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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Back from the Disney Marathon!

This was an interesting race and this finish was amazing!  It was a VERY hot and VERY humid race... even for Florida.  Some of the later runners had the course shortened or they were even pulled off the course for safety reasons.   For me... I took it in stride and had a lot of fun.  This is my first Run Disney race and I learned somethings for any future races...
I didn’t realize I was in the last corral until the expo ended so I started out in the very back. Literally the back fence.  I sent in my qualifying time to put me in the proper coral for the proper runners, but apparently it didn't go through and there was no confirmation or rejection if it was acknowledged.  So I started from the very back and I was not going to let that get me down. I ended up passing more than 11,000 of the finishers, and there were a lot of people that didn’t finish. I made sure to pass respectfully on the edge, in the grass, and not cutting up through the middle. Made my move early while it was still cool, and cool being 70° at the start. It was very warm and very humid once the sun came up.
But I can say one thing I never could before:  I went to all of the Disney World parks in one day AND one of the water parks as well! 
I soaked in the entire experience and stopped 29 times for photos with the characters. My finishing time wasn’t even a goal. Just enjoy the race. Once I was in people my pace I just settled in and trudged through humidity. My shoes were sloshing in sweat by mile 10. My wife had the kids at mile 23 and that was motivation to keep going. By not acclimating to the heat it really took a tole on my heart rate. When I stopped to see my family it was 202! I rarely ever get that high. I had been hydrating religiously through the race, but this one was a fun, brutal race.

I highly recommend a Run Disney race if you are looking for a good time. It’s not where you go to try to PR. I may have bit the bug and be back in a couple years for the Dopey Challenge: 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, and Full Marathon. Run Disney knows how to put on a fun experience.
Up next: vertical mile race in a month. Time to work on some hills!
I was planning on zero running the rest of the trip, but a buddy happened to be staying at the exact same hotel.  So we did meet up for a morning run.  Great to catch up with Steve, plus he gave me some pointers on riding some of the Star Wars rides at Hollywood Studios.
The family had a great time visiting Disney.  Disney is not a cheap vacation and we saved up last year for this trip.  We did do some tricks to save some time and money while there and really enjoyed our time. The kids stayed healthy and it was just a joy to see Summer really in that perfect age to enjoy the "magic" of Disney.
I particularly geeked out in the Star Wars land: Galaxy's Edge.
I rode Smuggler's Run, which is a motion simulator game/ride where you "ride" in the Millennium Falcon.  The first time I tried to ride it the ride broke down.  Our motion simulator stopped working and it had to be reset.  I was stuck in there with 5 kids from Brazil for about 15-20 minutes.  We had some laughs and Disney gave us Fastpasses to ride again.
The second time I knew where to look or stop for photos.  
Dawn and I rode Rise of the Resistance.  My parents came down to stay at the resort, but not go into the parks.  So they met us to take the kids so we could go and ride this together.  It was more of an experience than a ride.  So cool.  So many visual and special effects to pull off the "magic" and I HIGHLY recommend getting to the park before it opens to try to ride it.
It was my mom's birthday while we were down there and she said it was going to be hard to top this birthday for her. 
Spending time with her grandkids and enjoying the warmth of Florida is a GREAT way to spend a birthday, in my opinion.  
Good morning!  This morning is our coldest morning on the extended forecast.  We are starting out in the mid teens again, so bundle up.  We have clear skies to start the day then more clouds moving in throughout the day.  We will warm into the upper 30s.  Mostly cloudy and chilly tonight with low temps in the mid 20s.  Mostly cloudy again on Thursday with highs in the mid 40s.  Rain moves in Thursday night.  Our temps should be JUST warm enough that we stay mostly rain on Friday.  We will have to monitor the temps Friday morning because if we happen to dip a little cooler then some wintry mix is possible in the morning.  Something to keep a close eye on, for sure!  On and off rain on Friday, moderate to heavy at times, and highs in the lower 40s.  Cooler temps move in Saturday and we will see scattered lighter rain changing to a rain/snow mix.  We then have some light snow and flurries Saturday night and Sunday.  Right not it looks like no significant accumulation expected.  Our high temps will be around 40 on Saturday then upper 30s on Sunday.  High pressure builds Monday into Tuesday and we start warming back into the 40s with clouds slowly clearing out for more sunshine. Have a good one!

