Archive for February 1st, 2010

Monday Morning Dad

Back at the computer and drawing board on a “snowy” Monday morning in the Twin Cities.

My computer must know it’s Monday as well, since I was having some trouble getting onto the internet this morning.

It was a busy weekend for our family.

I completed a four hour CPR course on Saturday morning and I’m happy to report that I am now “certified” to perform CPR for one year! It was a very informative course and something I think everyone should consider taking, since you never know when you might find yourself in an emergency situation.

Following the CPR class, I needed to get my long run in to complete my first week of training for the Green Bay Marathon.

My training schedule called for 13 miles at a 8:30 per mile pace.

As I have previously posted, I am trying really hard to avoid the treadmill for my long runs. Eight miles is about my limit on a treadmill.

The temperature on Saturday was about 15 degrees, with little wind and it was also sunny, so it was a “go” to do the run outside.

I mapped out a course in our area. I also use a “GPS” watch that gives me my distance and speed, but occasionally, it loses it signal and it is good to have a back-up to know how far you’ve gone.

As I mentioned, the plan was to run 8:30 miles, but I quickly realized that wasn’t going to be possible. Despite having my trusty spikes on my running shoes, there were just too many sections of my route that were ice and snow covered.

So there’s the tradeoff…

Avoid running on the treadmill but having to deal with the snow and ice!

In the interest of NOT wanting to suffer an injury, I decided it was best to slow my pace down when the I can upon the ice and snow. When the conditions permitted, I picked up my pace. I finished my run in a time of 2:02, not the pace I was looking for, but I didn’t fall on my face either!

A side note…

When mapping out my course, I had forgotten how many hills were on the back half of the route. I was quickly reminded that it easier to run faster on a flater course, which I’ll be looking for next week!

Following the run, it was time to get warm and recoup for awhile!

My daughter is in the Children’s Choir at our church and they were scheduled to sing at the Saturday evening service.

Our whole family attended the service and enjoyed listening to the choir sing. Our daughter loves being in the choir. They practice on Wednesday nights and perform at one service a month.

Going to church on Saturday night meant we got to sleep in on Sunday morning. It was a nice relaxing morning, reading the paper and enjoying a pot of coffee.

Later in the morning, both boys headed off to a nearby lake to do some ice fishing. My oldest son is really into the sport and between him and his friends they caught enough fish to have a nice “fish fry” Sunday night.

This morning brought the start of the third quarter for our boys.

New schedules needed to be printed up and passed out before they left for school. I’m hoping I didn’t mix them up in the rush this morning!

Monday mornings always seem to be a little more hectic!

I’m sure I’d never hear the end of it if my high schooler suddenly found himself stuck with my middle schooler’s schedule!

We are getting some snow here this morning, but we made it thru January, always a milestone for us living in the north country!

With apologies to “Punxsutawney Phil” and his big day tomorrow, we here in Minnesota don’t need a groundhog to tell us we have a fair chunk of winter left!

On Wednesday, my wife gets to escape our winter wonderland for a couple of days.

She’s going to Phoenix on business.

Maybe, I’ll sneak along!