Friday, January 30, 2009

Here we go Steelers here we go!

Not going to be a long post today. As I'm sure most of my friends, and everyone who's read this little corner of the Interwebs, knows, I'm a Steelers fan.

I was born just a few miles from Three Rivers Stadium. I grew up rooting for the Steelers, even during the five years I lived in Chicago. I haven't lived in the 'Burgh for more than a decade, but wherever I was I searched out the Steelers bars to watch the games with other Terrible Towel-waving fans of the Black and Gold.

I do not, however, put the "fan" in fanatical. I do not plan my life around games. In fact, I missed most of the second half of the Steelers' AFC championship game to attend the Bloggerational Ball two Sunday's ago. When it comes to games like the championship my theory has always been "If they win I get to watch the next game. If they lose, I didn't want to watch anyway."

Not in a sour grapes kind of way, rather in a it'll hurt like pulling a big Band-Aid off kind of way. And, in this case, I got to see the end of the game at The Reef and watch all the dejected Ravens' fans walk out with hangdog looks on their faces.

But this Sunday the Steelers go for their sixth NFL championship in seven tries. More than any other team. Ever. You can bet you ass I'll be watching.

Running Update
Despite the amazingly horrible conditions Wednesday, I stuck with my schedule and hit the bricks. As I said previously, the only thing I hate more than running is running on a treadmill. No sense of accomplishment.

I did 2 miles over the icy sidewalks and slushy streets (ironically, safer than the sidewalks since they'd been cleared), again running more than walking. At one point during one little stretch I kinda-sorta forgot I hate running and was moving along with my head up and a good, long stride. As soon as I realized what I was doing I thought about throttling it back, but kept going just to see what would happen. A block or so later I settled back to a slower pace, but by choice rather than necessity.

Still having problems with a really tight lower left calf, but I think that has more to do with an atrophied muscle than anything else. The more I run, the less it'll bother me as long as I make sure to stretch it properly.

I have the same plan for this evening: run my 2-mile loop and try to run more of it than I did Wednesday.


charlotteharris said...

liking the running updates - you are rocking the sauconys!

FoggyDew said...

charlotte - Thanks. I even started a log - pencil on paper - in a very nice leather-bound journal my sister gave me for my birthday. Although slow and steady may not win the race in my case, at least I'll probably finish.

LiLu said...

I am super impressed. B and I have made an agreement to get less fat ourselves, starting Monday... thanks for the inspiration!

FoggyDew said...

LiLu - I'm super impressed you and B need to get less fat. Nevertheless, I will of course take all the credit.

Fearless in Toronto said...

Keep it up, Foggy. You may just inspire me to reintroduce myself to my Wii Fit...

Lisa said...

As a non-football person and someone who thought fantasy football was men dressing as their favorite player and then playing football with their friends in the back yard, I had no idea the season was still going.

YOU, however, I am rooting for. Keep up the good work!

FoggyDew said...

Fearless - Wii Fit Scmii Fit. When the ice age ends up there north of the border, get outside and go for a run, or play tennis or box. You and boxing would be interesting.

Lisa - I will, due to your "delicate condition" overlook the fact you are not a football fan. You could, however, start a fantasy football league just like the one you described and men would line up and pay you money.

JoLee said...

Steelers = YUCK!
Running = Good job!

FoggyDew said...

JoLee - Steelers = The beauty of the Sistine Chapel + the violence of a properly executed ambush. (former Marine, remember?)

Thanks on the running. Just got done, but more on that later.