Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Halloween, basement organization, GRRR 50k, snow on the way?

Good morning! I spent some time carving this Browns helmet into a pumpkin, so I decided to lean into the theme and handed out candy as a diehard Browns fan. 
I did go around to a handful of houses with the kids then my wife went with the the rest of the time. Evan was Spiderman and Summer was a unicorn princess.
The chilly temps have kept us inside and I am trying to get some organizing done. I built another shelf to stack all of our totes and keepsakes.
On the finished side of the basement I have been prepping to paint the kids toy room. I painted the ceiling so far, but next is the trim then the walls. The goal is to put all the toys down here and no more toys in the family room. 
On Saturday I ran the GRRR 50k, Glade Run Road Relay/Run. 
It is a 50k(32 mile) run that Columbus Westside Running Club puts on each year. It is our end of the year fun-run and a great way to spend time with friends and run with new ones. You could run the whole thing or run it as a relay and "team up" with others to split the 32 miles. I opted to run the whole thing and there were 4 of us that ran the whole thing. 
For instance, I ran 16 miles with Tony and the last 16 miles with Amanda and Morgan. They both ran the whole 32 miles as well. I see them occasionally, but never had the chance to spend prolonged time on a run with them. Great getting to know people and you learn so much more about people when you are running with them. Temps were perfect and I didn't sweat nearly as much as last year.  Nice and chilly!
We may see a little sun this morning, but skies will become cloudy through the day. Temps this morning will be in the lower 40s and we warm into he mid 60s this afternoon. So a decent November day with less sun than Monday. A few spotty showers are possible tonight, but it looks light and occurs late, while most of us will be sleeping. Wednesday will be partly cloudy and light winds with highs warming into the lower 60s. Thursday will be a warm day as well with mostly cloudy skies, but winds will be brisk, out of the southwest. That wind will help push our temps into the upper 60s for the afternoon. Take the rain gear for later in the day because rain is likely, with a cold front. Friday will be cooler with highs in the mid 50s and mostly cloudy skies. A few scattered showers are possible as well Friday, 30% chance. Saturday looks similar with a 30% chance of showers, mainly rain, but it will be colder with a high of 42. Sunday another wave of moisture will bring about a 40% chance of rain/snow mix with a high of 41. A few lingering wintry mix showers possible Monday with a high of 41 as well. So get outside and enjoy the next few days before we get our first taste of winter-like weather.

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Halloween spirit, fresh batch of Balm By Buck, & more rain coming

We had our first candy haul of season last night. Prairie Township had a trick or treat trail and the kids were SUPER excited to go in their new costumes. 
It has been so warm this month and I decided to take Evan to the zoo to enjoy the great weather. He fed the giraffes! 
Then we went to check out the new sea lion exhibit. That is a GREAT new addition to the zoo and we love going inside when they can swim next to you as well as above and below you. So fun.
Just trying to soak in the mild temps while they were here.  We have been above normal every single day for the first 3 weeks of October. We finally had a below normal temp day on Friday. That was also thanks to our Friday rain. 
I spent Friday making a new big batch of my balm.  I restocked the Clean, Mint, and Unscented variety. I should be getting my last essential oils to resupply my Forest variety today or tomorrow. If you want to check out my online shop, just go to BalmByBuck.com. For anyone who doesn't know. I make this balm using local beeswax and other organic ingredients like coconut oil, almond oil, castor oil, and shea butter. I have made it for about 6 years now and use it to style my hair daily. It also is great to lock in moisture for your skin, especially in the dry winter months ahead. And for runners, the oil and wax mixture works great to avoid chafing/blisters that come with the repetitive motion of distance running. Forest has a pine scent to it and Clean uses lavender essential oil. Those are the top 2 sellers.
Yesterday was damp early, but the clouds broke up some and we went to Lehner's Pumpkin Farm in Delaware County. Kids had a blast with all the activities. 
Lots of fun for the whole family. Love the food there as well! 

