Monday, January 26, 2009

Arizona Cardinals

This is the practice facility for the Super Bowl bound AZ Cardinals. You'll notice it's on Hardy because until this year they were a joke (Laurel and Hardy). But, you'll also see that they are on the corner of Warner Road. I think that should be renamed 'Kurt Warner Road'.
I took this picture over the wall. It is highly shrouded by lots of walls and shrubbery.

Yesterday's Picture: That's not me. It was a big guy with an east coast accent and he was probably packing heat. Actually, he was real freindly to talk to and he was at the Arizona Cardinals practice facility. The same place that season ticket holders had to go to pick up their tickets for the Super Bowl. He was looking to buy some for his clients.
Oh yeah, I ran too. It was the 3rd day in a row. Tomorrow I'll rest. Just 3.28 miles to the lake and back. The lake looked very blue, the skies were clear. It was a bit windy and a tad cool. Maybe mid fifties (I know).
Do you know what pace you run when you are just running? Not trying to push it, but not going slow on purpose? I ran some in the 9:40-9:55 range and didn't realize it. Usually I cruise around the 10:40 range without any thoughts. This is a first. I ran about a fifth of a mile under 8 too.
Atkins Is Back!
I'm restricting my carbs again. I was around 210 when I took a break. Around Thanksgiving time. During the holidays I bumped up to 217, but mostly stayed around 214. This morning I weighed in at 210.5 and I'm heading south.
Maybe get down to 208 by the end of the month and to 200 sometime mid February. Afterall, I need to get to 162 by November 7th. Remember 48 by 48.
I'm still reading. Just haven't finished anything until today. I read 'Everything I've Learned. 100 Great Principles to Live By.' Book #9. A small book filled with quotes and principles to live by.
Here's one:
"We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
-Victor E. Frankl.
Frankl wrote "Man's Search for Meaning" and was in a concentration camp. I read his book many years ago. I still have it.


Jeff said...

I can only imagine the excitement going through the valley. Good luck to the Cards and good luck dropping those pounds.

Alissa said...

I read Frankl's book a few years ago in college. Wish I could remember more of it. That's great that you are getting faster and not even noticing it!

My Life & Running said...

Wow that quote. What words to keep tucked away inside your mind.

RooBabs said...

Go Cardinals! Wahoo!

Congrats on the weight loss. I figure losing weight makes you faster, because you have less weight to carry. It's like wearing a weighted vest to train, then when you race, you feel lighter, so you go faster. Right? 48 by 48- that's a great goal.

That book sounds really great. I like to read inspirational stuff like that. I love the stories they have in Runner's World of runners who overcome challenges- like the guy who had part of his leg amputated so he could run. Crazy stuff. It really makes you appreciate your own life and what you have.

Anonymous said...

Weigh to go on the weight loss! Keeping away from another streak, eh!