Sunday, November 28, 2010

Go Green Go

Was up for a quick run today after all the chores....but it ended up being a long run of about 16k.  A little cool but nothing we can't handle.

Will be cheering for these guys today (trying to get one on these Rider Loonies is near impossible..and yes, this is legal tender in Canada...what a country!!!):


I was born in Saskatchewan so I bleed green and all sorts of other wierd stuff. 100 years of being a football team (1910-2010), thats pretty amazing no matter what country you are from. I have a big pot of Chili on the go with fresh buns and frosties...but the big choice is which to go with:


                                                             or this 


Both are tasty and will go just right with a big green machine victory....go RIDERS go

Have a great week everyone!

Friday, November 26, 2010

6 Inches is all it takes!!!!

Get your mind out of the gutter!!!

Today is Friday rant day. I love Fridays. I do this on Fridays so I can enjoy my weekends.



I was reading an article this week from a running magazine where the author talked about “Extrinsic” and “Intrinsic” motivation as it related to people who run.

Basically, (from Wikipedia):

Extrinsic motivation comes from outside of the individual. Common extrinsic motivations are rewards like money and grades, coercion and threat of punishment. Competition is in general extrinsic because it encourages the performer to win and beat others, not to enjoy the intrinsic rewards of the activity. A crowd cheering on the individual and trophies are also extrinsic incentives.

Intrinsic motivation refers to motivation that is driven by an interest or enjoyment in the task itself, and exists within the individual rather than relying on any external pressure.

I “think”, know the author was trying to point out this: Folks who have Extrinsic motivation may not stick with running as long as the folks who have Intrinsic motivation do....IE: you have to love what your doing to stick with it.

With that being said, I know I started back on my highway because I was motivated to lose weight, look and feel better. I was “driven by interest”, not because I enjoyed torturing, killing, sweating my ass off. As time went on, I started to enjoy the solitude that came with running. I became proud of my accomplishments and strived to do better. Was there some extrinsic motivation? Of course....we do Marathons and all other sorts of competitions because we want to prove something to ourselves and others, human nature. But more now I savor a good run (even a bad run is better than no run) and the internal peace I feel when I am done...mental floss.

Which leads to my rant: I have heard the comment many times, “ It was so easy to put on and so hard to take off”. Let’s clarify that...it took me about 15 years to put on a bunch of weight. I have taken most of that weight off in less than a year. So...with respect to time, was it really easy to put on and hard to take off? It’s your choice as to how you want to look at it.

15 years ago when I finally quit smoking for the umpteenth time (umpteenth = many X many X many), I went through this same process. I had tried for years to quit, using most every incentive in the book. But nothing worked until I actually “MENTALLY” decided to quit. Did it just happen, no! It was hard, a struggle every day for 3 months. Did I use help, yes! The nicotine patch for 3 months to help me over the real hard parts. But the bottom line...it was a “MENTAL” battle.

For me, losing weight was a “MENTAL” issue, not a physical one. I had to play that little game with AE (Alter Ego) every single day. I walked for 2 ½ months before I even thought about running. I hated my treadmill with a passion because it was always there, mocking me! But gradually, as the weight came off, I started to feel better and started taking a few risks...a little jog here, a little run there and everything started to come together. Was it still hard..YES. Was it still a mental battle...YES. Is it still a mental battle....yes, but it’s getting better.

So the whole point of the rant...it’s the 6 inches between your ears that will help you sink or swim (exercise or hang about the couch with a bowl of HoHo’s). For most of us, it will be a constant struggle to stay on track. But much like when I quit smoking, my listening and giving into AE happened less and less as I reaped the benefits of staying the course, accepted small gains and looked at the big picture.


AE: Hey, wait a minute...when do I get to speak up

Me: Your done, you had 15 years of yapping

AE: That’s not fair!

Me: Who said anything about fair?

AE : You will listen to me!!!!