Good Sunday morning! We have light mist and drizzle this morning then steadier and heavier showers will move in for the late morning and afternoon today. A few rumbles of thunder are possible, but severe weather should stay at bay today. The band of steady rain will lift north for the evening and tonight. We may have a few light showers overnight, but a break in the rain for most of us for the majority of this evening and tonight. Temps stay mild today and tonight with highs in the mid 60s and overnight lows (Monday morning) in the upper 50s. Another wave or rain will swing in early Monday and we will see more scattered showers and storms on and off on Monday. Ohio may see a few strong to severe storms on Monday, mainly for the southern and eastern parts of Ohio. Damaging winds would be the main threat for any severe storms.
The entire system starts moving east Monday night and just a lingering shower or two possible early Tuesday, mainly east. Clouds will then clear some for partly cloudy skies Tuesday afternoon. We will see cooler temps following the rain with morning temps Tuesday in the mid 40s and mid 50s for highs on Tuesday. Even cooler temps Tuesday night and Wednesday morning with temps dipping into the upper 30s and outlying areas could see mid 30s and frost. Partly cloudy Wednesday and we warm into the lower 60s.
Clouds roll back in on Thursday and we see another period of rain for Thursday PM and this second system sticks around the region for on and off rain into the weekend. Highs will warm into the mid 60s ahead of the rain Thursday then we will be in the upper 50s with the scattered rain for Friday and Saturday. Some of the rain may linger into Sunday, Halloween, but it does look lighter and on the tail end of the entire system. Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Shawnee 50, done!

That was rough!  I knew it would be a challenge to run the Shawnee 50 over the weekend, but I had to dig deep for this one.  I went down Friday evening and stayed at the lodge with a friend.  The race started Saturday morning at 5AM.  I figured I could finish in about 15 hours, but I went out strong and tried to stay as strong as possible and finished a little under 14 hours.
The trails were in really good shape. The early morning leaves were a little damp, but otherwise very runnable. 
The hills are no joke at Shawnee State Forest.  But the trail markings were phenomenal and it would be very hard to get lost for the race. 
I was a little surprised how dry the streams were for the run. It warmed up to around 80 in the afternoon and I did get lightheaded and dizzy a few times. This was likely due to some dehydration, but I was pushing fluids the entire race and actually had the slosh stomach feeling at times because I was trying to drink so much. I took a couple 30 second breaks to reset and then would keep pushing on. 
Staying warm for us, for 3 more days... A really nice day on tap today then we warm up more as the chance of rain goes up, but then turning much cooler for the weekend. Today will be partly cloudy with highs in the upper 70s and just a light breeze out of the southwest. More clouds tonight and a very slight chance for spotty rain. Partly cloudy for Thursday as well with a chance of isolated rain and temps warming up into the lower 80s. More warm air on Friday with partly to mostly cloudy skies along with scattered showers and a few storms. Temps warming to around 80 again on Friday. The best chance for rain will be Friday night overnight into early Saturday morning with showers and storms possible, as a strong cold front swings through. Early rain Saturday then the rain races to the east. Much cooler for the weekend with highs in the lower 60s on Saturday and then mid 60s on Sunday with a brisk breeze out of the west and northwest. Mostly to partly cloudy skies for Saturday then a little more sun on Sunday. Temps slowly warming back up to around 67 Monday and 70 by Tuesday with mostly sunny skies early next week. Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Wrapping up my training & recent happenings

