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Monday, February 27, 2017

Mild Friday, Hot Chicken Takeover, yoga, & storms coming

Friday we went down to Hot Chicken Takeover at the North Market... SO GOOD! We only had to wait about 25 minutes in the line to order.
I didn't screen grab when we hit 78°, but that will make Friday the warmest February day EVER recorded in Columbus.  It also is the warmest day ever recorded in meteorological winter for Columbus. 
Saturday morning was much colder.  Our morning show hosted a free yoga class at the Polaris Mall and there were a LOT of people that came out.  I am in the dark red shirt.
Followed that up with a seven mile run.  Back felt pretty good until I sat down later.
Not the prettiest, but thanks to free chicken wire from the neighbor, rabbits should stop nesting/eating our strawberries.  If I kept letting them get in there then that would mean no strawberries for our family.
Warmer air moving back in for the first half of the week along with the chance of rain. Temperatures early this morning will be cool enough that a little rain/snow mix can be expected in some spots then we switch over to scattered rain as temps warm up. Most of today's rain will be south. More scattered storms possible Tuesday into Wednesday with some stronger storms possible, especially Tuesday night into early Wednesday, then another rough possible late Wednesday. We could see another brief taste of winter by Friday morning with some light snow. Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Friday, February 24, 2017

How about this weather?!?!

This weather has been FANTASTIC!  Summer and I went for a three mile run yesterday and spent some time at the park.
A few patches of early fog today then becoming mostly sunny and temps will likely break our old record high temperature, 72 set in 1961, with ease. There is a very slight chance for rain during the daytime hours, but most of the rain will hold off until later. Storms will develop late this afternoon in Indiana and start marching into Ohio after sundown. The storms may initially form into a broken line, so not everyone will see storms, but be prepared if you do see the storms. Main threat for the storms will be gusty winds, but hail is also possible and cannot rule out the chance of a tornado. The storms will race across Central Ohio between 9PM from the west and move out to our east by 4AM, so Columbus is looking around a midnight time-frame for the storms. Timing may need to be slightly adjusted based on the initial location of storm development. Temps will fall very fast tonight after the storms and we will start the morning in the mid to lower 40s and fall into the mid 30s by the late Saturday afternoon. An early rain shower is possible Saturday, but we will see any rain transition over to light snow and flurries as temperatures fall. Winds will be brisk later today, tonight, and Saturday. Partly cloudy on Sunday with highs in the lower 40s and the chance of rain showers will return by Monday as we start trying to warm back up. Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Monday, February 20, 2017

Lots of hiking, Adam Aaro visit, foggy morning

Doc said I can’t run, so I walked/hiked 10 miles in 2.5 hours on Saturday at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park. I’m chalking that up do an easy endurance day. I tried finding trails nearby that had the most hills and in the 10 miles there was about an 800 foot elevation climb.
Felt great the whole time, did the inversion table when I got home, ice bath sucked. I don’t know how some of people do ice baths so regularly.  
Saturday Adam Aaro came back to visit and a few of us got together and it was great catching up.
I went back out Sunday to Prairie Oaks Metro Park to log another 6 miles.  Still felt great! I also DEEP cleaned the shower at home so I could reseal the grout.  That felt good to get that done.
BOY it is foggy out there this morning! Some of the most dense fog I have ever seen. 
A very warm February week ahead. Early patchy dense fog for your President's Day morning, but the clouds will clear out for some afternoon sun and warm temps. Partly cloudy tonight and Tuesday then some scattered rain later in the day. A slight chance for a spotty shower Wednesday and warm, then a few storms possible later Thursday. More storms likely late Friday before cool air arrives for next weekend. Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Back issues and MUCH warmer temps on the way

So a week and a half ago I was training for the Youngstown Marathon.  Six miles and they felt great, but then I came home and a few hours later I was bending down to my side to pick up some t-shirts for the washing machine and my back popped out of alignment and I have been in a LOT of pain since.  I have been to the chiropractor and yesterday my lower back FINALLY popped and I only feel half of the pain now.  I have also been hanging upside down on my inversion table to give my spine a break and decompress. So I am on the mend.But on the mend. Working on my lower back stretches and then building my core. I’m mad at myself for not doing more core workouts during December and January. I knew that was my weakest link. Gotta be smarter about getting back to 100% before I hit the pavement. So a couple weeks off in all… I can ease back into things and hopefully I didn’t lose too much ground. All this will make me cherish every pain-free mile I have ahead.
We have some CRAZY warm weather on the way! One more cold day and night ahead then MUCH warmer air arriving for Central Ohio for the weekend and next week.  Mostly cloudy for your Thursday morning with partly cloudy skies at times in the afternoon and chilly with a few flurries and highs in the mid-upper 30s.  Mostly cloudy tonight and below freezing.  Temps starting warming Friday, up to 50 for the high, and partly cloudy.  Temps then stay in the 60s for the weekend and next week.  A slight chance for a spotty rain shower late Saturday night and early Sunday then again during the middle of next week. Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Monday, February 13, 2017

