Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Week In Review

Not much to review. Let's see, there was a Monday afternoon appointment with an oral surgeon to check out a small cyst I had on my tongue for about 6 month that my family doctor told me to get a second opinion on. The oral surgeon said that it looked like a benign lesion from possibly biting my tongue or scalding it. Thought it wasn't cancerous and recommended against biopsy unless I felt otherwise. I told the doc that I trusted his judgement and asked him to remove it. Which he promptly did under local anaesthesia. Couple of snip snips and the nurse was putting some compression on the tongue to stop the bleeding. By the way, tongue bleeds a lot.

I should have probably just quit for the day after that little adventure but decided against better judgement and went out for a 7 mile run because the schedule called for it. I'm not saying that I caught a bug at the doctor's office but hind site being 20/20, I did a 20 miler on Saturday, stressed the body out again Monday and then went for a run. I'm sure my immune system was already depressed and here I was, making it worse. So, long story short, I am going through the full phase of a minor cold, from slight fever to runny nose to a sore throat. Here I am Sunday afternoon and I still don't feel right.

I'm hoping to start next week right back on schedule. After all, October 11th doesn't sound that far away anymore.

In regards to my last post, my niece Terri from Madison, Wisconsin has informed me that she will train for the Mad City Marathon next may and asked if I'll run it with her. Of course, I accepted her invitation. I'm not saying my running has rubbed off towards Madison but it's cool that more of my family are getting into it.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Running as a Role Model

How do you know your running is rubbing off someone else?

While speaking to my Mom in Chicago yesterday (as it was my birthday and all) she casually mentioned that my older brother went and ran a 5K race on Sunday as part of Chicago's annual Korean Fest. So the Jon Walk in me went and checked out how he did. 28:52. Not too shabby for a first timer. He's 3 years older than me and he never commented once on my running despite my trips to Chicago to run the half marathon and my heat stroked Chicago Marathon a few years ago. I might have to put it on the calendar to go run this 5K with him next year.

How do you know whether your actions make significant impressions on your kids?

My daughter has joined the College Park Cross Country team. Since late June, she's been getting up at 5:30 AM to go to College Park to train. Allison is a night owl so I know how hard getting up that early is. She has some talent and speed so hopefully, she can make first team. We'll see. My son suffers from Asthma and allergies and has been in treatment for a few years. He asked to help him survive Cross Country at Knox this coming Fall and has been running with me since early summer. He can run - walk 4 miles quite easily now. He's probably going to be one of the slowest guys but I admire his dedication. When I was his age, I don't think I'd have dared to do anything like that.

I've never asked them to run. Such is life.