Of Running and Trees

I started thinking about where to run last night. Today is my long day, and I really think that I have maxed out how far my neighborhood can take me. I’m all for doubling back and looping around, but at seven miles I think I would just be running loop after loop.

Instead, I think that I’m going to see if J.D. will drop me off at one end of the Lakeshore Green-way and then I can run down to Jemison, loop around up to Montevallo and meet them at the park. Of course, first J.D. is gonna have to wake up.

In the meantime, we had an arborist come by the house yesterday to look at all the trees. After the Tornadoes last spring, there was no doubt that things needed to be better managed. But I waited to see, first, if the house would sale. Evil of me? I hope not. You have to understand that to have a person help you care for you trees long-term, not just some random guy come along and top them out, costs. Depending on how many trees you have and their health, it can cost between $1800-$4000 every 4 years. This is just one of the many things about home-ownership that gets glossed over. And it wasn’t something I wanted to spend the cash on if I needed the cash to then turn around and close on a new house. Now that we are staying, the hulking oaks and pecans in the back yard need some attention. I plan on getting some great pictures.

Now, for coffee cup two and to find the camelpack for the run today.

Face the Music Monday

So my official weigh in today has me at 210.4! 5lbs from where I was at the beginning of last week and a total of 7.2 down from where I was in the beginning. Not bad. 7.2 in five weeks. We’ve got some challenging weeks ahead to be sub-200 by the first 5k of my running season but I think it’s doable.

That number isn’t the only music I’m facing right now. We recently took our house off of the market and it would seem that now is the time for everything to break For example, the water of Bean’s bath was yellow, which could be that the were working somewhere on the line but could also mean that my pipes/hotwater heater are in rough shape. Also, I would give you some measurements to compare with ones from a couple of weeks ago, but my electrical panel is attempting to melt itself so I have access to limited electrical power right now. That, and I think JD would be mildly irritated if I woke him up to hold the flashlight while I did it.

Hrm. I think the dogs will be cooler outside tonight. Heck, I might be cooler outside tonight. (Pause for a moment to weigh my discomfort inside against the potential for bugs to crawl into places outside.). Or maybe not.