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February 27, 2006

Limp a marathon?

My ankle still hurts when I walk, but it sure feels better than on Saturday. I still have a bit of a limp, but I can almost walk a full, normal stride without wincing in pain. I hope by the end of the week I'll be walking like normal again. I don't know how long I should wait before I start running again though.

February 25, 2006

Ouch.

I went running this morning, at least 10 miles, and I'm walking around with a limp now. I think what I thought was some minor lower leg pain is actually a sprained ankle. My ankle is killing me right now. I'm going to take it easy for a couple of weeks, maybe walk at the team trainings and ride my bike the rest of the time. Not sure yet until I talk to my coach. I'm very much bummed out.

After my workout this morning I went into work to host some prospective graduate students. It is fun to meet new people, talk about geeky chemistry stuff. I got a free lunch out of the deal too.

February 23, 2006

Birthday Run

I went for a run on my birthday with the team. I ran 7, maybe 8 miles (I lost count). My ankle started to bother me towards the end of the run. It was some goofy lower leg muscles that never get used on a bike screaming out in pain. Tonight I went on a bike ride out to Winters again. It was much warmer than last time, about 46°F on the way back.

February 22, 2006

Happy Birthday To Me

Today is my birthday. I turn 25. For some reason I feel like 25 sounds much older than all my previous ages. All birthday gifts may be donated to my Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fundraiser. I don't need anything (unless you are a dental surgeon, then let's talk).

I ran 8.5 miles Saturday morning, and tried to go running on Monday night at the gym, which was closed for President's Day. Last night I gave a presentation on my research to my research group. I'll be going for another long run tonight in Sacramento.

The generosity of everyone's donations is very comforting. Thank you all, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I feel like I (and you!) am actually making a difference.

February 17, 2006

Bicicle (bicycle+icicle) ride

I spoke with my coach yesterday and told him I was having knee pains, and asked about replacing one of my workouts each week with a bike ride. Being a cyclist himself, he thought that it was a great idea! Tonight I replaced my running workout with a bike ride. I rode out to Winters with the Davis Bike Club. It is about 30 miles round trip and it was very, very cold. My thermometer says it is 41.4°F outside right now. Being the cheapskate I am, I don't own a pair of leg warmers, so I was doing it all with shorts. I've finally warmed up, and I'm feeling much better now. On the plus side, I didn't have to ice my knees when I got home. They were already iced!

I had a consultation with the oral surgeon earlier today to discuss the removal of my wisdom teeth.

It was not really a pleasant experience. They didn't have my x-rays from my other dentist, so I had to ride my bike down to the other dental office (maybe 2 miles away) and get the x-rays so they didn't have to radiate my head again. After two hours talking to various support staff that weren't able to answer any of my questions, I finally got to see the doctor. I had already missed the seminar I wanted to go to at that point. He started talking to me about how I would use up all my ATP if I got freaked out during surgery, which was very cool of him. He answered all of my questions honestly (except anything relating to money). After the doctor left some lady came in to teach me how to swallow and close my mouth. She used a vocabulary and tone suitable for a toddler, which was rather annoying.

After that I got shuffled off to the dental loan shark. She told me how much it was going to cost and then proceeded to sell me on this CareCredit rubbish. She made it sound all wonderful, telling me there were "no fees or interest" [for the first three months]. I made a little sarcastic joke and said "so they get you to sign up and then charge you 20% interest after the first three months??" Here I figured she would get defensive and tell me about their reasonable interest rate. Instead she said (with a straight face) "yea, but I think it is actually 29%". What a scam! Any credit card I've ever had doesn't have anything near 29% interest rate, and most of the offers they mail me boast way more than three months sans interest. A quick googling confirmed my suspicions. It really is a scam!

I really want to get my teeth out, since they hurt more than not, but I left that place not a happy Dan.

February 15, 2006

McKinley Park

I went running with the team tonight at McKinley Park in Sacramento. It doesn't look as pretty as the picture. It was dark, the 'roses' were just bare branches sticking out of the mud this time of year and the bums would yell mean things at the joggers, yet it was still nice to run with other people!!


I've also been sending out more fundraising letters. My fundraising has started off well. I have collected $310 so far! Thank you Ulf, John, Dean, Ursula, Michael, Young, Lily and Sherry for your donations and kind words of support. I have a long way to go, but I have many more letters to send, and I have a couple other fundraising ideas I'm working on.

February 12, 2006

Sunday Jog

I missed the team workout on Saturday morning due to some unfortunate circumstances. I made up for it tonight though, and went running for about 70 minutes. I estimate I went 7-8 miles, but I have to admit, I got completely lost (in Davis...) so I can't figure out exactly how far I went. Running in the dark by myself is not the most exciting thing in the world. Even listening to an iPod it gets really lonely out there.

February 10, 2006

Progress

I ran five miles on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Wednesday was our team practice in Sacramento, and it was nice to have people to run with, despite the crazy traffic going into the city. My running schedule said I should take Tuesday and Friday off. Tomorrow morning should be seven miles! I timed myself on my last mile yesterday, about an 8.5 minute mile. Hopefully that will improve as I continue with my training.

February 04, 2006

While you were sleeping, I ran.

I woke up this morning at 6:00 AM to get ready to drive to Sacramento for a TNT practice. I don't usually wake up at 6:00 AM. I tend to wake up oh, around 10:00 AM or so. Despite waking up 4 hours early, I ran 6 miles no problem! I stayed near the front, but couldn't quite keep up with the two girls ahead of me past the 3rd mile.

Yesterday I asked the chemistry stockroom manager, Henry, if he had any envelopes he might donate to my letter writing campaign. He handed me a giant pile of envelopes, and with a little strategic labeling I can convert them into perfectly usable postal capsules. Look for your letters soon!

February 01, 2006

Team in Training kick off

On Saturday I went to the Team in Training kick off. It was a lot more organized than the informational meeting I spoke of earlier. I signed up to train for Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon and raise $4500 to fund The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's mission to cure blood cancers and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. I haven't decided yet which goal is more intimidating, running a marathon or the fundraising. You can help me by donating online with your credit card here.

I went to my first team practice tonight. It was cold and raining, but it was very nice to run outside with other people. I only ran about four miles. I've been suffering from all kinds of goofy aches and pains in my legs and knees since I started to run. Amazing that I can get on a bike and go, go, go, but I run a few miles and I feel like an old man.

For those interested in learning more about blood cancers here are two links: