Frozen Long Run

>> Saturday, December 30, 2017

The middle of this past week was cold. We were below 0 for quite some time during a few days. When it was 8 below 0 on Wednesday morning, I headed out for 9-10 miles.

Part way into the run, EVEN THOUGH I was wearing pants, Under Armour tight shorts, and (most importantly) wind-proof briefs, I felt my penis getting a bit too cold. Well, I COULDN'T feel my penis - THAT was the problem. This has happened before (and here's the funny story of the first time it happened), but it's not something I try to do. Obviously. So instead of hopefully hitting 10 miles, I cut it to under 9. And I stopped to "re-adjust" at one point and tuck it farther between my legs for warmth (which lead to my testes being smushed against my legs as I ran which was not pleasant, but worth it to not lose my penis).

I snapped a photo as soon as I got in the house (and I Instagrammed it too):

Caption: Frosty eyes, brows, lashes, and collar after 9 miles in 8 below weather at 5:45 this morning.
#FrozeMyPenisABit #ItsAllGoodNow #StillSayALittlePrayerForIt #IfYouAreSoInclined

Slight close-up on my eyes (from the low-res front-facing camera on my phone).

A lot of the brim of my hat was frosty too (much like my more-visible collar in that top photo), but you can't see it because the hat is white.

Well, my penis was fine. It had to thaw a bit and was a little achy as that happened, but I lived.

One of my toes started to ache, and I figured I might have frost-bitten that a little too. I had to use "regular" socks because all of my "cold weather" socks were left in my bedroom where my wife was still sleeping. Oops. I took off my sock and saw a dark toenail:

And it was slightly red around the end of the toe.

So I figured I just beat up my toe a bit while running. But it ached a LOT more later in the day. And my toe did NOT hurt while running. So I'm really not sure if it turned black from being smushed on my run, or if I got some frostbite and it turned black from that. Regardless, here's how it looked the next day:

Still purple. Still a bit sore. Still hairy.

Sidenote: that run on Wednesday took December to my highest mileage running month for 2017! I came off the TC 10 Mile and the Minneapolis Halloween Half Marathon feeling GREAT, and then I just kept up the milage. I hopefully still have 1 run to go this month, and I'm already over 90 miles!

p.s. Seriously, if you don't remember the story of the first time I froze my penis, CLICK HERE to check it out. Really.


Friday Funny 1378: The Sneakiest Cheaters

>> Friday, December 29, 2017


As someone said in a comment where these were found: “Let's see: I got one student checking compulsively under her fingernails with several other girls squinting at their nails; another student ripping up a band-aid on their arm for no reason; that guy is suddenly really interested in the nutritional content of his vitamin water; that girl is checking out her own cleavage (I know I would if I was a chick); the guy in the back has a calculator missing half its face (don't know why he needs a calculator for a civics exam, but I can't judge, this is 2017 after all); and the guy up front keeps checking his watch (must be pacing himself; excellent test taking tactic). Everything seems legit. I'm a shoo-in for Proctor of the Year Award.”


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Friday Funny 1377: The Best Non-Sexual Feelings


#10? "Pee shivers?" I do NOT like those.

But new socks (#14) are magical.

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Friday Funny 1376: Honest Signs

Some brutally honest signs (from Pleated Jeans):

Technically true. It just sounds unpleasant.

If you like funny signs, check out these 3 "Friday Funny" posts regarding signs from the last few years: Funny Signs, Obvious Signs, and Bar Signs.

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A Running Stroller That Nobody Wants

>> Wednesday, December 27, 2017

A spunky librarian friend posted a video of a “hands-free” running stroller on my Facebook page last week:

Here’s a direct link to the actual Facebook video that she shared with me. It’s just 70 seconds long.

This was my initial response:

So yeah... I wasn’t necessarily impressed.

Some friends and I went back-and-forth noting other issues like not being able to hook your dog to this stroller, and not being able to easily see small kids. I was running with my stroller when Henry was 6 weeks old, but I’d NEVER haul a baby behind me where I can’t keep an eye on them. This stroller has a much smaller age range of kids that it would work with.

Tom added another point:

I wrapped it up with this thought:

So check out the video for yourself on Facebook and tell me what you think. As I said in one of the comments in my friend’s Facebook post about this, “This seems like a design project that looks cool but no one *really* wants.”


Christmas at the In-Laws

>> Monday, December 25, 2017

Just a quick Christmas pic from my in-laws over the weekend:

Me and my crew of 4 of the right.

My family last night! #MarriedUp

Merry Christmas! Hope everyone can spend some time with loved ones!


Consistent Long Runs

>> Saturday, December 23, 2017

On Wednesday, I tweeted this:

This week makes 3 weeks straight of long runs 8.5 - 9.1 miles (all just over 60 minutes). Three weeks ago was the week that didn't crack 1 hour, but it was under 2 minutes shy. And then 2 weeks before they were both over 60 minutes, and that takes me back to the 2 weeks "off" after the Minneapolis Halloween Half Marathon at the end of October. It's been a nice stretch of averaging just over 20 miles every week.

Oh, and speaking of my tweets, I posted this on Thursday:

(Don't think I sit and home and watch TV all day - this was the 2nd time
I've seen the Price Is Right in about 2 years. The other time was
a few months ago when the boys were sick.)



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