Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Well I came home in time to watch the second half of the Arsenal v Porto match. It was a very entertaining display of football from Arsenal. They won 4-0, but it could quite easily have been 7 or 8. So different to their at the weekend in the Premier League to Hull.

Monday, September 29, 2008

A few days ago I got to see the new DeNiro and Pacino film Righteous Kill. I have always liked Robert DeNiro and of course he was great in this movie. I thought the acting was good and the story did a good job of steering you in one direction, though I did figure out the plot twist before it was revealed. Someone said to me that DeNiro and Pacino alaways play themselves, but I think they are great, so there.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

My friend Utpal is sick with the flu again, I think it's stress and he kind of agrees. We did go out and run anyway. It had rained during the night, but it was stopped by the time we went out, we just ran a few miles, nice and easy.
I bought my ticket for the UK, usually I fly direct to Manchester, but it seems there is no direct flight now. I guess it is due to schedule cut backs. Now I have to fly via London, which is a bit of a drag. So it takes a bit longer I am used to that, at least the ticket did not cost too much.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

The morning was a little misty, well there was a light misty rain as I went out the door.There were just the usual stalwart runners out at the 2 mile race. I started of about the same as always and felt good throughout the race. Sitting back in 7th place I went through the first mile in 7:08 and finished strong in 14:17 and was quite satisfied with that. I am managing to maintain good times for my 2 mile races. there will of course be a break since I have a 24 hour race next week.

Friday, September 26, 2008

We have not had one for a while, but it one of those rainy days in New York. A nice steady rain that started last night and is continuing through the day. It sort of reminds me of how the Autumn begins, in the past it has been the change, between the Sun and heat of the summer.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Hiccups are interesting things they are not completely incapacitating, but they can be very annoying. I have not had them for quite a while, but I did yesterday afternoon and this afternoon, for about 5 minutes each time. I find that if I relax my breathing a little it does not take too long for them to go away.
I had a short but very powerful run this afternoon, it felt really good.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Yes it's Wednesday and I have been full of energy all day. Actually my metabolism has been going pretty fast and I seemed to be hungry a lot, but when I ate I got energy.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

One of my favourite TV shows is back for it's 3rd season. Last night NBC aired the first 2 episodes of the new season of Hero's. I of course got to watch them online this afternoon when I finished my run after work. I think it was a good start.
There is a mosque in my neighbourhood and usually in the morning I see the local worshipers walking to morning prayers. It is still dark and I do not hear the call to prayer as I walk on.

Monday, September 22, 2008

My run this afternoon marked the 5th month that I have not missed a day of running. My philosophy is to just feel when I want to go out and run and unless it's a race day, not have any preconceived idea of how far I will run. In this way I find I totally enjoy my running and when I run every day my body is happy to run. I am very happy with how my running is going right now.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

A beautiful fall morning greeted us as we set out for our run. It was time for us to start doing our runs out to Shea stadium. It is the first time since the Spring that we have done this run. In the middle of the run I started feeling like I was really hungry and losing energy, despite that fact that I eaten a granola bar before leaving the house. I tried to ignore it and it went away. We maintained what I thought was a good pace for us. Stopping on the way back for our traditional Hot Chocolate, it was the longest run since the marathon in August.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

With a temperature of only 52F, the conditions were nice and cool for the 2 mile race. I had been feeling a little off the last couple of days, but was still optimistic. At the start it felt like I was running slow, but I was up there with the leaders so I knew I was not. I settled into 5th place and just after the first mile in 7:07 was passed by the first placed woman. I stayed with her and passed her going up the one hill on the course. She passed me back and I tried to stay with her for the rest of the race. As I approached the clock I saw that it had just passed 14 minutes and crossed the line in 14:11, my second fastest time in 3 years.

Friday, September 19, 2008

The first fall after we moved into the house I currently live in, I noticed some Autumn crocus ( Colchicum ) in one corner of the front garden. Well it is that time of the year and they are on display. There is a group of 7 of them a sort of purple/pink colour.
The temperature, for the first time since the Spring did not make it up to 70 F. There is a noticeable change in the season..

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Almost 30 years ago I was given a book called " The Way of a Pilgrim and the Pilgrim continues his way". I was sorting through some of my things the other day and found it. It calls itself a spiritual classic from Russia. Well I started reading it again and it is very inspiring.
The weather has turned very fall like, it is cool enough in the mornings now that I am thinking of wearing a light coat.
I didn't mention, but my friend Sadhak got a gig this past weekend out on Long Island and he actually got paid. It was a private function organized by a library out there. He has a chance of another one.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The last couple of days there has been evidence at work that there is a Raccoon about, we have not seen one all summer.So of course we put out the Havaheart trap out and this morning there she was. We have noticed that the females are quite docile when captured, with the males being quite aggressive when they see you. So it is time for our Fedex guys to take her to freedom land

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

We all use some kind of machine these days and they can be quite useful. However when they go wrong they can be a pain. One of the machines I use at work decided it wanted a rest , but as it did so it created another problem. The guy who fixes our machines when we cannot do it ourselves was really busy at the time, so that caused a little delay.
The afternoon has become quite overcast and looking like rain, but nothing has fallen as yet

