Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
I ran 3 miles on the trails at the park this evening. While the temperature was about 93, the humidity was extremely high. I was completely soaked in sweat at the end of my run. While running past the park superintendent's house, he had just returned home and we had a nice visit. He confirmed the good news that the construction on the south perimeter road and dam, scheduled to start as early as next month, has been delayed until March 2015. That means that all the races held at the park this winter will not have to alter their courses. My son was released from the hospital this morning. Hopefully, his arm will heal quickly from the surgery and the anti-biotics will completely rid his arm of the infection.
Monday, July 21, 2014
I visited my son in the hospital once today. Hopefully, he will be released tomorrow. This evening, I worked out at Iron Works and then ran an unplanned course on the roads around town, which turned out to be 2.6 miles. Bubba was in his pickup and stopped me during my run. I thought he needed directions. He asked me if I needed a ride. I assured him that I was okay and felt great. I must look bad when I run.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
After church and a visit to my son in the hospital, Steve Bickford and I measured new 10K, 5K and 1-Mile courses, to be used for our club runs in September and November. They start and finish at Physical Therapy Associates, behind the hospital. They are really nice people. While normally not open on Saturday, they are going to open up for our club runs, so the runners can use their restrooms. It was hot this afternoon and we walked the course with an engineer wheel for an accurate measurement. Afterwards, I went to the track in town and ran a 2-mile loop on the roads from there. Then, back to the hospital. He is hoping to get out tomorrow.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
I got up real early this morning to the one-hour drive over to Hempstead to run the Watermelon 5K at 7 a.m. Too early! It was sorta nice running in temperatures in the mid-70's, though. I finished in 36:36 and was second place in the 60 and over age group. First place got a watermelon in addition to a medal, so I missed out. I made a couple trips to the hospital today to visit with my son. They say he should be released on Monday or Tuesday.
Friday, July 18, 2014
The doctor checked my son's arm early this morning. While the swelling was down some, it was still badly infected in the elbow. So, they operated on him at 9 this morning to removed the bursa sac (padding on the elbow) from his elbow. He will continue on the strong anti-biotics for a while and hopefully they will take care of the rest. I made several trips to the hospital today. I did get in a 2-mile run out and back on Veterans Memorial Parkway this afternoon.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
I made two trips to the hospital today. In between rain storms, I mowed and trimmed the grass and during another break in the rain, I worked out at Iron Works and did a 1.3-mile run on the streets in town. The anti-biotics that my son was on were not working, so today they put him on the strongest and most dangerous stuff they have. The swelling in his arm was down some this evening. I suppose that is a good sign. I am not sure when he will be released from the hospital.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
My wife went down to Houston to spend the day helping my son, who has been recovering from a serious infection in his elbow and arm. I went down to Conroe early this afternoon for an appointment. While there, I received a call from the fiancee of my son in Huntsville that he was admitted to the hospital with an serious elbow and arm infection. What's the deal? Two sons with an elbow and arm infection. They have not even seen each other in a couple months. I got back to Huntsville and went to the hospital. They never got around to starting anti-biotics with an IV until 5 p.m. this evening. I left the hospital about 5:15 and met the group at the church to run. I cut my run to 2.7 miles, part of it in the rain. I picked up a pizza on the way home, showered, ate and then went back to the hospital until visiting hours were over. Hopefully, he will be better tomorrow.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Monday, July 14, 2014
Sunday, July 13, 2014
About 3 p.m. today, I got out the engineer wheel and spray paint and made final adjustments on a new 5K and 1-mile course for our club run later this month. From there, I drove to the track and started a 3-mile road run from there. After about a mile into the run, a heavy rain began and lasted throughout the 3-mile run - a real "gully washer." Although I got some funny looks from passing cars, the cool rain really felt great after so many weeks of hot weather. Besides, there was no lightning. As I drove no more than a mile from the track toward home, there was no rain and the streets were dry all the way to my house. Still no rain at my house today.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
I ran the Run the Woodlands 5K in The Woodlands this morning. I finished in 36:34. It was the 64th time I ran this race, which is held twice a month. The first time was on June 12, 2004 and my time was 30:13. The race this morning was my 730th race since I began racing on May 1, 1983 and it was my 1,728th consecutive day of running on my current streak.