Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Time with friends & Summer... and deep thoughts

Hot temps last week meant play time in the water in the backyard.  We have a couple sprinklers, but Summer loves her water table.  She would fill up a bucket and pour it on the garden plants.
Saturday morning Summer and I went for a run.  This is a new record for longest stroller run.  The wind was against us at first and that stroller is like a sailboat.
We had some friends come up to visit on Saturday night.  We had a lot of fun.The other two guys are my good friends from high school
Sunday was a great day for grilling... with the exception for the wind.  We went to visit more friends back near Dayton and we could watch the airshow a couple miles away.
Lot of sun to start yesterday and I challenged myself by adding another camera to my augmented reality live shots.  The other big challenge is the sun and taking the reflector on the far left and aiming at the spot I will be standing and setting both cameras to the right lighting setting since I was shooting the video all by myself.
The Good Day Garden is doing FANTASTIC! Tomatoes are getting big and so are the two zucchini plants.  Hopefully the beans come up soon and are not destroyed by the geese.  I do not think we will be able to get cucumbers because they keep killing those.
I’ve done a lot of reflective thinking lately. Instead of spending spare time on two wheels, I’ve spent more of it on two tethers or in my two running shoes. I’ve toyed with the idea of selling my motorcycle. I’ve been very careful to observe the driving habits of other drivers and noticing more and more distracted drivers. Especially in urban traffic. It only takes one person not paying attention and that could end my life or someone else trying to enjoy a ride. So instead of getting a ride in lately, I take Summer for a run, spend as much time as I can with Dawn, and learning to relax. I’ve reflected on the health and blessings I have and those around me have. Laying in the hammock is one of my new “happy places.” Maybe it’s because I see Summer’s eyes light up when she watches me get it out of the closet to go hang up. Anyway… Look twice for those out on two wheels…motorcycle or bike. We live in a digital age and our attention span is so short today, but longer today than it will be tomorrow.
Lots of sun today with a few clouds and a very, very slight chance of rain popping up later today, but most of Central Ohio will likely stay dry. More clear skies tonight and tomorrow with clouds building later in the day with warmer temps. Continuing to warm with some isolated showers and storms possible Thursday and Friday with a better chance of rain on Saturday. Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Darke County visit, Columbus Pride, Gardening

I went back to Darke County last week with Summer.  We had a GREAT storm when entering the county.  I miss watching storms roll in over the farms.
Summer got to see her great grandma.  We hung out with my grandma for a while and it was great catching up with her. 
Friday I watered the garden since the rain was likely going to hold off until Sunday and some of the plants were looking dry.
Saturday we walked in the Pride Parade with the station.  So many happy people.  It was toasty, so we didn't hang out at the festival too long.
We stopped and got some Mexican food in the air conditioning.  Summer was loving the salsa.
I ended up watering the garden Saturday night as well.  I staked up all the plants as well and it was good that I did that because we had some gusty storms late Sunday and Monday. 

Speaking of Fathers' Day... I got a treat! A relaxing day with strawberry shortcake! YUM!
Lots of sun today with a few clouds later with comfortable temps and low humidity. A slight chance for rain tonight and Wednesday with isolated showers and storms. Temps heat up on Thursday with partly cloudy skies. Scattered showers and storms on Friday and Friday night that may linger into Saturday. Another round of rain possible Sunday. Cooler temps return next week. Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Summer's 2nd birthday

Summer turned 2 on Saturday and her birthday party was a big success. My grandpa came up as well and it was great to have all the friends and family together.
She didn't understand why everyone was singing at her, but she did ask for some help to blow out the candle.
The ice cream and cake went over better this year and she LOVED the sugar.
AND!!! She started wearing sunglasses.  She would always play with our sunglasses and she was given a new pair that fit her and she loved them.
We went to the zoo on Sunday and the breeze was very nice since it was 90° and humid.
More scattered showers and storms today with a Marginal Risk for some gusty storms to become severe. Temperatures will climb to near 90 again today and humidity will stay high as well. Isolated rain will linger overnight then more scattered showers and storms on Thursday. A brief break in the rain for Friday for most of us, however more scattered showers and storms for the weekend and staying muggy. Slightly cooler temps return next week with highs in the lower 80s. Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

I ran a marathon!