Andrew Buck Michael

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

New year, LOTS of rain coming

Started out 2020 with a 2 mile run with Summer.  We ran around the neighborhood and ran to the park.  I did laps while she played to get me up to the 2 miles. We also did a little on the trails too and had some fun in the woods.
I had a 12 mile taper run on Saturday.  The kids were going to go to Cleveland to visit their grandparents, but Evan was sick.  He is better now, but he did not get very much sleep at night.  So I slept in Saturday and did not wake up in time for the big group run.  Luckily I knew my buddy Jason runs a little later so I joined him for some trail miles.
Evan snapped back quickly with some extra rest.  So thankful that he is back to his normal ornery self.  We have to lower his crib a little more because he is starting to try to climb out of the crib.  Summer never did that.  She stayed in the crib for almost 3 years old, until she got a big bed with Evan needing her bed.
We have an area of low pressure passing by to our south, through Kentucky into West Virginia.  Southern/Southeastern Ohio will see some flurries and light snow showers near the Ohio River this morning.  By midday today we will see the clouds clearing some for partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies for the afternoon.  Highs in the lower 40s today.  Clouds move back in tonight with a weak cold front coming in from the northwest.  A few flurries possible late tonight and for the start of the day Wednesday.  Clouds clear out, again, for some afternoon sun on Wednesday, but colder with highs in the low-mid 30s.  Sunshine early Thursday then increasing clouds and highs back in the mid-upper 40s.  Rain moves in Thursday night and we are in for a wet stretch.  Rain showers on and off on Friday and heavy rain at times Friday into Saturday. 
Forecast models are still showing 1"-3" of rain for Friday and the weekend.  Temps also climb into the upper 50s on Friday and around 60 on Saturday.  Temps fall Saturday PM into Sunday with highs in the lower 40s.  A light wintry mix is possible on Sunday on the tail end of the rain, as temps cool down.  Mostly cloudy and cool on Monday.  Have a good one!

Andrew Buck Michael

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Checking off a bucket list item, new fun graphics, weekend snow?

I have always thought it would be cool to run completely across Columbus.  But the problem is getting your car once you reach the other side.  I was planning my weekend run and a buddy of mine asked if we should see some other parts of town and since it was just the two of us we planned to drop off one car on one side of town then drive the other car to the other side of town.
We both live on the west side of Columbus, but took a photo of the Columbus Eastside Running Club's sign that was on our run.  We passed their group as well on the Alum Creek Trail.
We started in Westerville just on the north side of 270 and ran all the way down to Three Creeks Park in Groveport, which is about 1 miles beyond 270 on the south side.  Fun run!  Thankfully temps were in the mid 30s. So chilly, but I was just fine with minimal layering. 
This week has been windy with the running.  We had a 70MPH gust Monday morning in Madison County!  That is INSANE!  And it was with a weak line of showers, so no lightning or thunder as a warning.  Lots of power outages!
Running in the wind has been... well... Kinda fun actually!  You have to pay attention in case a wind gust catches you from the side, but running into the wind was fun and hill-work without the hills.
I know this is a running-heavy post, but I am pretty stoked with this graphic.  I talked to a handful of my running friends to get a threshold of criteria for weather conditions that impact outdoor runs.  Most runners say they will run 99% of the time, but they will dress differently for the conditions.  So I made this automated graphic to have the shoes change color depending on how cold, windy, or wet the run likely will be.  So far it has changed to the colors that I would agree with and I am excited to use this in the morning, especially the early morning newscasts.  The same conditions would apply to everyone heading out the door to help them prepare for the day as well. So you could change the graphics to a garden shovel or walking the dog as well.  But someone might not like seeing green dogs. LOL
Did have a little fun for New Year's and our augmented reality.  I made a few new graphics to drop the crystal ball in the studio.
Here is another graphic I cooked up this week showing the travel conditions for the coming days.  Speaking of the coming days...
Welcome to 2020! We are starting off this morning with temps in the lower 30s with a light breeze and we will warm to around 40 today with the morning clouds giving way to afternoon sunshine. Mostly clear and cold tonight with lows around 30. Thursday starts dry and sunny then more clouds through the day and some afternoon and evening rain showers with highs in the mid-upper 40s. Still a light breeze through the day today and tomorrow. More rain will move in for Thursday night and Friday. Most of the rain will be showers, but a few rumbles of thunder are possible Friday. Highs will climb into the lower 50s on Friday, especially Southern Ohio. Temps fall Friday night and Saturday so a light scattered wintry mix possible Saturday as the colder air moves back into the area. Highs in the mid 40s early Saturday then falling into the mid 30s by the afternoon and evening. A weak system will pass by to our north on Sunday, so flurries and light snow possible to the north. High stay in the lower 40s for Sunday and early next week. Monday is looking dry then a slight chance for some rain returning Tuesday. Have a good one!