Me: I can’t hear you lalalalalalalala

AE: I’m melting, I’m melting,, I’m melting!!!!!!!!

Me: Wonder if I can get in a quick run after work before the 1st Christmas Party of the year?

What’s your mental floss?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Check it Out

I got the Clown Car back today with it's new boots.. Good thing I did it today and just in time apparently as it is supposed to get nasty here this weekend. One of the tires had a nail in it but kept pressure...is someone looking out for me?

I also added another addition to it (along with the Superman sticky thing on the right hand side)!!!!

Sticker time!!!!!!



Looks pretty awesome if you ask me. And I did some mods and stuck it on the inside so the elements cannot get at it.

Went for an easy run tonight. Getting colder here so I had to break out the tights and the snowtype pants. Touque and mitts completed the ensemble. A little slow with the extra gear and also maybe because I was playing Nibs bowling today...ie...set the Nibs (licorice) up like bowling pins and use a marble as a bowling ball. You get to eat all the Nibs you knock down. I was only suposed to do three times but I almost finished the bag...I was on a ROLL MAN, no pun intended. Do you have a bad habit with food?

Anyways, thanx for the sticker SUAR , great idea and really spruces up the CC.

To all my friends on the other side of the line, have a great Turkey Day tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Beep, Beep

I am having a hard time defining my GOALS for next year and the future.

See, the problem is, I really love to run.

I thought the problem was this:

  1. If I define a goal(s), I will HAVE to achieve that goal at almost any cost.
  1. I will attempt to get in miles that I do not want to run because I will HAVE to achieve the goal.
  1. If I do 1 & 2 above, running will not be a joy anymore, it will be a CHORE and I don’t want that....therefore, don’t have any goals...just free style man!!!!

When in fact, the problem is this:

I am too hard on myself when things don’t work out the way I want. When I can’t achieve one of my goals, I am critical of myself and imagine, worry about what others will think.

For example: If one of your children has done a nasty and you are doling out penance, do yourself a favour and ask him/her what they think the punishment should be. You may be surprised to find out that usually their punishment for themselves is worse than yours.

You see, we are our own worst critics. We know when we have not done our best and we think atonement should reflect what we are feeling at the moment. That’s why kids are hard on themselves and that’s why their self punishment is really unrealistic sometimes.

So what would really suck the joy out of running for me is the fear that I have somehow failed to accomplish my goal and I have also failed in the public eye.

Does that make sense?

So perhaps the solution to the problem is to lose the word GOAL and start using the terms FUTURE ASPIRATIONS and MILESTONES.

This gives me some much needed wiggle room and does not make me feel like I am locked into something


On a brighter note, snow is just around the corner...whoop, whoop. Therefore, the little clown car I drive (love the horn, beep, beep) is going to get its snowshoes tomorrow...it goes in looking like this:


But I wonder if it will come back looking tlike this?




I also ended getting myself some snow shoes at a great price last night...like 1/2 price:





So, look out Snow and Ice, these Asics with carbide spikes not going to let you get in the way of my future aspirations and milestones.

Do you have troubles with your goals?

Future Aspiration for 2010 - Complete 900 miles running for the period of April 20/2010 - Dec 31/2010.

Future Aspiration for 2011 - 1 Marathon , 2 X 1/2 Marathons and 1 Duathlon, 1200 miles running

Sunday, November 21, 2010

They call me Flipper, Flipper, King of the Ocean.....

Me: All right, lets get going on the run

Alter Ego: Why are we doing this?

Me: Well, you know the rule, we always run into the wind so the back half of the run when we're tired just isn't as nasty.

AE: No really, why are we doing this?

Me: Cause we went to two 50th bday parties last night and we had some goodies....remember?

AE: Nope, don't remember, refresh my memory

ME: Well, standard but most excellent fare at "S's" 50th. CHEESE (4 kinds), meatballs, brownies, crackers, chips,dips, bad things that tasted soooo good

AE: So?