I was going to be hard to miss on the course for Youngstown's first marathon.  I was jittery on Saturday night before the run, but focused.
I TOTALLY forgot that Thursday was my parent's wedding anniversary.  I talked to my mom about an hour helping her plan their trip to Youngstown.  Got to see my parents 4 times downtown which worked well since my wife and other family and friends were on the other part of the course. I did hand off my parents the anniversary card at mile 9. That was pretty cool to do. Luckily it fit in my pocket the first 9 miles.  I put it in a bag so it wasn't sweaty.
I had an upset stomach the night before, but Pepto seemed to do the trick. I knew the second half would be hilly so I banked some time early. Had to do one quick restroom stop at mile 7, but only lost about a minute and eventually caught back up to the pace group a few miles down the road. This is one of the only photos taken during the run that I could find online, the only other photo...
Was taken during the last 100 yards of the 26.2 miles. Course stayed pretty flat til the half. Then some ups and downs that were steep. By the 17 mile the 3:45 pacers started pulling away. I was fine with that. Enjoy the run. By mile 18 I was walking short distances (mainly a few hills) and then running. Luckily a local runner was doing the same. He said “Let’s play tag for the next 8 miles.” So if one of us caught up to the other then it was the other’s turn to push us on. By mile 21 I made it to the final big hill climb. I had planned on walking most of it since I ran up to it. My wife, her family, and friends were at the top. Gotta save face… so I ran. It killed my legs, but I did it. My tag buddy couldn’t keep up at that point. (Seeing them at the top of the hill likely pushed me to my under 4 hour goal)
The hills were BRU-TAL! Big thanks for all the family and friends who came out. Finished in 3:57 for the inaugural Youngstown Marathon. They said it would be the most beautiful marathon in the country and the course did not disappoint. Very shaded and lots of beauty. Only 198 Full Marathoners.


The final 4 miles were brutal and mostly flat. Small hills here and there and I was taking in as many fluids as possible. I neared the finish and then the 4:00 pacer passed me and I said “Hell No”
I kicked it into gear and finished strong and a few minutes under the 4 hour mark. I ran back along the course after saying hi to my family then I needed to tag my buddy and tell him to go get his medal. He had a smile from ear to ear. 
So much gratitude for the volunteers because 90% of the run was in the park and they did a great job directing us on all the turns. A couple more water stations near the end would have been nice since it was around 80°.
Dawn has been my rock through the training.  She willing gave me the sweatiest hug EVER after the race.  She has put up with all my stories and hearing about all the running. Love her so much.
I made sure to get a photo with all of my family and friends when we got back to the hotel. Love them all.
I took Monday off to "rest" at home with Summer.  Going down stairs is a bit of a challenge still, but slowly getting around. I probably should take today off, but it is Global Running Day, so I will probably go out for a short, slow run.  
Spotty rain the next few days with cool temps. Enjoy the cool temps before the hottest temps of the year arrive this weekend. Mostly cloudy today with spotty showers and highs in the mid-upper 60s. Rain takes a break some overnight then more spotty rain Thursday with partly cloudy skies and temps back in the mid 70s. Warming up more Friday with a slight chance for rain. Temps warm up more through the weekend and staying dry. 90s are forecasted for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Memorial Day and rain on the way

After work, I spent the afternoon yesterday hanging with some friends here in Columbus.  They just joined a pool so we walked over to it and checked it out.  VERY cold water, but lots of fun.
How adorable is Summer!!!?!?! Since I worked in the morning, Dawn decided to stay at her parents an extra day so Summer and Dawn did not get back until last night.  Dawn sent me this photo yesterday afternoon. 
Lots of sun today and warm temps. A few pop-up showers are possible this morning. Any pop-up rain will likely be showers, but a few rumbles of thunder are possible. More isolated rain moves in overnight and isolated showers/storms likely Wednesday. Sun returns on Thursday then scattered showers and storms for Friday and the weekend. Afternoon temps staying warm all the way into early next week. Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Monday, May 29, 2017