Andrew Buck Michael

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Blessed Christmas & how long the mild temps stick around...

Last weekend was a Cleveland weekend to visit Dawn's family for their Christmas get-togethers.  I had an 18 mile run so I ran through the metro parks and Cleveland does a fantastic job keeping the trails clear.  Better than the sidewalks.
This was the farthest point on my run, the Berea Falls Scenic Overlook.  Gorgeous, but it was very cold for the run on Saturday morning.

Monday was warmer and, after work, we went to the Columbus Zoo to check out Wildlights. 
The weather was FANTASTIC!  
Obviously the kids loved it! "Smile for the camera, kids!"
Tuesday was Christmas Eve and a very foggy start to the day.  Summer and I went for a run and I answered all her questions.  Often we get caught up with the hustle and bustle of life.  Summer always has hundreds of questions, so it was a real treat to just spend that time answering all of her questions.  We talked about fog, Santa's summer travels, and why we need stop signs.
We attended the 1PM church service and Santa was even there! 
Christmas morning was a great time with the four of us.  Evan has a huge crush on Anna from Frozen.  He was VERY excited with the wrapping paper that had Anna's photo.  
My sister and parents came up for the afternoon.  We had a feast and the house was warm from all the cooking.  After eating we did gifts then Summer wanted to run around the backyard.  So we let her go outside and we all decided it was too nice to stay inside.  So Summer got to ride her new bike in the warm temps.  We actually reached 56° for the high.  There have only been 3 warmer Christmases recorded in Columbus:
1982: 63°
1964: 58
1955: 57

I understand most people want a White Christmas, but if we aren't going to have a White Christmas then I would LOVE a repeat of our weather from yesterday. 
Our mild temps will roll on for another four days! Today we may see a little early sun then becoming mostly cloudy with highs near 60, which will be more than 20 degrees above normal.  Tonight we stay warm with low temps around 50 and some light rain and sprinkles are possible overnight and for the first part of Friday.  Staying cloudy and mild on Friday with highs in the upper 50s.  The clouds do break up some late Friday and then getting chilly with lows in the upper 30s Friday night and Saturday morning.  But keep in mind... upper 30s should be our normal highs for the end of December, so still mild for December.  Mostly cloudy and warm on Saturday with highs back into the upper 50s.  Rain moves in Saturday night and rain is likely most of Sunday with highs around 60.   Winds will be brisk Sunday into Monday. Our temps then drop very quickly Sunday night and highs back in the upper 30s for the start of next week.  We could see some scattered wintry mix/snow showers on Monday.  Then chilly and dry for Tuesday and Wednesday for the end of 2019 and start of 2020.  Enjoy our mild temps before winter returns and have a good one!

Andrew Buck Michael

Thursday, December 19, 2019

I tripped & fell AGAIN! Fun in the snow. Holiday forecast...

Summer and I took full advantage of the snow earlier this week.  This was one of the photos from our snowball fight... right before it hit my phone's camera. More on the snow fun in a second...
Ok... I know, I know, I know... Where are my pants!  I tripped and fell AGAIN yesterday, first time was on Sunday... So now, TWICE in one week! And the last time I tripped and fell was 2 years ago!
For a quick recap: the first trip, this week, was Sunday morning. Glove palms ate most of it and I’m very glad I was wearing gloves. Landed hard on my ribs so took Monday off of running. Tuesday run was speedwork and no tripping. Then tripped again Wednesday while on my 7 mile run. Fell more gracefully and kind of rolled through it. Both times I tripped on the sidewalk with a slight lip. I think a lot has to do with running in shorts in the cold. Kinda like your lips not working right in the cold after a while. Legs get sluggish too. Temp was 25 today and wind chill was 11. I should have been in tights or pants. Not shorts. Thankfully no major issues other than sore ribs still. Live, run, and learn!
So to the fun in the snow.
Back to the snow fun.  Evan has been running a fever, so he stayed inside and watched.  We included him by trying to throw snowballs at his window.  If you look carefully at the photo between Summer's head and the fence you can see a snowball heading toward the window.  Evan was laughing like crazy.  Then it was nap time and he is doing better now. 
While he napped Summer and I built a snowman.  We did dress him up a little more since this photo.  She was REALLY wanting to play in the snow so we tried staying out as long as possible until we couldn't feel our hands anymore. 
Speaking of hands... Here is Evan helping send out some of my Balm By Buck shipments. The holiday bundle was REALLY popular this year.
Another day with the warm coat, hat, gloves, and sunglasses. We are starting out with temps in the single digits and low teens. Thankfully winds are calm most of the area, but any breeze will make it feel colder. Mostly sunny today with highs in the lower 30s. Clear and cold again tonight with lows around 20. We will see a few clouds tomorrow, so partly cloudy, with afternoon melting as our highs warm up to around 40. Partly cloudy this weekend as well with highs in the low-mid 40s. We keep adding on a couple degrees each day for the start of next week as well with highs warming into the upper 40s with a mix of sun & clouds. So we have seven dry days ahead of us with slowly warming temps. This means that it will be dry for traveling and the snow will slowly melt during the afternoons. So chilly and dry for the start of Hanukkah and mild temps for Christmas while staying dry as well. Have a good one!

