Monday, January 31, 2011

Long Run Sunday with beer and chili at the End. :)

So we had our Marathon relay yesterday.  Our team was Jerry, Jim, and MWMFN.  I planned on doing half of the marathon, and they decided I would be doing the final half.  Either way it is fine.  I ran the half in like 1:55.  I mapped the run, and it was closer to 12-something.  Who knows though??  I don't really care either way.  A couple notes on the run is Jerry was running good.  Jim, and MWMFN ran with Jerry when he had around 5 miles in or so, so he was a hard man for them to keep up with.  A pretty good warm up.  He stopped around 12 miles or so, as he was having a leg issue.  I got to run with Jim after he had around 8 miles in or so.  He dropped me a couple times to say the least.  I was not going to try to keep up with him, when I still had 11-12 miles left.  I am smart I know.  :)  Most of my run was done solo.  If the gmaps mileage is correct than I was at like 9:30 pace, but if it was 13.1 then I was under 9:00 pace.  I don't know, don't really care.  For the first half of my half I used the yaks, because 66th st. does not get a lot of traffic, so plenty of snow and ice.  I took the Yaks off once I hit the Yacht Club.  South Shore Drive gets traffic so it was clear for the most part.  One more note to myself.  EAT BREAKFAST if you run LONG'ish!!!   :)  So yeah my only fuel for my run was water, a couple sips of gatorade, and whatever was left of the wine in my system.  :)   lol.  Needless to say after this run I went straight to the beer line.  :)  I eventually headed to the chili line too.  :)

I got to see Elizabeth the 18 pounder yesterday.  Some of you may remember her from "The Journey" last year.  She ran with us on the snow melt on Tuesdays.  Her hair is different now.  super cute.  :)  Also the tall girl new to our group name is Amy I think.  She was wearing pony tails.  I never saw her before without just a hat covering all her hair before.  Nice to put a name with the face.  Other than that there was 4 fast people in a group together.  Bob, lil Cathy, Kristen, and Sara.  I think they said the run was kind of challenging too.  I don't know why.  One of them days???    Who knows??  At least we got us some vitamin D, because the sun was out shining.  It was a great day, and a great way to get a long run in.  WOOOOOOOO!!!

That is it for today!!!!    :)

Thanks for reading!!!   :)

Hope Everyone has a Great and Awesome Day!!!

xo's!!!   :)

Love You All!!!   :)

p.s.  I am pretty excited about this week.  No reason in particular, just excited to train train train!!!   :)

You all are the best!!   xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Love You all!!!!   xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Like to throw extra of these for my Welsh friends!!!  xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Now for really really cya cya cya!!!!   :)

MWAH MWAH MWAH MWAH!!!!!   :))))))

p.p.s.  I added another blogger.  Ironmin.  She is from Madison Wisconsin, and she wants to grow a beard.  Good enough for me.  :)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

I Love You!!!! :)

lololololol.  Wanna know why I put I love Doreen as my title yesterday???  She let me know that she appreciated me putting her name on this thing.  Sometimes when I did that before I wondered.  You'd tell a little story about someone, and they would disappear.  So I thought maybe people don't want their name on here, but I think they don't mind seeing it.  I want to tell about the great things people do.  Whether it is a blogger like Maija, or Jen Parker Harrison.  (I am using them, because they haven't been on my blog in a while, but obviously I think they are great)  All bloggers I read I think are great btw.  Whether it is friends from H.S., friends from work, or friends I run with, I want to let people know what I think of them.  I know that is a bit different from most blogs probably, but it is what I do.  I want to tell people how great you all are.  :)    So there!!!   :)

Speaking of High School friends one of the bloggers I read is friends with Leigh Kaufman Kminek.  The blog is Sugarleg.  She requested more people to read her.   So if you went to Fremd, and you read this thing.  Check her out.  If for no other reason than Tia reads her.  Now everyone loves Tia, and respects her judgment, so check her out.  Sugarleg likes comments too, so comment away.  :)  I think she is funny too, and a great writer, so definitely worth it in my opinion.  :)

So yesterday, I did get a bit of a run in like I wanted.  I ran my 4.25 mile loop.  It was pretty slow going, because for a good mile or so I ran on the sidewalks, which were covered with snow.  That made my first 1.9 miles around a 10:00 pace.  I haven't logged the run yet, but I bet I ended at 9:50 or something.  It was a great run though.  The legs felt great, and I really enjoyed it.  You know how you just have one of those runs where you feel awesome???  Yep that was my run yesterday.  I also did my pull ups, and push ups.  4 of 6, and 5 of 20.  I have been slacking, but haven't lost much.  Not sore today either, so all is still good. 