Me: Then we went to "J's" 50th bday party and had Indian food, I can't remember the names but lotsa rice dishes with veggies and hot stuff, hot chicken stuff and some yogurt based dishes

AE: Now I remember...oh, and by the way, the guys said thanx for taking it easy on the Indian food

Me: Yeah, well...it was for all of us. You know how Tummy (pronounced Tommy) and Pucker get upset with new things

AE: Yeah, well....the two of them are both big time complainers

Me: Great, anymore questions as to why we are gathered here today?

AE: Yeah...what's in it for me?

Me: Well, satisfaction, pride in your accomplishment, adding more miles to the resume, y'all will feel better

AE: Well, I think that is not enough...I alway have to have a carrot dangled in front of me. I am starting to feel like this.....



Me: Yeah well....Remember when we used to look like this?




AE: Oh....yeah, but that will never happen again

Me: That's right, that's why we are running today

AE: Is talking about Dolphins and Orca sexist?

Me: Nope...no sexist stuff around here

AE: Good...just keep'in an eye out...

Me: Don't get distracted, keep running

AE: Okay...but can I have a crumb, a morsel, a tidbit if you will, something for putting up with -1 C and a 10 mile an hour wind. I mean, you already made the boys and their buddies blueberry pancakes for breakfast from scratch, you put up the Boss's Christmas lights (and you know how much me and the boys like the LADDER...yikes), your going to do a couple of loads of laundry while she's at work, make supper, do the re-cycling, blah, blah, blah...what about ME!!!!

Me: Well, it is still the weekend, perhaps one, a couple of these while you watch football would be okay..but that's it





AE: Awesome, THAT'S A DEAL, lets shake on it!! Is that before or after you fold that laundry and get supper on the go?

Me: During man....don't forget, cheer on the Riders today against Calgary (CFL Football folks) since my other team is dying as I type:



AE: I love an underdog Man....that' why I back you, remember?

Me: Yeah, yeah...go suck up to someone else man...and life goes on, 1 mile at a time

Friday, November 19, 2010

I want it All

I'm a man with a one track mind,
So much to do in one life time (people do you hear me)
Not a man for compromise and where's and why's and living lies
So I'm living it all, yes I'm living it all,
And I'm giving it all, and I'm giving it all,
It ain't much I'm asking, if you want the truth,
Here's to the future, hear the cry of youth,
I want it all, I want it all, I want it all, and I want it now,
I want it all, I want it all, I want it all, and I want it now,

Queen, Verse 3, I Want it All


I used to be a smoker (2 packs a day/17 years) who then discovered how good food tasted when I quit.

Waiter: “Would you like more cheese on your cheese Sir”
Me: “SuperSize me Man, more CHEESE PLEASE!!!”
Waiter: “Are you sure Sir, your looking a bit peaked”?
Me: “I want it all, I want it Now...more cheese damnit!!!”
Waiter: “As you wish Sir”
Me: “Quit wasting my time with manners, get me my CHEESE!!!”


For awhile, I looked like this (okay, so I am exaggerating a bit lot);


And now (8-9 months later), I am at a reasonable weight for my height and I actually feel the best I ever have.... since I was about 12 years old. Yes, 12 years old.

So why this post? Well, it’s Friday and I am happy...as I told someone else this week, I am this happy, happy, happy


I am now “living it all”. I am working hard to keep the weight off and I enjoy doing it. I am happy, happy, happy!!

But hey, all work and no play is not a balanced lifestyle. There has to be some reward at the end. You have to treat yourself sometimes. Today, after my run, my weekly reward will be one, two, several of these...which by the way, is the absolute #1 favourite type of frosty in my fridge (pour this on the box they put me in at the end and I will be HAPPY).




Cheers and have a great weekend fellow bloggers...GET HAPPY!!!