Good morning! Hope everyone is doing well. Between sick kiddos (all better now) and friends visiting the past couple weeks... it has been busy!  This photo is from the new trail that opened up at Clear Creek Metro Park.  I ran down there a couple Saturdays ago and the new area has some nice climbs and a run next to a lake.  
The views from the park are amazing, especially if you catch them at the perfect time of day. 
I ran early then had to get back to Ohio State to work at a tailgate for a couple hours. My good buddy, Luke, was visiting town as well. It was nice to catch up with Luke and watch the Buckeyes play.  
Recent heavy rains left water sitting on our basement windows and the slope of the ground has the water pooling up near the house. Not often, but when we have those really heavy storms. So I bought some window wells.  I had to dig down a pretty far way along the foundation of the house, but I finally got them installed.
This is when all the dirt was still there.  That dirt is all removed now and I did plant some new grass seed on top of the area where I tried to grade the soil so the water runs away from the house. Now I need a heavy thunderstorm to be a weird neighbor to stand out there and see what happens. 
We took new headshots at work! I don't have the photos yet, but this was what I shot of the computer screen of the images. Looking forward to seeing how they all look. So far, they look great!
Evan and I have been running a lot lately. I take him to a nearby park that runs next to a dam. We tell dam jokes and it is a great laugh. 
This past weekend I hit my new year's resolution goal of climbing 100,000 feet of elevation.  I didn't set a mileage goal because if you fall behind and try making up for lost time then it often results in an injury. So I wanted to get stronger at climbing hills and this way I could train for my big fall race... Shawnee 50. Shawnee 50 is this coming weekend.  It is 54 miles with about 12,000 feet of climbing.  So unrelenting ups and downs. And these hills are not easy rolling hills. Some of them are very steep and being smart about managing the course will be key to finishing strong. That's my goal... finish. No set time goal, but just to finish the grueling course. My best guess estimate of finishing time will be 15 hours, but if it takes me 17 hours then who cares...

I did go back and look at my logs to see how much elevation gain I did the past several years:
2017: 20,898 ft.
2018: 24,413 ft.
2019: 33,508 ft.
2020: 77,162 ft.
2021: 100,636 ft. and 3 months to go...

Not bad for the flatlands of Central Ohio.

More scattered showers today with a few rumbles of thunder. The rain will be on and off tonight through Friday and early Saturday. We have a huge low pressure system spinning over Missouri right now and that is triggering scattered rain across the Ohio Valley. So rain today will be generally moving from south to north with the scattered showers. Similar to yesterday, we may have a few cells strong enough for some lightning and thunder. Morning temps in the lower 70s and we warm to the mid 70s this afternoon with the mostly cloudy skies. We will go from a 70% chance of rain today to a 60% chance of rain Friday and then a 20% chance of rain Saturday because of some lingering showers, mainly early and to the east. We may see the sun from time to time, so you may want the sunglasses along with the umbrella. Highs stay in the mid-upper 70s for Friday and Saturday. By Sunday we will be setting up for a warm-up and a dry pattern for a couple days. Partly cloudy Sunday and Monday with a high of 80 on Sunday and 82 on Monday. There is a wave of rain that will try to swing through Tuesday, but with our dry air the rain breaks up moving across the Plains and we have a 30% chance of rain Tuesday. We will try to reach 80 again Tuesday before the wave of weakening scattered rain. Highs dip back into the upper 70s for mid-late next week. Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Dam, horses, fun

Goooood morning!  Been ramping up my training for the Shawnee 50 miler.  It is actually 54 miles and more than 11,000 feet of vertical gain of climbing. Not many hills in Central Ohio, so I have been doing dam repeats at Griggs to help get my legs ready for all the pounding of the downs and climbing all the ups.
I was invited to the All Horse Parade in Delaware this year.  The family and I rode in a carriage. 
So much fun! Gorgeous rig and horses!
Weather has been dry for the past week with warm temps.  Evan and I have been spending time outside while Summer is in school.
Then we went to the splash pad to cool off when she got home from school  
Good Thursday morning! We are waking up with temps dipping into the 50s across a lot of the area with some light patchy fog. So, a refreshing start to the morning and we will see a lot of sunshine today with a few clouds and highs topping out in the lower 80s. There is a very slim chance for a stray shower, mainly south, this afternoon. Friday and the weekend we will continue warming up into the mid 80s. Humidity will be going back up, which will result in some milder morning temps, mid 60s. Friday and Saturday we will see about a 20% chance for a spotty afternoon shower or two and partly cloudy skies. More sun Sunday as we warm to around 87 with higher humidity. Next week we are anticipating a cold front and that sped up its arrival a little with the newest data. So right now it looks like Monday will be hot again with highs near 87. Then we start to see some scattered rain moving into Western Ohio later Monday, ahead of the front. More scattered showers and storms on Tuesday with highs in the lower 80s. The cold front is expected Wednesday morning and we will see more scattered showers and storms on Wednesday. So the chance of rain goes up a little each day early next week. Our temps will dip later next week with highs back in the 70s. Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Been a while!

