Tuesday, May 31, 2011

20 miles and lots of meat!

I first want to say that I had a great weekend camping with the family. We went out to western Minnesota and camped with some friends. My step-dad has a camper and was nice enough to let us borrow it for the weekend.
Really ruffing it!
Saturday was supposed to me the nicest day of the weekend as the weather was calling for rain, wind, and thunderstorms. The day before, it rained from 9am to 9pm and the gravel roads were all muddy. So saturday morning I set out for my last (and only, I failed the first go-round) 20 miler, after driving 1.5 miles to a paved road. My plan was to run 5 miles north and 5 miles back, refill the fuel belt, then repeat. I finished the first 10 miles in 1:24:20, but was pretty wasted from running the second 5 miles into the wind. It literally felt like someone was holding the back of my shirt while I was running into the wind. To top off the misery, the ipod took a crap after mile 1! So not only did I have to run in the wind, but I had nothing to take my mind off the vast nothingness of the landscape.
The wind BLOWS!
The next 10 where done in 1:35:01. Not what I hoped for, but I got the 20 miles done none the less. I then headed back to the camper and cried got ready to eat my body weight in meat.

The rest of the day I felt physically fine and the next day I wasn't even that sore, so I know that I had something left in the tank and that my fitness is about where it needs to be or at least as good as it's going to get. So the overall time wasn't great (at least by my own expectations), but I shouldn't discount the conditions, it was brutal. After my run, it was time to get my camp on!

Here's a quick list of all the different meats I ate over the weekend;

Hamburger - stuffed with crumbled bacon and cheese.
Brats - wrapped in bacon.
Ribs - not wrapped in bacon, but should have been!
Turkey - 2 different kinds, sliced sandwich meat and deep fried!
Steak - 2 different kinds of this also, a regular grilled steak and steak kabobs.
Chicken - kabobs.
* all washed down with about 15 Diet Cokes *

After the decent (but windy as hell) weather on Saturday, the rest of the weekend looked like following pics; cloudy and windy. If nothing else, it was good kite flying weather.

Daddy! don't take my picture!

This is actually a good size kite. The tail is about 15 feet long.

What's camping without a campfire!

My girls resting up for the big weekend. This was on the way.

Since I took off work on Friday, it was nice to have a 4 day weekend with the family and get in a 20 mile run.  Now it's taper time for Grandma's Marathon!

I'll be back to share my Marathon goals real soon.



  1. I want that camper! My wife would gladly go camping in that. As a former eagle scout, if I have a dry place to sleep I'm good be it a tent or the ground. Good job with that nasty wind this past weekend, and with that meat! My stomach growled reading that awesome meat list. My only question is no beer?

  2. Nope, no beer. I've had 1 beer since October 8, 2009. We used to use a tent, but with the kids so little, it's easier to use the camper. Eagle Scout? Wow, I didn't even make it through Boy Scouts.

  3. I love the sleepy heads in that last picture!
    We tent camp but are often with my parents who have a trailer and it is SO nice to have a real bathroom...and an oven so my mom can make us fresh berry cobbler.