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Todays post brought to you by the letters A, T, M, & B

I spent most of my day at work on my butt...yeeuuuccck!   So while I was invigilating (20 dollar word for a 10 cent job) a test, I happened to see some posts that inspired me. One with a personal best, TMB , and one with some kick ass effort, the big A . Trust me, this man's no wannabe...he is the real deal in my books.

With all the negative in the world today, you folks who take the effort to write posts make my day. You give me that little extra push to make me attempt to do my best. You complet....wait a minute, you had me at ....anyways...

This past summer I did a few Duathlons (Run, bike, run). Most of my training for these was spent on the first run and the bike. A friend of mine said run like a madman that first run, pedal your ass off on the bike and let your fitness take you home on the last run. It's easier to bring it down than it is to pump it up (re: see this).

So with all that being said, I checked my 2.5 k time on the garmin today while running and decided to hammer it for the rest of my run....just let er rip, give er, let it all go...or as someone else says, get er done

So the time?  Garmin Connect clocked me

10 k  @  4:44 mins/km, time = 47:26
6.21 m @ 7:38 mins/mile = 47:26

Avg HR = 156, Max HR = 167

I am happy with this. I took zero extra's, no nothing....just played the mental game for 47:26

Me: This was a stupid idea
Alter Ego: That's right dumbass, what were you thinking!!!!
Me: Andrew and TMB can bust ass, so can I
AE: Ahhh, just walk for a minute....we will regroup and go home
Me: Thanx for the support AE, what about A and TMB?
AE: They have their own blogs, let them do their own thing
Me: That's not really getting into the spirit
AE: We have beer at home

Needless to say, I won (this time..barely).

So thanx for making the effort to put out your POSTS. You may not know sometimes that you, yes you, are the nudge that pushes the rest of us to our best effort.....you don't have to be witty, funny, goofy or the best, you just have to be real. And as a die hard cynic, it does sound cheesy...but you do make a difference.

post on damnit, post on!!!!!!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

I Feel Good..bah na na na. na. na, na....Like I knew that I would now.....

Saturday was an absolutely gorgeous day that screamed long run. Plus temperatures and not a breath of wind. So I loaded up this,



stuck a package of these in my pocket and out the door I went



I just ran till I figured I was done for the day. That ended up being 25kms (15m) in about 2:20 (and 10-12 sharkies...ummmmmm). Quite happy with the time as I did a long run Thursday and did not rest much before this distance. Amazed that I had that much energy as I was at Emergency Thursday night, and long into Friday AM with my older son "B" as he split his tongue playing soccer. Looked something like this but he's no old guy, no tattoo's and the split not as startling, gross extreme as this. It was a long wait but 2 stitches (BIG stitches) and a bunch of antibiotics later, we finally got home.





I have been extremely lucky that in all my running (this time around), I have had little or no injury, no blisters, no cramps and no serious concerns. At least nothing that has made me stop running for any length of time.

During my fitness time, I am going to do more long runs to check out various products to ensure I am compatible with them. I can't think of anything worse than trying something new before a competition and having it go boom in my face (or some other place). So a few weeks ago I stocked up at the Running Room with all this stuff;





I have used the Clif Shots and Gu's a couple of times during 1/2's but have to check the flavours  and different types of delivery systems (sounds like germ warfare or something) since I have been told by other runners, some can cause issues while others don't.

So will continue to keep plugging away at the kms (m's) to hit the 900 mile goal as well as keeping a bit better log on what works and what does not.

Have a great week y'all..... And check out the "Give Away' panel....there's some good ones there!!

Friday, November 12, 2010

May the Force Be With You!!!!!

I am at this exact moment enjoying one of these:


Does this look like "Q" or what? I mean, no horns but he has the RED SHOES...and he can be kinda NASTY!!!

Your new line Q,

 "Hi, I'm Q....do you need a NASTY HABIT?"