Final long hilly run, Indians game, Memorial Day forecast

Saturday was my final long run before the Youngstown Marathon.  I was visiting the in-laws in Strongsville... which means...
Hill repeats.  Up and down for eight miles.  I hope I have done enough hill training for the hilly marathon next weekend.
Sunday I went to the Indians game.
What a great day for a ballgame! 
Dawn's dad scored some pretty amazing seats.  It was Dawn's dad, brother, Dawn, and me.  Fun times and a solid 10-1 win! Summer got to spend time with grandma, and grandma LOVED the one-on-one time!
A pretty decent Monday for Memorial Day today with lots of sunshine through the first part of the day. Building afternoon clouds with some isolated showers and a few rumbles of thunder later today and tonight. Mostly sunny Tuesday then more scattered rain Wednesday. Dry Thursday followed by more rain Friday and early next weekend. Temperatures staying mild all week with highs between 75 and 80 all week long. Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Monday, May 22, 2017

Hot temps are gone, sweat challenge, relaxing weekend

Last week was a toasty one and we only stopped short at putting up the kiddy pool for Summer.  We had a lot of fun staying cool in the warm temps.
So about 3 years ago I rode a bike for close to an hour to see how much I would sweat out.  I did a similar test on Wednesday wearing a GoPro and LiveU unit to stay LIVE for an 8 mile run.  I still drank water while running, but lost 6.5 pounds in 70 minutes, despite trying to stay hydrated.
So hopefully the message was carried across that staying hydrated as warmer temps are on the way.
We were expecting some friends to stay with us this weekend, but last minute changes meant that we were able to stay at home and rest... which was needed.  Summer picked up a nasty cold and it is lingering with the rest of us, especially Dawn. The garden is 100% planted now and we are enjoying strawberries already.  Lots of peppers and tomatoes for some salsa this year.
Cooler temps and lower humidity to start the week, but rain is back by midweek. Mostly sunny today with highs in the low 70s. Clear and cool tonight then sun early Tuesday followed by increasing clouds through the afternoon. A few spotty showers will try to sneak in here late Tuesday, but more rain likely on Wednesday with scattered showers and storms. A few lingering showers Thursday and cooler with highs in the mid 60s. More scattered rain possible next weekend. Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mother's Day, 20 mile run, and HEAT returning!

Hope everyone had a Happy Mother's Day! I put this video together for Dawn. It is amazing how quickly Summer is growing up. Dawn is an amazing mother and every day she continues to put others before herself.
Dawn went back Friday to see her mom and grandmother, which actually worked out well with my schedule because I had to work on the morning show Saturday and needed to get in my 20 mile run.  I started at Antrim Park and ran down to Ohio State then back up to the top of the Olentangy Trail to Worthington Hills Park before back to Antrim.  Since I was working in the morning I didn't hit the trail until almost 10AM and it was getting pretty warm. 
But... I finished in just under three hours.  I was glad that I circled back by Antrim to get more fluids and by the end I walked a couple times while rehydrating.  But, the peak week is done... now I taper down and make sure I am 100% for the Youngstown Marathon in less than 3 weeks!
With it being peak week, I topped out at 40.5 miles in 1 week! That's crazy because just last fall I was not able to run more than a few miles without walking and being winded.  I have to say, the Hal Higdon training program has been amazing for me.  I hope it carries me across the finish line with ease.  Once this race is over... I don't know what is next for me.
Mostly sunny skies for the first half of the week! A little milder today with highs in the mid 70s instead of the low 80s that Central Ohio saw on Sunday. Temperatures and humidity will be climbing up each day, so hot and humid by Wednesday. Some isolated showers and storms possible later in the week and staying warm. That pattern of warm temps and isolated rain will continue into next weekend. Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

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