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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Week #4 Underway

Week #4 is underway and it’s off to a great start!  The weather is awesome outside right now; too bad it’s supposed to thunderstorm later…..  I am glad that I got this run in before the rain.  I climbed some mountains today but there was one hiccup: I had some trouble with my trusty Garmin 305 today.  It lost GPS sync during mile #1; I hope this was just a glitch because I do not feel like buying any new electronics! 

Friday, February 25, 2011

Week #3 Complete!

Week #3 of my half-marathon training complete (only 9 more weeks to go until race day)!  Today’s run ties the total number of recorded runs I accomplished last year (42 total runs).  Today’s workout also marks another huge milestone too; this week’s mileage total is my highest of the year, topping in at a little over 23 miles for the week….. 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

“Happy Liverversary” Brandon!

Two years ago on this very day, my son was given a chance at a cancer-free life (with his donor liver).  This is a day that we will never forget!   

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Phone Call

Two years ago on this very day, we received a phone call that changed our lives forever.....

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Week #3 Underway (version 2)

“Ante’s are up and the price of poker just got more expensive!”  Well, today begins week #3 of my 12 week training program and so far so good.  My weekly mileage will be increasing the further I progress into the plan (and with additional “bonus” miles).  Tomorrow is a holiday, so “no work for me!”  Life is good today…..    Note: Added another 3 miles tonight (1st two-a-day of the year)

Friday, February 18, 2011

It's a beautiful day!

I didn’t have to go to work today because my boss gave us a family day (thanks) and what a beautiful day!  The temp is 61f and the sun is out!  The winds are howling at 18-25 mph, but still an awesome day!  I couldn’t pass this opportunity up!  Today was my first outdoor run of the season and I didn’t know what to expect.  To date, all of my running has been accomplished on the treadmill.  I am humbled at God’s grace and beauty of this day….. 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Today was a long day.  And, I have to admit that I was NOT as motivated for today’s run (as usual).  I got home only to learn that my oldest son, Tyler, was running a fever (and feeling miserable).  This makes 4 out of 4 children who have been sick within the past six weeks.  When will we catch a break? 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Speechless and thankful.....

Folks, I am pleased to announce another 5K personal best!  I defeated my previous time by 13 seconds!  And, this run puts me over the “Century Mark” for 2011!  Yes, I’ve already logged over 100 miles running this year!  I never imagined my legs (especially my knee) being able to keep up.  At times it hurts, and sometimes I want to quit…..  But I cannot quit, not now.  Not EVER! 

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Week #2 Underway

It’s supposed to be 45f degrees today (the warmest in many days) and I was contemplating an outdoor run.  So I went outside to evaluate the situation.  The temp was around 35f and bearable.  The winds were howling at around 18-20 mph (which would make for a sporty first outdoor run) and as soon as I turned the corner (off the front porch) ~ “BAMM” I was hit with a wall of cold-piercing wind!  Eh, maybe next time….. 

Friday, February 11, 2011


I found myself running from one meeting to another today and wasn’t able to eat a full lunch.  I was in such a hurry that I picked up the closest items that I could find and wolfed them down…..  Those two things were a packet of Hammer Gel and a bag of almonds.  Not a great combination but it was better than nothing!  Note to self: always have emergency food…..

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

For Zach

I got in late tonight from work but was able to accomplish these four things: I chased down and hugged my kids, kissed my wife, changed clothes, and ran 3 ½ miles.  Not bad for a half hour’s work!  Yes, I accomplished all of these steps within a half hour (give or take a minute or two); no more excuses like “I didn’t have time” or “I got home too late.”  Not today….. 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Change Your Shoes!

It appears that ice, ibuprofen, elevation and rest did the trick; my foot felt so much better today!  Thank goodness, because I just started my training plan for the Flying Pig on Sunday and I can’t slow down! 

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!

It’s Super Bowl Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!  We got the house cleaned, there’s a pot roast going in the slow cooker, and I knocked out a 5K run ~ life is good! 

Friday, February 4, 2011

3 Mile Treadmill Workout ~ next time, hold the fries!

We had an office lunch down at the bowling alley today and were able to squeeze in a couple of games.  Believe it or not, I once bowled a 230 (which is my all time high)!  I still have the score card somewhere (my friend Guy can verify the score).  Unfortunately, my two games COMBINED didn’t reach a total of 230 today.  How sad. 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Ice, Ice Baby!

Only one song comes to mind, that best describes my week: “Ice, Ice Baby!”

This week’s winter storm has affected a lot of people, including us, but we are thankful that we still have power, food & water, and each other.  There are many less fortunate people struggling to get by this week and our thoughts and prayers are with them all…..