Friday, July 10, 2009

Ode to my husband...


Well sort of...since I don't really know what an Ode is or how to write one. Well ok, I kind of do. I mean I did graduate with a degree that kind of had to do with writing. I'm just really not creative enough tonight because this office is currently posing as a sauna it's so freakin' hot in here. (WHY? WHY? Why must my upstairs be 30 degrees hotter than the lower level? I promise you in one day...no...over the course of 10 minutes, I can be downstairs with a sweatshirt on covered with a blanket shivering and then sitting upstairs at my computer in a tank top and shorts typing and dripping sweat. It makes no sense.) I can just feel the heat making my brain a little slooooooooow.

But I do want to give credit where credit is due. In fact, sorely over due. So tonight I write about The Superhero (author's note: I would actually prefer to use the words "The Stud" but since I am well aware of a fellow running mamma who affectionately refers to her husband in her own blog as The Stud, I'm pretty sure that would be a petty form of plagarism. Plus I am not looking to start some sort of Stud War. So instead I've solicited all my friends on Facebook and Twitter and Superhero is what we've come up with. Thanks Erskien!) That would be his picture up there on the left and I would happen to be married to him and I know what you're thinking..."yeah, yeah, blah, blah...he's your husband and therefore you are unduly biased." But hold onto your jelly donuts for just a second folks. Give me one paragraph (or maybe two. It is rare that I am not longwinded despite my best efforts) to state my case.

For starters, there was the knee surgery two Fridays ago. Ollie had a torn meniscus and some arthritis because of chondromalacia that needed to be cleaned up under the knee cap. (Ok I don't know exactly what all that means, but I can tell you that it was causing a great deal of pain) Unfortunately for him the tear has been nagging at him for quite some time. It happened back in May on his 2nd attempt at running after a pretty nice hiatus in preparation for the Chicago Marathon. After suffering through for a month and half, the doc finally got in there and took care of some things. Since then, The Superhero, has been biking because he is still planning on Chicago and since he can't exactly get to running again just yet, he's using the bike to get his cardio up to snuff and strengthen some of those leg muscles in the mean time. But by biking I don't mean a casual little coast through the gorgeous park trails I like to run on, nor do I mean of the motorized variety. No, this dude, just this morning, pedalled himself 30 miles, at an average of 15 mph on a hilly course. Um...not too bad for a guy I've only seen on a bike once in the 7 years we've been married and then, you know, the whole KNEE SURGERY thing. Oh and did I mention he's been doing this (although varying distances and speeds) 5 days a week since the surgery and getting up at 4AM to get it done before work? So there's that.

Secondly, he's recently had a promotion at work (at which btw he is kicking some major A double S at) so he's had a bit of extra work to do as of late getting used to the new territory and all. Then, right in the middle it last week, he also had to turn into Mr. Mom with me being sick. There were dishes, housecleaning, taking care of the kiddos and the whole sha-bang. And even since I've been back on my feet, The Superhero has continued to lend a hand in the most appreciated of ways (emptying the dishwasher in the morning, making Miss M her morning bottle, taking Chloe for her late night trip to the bathroom, etc. While these may seem like little things to some of you, for me, every time The Superhero takes on one of these seemingly minor tasks it's like a breath of fresh air after you've been running on a sidewalk in some urban downtown area next to the get to work morning rush and you've been sucking on fumes...in other words I LOVE IT! The fresh air part I mean, not the sucking on fumes)

So that my friends is why I have devoted this blog post this evening to The Superhero. And I hope you will all join me for just a brief second or two and leave him a comment about his Awesomeness as he will surely stumble across this post at some time or another and be pleasantly surprised (and perhaps say a load of my laundry will neatly wind up cleaned and folded in my drawers...ahh...one can dream right?).

On another note, I've got some big stuff coming for you in upcoming posts...one major announcement and a running product review that could be revolutionary (at least for me) and I promise to hold nothing back in my critique. You'll be getting the good, bad and ugly (and no, nobody has sent me free running products to review on the sheer hope that it might possibly end up in a runfastmommy blog post. Not yet anyway, ;-) The gu post I made just recently has earned me some new friends and we've been chatting a bit about electrolyte replacement and well...the rest you'll have to hear following the field test on my 14miler Sunday. See the lengths I go to for you all...I'm sacrificing my very own long run with possibly disastrous consequences to test out a product for you (well that and I figure it's better to try this stuff out now than on a 20 miler but that's beside the point.) It's for you. I do it all for you! Stay tuned for the results...

'Til next time...

PS. Don't forget about the free tech shirts they're giving away at Racevine. If you can review 10 races (marathons, 1/2s, or tris) send me an email at runfastmommy@gmail.com and I'll forward you the contact info to get a shirt. I just heard my shirt is on the way soon. YAY! How I love free stuff! Oh and here's two more of my reviews if you want to check them out to get an idea of what you need to do: Detroit Free Press Marathon, Martian 1/2 Marathon



3 comments:

Kelly's runner said...

Ollie,

Great job on the overall awesomeness in so many areas. Kudos for getting on the bike and not giving up on your marathon plans.

Congrats on your promotion at work and a special thanks for helping Kelly when she wasn't feeling well.

I have been going through some serious runfastermommy withdrawl pains while Kelly was sick so not only did you do a nice thing for your wife, but also provided a public service to her readers :)

Good luck with your training and folding that laundry....

B.o.B. said...

very sweet ode to your hubby. i'll definitely be swinging by for your review. i have been posting links of reviews lately.

runnanna said...

Way to tough it out ollie! You'll be back at it in no time! Even better with that new knee! Now if you could just solve the mosquito problem on trail, you'd be super hero to us all. But maybe at your blazing speed, bugs aren't an issue! Glad to know that Kelly has some real support to help her meet her goals. It means a lot.