So, this is my way of saying thanx for the comments Q...I will pick on, comment  link to the rest of the posse (a word that I am now afraid to use for the images it conjures up) when the opportunity presents itself...I was going mention the AB'S and you know who...but that's not a good one to start. I am way too new to take on a Jedi Master.....(not that you aren't a Jedi Master Q, she's just like a black belt Jedi Master....). I have yet to mention Darth, who I won't link to because the force may be too strong.....

And now, on to something completely different....my totals so far this year.

These are totals since I got the Garmin..April 20/2010 (I put in lotsa miles before that but they were never recorded,,,so it never happened?).

Month              Running Km             Cycling Km

April                 91.09 (57 m)             46.93 (29 m)
May                 225.21 (141 m)          zip
June                 178.92 (112 m)          89.01 (56 m)
July                  115.03 (72 m)            330.84 (207 m)
Aug                  158.87 (99 m)            131.18 (82 m)
Sept                 159.8 (100 m)            70 (44 m)
Oct                   122.1 (76)                  44.22 (28 m)

Total                  1051.02 (657 m)        712.18 (445 m)

Pretty scary numbers for me, and something I am pretty proud of (when it comes to this, I earned the right to crow, sweat drop after sweat drop). I hope before the end of the calendar year to hit 900 miles running, a lofty, but I think achievable goal. I am going to look for a pair of these bad boys to aid my quest....(they also have some with spikes for ice...whoooahhhh)




I think that will be it as far as goals go until Christmas time when I can sit and contemplate where I want to go next year. I have one 1/2 Marathon already locked and loaded for 2011 but I want to do a full and see where I am at. Definitely mix in a few duatlons and a few 1/2's and also do some 5's and 10's.

Gotta RUN, time to make supper!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Day of Thanks

We attended Remembrance Day services with a record turn out of like minded folks today.

Ealier this morning,  I went for a 16 k run. It was cool, beautiful and sunny.

While running, I thought......what a privelage it is to run for pleasure instead of fleeing in fear and running for survival.

Thank-you to all those service men and women in our Armed Forces, here and abroad as well as those of our Allies. Your sacrifices are not forgotten in our home by our family. We cannot say thank-you enough for stepping up when it counts.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Blog Etiquite....is it written somewhere? ALL COMMENTS WELCOME!

Hello Blog World.

History: Why I have a blog. When I statrted changing my life, I wanted to track my accomplishments. I therefore decided to purchase a Garmin device to track all my runs/bikes/walks....

With that being said, I jumped on the internet and looked for reviews on 305's. Low and behold, I came across this guys site:   http://www.dcrainmaker.com/    Ray writes the greatest technical stuff going and is also a Triathlete.....and a very interesting read.

Which is part of why I started this blog. Ray's writing made me start looking at other peoples comments and links to their blogs. I had absolutely no idea of how big this sub-culture is (way to keep the blinders on shawn). As I looked further, I discovered some real gems and I continue to do so everyday.

So, here's the questions:
  • Are there unwritten rules of etiquite for blogging?
  • Do you just jump in and post a comment and hope your not labelled a stalker or a nosey ned?
  • Is it worse to be a LURKER or a nosey ned (and I apologize to all the neds in the world right now)?
  • Do you send an private email and introduce yourself?
  • Do you just link blogs to your site without telling the authors and is that the ultimate compliment?
So, take a chance and say hi, post a comment good or bad (I will take bad but not foul!), give me an opinion or some answers as to what you think, don't be a LURKER, and please, don't be offended in the furture if I make a comment on your blog. If I do, it means I enjoy reading it and will continue to do so because you have something to offer all of us. I mean, that's the whole idea isn't it?

Monday, November 8, 2010

Curse you DST

 When I got serious about losing pounds and getting into shape, I made myself get out of bed the minute my eyes opened (usually 5-5:30am) and got on the treadmill to walk for an hour. My motivation was to lose those pounds no matter what time I had to get up. It was a CHORE!!

