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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Unexpected Demo Day and a Short Run - RunLog 1-9-16

This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.

Some days we are just on screech and a "surprise" project around the house takes priority over what you originally planned -- mmmm my long run, before the torrential rain we are expecting tomorrow.

Conditions about 1/2 an hour before my run.
Nope not today.

Instead I did the usual Dump/Transfer Station run, got three 5 gallon buckets of the salt/sand mix that will be necessary after the torrential rains that we are going to get tomorrow (frozen ground and rain = lots of glare ice when temps get cold), worked successfully with Bennie on not running away from me when I call him. He is doing a lot better, then I got to crawl around under the house to double-insulate the main water line to the house so it doesn't freeze up as easily next time.

All the stuff I expected to do before getting in a long run.


Well Mary was looking at the cupboard under the sink and told me that it needed to be worked on...yep it sure did.

I tend to sort of listen to my wife when she talks to me a certain way...she was talking in the way that left no doubt in my mind that I was not going to be doing a long run this afternoon.

This is one of those projects she has been complaining discussing needed to be done and I have procrastinated doing it, because I knew how much of a pain-in-the ass it was going to be. Two feet of clearance and attempting to work through narrow cupboard door openings...not a lot fun and my shoulders don't do well with this kind of stuff.

However, after 25 years of use, the bottom shelf, had collapsed, was warped and well needed to be torn out. Which turned out to be a 3 hour job. It was 3/8" particle board and due to the warping I couldn't cut it with my circular saw and my grinder's cutting wheel, just made a lot smoke and not much cutting (I was afraid of starting a fire under there).

After a lot and I mean a LOT of swearing, cussing or whatever you want to call the words I was using. I ended up using a combination of brute force, a hammer/wood chisel and finally I got so fed up and my shoulders were killing me, that I just used my pry bar to lift the panel off the floor and broke it into pieces using the claw end of the hammer. None of this would have been all that bad, but I had about 2 feet of clearance between what I was trying to take out and the shelf above it and I didn't want to take out the water lines to the kitchen faucet either.

Yeah lots of cussing and swearing.

The carpentry gods also demanded and received their offering of blood - nothing serious but definitely looked a lot worse than it ended up being. Just the usual Harold the Destroyer kind of booboo.

Then we found out where the mice were coming in, it was like a mouse super highway complete with lots and lots of little drops everywhere and even the remnants mouse hide from where one had died and crawled down there about 10 years ago.

Yep, nasty as hell.

So a quick trip to Home Depot to get some expanding spray foam to clog up the 2 big ass holes in the floor. This should slow down the little bastards, errrrr mouse traffic into the house significantly - as least I sure as hell hope so.

That was my surprise project for the day.

Run - I did get one in.

Yeah after all that, I needed a run.

By the time I got started it had been snowing/freezing rain off and on most of the day, the temps had started to drop back unders freezing, so the roads were a little slicker than were earlier - as you can see by the photo it was a little interesting. Plus there was a light freezing mist, not quite rain going on when I started out and it was getting dark.

Nothing serious, but just slippery enough to make it so I didn't dare do a good push-off.

So instead of pushing the pace at all, I just plugged along and got 3.0 miles in as it got dark. It felt good to get the run in and after the frustrations of getting that bottom shelf out - I definitely needed it.

Sometimes life gets in the way of running, at least what the original plan was going to be. However, I know that I am glad that project is now done and I don't have it hanging over my head. Even though I definitely would rather of done a double-digit long run this afternoon, it sure as hell would have been easier.

I have a feeling there might be some quality time with a Planet Fitness Treadmill tomorrow, instead of a day off - about an hour and a half maybe.

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