Monday, September 15, 2008

As I left for work at 5:20 this morning I noticed a very bright Moon in the sky. It allowed me to see that the sky was blue, with a few white puffy clouds.
whatever gave me the sore throat yesterday seems to have gone as there was nothing this morning..
We seem to be in a warm spell at the moment, with temperatures reaching into the 80's F, but more cooler weather is on it's way.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Woke up with a sore throat this morning, but other than that I was fine. Met Utpal on the corner at the usual time. It was cool but quite humid. We ran the 10k loop at a relaxed pace. It was suggested that we maybe go out again in the afternoon. but by the afternoon I did not feel I wanted to run a second time.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

The conditions for the 2 mile race this week were the same as last week. It rained overnight, was cool but humid in the morning. This week I had a couple of familiar runners in the race and this helped me with my pace. I was 2 seconds faster through the first mile 7:0, but 2 seconds slower in the second mile. So my finish time was the same 14:27. I am happy that I am consistent.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Last night I couldn't decide if I was going to go to work this morning for just a few hours, or take a day off. Well I slept really well and woke up an hour later than usual, so the decision was made for me.
I went out for a nice run in the morning, it was cool and overcast. I then filled out and mailed my application for a 24 hour race the first weekend in October. I have a couple of friends who have gone up to Ottawa for a 24 hour race this weekend, which I had thought of doing, but didn't really have a ride up there so decided not to.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Seven years ago today I was flying on a plane from Europe to New York. When we got withing about 3 hours of our destination we were told something had happened and we would be returning to Vienna. I spent the next 4 days in a hotel there watching everything unfold from afar. It was very strange for me to return to New York on September 15, the first plane to arrive in JFK. I have never flown into an airport that is completely quiet. Also seeing the plume of smoke rising from lower Manhattan as we made our approach was very eerie.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

I have just watched the England football team beat Croatia 4-1 in their World Cup qualifier in Zagreb. They completely controlled the game and should have had more than 4 goals. It seems like they finally played the way coach Capello wants them to. It is the first time that Croatia have been beaten at home ever. I guess the media will now begin to believe in the new coach.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

There was some rain this morning and into the afternoon, temp's stayed cool only reaching 71F.
The new laptop is up and running and I have to say it is pretty lively, still have a lot of things to do to make run the way I want it, but I really like it.
Managed to get in a nice run this afternoon and I must say my legs felt pretty lively too. So all in all it's been a good day.

Monday, September 08, 2008

A very nice day here in New York, it's beginning to feel a little fall like.
A few days ago I decided to upgrade my laptop, so I bought an Acer Extensa from Newegg. Well it arrived at lunchtime, I will take a little time to set it up. I am very happy with just the look of it.
Because of the crazy weather on Saturday, the US Open Men's final is happening today. I am watching it as I write this post. Andy Murray, who is in his first Grand slam final, is not having a good match against Roger Federer. Having lost the first set 6-2 and it's 4-4 in the second.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Tropical storm Hanna, which what was left of hurricane Hanna hit around 3 pm yesterday. It was pretty heavy for a couple of hours. but then became just a steady rain. By this morning it was nice for my Sunday run. However Utpal is suffering from a late summer cold, so we just ran what I call my 5k loop. Which was fine with me since I was still feeling sore from the race yesterday.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

There was some rain overnight so of course it was humid this morning ( so what's new!). The race field was small this week, only about 20 runners. I was in fact in third place at one time early on, getting passed by 3 runners ( one of them the first woman finisher) about half way through. I tried to use them to keep my pace. I went through the first mile in 7:08. It was hard to breath with the humidity at 91%, but I held on as well as I could. My finishing time was 14:27, second best this year. So my fitness is still good.

Friday, September 05, 2008

It is hurricane season here in the US, well mainly down south. Last weekend Gustav went through down there, this weekend it's Hanna, which is then coming up the coast towards New York. Today it is already affecting the weather, increasing the humidity, that is counteracted by increased winds that make it feel cooler when outside.
I watched the England U21 team beat the Portugal U21 team 2-0 this afternoon. Gabriel Agbonlahor scored a great second goal and Micheal Kightly of Wolves got to come on for the last few minutes.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

I have discovered that I can watch the US Open on my computer. So the last couple of days I have watched some tennis before going out for my run and than watched a little in the evening. So far I have watched 2 Federer matches, 1 each Djokovic and Murray and part of the Williams siste 1/4 final.
It has been much warmer the last few days and today more humid. If it was not so cool in the mornings it would almost be like a regular August.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

I don't know why, maybe a throw back to the raw food thing, but I had a salad for breakfast and salad for lunch today. I felt pretty good and the day went by quickly at work.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Part of the process of buying my Grandfather's farm in Croatia was to take citizenship to avoid taxes. Well I was told at the weekend that on January 1st 2009, a new law comes into force that eliminates that need. My original plan was to purchase the farm in the new year, but thought maybe I could do it sooner. Now if I wait 3 months I can save time and bother.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Labor Day here in the US, so no work. This meant that I got to go out for a morning run for the third day in a row. It was quite cool and I just ran a couple of easy miles.
The day has been sunny and warm and unusually quiet.
My friend Sadhak called me late morning yesterday to say he had a gig at the cafe just around the corner from me. So I joined a medium sized crowd around 6:30pm and drank Jasmin tea while listening to about an hours.
Oh by the way did I mention that after winning 5-1 this weekend, Wolves moved to the top of the Championship. It is only 4 games into the season.