It's been awhile since I had an early morning run. And I was up at 4 am this morning staring at the ceiling....curse you daylight savings time I thought...so I fought a valiant fight for an hour or so and then went for an 8 k run in the dark.

My regular run goes through a conservation area, then to a bike path along a river, then through some residential areas to home. I did the same run this morning and realized how far I had come with my fitness....and that I was also enjoying myself at 5:30 in the morning, in the dark (and cool...needed the mittens). It was not a chore. It was a great way to start my day....so maybe I will be doing a few more morning runs before the snow flies.

DST put your routine out of whack?

Saturday, November 6, 2010

True Colours

It's pretty grey around here today, the sun poked out for about 20 minutes and then the clouds rolled in again. It is hard to get motivated to run but I did force myself to go 12 kms at lunchtime. I swear I have SAD (seasonal affective disorder)  because on days like this, everything is an effort.

Have you ever done the "True Colours" test? It works much the same as the "Myers-Briggs" or "Keirsey's Temperment Sorter". Basically, it is a way to help you identify personality types so you can manipulate help people learn and also understand what makes them and yourself tick.

There are 4 distinct colour groups, Blue, Gold, Green and Orange. Most folks have 2 predominant colours that overshadow the 2 colours that we are not.

Blue people are all touchy feely.....they can be very empathetic, are good listeners

Gold people like rules....they are like Cops, play by the rules or go to jail

Green people are the planners.....they are like builders whose projects will take years to finish but they see it  and make it happen no matter how long it takes

Orange people are spontaneous....they come up with great ideas and are very impulsive

I am a Gold/Blue or a Gold/Green. I like my rules, I like having a plan and I can be empathetic. I do however have issue's with being spontaneous....it just doesn't fit into my long term plans.

When I took this test as part of a course some years ago, the woman teaching it had a great philosophy. She said for her, she was a work in progress. She knew where she fit in and realized she had to work on her less predominant colours to become a more well rounded person.

The older I get, the more I see the wisdom in her thinking. We all have a tendancy to stay within our comfort zone and not come out of it. With that being said, change is hard. When I started chasing immortality, it was my Green  that planned the long term goal. It was the Gold that defined the rules it was to be done by (eat this, don't eat that). It was Blue the that helped me find like minded people who are on the same road as I am.

So what the hell does all of this have to do with running? I was thinking today about the shirts I have gotten from running. They are all different colour and designs and are all very special to me

My 1st is nice...white is a classic,


 My 2nd is awesome, absolutely 1 of a kind and special because I worked so hard for it;


The 3rd is something I wear for training...more subtle;


And finally, the reason for todays post...a gentle reminder that i have to work on my Spontaneity (sorry you have to turn your head...for some reason it will not load properly...enjoy the close up)



Friday, November 5, 2010

What Kind of Runner are You?

I did a 9.85 km (just under 6 miles) run today in the rain at a 5:18/km pace. I am in "just enjoy" the run right now, no plans yet for the rest of the year.

The last couple of days around here have been pretty dreary, grey skies and rain. I like the rain but find it hard to get motivated for anything......except adding stuff to this blog.

During my run today, I chewed up many ideas about what to blog about....and here's what I came up with.

What kind of runner are you? Are you a Cadillac CTS, shiny and fast?...A Lamborghini, nice to look at and unaffordable?.....A dependable Truck, a Compact, an Import? Are you a Turtle or a Hare? How about a Lear Jet or a Cessna? A Speedboat or a Dinghy?

Here's what I am.....I am an UGLY runner. I sweat, slobber (well, I spit once in awhile) and have a runny nose most of the run, and I have proof. Pictures taken of me during the race by whomever is doing the event photo's. Check this out.....

This is not pretty, I do not look happy...in fact I look like I am about to hurl...but wait, it gets better.....


