I'm Not Dead Yet! (My Break Is Over, I Run Again!)
January 7, 2008 by Bryon Powell · 6 Comments
Happy 2008 everyone! In consideration of my previously discussed endocrine fatigue, I took a brief hiatus from running… and as tends to be the case, I also took two full weeks off with the exception of two easy 5 mile runs while I was home in New Jersey around xmas. Regarding my endocrine fatigue, I took time off and took more iron supplements than normal. I made good use of the off time as well as my current lack of a roommate by knocking out some major interior renovation projects including ripping up the tile in my landing, sanding it and polyurethaning it; refinishing my steps; and repainting my front door.
I started running again on New Years day and have run every day since. You’d have to go back to the first half of October for the last time I did that. To be honest, most of the runs haven’t been great. I’ve struggled to keep myself going and really had to go at it a half mile at a time. I felt fat and slow on the first couple runs (more than normal that is), had one run where I had to stop and walk, and then I had the past two runs. I sure didn’t feel fast or fit, but they went by quickly. What’s the secret? Hunt for the AFS runs!
By AFS, I, of course, mean American Foursquare style homes like my own. I’ve done a ton of work renovating the interior of Red Star Farms (yes, my
estate… farm … house has a name), but the outside is still in ridiculous disrepair. Everything’s got to go! As such, I’ve got lots to work with when deciding what my house will eventually look like. To get ideas, I’m looking around at other AFSs in Arlington to see how they tend to be styled around here. Unfortunately, there aren’t very many of them around here to use as examples. To be fair, there are a TON of AFSs… they just all happen to be WWII era brick buildings, that don’t serve as a good example… even though my house is “brick.” The picture below lies – my house is NOT brick, it is a wood-frame house with ugly asphalt in a brick pattern over wood clapboard. I aim to change that.
Fun Run 1 -7.75 miles
AFSs – 9
Metal Roofs – 1 full, 2 porch roofs (both on AFSs)
Solar Panels – 1
Fun Run 2 – 4.88 miles
AFSs – 5 (though 2 were more colonial looking)
Metal Roofs – 2
Solar Panels – 0