I guess honesty is the best policy. I explained yesterday that I’m honest with my wife, and that I’d tell her if I don’t like her hair. And in the past, I have. Well, Tiff returns the favor and throws the truth my way. Apparently, reading my blog has been like my running — it takes an average of about two hours a day. But it needs to be like Tiff — short and sweet. So here goes nothing!
Just kidding. But I’ll try to keep it short.
My ankle has been bothering me ever since I rolled it last Tuesday walking through a parking lot. I think it’s sprained. It’s swollen and sore, but I’ve been able to run on it. I did a 16.1-miler, a 16.6-miler and a 26.5-miler since I hurt it. I want to run and stay in shape, but I don’t want to go too far and cause damage I’d regret. I took Sunday, Monday and yesterday off. I iced it in a bucket of freezing ice water Monday night and last night. I also bought an ankle brace to keep it sturdy.
When I went to bed last night, I wasn’t sure if I’d get up and go for a run or just get up and work. I planned on running and got dressed and ready to roll. But I didn’t like my ankle brace when I put my shoe on and I’m stressed about how much work I have to do. Plus, I have physical therapy today for tendinitis in my right knee, and I figure I’ll try to sneak some free ankle advice in while I’m there. So, I get a DNS for my workout today, a big, fat zero. This month continues to be about the toughest month I’ve ever had since I started running. I need a 30-hour day, and I haven’t even gotten to the heavy lifting of Operation Jack yet.
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.
Today, there was a bowl of chips on the kitchen table and he specifically asked for chips. Being able to verbally say the word is good, but putting 2 and 2 together to express his thought is great. He later grabbed his therapist’s hand and moved it toward the chips. It sounded like he said “ball,” but she realized he said “bowl”. Yeah Jack! Also, Ava has a little pink toy laptop. He wanted it and used the word “computer”! Woo-hoo! He had fun in summer camp earlier in the day and he went to sleep happy and calm. All-in-all, a good day for the little dude this whole Operation Jack thing is named after.
Ice Cream Update
I had a close call Monday night, heading out to McDonald’s to get a cone at 9:30 p.m. (that’s past my bedtime!), but there was no such issue last night. Tiff texted me yesterday from the grocery store, asking what flavor I wanted. I liked the generic peanut butter fudge swirl I had a couple of weeks ago. She didn’t just pick up a half-gallon. She picked up two half-gallons! I guess that’s a gallon?
So, I had some of that last night. Good stuff. My streak is up to 35 days in a row now eating ice cream or frozen yogurt. I’m going to start thinking about ways I can use ice cream to help Operation Jack. Maybe I’ll snap the streak for the benefit of Operation Jack. Or maybe I’ll shoot for a ridiculous goal instead. No idea. I’ll think about it. For now, though, I’ll keep on eating ice cream.
I’m Horrible At Keeping Secrets
I’m just too excited to keep this as a secret. I’m not done with details yet, and nothing is official, but I’m planning on a series of Operation Jack marathons for next year. It would be a series of three marathons, with points awarded for finishing and for the top 3-5 positions in the race. At the end of the series, prize money would be awarded to the top three finishers in the overall points standings for the series. $1,000, $500 and $250 will be the prize money. The races will be in Southern California on certified courses. I haven’t completely finalized the dates of the races (although I’m pretty sure I have it set) and I haven’t finalized the title sponsor of the race, but I have a good possibility in the works. I’m close, though, and I think I might be able to give more information next week.
The way I’m crafting up the points would reward the winners, but it would also encourage participation. The championship would not be mathematically possible to clinch until the final race. And finishing dead last in all three races would be better than winning the first two and not showing for the third. Just like Operation Jack, participation is key. Entry fees will be reasonable, probably between $50 and $70. I’m almost positive we’ll have medals and tech shirts.
That’s all for now on that. But I’m really excited about this and hoping to pull it off.
Video of the Day
I’m going with the ice cream theme on this one. This is kind of cool.
See You Thursday
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