Running 8.0 Miles In Waterville, Maine

This morning we walked down back with Bennie and I have to go this way for my long run, however, conditions down there were too bad, even for me to run through there.

Then we tried to go the other direction

This was the other direction, not any better!

It wasn’t any better, if anything a little worse. We talked it over and decided it would be better for me to go run in town. Now I don’t really like running in Waterville during the week – too much traffic for me, but today I knew that it was going to be a lot safer than trying the Rail-Trail in Augusta or going down back here at home.  So I went in and parked at Shaw’s Supermarket (gotta love the name-wish I was related) and got ready for my run.

As you can see by the screen shot of the map it covered a lot of the ground around Waterville.

Some of the sidewalks were not in the best shape a lot of ice in some places, so I tried to stay on the wider main roads, which meant dealing with more traffic. No the traffic is not like running in a big city, but it is a lot more busy than my country roads. The wind tunnel in front of the Alfond Center was pretty tough and then the hill going into Colby almost got me, but I made it to the top. I never went very fast, but just maintained a nice steady pace, most of the way.

I drove back over the course and took some pictures with my iPhone 3G, so I apologize about the quality ahead of time.

It was really just a good comfortable run that felt good. However, I don’t plan to do it very often, I am not a big fan of running with so much traffic.

I did weigh myself after the run was over came in at 163 W00Hoo. Haven’t weighed that since November 2000. This is how I used to always weigh myself, right after a run – now I usually do it first thing in the morning. Almost seemed like cheating 😉 – almost.

Quality of Run: Very good LSD run
Time of Run: 11:45 A.M.
Temp:  Car said 25F — Fred’s Coffee said 34F – It felt more like 25 definitely.
Weather: Sunshine and winds 15-20 mph out of N

Day 30 of Janathon 🙂

Joey’s World, Chapter Two, For Love of Joey

You may remember Joey, the chosen one, from my earlier post describing how Joey came to be a part of our household.

Joey knows that he is the chosen one.

He is the only cat able to launch himself up to the top of the cupboards to sleep. Joey is the only cat able to jump onto the stackable washer/dryer to perch in the laundry basket up top.  He is the only cat that waits for the dryer door to open so he can bask in the warmth and comfort of the just-tumbled clothes.

Sneaking In the Closet

Joey is also the only cat that sneaks into our closet to eat the dry cat food.  The other cats will run the other way when we open the closet door.  Not Joey.  When he hears the closet door, he comes running.  If we are in a hurry, we don’t always notice when he slips inside.  Joey has spent a couple hours in that closet more than once.

Just this weekend, Joey’s brother, Domino (the tuxedo cat on the left above), kept going to the closet door.  I scolded him and thought his behavior odd.  I finally opened the door to find that Joey had been in the closet for hours.  He ate a big hole in the cat food bag.  I didn’t find a shred of paper anywhere from that hole.  He must have eaten the paper.  I have no clue how much food he ate, but he ran for the cat box as soon as I opened the door!

Cat-Proof Latches

We are probably one of the few households with childproof latches on our kitchen cupboards because of cats and not children.  For some strange reason that only a cat would understand, our cats want to go under the kitchen sink to ‘nest’.  While under the sink, the cats do other things that I am not too happy about.  Hence, we installed latches!

Because we now had latches, I began to store the pet treats under the sink.  I thought I was being smart, but Joey again showed his cleverness.  The latches will allow the door to open a couple inches.  Joey manages to open the door just enough to grab things.  One day he grabbed the soft dog treats and hauled them out.  Joey ate a hole through the plastic bag and ate all the treats.  The bag had been more than half full.

How does he survive?

Sometimes I am amazed that Joey has survived all this!  The treats are treats for a reason.  If we ate an entire box of chocolates, I don’t think we would feel very good.  Joey must be working on life number eight and three quarters of his nine lives!!

Once again I had to make an adjustment for my oh so clever cat.  I had to go out and get some sturdy Tupperware boxes to store the treats.  At least when Joey hauls one of the boxes out of the cupboard now, he isn’t able to eat anything.

The things we do for our pets!

Night and Morning Routine

Every night when Harold and I go to bed, we make sure that all the cats are on the other side of the bedroom door for the night.  We have learned this the hard way.  Many a night we have been awakened at an ungodly hour by one of the cats either scratching at the door to get out or howling to join the others.  If they are on the other side, they are content.  Or, I should say, they are content until it is morning.

Every morning when Harold and I wake up is a ritual for the two boys, Dommie and Joey.  As soon as Domino hears us talking, he rattles the bedroom door and meows.  This behavior escalates with Domino removing the door strip and hauling the small bedroom area rug out from under the door and into the living room.  Then we hear Joey.

Joey has his own routine.  He jumps up on the mantle over the fireplace.  I will hear him knocking over the family photos and other mantle trinkets.  He goes to the end of the mantle closest to our bedroom door.  He scratches at the painting hanging on the wall.  The painting is an original done by one of Harold’s ancestors.  It is of a nineteenth century farming area.  Joey thinks that if he attacks the painting, he might find a way into our bedroom.

I keep thinking that some morning, Harold and I will wake up and find Joey gone.  We will turn to look at the painting and find a black cat in the farmyard!

The reality is that

Joey may be a rascal, but he is a loving rascal.

Every time I drive into the yard from the grocery store or errands, I will glance at the bedroom window.  I will see Joey’s golden eyes peering out at me, welcoming me home.

