Rest-ish day / Nag – Why don’t you go give blood?

I’m ahead of schedule for the week’s training (Three miles ahead and one extra day of running), so today’s a rest day. Sort of. Even though hearing about Jeff’s flying run last night. RBF, y’all rock – every day, at least someone has a phenomenal run, which is incentive to get back out there.

The one thing I will nag y’all about is donating blood **. The clockwork blood drive at NUWC was today; I donated. Cheap way to lose a pound, and the red blood cells will be reconstituted out of other parts of my body assuming I don’t break down and get another Squishy (Icee, Slurpee – term is from the Simpsons) or otherwise compensate by extra eating. Here’s the Red Cross’ site. It’s also a great way to get a health update – BP was like 108/70, thanks to a month and a half of running. Only took an hour from walking in the door until walking out after cookies and juice.

I will probably go for an easy swim tonight. Though I cleaned out the part of the basement dedicated to bikes last night, and did an assessment of what needs to be done to the family’s five bikes (My beauty road bike, my beater road bike, my beater mountain bike, Missy’s hybrid, and Jake’s tiny bike) prior to spring. Although the rains have washed much of the sand off the roads, and I may be sorely tempted to log a quick 15 or 20 miles on Saturday.

** The reason I nag is that I’ve had a couple of FOAF (Friends of a Friend) whose lives have been saved by donated blood. I understand that not everyone can give, too, and apologize in advance if for whatever reason you can’t.

8 thoughts on “Rest-ish day / Nag – Why don’t you go give blood?”

  1. thanks for the mention, bill!

    and you’re right, it’s awesome that someone in the RBF is always having a good day, so there’s plenty of inspiration to go around!

  2. I can’t give blood because I once swallowed an entire aquarium full of sea monkeys. My fear is that they’re still in there, thriving in my bloodstream, throwing their little beach balls around and folding up their little chairs.

    Excellent reminder.

  3. This is soooo creepy….or maybe it’s synchronicity. :) Prior to reading blogs today, I made an appointment for tomorrow to go and donate blood! This is something I procrastinate about terribly … I’m a self-admitting wimp when it comes to needles and blood (not so much cookies, though), so me overcoming my Blood Donor fear has been a big deal. Excellent post and reminder.

    Hope you have those sea monkeys on some sort of swim drill program, Chris!

  4. Good nagging. I think I’m almost over the flu enough to go donate. I was eligible again last week. I’ll get out there…

  5. I just found your Blog today, and NUWC and Cliff walk caught my eye! I’m an NSWC guy (Maryland) and did get to check out the Cliff walk last summer after a meeting at NUWC. (Quick trip on the way to the airport, no running clothes with me..) Been around Groton too, beautiful place. It’s neat to read about and see familiar places!

  6. Doh, there’s that guilt thing again. Dig out card. Last donation? 8/12/04. Oops. Ok, I’m a little late. But…but…I was in training and I got sick and Christmas and then New Year’s.

    Ok, ok. One the sniffles and pneumonia are definately gone, I will go again.


  7. Giving blood is a Good Thing. Just one word of caution. You might want to not donate the week before that big event. It takes a month or so to replace all you red cells and you will have diminished oxygen carrying capacity.

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