I couldn’t think of an idea for a headline. But I have a few other things to talk about.
I’m struggling with tendinitis in my right knee (well, that’s what I think it is) and I have an appointment with a sports medicine doctor who specializes in knees on Monday. I’ve been inconsistent over the past couple of months with my training, and on Wednesday night, I decided to stop running until I see the doctor. I have too much to lose and not enough to gain over the next few days. So, I’m trying to be as smart as possible. I didn’t run today (or yesterday for that matter).
The break comes at a good time for me — I’m in the middle of a huge project that has me pretty stressed out and it’s coming due on August 1. So, I’m running myself into the ground with all this work (normally, I just run myself into the ground by running!), but I should get back in the swing of things next month. It’ll be nice to just run early in the morning, work an average amount during the day, and stay off the computer in the evenings (well, except for Operation Jack work).
If you have any questions about running, Operation Jack, baseball, or anything else you want to try to see if I can answer, post it here or send it to me through the Contact Us form and I’ll answer it next week. If you have anything you’d like me to discuss, let me know! I see the numbers and I know y’all are out there … c’mon, let’s interact a little!
Operation Jack Running Goals
A few people have asked me how I’m going to try to run the marathons next year, if I’m going to take things conservatively or if I’m going to go all-out. No question, I’m going all-out. My best time right now is 3:00:05, I’ve run 9 of my past 17 in 3:10 or better and my median marathon time is a 3:16. That being said, my goal is to run an average of 3:09:59 or better. That’s not going to win any races, but I think it’s a reasonable goal to chase that would indicate I gave it my all. What I’m doing, essentially, is a gimmick to try to gain participation with Train 4 Autism. The gimmick should be something decent, and I don’t think an easy marathon once a week is enough to warrant me begging for you all to join up.
In case this is your first time here, or if you’ve never been to the rest of the site, I’m planning on running 60 marathons next year to raise awareness for a charity called Train 4 Autism. My son, Jack, is severely autistic and I want to do something to make a difference in his honor. In this spot in each blog, I’ll talk about Jack a little bit.
Jack had an okay day on Thursday. He went swimming at my mother-in-law’s house (well, wading in a cold hot tub) and then he went with my wife to the gym where he got to play for a while. That’s two more workouts and a lot more playtime than I had yesterday! His therapy session was so-so. More or less, nothing spectacular — just another summer day. We’re looking forward to school starting back up in the fall. He really thrives in a routine.
Ice Cream Update
That peanut butter fudge swirl ice cream I had on Wednesday night tasted even better last night. So, I had two bowls in my special ice cream bowl. Yeah, for Father’s Day this year, my kids made me a custom-painted ice cream bowl and I got a nice, solid ice cream scooper, too. I used both of those last night. I probably should have worn the “Professional Ice Cream Eater” shirt they got me, but I didn’t.
My streak is up to 23 days in a row eating ice cream or frozen yogurt. I don’t know how long it will continue, but I have my work cut out for me today with my lunch at In-N-Out and then a scheduled double date tonight. But it’s not over until the clock strikes midnight. That’s when my ice cream bowl turns back into a pumpkin.
I had a great lunch at In-N-Out yesterday. Normally, I go on Fridays, but this week, I went on Thursday, because I’m going to lunch with a friend of mine at Chipotle today. One problem with that, though, is that I got the following text last night when confirming today’s lunch plans:
Can we go to In-N-Out? DUH! (Duh is short for Duhble-Double.) So I told her …
Reminds me of when I had jury duty for four weeks in 2001 and there was a courthouse within walking distance of the In-N-Out I ate lunch at 15 times over a 23-day span (I kept count and I’ve remembered that statistic — that’s no exaggeration).
No problem, I’m a gentleman. Whatever makes you happy. If you want, I’ll even entertain you with good jokes.
Home Video of Jack
For those of you who have never met Jack, here’s a clip of him from about 1 1/2 years ago, a few months after he turned four (he’ll turn 6 two months from yesterday). He’s made progress since then in various areas, but he probably wouldn’t be able to sing “Twinkle, Twinkle” a whole lot better than this right now.
I sit here and I’m having fun with Operation Jack, doing everything I can to make a difference and boost participation, but sometimes I lose sight about what’s going on with him. We posted this video because we were so excited that he was able to sing this well. But has happy as I was to see it, I wasn’t as excited about this as Tiff was. It broke my heart that this was what I had to be excited about with my 4-year-old, that hearing that kind of singing coming from my 4-year-old was a good thing.
I have a tough time accepting this with a smile — I go back and forth with Tiff on this sometimes. I have to accept all progress with open arms, and don’t get me wrong — EVERYTHING he does is good enough for me. But deep down inside, I want to see him progress like typical children, even though I know it’s not going to happen. It’s really upsetting to see your own child inflicted with a neurological disorder like this and I can only hope that there’s a reason and a purpose for it all. Life isn’t fair, but on the surface, I think I’m getting a much better shake than him.
And that, my friends, is why I’m doing Operation Jack. Because autism sucks, because I hope to do something that might someday eventually help to spare other children and parents from going through everything we go through, and because I think I can make this all happen. I broke my neck when I was 16 and I’m blessed to be able to use my legs the way I am. It would be a shame to waste that gift.
OK, Folks, I’m Calling It A Week
Thanks for coming by! If this is your first time here, welcome, and I hope you return on Monday! If you’re a returner, I appreciate your loyalty. This isn’t just a blog — it’s the best way I have right now to have Operation Jack communicate with you. It’s a great cause and hopefully we can all make a difference together.
A lot of you ask me what you can do to help, and I know I say this every day, but one of the biggest things you can do for Operation Jack is to spread the word. I know a lot of you are doing that now, and I really appreciate it. But remember, anybody can help. It doesn’t need to be a runner and it doesn’t need to be somebody directly impacted by autism. I’ll start introducing some more things in August (when I get through the big project I’m on), but for now, I’m just trying to increase the size of the community here. So, between now and Monday, please introduce just one person to Operation Jack who doesn’t know about it yet! Just one!
Thanks for your support and have a great weekend!