Andrew Buck Michael

Monday, December 16, 2019

Winter Wonderland, my accident, and Christmas forecast...

What a breath of fresh air to wake up and see a blanket of snow this morning!  The kids loved it, but I was at work.  So glad Dawn snapped this photo. Evan was obviously standing on something. Hope there is some snow left later so I can play in it with the kids.  We have a busy day of preschool, allergy shots, and other errands.
I took Friday off of work to attend Summer's preschool Christmas program.  I got in my long weekend run on Friday morning and left the house around 5AM to be done when the kids woke up around 7:20. 
Then a quick shower, breakfast at Bob Evans, then off to the Christmas program. Very cute performance!
Evan loved the show too and he danced along with them for some of the songs.
I taught Evan how to cheers with drinks this weekend too.  So he LOVES to grab his water and cheers with you now.
We drove around the area to check out some of the holiday lights.  This one was VERY impressive in Delaware County and worth the drive.
I also spent the weekend labeling my lip balms.  I made another 200 vanillas and I will be finishing another 250 mint balms soon too. Free lip balms, for the next week, with each $10 order on
I don't know why, but I LOVE brushing the kids' teeth.  Summer has been trying to do it herself more and more, but I still help make sure they are good and clean. Evan also does a great job.
"Accident" sounds worse than what happened, but that's the best word I could describe Sunday morning... I went for a run early Sunday morning and I tripped on the sidewalk because one was sticking up higher than the others.  I was wearing my thick winter gloves and very glad I had them.  They got scraped up pretty bad and that stopped a lot of my forward momentum, but I still hit the ground hard and I landed on my side.  So my body's weight fell mainly on my ribs.  Still pretty tender today, so taking a bit of a break from running for a couple days.  The soil is freezing so the uneven sidewalks are becoming more pronounced as the soil expands.  Dang sidewalks! I also will add, I did pop back up and run another three miles after I fell. So nothing too serious.
Overnight snow is leaving Central Ohio with some slushy roads for your Monday morning commute.  Temps will start in the lower 30s and warm into the mid-upper 30s today so the snow will continue to melt and stay slushy with cloudy skies.
By the afternoon a second wave of moisture will move into the region. Temps will be warmer so the southern half of Ohio will likely stay rain for the afternoon and early evening and the northern and northwestern part of Ohio will stay cold enough for snow showers. The transition line between the snow and rain will be an area of ice with freezing rain and sleet possible. This ice line will be setting up in a diagonal line from Dayton to Columbus to Cleveland.
This is liquid moisture forecast.  Areas to the north and northwest will stay mainly snow, so you can ignore those numbers. 
As we head into the overnight hours temps will fall and the rain/ice/snow line will start drifting farther south and we transition over to mostly snow for Central Ohio. Areas that stay all snow to the north/west will see 1"-3" of snow. Icy areas could see a thin glaze of ice then some light snow. Mostly rain to the south and east then brief ice followed by light snow. Breezy tonight heading into tomorrow. The snow will start to move out by midday Tuesday then much quieter for the rest of the week. A few flurries possible late Tuesday into Wednesday.
Much colder Wednesday with highs in the upper 20s and overnight lows in the teens. More sun for later this week as highs climb back to around 40 for the weekend. 
A few flurries possible Wednesday and sprinkles/flurries Saturday, otherwise a mix of sun & clouds for the weekend. So our odds of having a White Christmas is pretty slim right now because we will slowly be melting the snow in the afternoons this weekend and early next week.  But that means better travel weather.  Glass half full... Have a good one!

Andrew Buck Michael

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