Isn't that sweet....he's practicing to be a professional ballon blower upper...next exhibit please

 these 2 here are not too bad, except that they tell you they have better definition when you buy the photos (please don't call the copyright police on me)..so in pic 1, you actually get to look closer and see the red badge of honor on my shirt (the things they never tell you). Pic 2 makes me feel like a Canadian Forrest Gump, running in Our nations capital. Of all the photo's taken of me, the next is perhaps one of my favorites...It was the first competiton I did in 2010 to see where I was at and to just do it....

Not bad form...but still pretty ugly. I usually run with my head down looking at the road ahead. Every once in awhile, I actually find Nirvana during my run, that 1 second when everything clicks and I have all the answers to the Worlds Problems!


I had tried jogging years ago in an attempt to get in shape...and because of my weight, I did a nasty on a knee that became my new crutch for not doing anything. The next time around, I started with moderation, proper diet and lost the extra weight before running....voila, no knee pain (thank-you, thank-you, thank-you). I do however run ugly..I like to call it a controlled stagger, a lurch like shuffle (Tim Conway as the Old Man on the Carol Burnett Show  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5BMVmOWzfk  right at the end) that eventually gets me to my destination.

So, I accept being an UGLY runner, I do not look my best when I do competitions...I look like crap and I am okay with that.....are you? What Kind of Runner are YOU?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Oh my God, shoot me now!!!!!!!

So, I have to talk about my race last weekend, the "Kingdom Challenge" in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. What a pretty state Vermont is. It is very hilly and woodsy (if that's a word). While driving there, I half expected Larry, Daryl and Daryl to pop out of the woods at the least expected moment.

Check out the Course Description.......

"A point to point half marathon with typical Vermont terrain, including hills, 4 covered bridges and scenic Vermont, back roads; moderately challenging."

These Vermontians people are sick and twisted!!!!!

Including hills and moderately challenging is probably the biggest understatement of the year. Check out the elevation profile from my Garmin (please note km's, Canuck math EH, 1 km = 0.6 Miles, 1 meter = about 3 feet)




"GOOD GOD, TAKE ME NOW"  I exclaimed after the second big Mount Everest...

As a participant in the Army Run 1/2 marathon in Ottawa (my 1st attempt at any marathon, 14000+ participants, awesome run), that was a flat course. This however was a kick n the nads. Add n the fact that it was freezing and snowing and I had nothing but respect for all the participants in this event....kudos to the organizers also, great job with the hot soup for all the runners after the race. Mind you, most of the folks were trying to pour the soup on themselves so they could get the feeling back in their hands.

 I would also be remiss if I did not add this.....most all of the participants headed inside (the school) to have their soup after the race. Many experienced runners were slow to get up after the soup...cause damn, those hills were tough. I felt the pain but not really until 5am Sunday morning when I crawled out of bed....2 steps and my calves went "eeeeeyyyyyiioooowwww".  Later that morning, "The Boss" commented that I was walking like an old man....my reply..."I am an old man".

Still to come...my goals for the rest of 2010, Goals for 2011 and a number I hope to reach before 50!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Post #1 - What the hell was I thinking!!

"Today is the first day of your life"....maybe the 1st day of your blog

Usually we take a look at a quote for about a minute and then move on with life, that's human nature.

But every once in awhile, we actually stop, and have a real think about where our lives are going.

In December 2009, I was a real SAD SACK..overweight, tired and overweight, ( did I mention I was overweight?).


So, since April 2009 to Sept 2009 I went from 230+lbs to about 190ish. A combination of diet and exercise.  I have run 2 - 1/2 marathons and competed in 2 duathlons (run, bike, run.....I come from a long line of sinkers, so NO swimming) in the past 6 months.


So, this blog is about my resurrection and my attempt at immortality. I am doing this for a few reasons. First and foremost, for myself, 2nd, for my family, and 3rd for anybody who might actually find my ramblings useful.


I have some concrete goals for the future that will come up in later posts...but one must start with baby steps...much as what i did when i started my journey to immortality ( how dramatic is that!!!)