Action 425 – Honor Heroes (Mile 22).

I am dedicating each mile that I run in the Pasadena Marathon to another Marine Corps hero who has made the ultimate sacrifice, so that in my own small way, they may be honored, acknowledged, and remembered.

Action 425 – Honor Heroes (Mile 22). I will run mile twenty-two in honor of Sgt. Andy Stevens. Even as a child, Steven was already imagining a military career. His sister told mourners at the funeral that he used to wear camouflage to elementary school and draw pictures of war zones in crayons.

I will run this mile in honor of this fallen Marine warrior, dedicated son and brother. Semper Fi, Sergeant.

Marine Sgt. Andy A. Stevens died December 1, 2005 serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom; He was 29, of Tomah, Wis.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.; attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward); killed Dec. 1 by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Fallujah, Iraq.

(Photo from USMCScoutSniper.org; summary courtesy of militarytimes.com.)

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Action 424 – Sort Out My Tech Life.

It’s been a frustrating e-day.

I’m balancing multiple accounts for Twitter, personal and administrative accounts on Facebook, and blogs on WordPress and Blogger. It’s quickly become unmanageable and confusing.

Action 424 – Sort Out My Tech Life.

After a long day of hits and misses, I think I have finally worked out a plan. I’ve linked what needs to be linked, deleted what needs to be deleted, and figured out what I need to do going forward. I do have a couple of things that I will need help with, since my tech savvy self isn’t quite as savvy as I thought. But once those things are cleaned up, it will be smooth sailing for the kid.

Whew. Now, what else did I need to get done today? I still have plenty of time, right? It’s only… almost 10pm? Damn it.

(Image courtesy of EdgeLink.com.)

Action 423 – Clean It Out.

A couple of months ago, I decided enough was enough. We own a large side-by-side fridge/freezer and a stand-alone freezer, both stuffed full, and yet we were always running to the store for whatever meat we needed for dinner. Really?

Action 423 – Clean It Out.

Ric and I talked and decided that we would start with the small freezer and work our way to the one in the kitchen. We would grab something out and either eat it or toss it out. It’s now weeks later, and we are still working on clearing out the second freezer. I’m shocked at how much food we had purchased and frozen, set aside for who knows when?

Ric had to work late this evening, which meant I was on my own for dinner. I decided to play “guess the patty.” On one shelf of our freezer, we have several different types of patty-shaped food. Some of them are clearly labeled as angus beef patties, and others are some brand of turkey burgers and, I think, veggie patties.

I reached in, grabbed two patties, and decided they would make an acceptable dinner. Turns out, they were veggie, and not half bad. I served on some mini-buns with a few healthier versions of condiments and, ta-dah!, food was served.

Ric is working late again tomorrow night, too, so maybe I’ll do the same thing for dinner. Hey, at least the freezers are getting emptied out. Sure, we’ll be making a trip to Costco again soon, but at least we’ll know what we’re storing. Otherwise, we could end up like this random fridge.

(Photo courtesy of Hard Work Homestead.)

Action 422 – Find A New Way Home.

I do a lot of 3-4 mile warm-up runs, and I try to do them outside the gym whenever possible. I have a couple of routes I take, but every now and then, I like to shake it up.

Action 422 – Find A New Way Home.

With my half marathon coming up on Sunday, I needed to get a 5k in today to stretch out. I headed out my normal path and thought I would go the regular way, but I missed a light at 30th and decided to turn with the green and try a whole new course.

I made pretty good time, despite trying to keep it at a 10:30 pace. I’m trying to slow down a bit and focus on distance paces, but I get impatient on 5Ks and my speed keeps creeping up. I also think a new road helps, because there are a lot of new things to distract me and I think less about my pace.

Here’s my turn-around point, just across the Adams Avenue bridge over Texas St. It’s a really unattractive bridge, as you can see…

… but there’s a great view looking north towards Mission Valley.

Maybe tomorrow I’ll head east and see what awaits me there.

(Photos courtesy of Bing.com and SanDiegoDailyPhoto.)

Action 421 – Try The New Sneaks.

I mentioned earlier that I just bought a new pair of running shoes. And that was just the reason I needed to get out for a warm-up run before Sunday’s half marathon.

Action 421- Try The New Sneaks.

I took them out this morning for a spin around the neighborhood, and… wow! I really hadn’t given my shoes a lot of thought, but I couldn’t really feel a difference running in these today.

I bought my first new pair last January, then followed that up a few weeks later with the second pair. I’ve alternated the two since then, and I think I may have pushed their “trade by” date just a bit.

Running with the new kicks felt great. I could really feel the support in my arches with these.

Hmmm… might be time to get another new pair and use the two old ones for running in the rain, on the trail, or through the mud.