Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Gaining Perspective from a Blog Sideline?

So last night, while I struggled with "Blogger", trying to fix my SideBar information, I got an unexpected lesson in perspective with regards to my run workouts.

You see, my run on Sunday was pretty darn miserable as runs go. The course was hilly and I wasn't feeling very well. It felt hard!! My "Inner Whiner" was really making herself known and as I crossed the finish line in 39:50, I didn't even think about the time... I simply acknowledged that I had a hard run and figured my legs were dead from the 28-mile bike ride the day before.

Then as I struggled to fix my Blog Sideline - I saw something that left me DUMBFOUNDED.

April 1 - Cherry Blossom 5K - 40:55 (flat course)

April 30 - Vienna Elem 5K - 39:50 (hilly course)

I managed to take a full minute off my current pace in 30 days time ... on a Hilly Course while still on Inteferon.

D'oh .. Perhaps I am doing better than I thought with the tempo run workouts. And in all likelihood in 8 weeks time, after a month without Inteferon, my race times will begin to settle back in to the land of sub-11 minute miles.

If I hadn't been so wrapped up in how bad I felt, I might have realized that was a pretty good race day!

It is all a matter of perspective....
****Melanoma FACTS for Today ....

- Melanoma is currently the sixth most common cancer in American men and the seventh most common in American women.

- The risk of melanoma increases with age. The risk of developing melanoma is 88 times greater after age 15. Melanoma among children is extremely rare.

•- It is the second most common cancer in women between the ages of 20 and and the LEADING CAUSE OF CANCER DEATH IN WOMAN AGES 25 to 30!!

*Risk factors for nonmelanoma and melanoma skin cancers include:

- unprotected and/or excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation
- fair complexion
- occupational exposures to coal tar, pitch, creosote, arsenic compounds, or radium
- family history
- multiple or atypical moles
- severe sunburns as a child


Amazon Alanna said...

Wow, I'm going to look at my tar based psoriasis shampoo in a whole new light...or is that TMI?

I'm impressed with your new perspective...it's amazing how things that are right in front of your face sometimes don't get noticed. Amazing. Great job!

nancytoby said...


Plus you're getting FASTER!!! WOO HOO!!!!

Cliff said...

:)...I hope u enjoy hill running. I recently got into it hill running this season. It felt great. I don't go fast but i do enjoy going hard uphill then taking a break going down and pushing it back up again.

Thanks for the reminder of skin cancer. Suntan lotion is definintely in order for summer training.

XF-15DCC said...

If you don’t mind, I’m going to copy and paste your facts so the Squadron Safety NCO can put it in his 101 critical days of summer brief so the troops get the word. I have sun protection written in to my safety brief just so people don’t get a burn and turn whiney on me. Never thought about plugging the risk of cancer. Your info may reach 800 + people in my Squadron.

From the beer stand


Holly said...

I don't mind at ALL! Spread the Word!!! That is the big GOAL!

Dawn - Pink Chick said...

The sidebar menu area will drop to the bottom like that when you have pictures that exceed the max width of your main posting area. It can be fixed in one of two ways.
1)reduce the size of picture and upload again or add width="450" to the image tag.
2)change width of your main page area to accomodate wider pictures.

I discovered all this by accident as I had the same problem. I redid my template and I make sure all my pictures are smaller then 600 for width as I have a wider page layout.

PS - I looked at your code and I think the width of your main page is currently 483.