Friday, February 29, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Later on in the day I decided to go for a run outside. The sidewalks weren't terrible on campus, but were pretty bad in the neighborhoods surrounding it. I cut it short at 5 miles, but was happy considering the weather. Afterwards, I warmed up in the hot tub. The rec was packed! There must have been 100-150 people on the basketball courts alone.
I took some pictures along the run. I always think the snow on the trees, especially pine trees, looks beautiful.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
We got on our way down the trail and my brother wasn't sure if he locked his car so he turned around to check. The trail, with 4 inches of snow on it, wasn't very suitable for running a quality long run on, so when Brian caught back up we decided to run on roads today (which weren't cleared either).
We ran around the East side of Lake Glacier and continued South to go around Lake Newport. You can view a map of the park here. By the steel bridge, we saw Bruce McMurray and ran with him for awhile. He was going to meet up with us at the beginning but missed us since we took the roads. The scenery was beautiful with all the trees covered in snow.
After we got past the mill, Taylor and I picked up the pace a little. The snowy road made it hard to get good footing or traction so every step required an extra effort. We stopped for a bit to stretch our calves since mine were a little sore and Taylor had a knot in one of his.
We made our way around Lake Newport and back towards the Lily Pond. Both of us were a little sick of the road, so we decided to get on the trail for a bit. We ran on the trail between the mill and the covered bridge and from Pioneer Pavilion to the Lily Pond. There were a couple times in which we slipped by the edge since the snow disguised everything.
When we got back to our cars, Taylor and I decided to call it a day since both of us were a little tired and sore from the conditions. Brian and Stacy showed up about 10 minutes later. We figured we ran about 13 miles, so I was pretty satisfied.
Afterwards, Brian and I went to get some chow at A&W in Boardman. It always hits the spot! I ate two footlong hot dogs and wasn't phased. Nothing like working up a hunger by doing 13 miles on a winter's day!
Friday, February 22, 2008
I thought this show was amazing! You really felt like you were at the concert. It was almost better than being there just because of all the cool camera angles they showed. At one point, a lady at the concert stood up in front of the camera. Brian and I both thought it was someone in the theater standing up in front the screen! It really felt like the images were jumping out of the screen, especially when Bono reached his hand out towards the audience. The glasses were also alot bigger and better made than the old 3D glasses. I wouldn't mind seeing this again and can't wait until they start making more movies with this technology.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
My brother Brian didn't have work today because of Presidents' Day and I had a big break between class and work (2:00-6:00). So we decided to go over to Happy Days Visitor Center for a run. Before we hopped on the trail, we goofed around by the steel worker statue in front of the visitor's center. I couldn't think of a funny caption for the photo above, so just enjoy!
After too much time of messing around, we headed out towards the cliffs. We took the trail on the left side of the cliffs on the way out. The weather was pretty cool! One moment it was clear and sunny, the next it was a blizzard.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
I woke up this morning and didn't really feel like running. I was trying to think of every excuse and then I thought "Hey! All my running clothes are in the wash" (which they were since I came home for the weekend). So I thought maybe I'll run tomorrow.My parents and I went out to eat around 12:30 at Blazin' Bills which is located on 422 about 30 minutes from Warren. Their sauce is amazing! My dad and I both got full slabs and my mom got a half slab. It was funny because their sauce didn't taste good alone, but once it was on the ribs it tasted delicious. The atmosphere is also really nice inside with wood beams and a sunlight window towards the ceiling.
When we got back home, I finally was in the mood to run and had some clothes to run in. I ran to downtown Warren to a sign on East Market St. that says "David's". This is a usual route we run known as "David's Sign" and is 7 miles on the dot. The sidewalks got pretty bad with snow plowed up on the paths. My legs got pretty tired scampering through the half-melted half-ice snow that was built up. I began the run feeling really fast on the cleared roads by my house. I was actually wearing shorts since it was near 40 degrees and sunny out. The sky was a beautiful clear blue.
I thought for sure the snow would really slow me down, but when I got back home and looked at my watch it said 47 minutes which equals a 6:43 pace. I was thrilled considering the conditions.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
My sister Jamie and her friend Amber came up to Kent today and we saw the Third Eye Blind concert at the MAC Center. The weather was terrible with 6 inches of snow falling during the day along with freezing rain later at night. My brother was also going to come up but decided not to risk the icy roads. Jamie came up earlier to beat the freezing rain. I was pumped when I heard classes after 12:00 were cancelled!! So Jamie and me just hung out until the show at 8.
Lead singer Stephan Jenkins up close & personal
I thought the show was awesome! 3eb is a group from the 90s with famous hits such as "Semi-Charmed Life", "Graduate", "Jumper", and "How's It Going To Be." They probably aren't my favorite band of all time, but I do enjoy their music and it brings back good memories of the 90s. During the middle of the concert, they told the crowd to get out and vote and showed their support for Obama (which got the crowd really loud). They also said the concert was being recorded for their new live CD, but I had my doubts even though a microphone was hanging from the center court scoreboard. They had an awesome encore playing about 5 more songs. Below are some videos of the concert.
"Hows It Going To Be"
Monday, February 11, 2008
Saturday, February 09, 2008
The temperature wasn't too bad in the mid 30s. The only concern we had was the rain since the radar looked like there might be alot in the morning. The only thing I had with me was a cotton long sleeve shirt, so I decided to put band-aides on my nipples to play it safe! It ended up not raining much luckily.
Friday, February 08, 2008
Then today after class, I decided I better go on a run. So, I did the big loop around campus that I usually do. But near the rec, I veered off and did a little extra around Allerton Apartments to give me 5 miles. I ended up figuring I ran 7 minute pace or slightly under.
It would've been easy not to run yesterday and today, but I knew I needed to get the miles up for Boston. And you don't get miles in by sitting around watching TV unfortunately! I've been steadily doing more and more miles each week and plan on continuing to out-do myself each week:
2 weeks ago: 23 miles
Last week: 25 miles
This week: Aiming for 35 miles
Sunday, February 03, 2008
I felt pretty sore from playing 5-on-5 basketball at the rec on Friday and then doing some fast incline stuff on the treadmill yesterday. It's amazing how sore I always get from playing basketball when I haven't played for awhile, all the stop and go and sprinting.
The views were pretty nice at some points around the lake where you could see across the whole thing. There were also a few nice homes up on hills overlooking the lake that would be nice to own.
On the way back, I saw a bunch of buses and a group of guys running by the fieldhouse/stadium. It looked like a high school track meet was going on. Then all of a sudden I see this dog sprinting at me. I was scared, one that he might bite me, and two that he might get hit by a car since I was on the other side of the road. He sprinted up this tall ditch and across the road. Luckily, I was standing there and waving my hands at some cars to stop or else they probably wouldn't have seen him. He ended up being friendly and just ran around on my side of the road for a bit. Then before I could do anything, he sprinted across the road again, causing some cars to slow down. I saw the owner yelling at the dog a little ways away across the road and then he waved his hand at me to say thanks.
When I got back, I was sure I didn't do 11 miles since my time was about 61 minutes. I looked back online and saw I had miscalculated it. It was only about 8.4! Oh well!! I was happy with the run today.