OK, so I don’t have any deep issues to talk about today — just a quick little Operation Jack update. In-N-Out, Chick-Fil-A, oxygen, ice cream and shirts. I might throw in a bad joke or two if I can think of something clever, but that never happens.
Standard introduction: If this is your first visit here, I’m a marathoner and a father of three — but not in that order. My middle child, 6-year-old Jack, is severely autistic and next year I’m planning on running 60 marathons in his honor to try to raise money and nationwide awareness for Train 4 Autism, a wonderful charity.
Despite my slow marathon on Saturday, I’ve had a couple of decent runs this week. I took Sunday off as a scheduled rest day, but couldn’t go out on Monday or Tuesday because we’ve got a house full of sick people and I needed to stay back just in case.
Wednesday, I felt sluggish, but I went 16.1 at a decent pace for my heart rate. I threw in 10 hill sprints at the end. Today, I went 15 miles and was pleased with my run. I started off taking it easy, but I felt like stepping it up and ended up with a decent run for me at this point — I covered the distance in 1:59:33 (7:58/mile) at 152 bpm. For where I am, where I’m trying to get and where I need to be, I’m content with that.
I’m having In-N-Out for lunch today. And in other shocking news, the sky is blue. But for dinner, I’m going to Chick-Fil-A. As I’ve mentioned in here a few times, the Chick-Fil-A in Foothill Ranch is doing a fundraiser for us tonight.
If you’re in the area, stop in between 5 and 8 this evening and mention Operation Jack and we’ll get a portion of the proceeds. If you know anybody in the area, please spread the word! Dinner at Chick-Fil-A … super simple, and it’s going to a great cause!
Hyperbaric Chamber Update
Another item that I’ve mentioned here in the past is the hyperbaric chamber sessions donated to me and Jack by Advanced Hyperbarics. We went for our fourth session last Saturday and Jack is getting better and better every time.
The first time, he bolted for the door and was hysterical. On Saturday, we had a brief wait and he bolted for … the hyperbaric chamber! We’ve noticed some signs of improvement from him, so we’ll keep going and hope for the best. But he’s doing a better job sitting in there and holding the oxygen mask to his face. For me, it’s really helped me recover from my long runs.
Saturday was the toughest run I’ve had the day of a session, as I raced (albeit slowly) a marathon that morning. On Saturday night, I felt much better physically than I typically do the night of a marathon. Thank you, Mark Westaway of Advanced Hyperbarics, for so generously offering this to us!
Shirts Are On The Way
It’s taken a little time, but they’re finally shipping to me next Monday. To those of you who have them coming, they’re coming! And to those of you who want them, I have all the details here! If you have any questions, let me know! Get your OJ gear on!
Ice Cream Update
I had a lot of fun running up a streak of 109 consecutive days eating ice cream over the summer, but I accidentally forgot to have any on October 11, bringing the ride to an end. Well, I just wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that all is well in my freezer again. I had Peanut Butter Fudge Swirl last night while watching the CMAs and I’m at 22 consecutive days now. If my calculations are correct, I’ll set a new personal record on February 7 — Super Bowl Sunday and the day of the Surf City Marathon, race No. 8 on the Operation Jack schedule.
That’s All For Today!
See you at Chick-Fil-A tonight! Spread the word!