Good morning!  Life at the Michael House has been super busy lately and work has as well... I tried doing as much as I could with Summer before she started Kindergarten a couple weeks ago.  We went to the zoo, gardened, Cedar Point, and so much more.  She has had a fantastic first couple weeks and loving school so much.
Speaking of the garden... we have made a couple rounds of salsa.  Hard to keep that around and not eat it all up! 
The warm end of August meant enjoying time in the backyard with the kiddie pool. I think we will get a pool pass next year. 
I did head up to Cleveland with the family this weekend and we were able to watch the Thunderbirds and other acts. Lots of fun.
I also got in a couple runs this weekend.  A 20 miler solo on the trails...
Then a 12 miler with some friends. The miles FLY by when you have good company and conversation. I have a 54 mile race coming up in a month and I need to fine-tune my training and hill climbing in preps for the big race because it will have more than 12,000 feet of climbing! The weather is looking GREAT for running this week: 

We will have a warm day ahead, but a cold front tonight will bring back highs in the 70s. We have partly cloudy skies already, early this morning, and we will remain partly cloudy today with highs in the mid 80s. We will remain dry today, but a cold front will swing through tonight. Expect a brisk wind out of the southwest today at 10-20+ mph. Tonight will have scattered showers and overnight low temps in the mid 60s. The winds will switch to the west tomorrow with rain moving out early. Central Ohio will see the early clouds breaking up with highs in the upper 70s. Mostly sunny for Thursday and Friday with highs in the 70s and morning low temps in the mid 50s. Really refreshing air to end the workweek. By Saturday we will start warming into the lower 80s. We will be mostly sunny as well. So be prepared for a warm, dry, and bright Ohio State Buckeyes football game, midday Saturday. Sunday and Monday will be in the low-mid 80s with partly cloudy skies and a slight chance of isolated rain. So generally, a pretty dry 7-day forecast, with the best chance of rain being tonight and early tomorrow. Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Monday, August 2, 2021

Celebrating a decade of marriage

Dawn and I spent the weekend in Indianapolis celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. 
Before leaving, I did take the kids to explore the Powell water park. Summer said it was one of her favorites, despite it being a little smaller in size. The kids had a blast and that is all that mattered. It was also a very hot day so it was pretty crowded. 


I worked Sunday for Phil so I was off Friday morning.  I did a 20 miles run at Prairie Oaks Metro Park.  I ran every trail there and just barely caught the sun popping between the clouds. I only saw a handful of people out there.  Then it was time for a shower and off to Indy.  Our kids stayed at home with grammy.

We just lived it up and tried being a couple young kids in love. We had a blast, but also relaxed and got as much sleep as we could. We stayed at Bottleworks Hotel and totally recommend it! 
I may have mentioned it a while ago, but a meteorologist in Wisconsin, Mark Holley, sent me a bunch of seeds from his giant watermelon last year. I split the seeds with Ross Caruso and we are trying to see who can grow the biggest watermelon, here in Columbus. So I will do some updates on mine, but here it is on the rack to keep it elevated from the bug and wet ground. I need more rain, but looking pretty dry again for most of the upcoming week. 
Good Monday morning! We are starting the week with mild temps a little below normal, but we will warm up later this week and get more humid as well. So enjoy today with highs in the upper 70s and mostly sunny skies. The chance of rain is very low to start the week and then we get a few spotty pop-up showers or storms later this week with the warmer temps and higher humidity. A lot of the area will be dry most of the week ahead, but be prepared for the isolated rain developing, mainly for the afternoons and early evening. Mostly sunny again Tuesday with a few spotty showers trying to work their way into Southern Ohio. More spotty pop-ups later this week possible for Central Ohio. By the end of the week we will be humid and then muggy for the weekend as temps climb back to around 90. Great week to get in some pool time! Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

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