that there is another Kansas runner out here!

Julianne said...

Round 'em up! Those are some cute bunch of cowboys!!
I love it when you go for a run and you feel so great you do more than planned. Great job on your 8 miles!! Sign up for the marathon already! ;-)