Monday, April 28, 2008

Evans-Taylor Reunion

Peanut, Beaner, Theresa, Big Dawg, Hervey, Laura, Buzz Dad (with hair?), Tommy and Chance, the hound. Chalupa was celebrating her basketball win so she couldn't join us. We enjoyed a wonderful get-together with Buzz's third cousins. The kids are fourth cousins, but who's counting? In our book, Cousins are Family no matter how remote.

Chasing Shadows

Big Dawg runs everywhere and jumps everywhere. Seen here, running and jumping a curb trying to catch his shadow.

Finishing on Top

Chalupa (first row, second from left) and her Pace Setter teammates finished the season by winning their final tournament. Good all-around play by ALL the young ladies. A good season concluded with soccer practice currently in full swing.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

I'm NOT Running in this CRAP!

This is what we awoke to on this lovely "spring" morning, April 26th.
Green buds, green tufts of grass and comforting blanket of snow. Add some vicious wind and the prospects of trudging 16 miles seems like something I'd rather do some other day. And you know what? I think I will.

Pass the coffee and dounuts.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Snakes In The Weeds

During a walk in the woods it appears we discovered a "knot" of snakes. What do you call a group of snakes? They looked like a knot so that's what I'll call them. Is it a den of snakes? Anyway, I happend to have the camera and this is what we saw.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

And So It Begins...

The first really nice evening and the Chalupa had double duty: basketball then soccer practice. A long soccer season awaits the Peanut and Chalupa. Where they'll call home at the end of the summer is still unknown... but by mid-May, we hope to have answers. Stay tuned.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The 2008 Streak Has Ended

As some of you know, Buzz begins a running streak every year. No, not running naked! This streak is consecutive days running (intentionally covering) the minimum distance of two miles. Last year he made it to July 2, which was a PR (personal record). This year, Buzz's last day was April 15 - 84 days.

The streak usually begins on January 1, but due to a broken pinky toe, it didn't begin until January 21. Buzz, battling many ancilary distractions, simply needed a rest.

Next up, Grandma's Marathon in June. The rest will be a welcome chance to recharge for an attempt to requalify for the Boston Marathon which requres a 3:30 marathon finishing time (8 min/mi pace for 26.2 miles).

Sunday, April 13, 2008

New Digs... maybe

So as we seek our next BIG advnture (professional and residential), we tripped upon this gem.It was built in 1904 and it has ample quirk and character. Most of the charm is the result of a century of functional upgrades. All-in-all, I'd say this place could be part money pit, part labor of love. We've not made an offer yet, but you can bet, when we do it will be contigent on the sale of our current crib.
We'll keep you posted.

Chalupa and Big Dawg

Awwwe. Now ain't that cute?

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Lookin for Sunshine

It's been a week and I've not seen the sun. Today, rain with places farther north getting 12 - 15" of white stuff. Last time I checked it was APRIL. Why do I feel I need to do my X-mas shopping?

The news on the house selling front is that we have at least one moderately interested couple.

The news on Side Track's job search is that she has two strong leads on jobs right now. One local and one remote. We're hoping to avoid a major move, but have to be open to that posibility.

News on a new homefront. I think we found an interesting house we can live with. Next steps are to get the kids through and for us to take a closer look. If we stay in the area, then this house is the number one target for an offer. We'll see.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Umstead 100 Mile Trail Run

The pre-race chaos, minutes before the start of the Umstead 100 Mile Trail Run. Usually this sort of gathering takes place outside, yards away from the start line itself. On this auspicious occasion the drizzle and rain drove us inside where we were packed-in like sardines to cope with our equipment and nerves until the very last second.

As I feared, I should have run a few more miles to train for the Umstead 100 Mile Trail Run. It would have helped. The first 50 went ok, but the NC heat (relative to MN) and humidity (98-100%) quickly began to take their toll. The next 25 miles were a bit more touch-and-go, and my longshot (#3) goal for a 21-22 hour finish were more seriously in doubt and a sub 24 hour time became the target of my desires.

Between miles 75 and 100, the train left the tracks and physical, (bad stomach, dizziness, hypothermia, exhaustion) nutritional (electrolyte, sugar, salt, and water imbalance), mental (all of the above and more) and equipment challanges (lack of dry shoes, socks, and clothing) tempted my overwhelming desire(s) to quit.

In the scope of Maslow's famous Hierarchy of Needs... I'd say I was close to bottom of the pyramid: Basic Survival. My goals were recalculated to the #1 goal for ALL 100 mile runners, and that goal is simply to finish. After some calculated first aid and by helping others (a three-time Badwater Ultramarathon finisher to name one) I managed to help myself slug through the final 12.5 miles to sucessfully cross the finish line in 27 hours and 25 minutes. Oh... did I mention it rained or drizzled for 23 of the 27 hours we were out on the course?
Here is a picture taken on the course which was every bit as beautiful as you see... even in the rain. I finished 65th of 250 starters. The drop rate was reportedly more than 50%. In otherwords more than 50% of the runners who intended to finish the 100 miler either quit or settled for a credit of 50 miles. I conclude with this brief video taken at approximately mile 60.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

April Fool(s)

Yes, we must be fools for living here. Spring has been with us for a week and this is what we woke up to this morning -- 5-6" of this lovely, sloppy, wet stuff.