Joey is always there waiting for me.

I can’t imagine how dull life would be without Joey.

For Guys Only – Ladies You Won’t Be Interested

Sorry ladies this post will be about as interesting to you, as your posts about bras, panties, capris or make-up are to me :-).

However, if your guy has problems with chafing – read on.

Also don’t plan on me modeling this product on my blog, I definitely am not a male model and I don’t believe too many people are interested in seeing this old fart in some underwear – it would not be a pretty site, besides I am rather modest ;-).

Last week I was complaining about my compression shorts chafing me, after my long run in my RunLog blog post, last Monday, which I linked in my DailyMile entry and I got this Tweet.

Skeptical at first

Now I had seen Ruez underwear being talked about on Twitter before and had even gone to the website to see what people were talking about. When I saw the product I just thought the product was a hoot and only a gimmick to make your “junk” look bigger and more appealing to whoever you were trying to impress.  I didn’t really give it a second thought.

However, after reading Chris’ tweet, I looked at the product review closer and saw it wasn’t a joke and that it was supposed to help guys with chafing issues. Which is a pretty serious problem for many of us guys. Chafing while I run and hike has always been a huge problem for me (ranging from painful to a bloody mess) and I don’t like using creams or vaseline type products down there — they are just usually too messy, many of these products also have ingredients that I prefer not use on my body or just plain don’t work.

I was getting fairly desperate to find a solution, because chafing is a pain in the ass and other places, which definitely affects how us guys enjoy running and other activities.

Why not take Chris up on his offer and try a pair. What did I have to lose everything else that I had tried hadn’t worked and so I agreed to try a pair of Ruez Performance Pouch Boxer Underwear out.

First Impression

I got them in the mail on Saturday and when I opened up the wrapper, I showed them to my wife and she laughed at them and said “Those are too short, they will never work and you have to put what into that hole – there were lots of shall we say, off-color, bordering on rather crude comments about that! 🙂

At that point I tended to agree with her. I looked the underwear over and yes the workmanship was well done, seams were straight and the material felt good. But the “pouch” area for your junk, just seemed a little overdone.

Changing my mind

However, when I tried them on, I immediately found out how comfortable  they were. Believe it or not guys like soft too, especially for underwear (at least this one does). I am not into having sandpaper cloth against my stuff thank you.

The cut is such that my legs did not rub together, which surprised me, because they looked too short when I first looked at them. When I put them on they were damn comfortable and rather flattering – hehehee. I figured I might as well try them on my 5.0 miler and see if they would chafe or not – the worst that could happen would be I would cut my run short and change into my old compression shorts.

I didn’t have to!

Once I got them on, situated and I got over laughing with my wife about how I had to put my stuff through the hole in the underwear pouch, they were actually quite comfortable.

When I started running in them, I was pleasantly surprised – no chafing, my stuff stayed in place (usually I am grabbing at my compression gear and re-arranging things because they are uncomfortable or shift) and my thighs didn’t get that rub rash that I get when I don’t protect them correctly. I was definitely able to focus more on running, than getting myself comfortable down there. At no time during the 5.0 mile did I feel uncomfortable or feel like anything was chafing.

This was the first long run in a long time, that I didn’t have problems with chafing – so I was impressed.

Sunday, I did a fast for me 3.2 mile run and again – no problems.

Monday I ran over 8.0 miles and this is usually the distance when my compression shorts start to chafe down there and really bother me during the run and after. I tend to get rub rashes from the material in my nether regions after about 6.0 miles. Today I ran comfortably and didn’t think about my stuff or chafing, I just ran. Which is what I want to do – just run without worrying about chafing or continually rearranging things in the nether regions.

They Work

I am not easily impressed by clothing, especially underwear, it is simply something I wear to keep my stuff in place and some other reasons that we all know about, but don’t admit to (male or female). However, I am very impressed so far with the Performance Pouch Underwear from Ruez!

This is one of those times that, I am going to go out on a limb and after only wearing something for such a short time. From this short wear-test, I have a feeling that the Ruez underwear are part of the solution to my chafing problem.

The reality is that

I was skeptical, when I first saw the ads for Ruez Performance Underwear and how they worked I laughed about them. Hell when I first saw them in my hands looking at them I was still skeptical. However, I am not skeptical anymore and the only question I have now, is not how they work to stop my chafing, but how long will they last. They are a quality product, but even quality will only last so long, when you use it a lot.

They definitely will be my go-to undergarment for my long runs! Gotta save those babies for when I really need them, until there are some more pairs in my dresser drawers.

Now that I have worn them running a few times, I am plotting about how I can con get my family to buy me some more. I think I will hint around for some on Father’s Day :-). These will probably be pretty well-worn out by then.

The Performance Pouch Underwear are not cheap at $30.00 a pair, but that is right in line with the price or cheaper than I have paid for compression shorts that don’t work nearly as well.

These are simply something that you actually have to wear and use. The pictures and descriptions do not, let you appreciate how well they actually do work in the real world.

To answer the other question that someone will ask. Yes, they are comfortable for wearing besides for running and they do “enhance” how your bulge looks if that is something you want. Personally I could care less about that, but it might be important to those of you who want to impress somebody ;-).

FTC Disclaimer – I was provided these products free of charge to review them on my blog and received no other forms of compensation to do this review. My opinions about this product are my honest observations, based upon my experience while I am using this product.