Saturday, February 27, 2010


Still training for the half marathon ... slow and steady wins the race, right? Today I ran 5 miles, although it was very slow - 1 hour, so a 12 minute mile (or 5 miles per hour, ha!) I took a break from my training last week and the week before while I was getting over a cold and lots of congestion. But, I still have 9 weeks to train. If I add one mile each week to my distance runs, I'll get up to 12 miles two weeks before the race, and then can taper the following weeks, so I think I'm in good shape. I just wish the snow would melt. Right now I'm limiting my runs to side streets, so that if the I get to a spot where the sidewalks aren't shoveled or packed down, I can run in the street. But I need to mix it up! I'd like to go on some bike/jog paths.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

My brother, the good sport.

A La Turka

My brother Mark dancing with the belly dancer at A La Turka restaurant last night. We were there to celebrate Paula's 30th birthday. Anyway, around 9pm, there is "entertainment" - the belly dancer. She kept motioning certain people to get up and dance with her, and Mark was a good sport and did. He rocked the Schwartz Shuffle a little bit.

Monday, February 8, 2010

My Irrational Fear

You want to hear something crazy? I have a fear of water deeper than me. I'm about 5'7 and start to get nervous in water that's about 5'6.

But the crazy part is, I used to be a life guard. And I'm an excellent swimmer. I started taking lessons at a very young age, went through the highest level of lessons offered, I even TAUGHT swim lessons. I can tread water with no hands for 5 minutes in 7' (or, at least, I could about a decade ago).

But for some reason, deep water makes me nervous. Sometimes, I can get used to it (like in the 10' diving well where I used to work).

Today I was swimming laps at the local high school (residents can do lap swimming for free). I was in the shallow end (3' - 5'). They were setting up the pool for swim lessons, and about 20 minutes into my swim, they said I could move to the other side, since in about 10 minutes, the side I was on was going to be all swim lessons.

Well, the other side is 6.5' to 12' (maybe 12.5'). I said, oh, that's fine, I'll finish up by then.

Because I was to nervous to go the deep side.

This makes no sense! It's an indoor pool! There is no under toe! And I'm a very strong swimmer! I'm not even going to lie. My endurance isn't that great, but I'm a good swimmer. And I've simulated deep water unconscious with a possible spinal injury saves in 10' of water. (Again, about a decade ago ... but still.)

Oh well. Maybe one day I will get used to the deep end of this pool. Might take me a few weeks ... months ... year.