Weekend happenings and another temp dip coming

Friday Summer and I both got three hour naps! WINNING!  So we went out to dinner and I was able to stay up til 10PM!  That hardly ever happens on a Friday night after a sleep deprived week.  Saturday morning Summer and I hung out while Dawn went to go see some friends. So we built a fort in the basement.  Summer was entertained for only about twenty minutes... give it some time... Then we went back to Dayton and visited family and friends.
Sunday we did our usual: a nice breakfast. Then I changed the spark plugs in the Pontiac followed by an oil change in both vehicles. A pretty productive day!  
A cool couple of days to start the workweek with plenty of sunshine on the way. Temps cool down for Wednesday and Thursday with some flurries and light snow showers. Most of the light snow will mainly affect Northern Ohio, closer to the lakes. Temps rebound quickly for the end of the week and for next weekend.

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Getting old... and snow is back.

So I have been working out... more and more... Doing planks, and squats with a medicine ball since I don't have a gym membership.
And running... I ran 6 miles Sunday morning and felt like a million dollars... But then... I was doing some laundry and bent down to my side to pick up some T-shirts to put in the washing machine and BAM!  I pulled my back.
I got an appointment with a chiropractor yesterday since I could barely walk Monday and Tuesday. I had a back injury back in 2009 when I was shooting highlights for the Cincinnati Bengals.  You have to shoot the video on your knees so the TV cameras broadcasting the game can see the game above you.  So the turning on my knees with the camera on my shoulder popped my back out of alignment.  Well... Sunday I was bending down to my side and I did it again.  The x-rays showed that my L5 and L4 vertebrae are locked up and making my back spasm and feel like I have a rod in my back.  I got it popped apart some yesterday, but this will be sidelining me from running for a little while, which is not good since I am training for a marathon.  UGH!  Getting old, I guess.  Luckily the doctor is running the same race as me and knows how much I want to and need to get back to training when I safely can...
A cloudy day today with decreasing clouds. Snow showers arrive this afternoon and will stick around this evening as well before leaving. Accumulations by midnight will generally be around one inch, with a few pockets of higher totals. A few flurries lingering tonight and then some lake effect snow showers in pockets, mainly north, for Thursday. Temps becoming much colder tonight and Thursday. We see a mix of sun and clouds Friday as our temps start warming back up. Mid 50s and near 60 for the weekend with more rain returning, then turning cooler by early next week. Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Growing Summer, 5k times, Super Bowl Sunday forecast

Summer continues learning and solving puzzles.  She has SO many books at home, but she makes it seem like she doesn't have enough.  Library goes well for 30 minutes then she starts wanting to take all the books off the shelves. I am so blessed to get to spend so much time with her.  With my early morning schedule I get to go home mid morning after my eight hours of work and spend all midday and afternoon with her.  I am looking forward to spring A LOT so we can go to the park or spend ample time in the back yard.  
My marathon training started this week.  I continue getting faster and faster.  The above time is the fastest 5k time since high school.  I could not remember what my best time was in high school. 
Thanks to the internet, I found out... I cannot even imagine running that fast of a 5k right now.  Not that I am training for that, but it is nice to set a benchmark and continue trying to better myself.  That's why I like running.  It is personal challenges and every run you either push yourself to a better time or know that your slow run is only bettering your body for the next long or fast run.  Plus it is 30-60 minutes of mentally checking out or reviewing your past few days. 
Snow and rain taking a break for a few days and high pressure building for Ohio with some sun on the way! Temps will be cold the next few days with highs in the lower 30s and a mix of sun & clouds. Clouds build back by Sunday with early snow transitioning to rain by midday as temps warm. Dry Monday with partly cloudy skies. More rain and warm temps for Tuesday.  For Houston, on Sunday, about a 20% chance of rain and mid 70s. Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

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