Cellcom Green Bay Half Marathon – Two Weeks Out

The Cellcom Green Bay Marathon is less than two weeks away (12 days as I write this). Last week was the hardest training week with the most volume and intensity of my training. The next two weeks will be tapering down to get my legs rested and ready for race day.

As I look back over the last 2 months of training, it is with mixed emotions. I have had a lot going on with both running as well as personally. Right around the start of training for the half marathon, my dad was diagnosed with emphysema. I have to say that as I was not surprised by this being a life long smoker, but it was still hard to hear. My uncle (his brother) has emphysema as well, and has been living with it for years. So while I know that the diagnosis is bad, it seems like something he can live with for a while.

Well, this past week, he was taken by ambulance and admitted to the hospital. He was inpatient for six days, and it seems like what caused the issue was the flu. This whole situation happens during the week that is my hardest training, as well as being busy with kids activities (dance recitals/rehearsals and baseball practices). Going to visit my dad in the hospital and take care of things for him at home, as well as work of course. It was a challenging week, emotionally, physically and mentally.

For the first time in my training I was questioning myself. Wondering why I am doing this? I came up with an answer. Thinking about my dad and his situation, and all the things he won’t be able to do, I realized that I am doing it because I can. I am lucky enough to be healthy. I was able to fight and lose 135 pounds, and be in the best shape of my life. I have fallen in love with running and pushing myself to do the best I can. That is why I am doing it. Because I can. Because I want to, and because I love it.

I am getting very excited for the race. I am looking forward to participating in my first Cellcom event and my first half marathon. It is even going to be a family affair! My kids are running in the WPS run, my wife, brother, his girlfriend, my mom and step dad are all participating in the 5K event. My wife’s aunt and cousin are running the half and  2 other cousins are running the full. I think it will be a very exciting weekend and I am looking forward to it!

Running Safety When Encountering a Dog

Today on my afternoon run, I had something happen that hasn’t happened in the last 8 months or so of running for me. A dog saw me and actually started chasing me while I was running! I could hear it barking and then I could hear it running towards me. I could hear the tags on its collar jingling. At first it was running parallel to me across the street, but it quickly cross and approached me. As it started to approach, I stopped running. It came close and started to growl and bark. I will be honest, at that moment I was playing out in my head how I would grab the dog by the collar and wrestle it to the ground and choke it out. It was a good size dog, probably about 50 pounds or so. I shouted to the dog to go home and it actually listened. I was surprised that actually worked, but that had me thinking, what if this was a much larger or more aggressive dog? I decided to look up some tips on how to deal with dogs you may encounter while running. I found these on About Health.

 

  • Don’t make eye contact with the dog. If it sees you staring at it, it might see that as a threat.
  • Stop running, turn and walk in the opposite direction or across the street. You won’t seem as interesting to the dog if you’re walking. Also, the dog won’t think you’re trying to invade his territory if you’re heading in the opposite direction. Don’t turn around and look back.
  • If the dog approaches you, stop and stand very still. Don’t yell or make any sudden movements. In a firm, but calm voice, say, “Go home,” “Sit” or “No”.
  • If the dog tries to jump on you, turn to the side and push it off with your forearm.
  • If you keep encountering the same aggressive dog, find a new running route. You can also file a report with your local animal control.