In other news, I am thinking of planning my weekly workout routine.  People always have some idea of what they are going to do.  I kinda just wing it besides my Wednesday and Saturday.  I think I want to run more frequently.  Do less of the 6-8 milers and more of the 3-4 milers.  Just trying something new.  3-4 is an energizer, and 6-8 can actually tire you out.  Let's face it anyway, Wednesday is 9-10, and Saturday is over 12, so I think that will be a good idea.  I think I might start swimming this week too.  #YAYYYYYYYY!!!  :)

Today I plan on running 1/2 of the Marathon.  We have 4 people in our group, and I think we all need a long run, so ima gonna do half.  :)

That is it for today!!!   :)

Thanks for reading!!!   :)

Hope Everyone has a Great and Awesome Day!!!   :)

xo's!!!   :)

Love You All!!!   :)

p.s.  I would have put this yesterday, but I didn't see it til after I blogged.  Jeff Stark signed up for a 5K the day of Riverbank.  Woooooooo!!!   You know I love them Starks.  Kelly, Kim, Donna, and Jeff.  :)  I even know other Starks too.  #SHEESH!!!  :)

Love you all!!!!   xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

You all are the best!!!!!   xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Like to throw extra of these for my Welsh friends.  xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Now for really really cya cya cya!!!!   :)

MWAH MWAH MWAH MWAH!!!   to you all!!!   :))))

Saturday, January 29, 2011

I love Doreen!!!! :)

Ahahahahahahahaaaaaa!!!!  It is my blog, and I can use whatever title I want.  If Doreen were here right now, I would give her a big ol smoochieroo!!!  :)   lol

omg was I tired after work yesterday.  I didn't sleep well, so that is one thing.  I ran to work, so that is another thing, and I worked 10 hours so that is also another thing.  So I came home, and relaxed.  From the look of the time now 2:24 am, I must have fallen asleep early too.  :)

I do feel great though.  I am switching my Mondays back to 5:00 am.  Time to get this pup rolling.  I am back logging my runs.  I kinda guessed my times for the last few runs, so just assume they were all run at probably 5:15 pace.  :) 

Yesterday on my run I was zig zagging cars to stay out of traffic.  It was dark, but at 4:30 am there isn't much traffic.  There was some snow on the ground, but they do a pretty good job of keeping the roads clear.  I pretty much need to exercise.  I don't feel that good without doing it.  I have to have to have to.  It isn't really something I do to make myself skinny, it really is to help me feel better.  It is getting oxygen to the brain, via blood flowing.  Getting all the positives out of it. 

So the plan this weekend is probably a soft 4-miler today.  I will double up on legs of the Marathon relay to get a long run in.  1 slow hopefully,  and maybe one with a bit of a kick.  We'll see.  I need to get a ton of shit done  around the house today too.  Eeeeeeeeeeeks!!

That is it for today!!!   :)

Thanks for reading!!!   :)

Hope Everyone has a Great and Awesome Day!!!   :)

xo's!!!   :)

Love You All!!!   :)

p.s., I want to give a little special mention to Gene Marzelli.  He did a bit of a tour at Walter Reed Hospital I believe helping Marines who have come back with missing limbs.  Ummmm, there are a lot of them.  We don't see that shit in the news.  He is a great guy to be able to help them people.  Probably the best there is at it.  Such a good person.  Another H.S. friend of mine lost his wife recently.  I don't know the dates, but I think it must be an anniversary of sorts, so his heart is probably pretty heavy now.  I want to give him a mention too.  Nate.... going to go check to see how to spell his last name.... Photikarmbumrung.  Wow!!  what a name.  That is such a personal loss.  I mean you cannot really understand his grief, unless you had help. 

That is why I can write this though.  love you all xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

You all are the best.  xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

I want to give a couple extra of these for Melly, and JoAnne my Welsh friends.   xxxxxxxxxxx

Also I am very happy to have a Kim Sheridan sighting on FB.  I missed her.   :)

Now for really really cya cya cya.  Oh, and new blogger Nancy, I know the frustrations of blogging, but I read you always!!!   :)   Keep it up, you do a great job.   :)

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo     :)

Friday, January 28, 2011

I am Baaaaaacccckkkkkkk!!!

Well could I have had a worse week?  Talk about being low of low.  Yesterday was the worst.  I came home from work, sat on the couch, and listened to music.  No desire to do anything.  I was feeling knee deep into weekday in February.  I went to bed and ate, and had a bit of insomnia.  I thought of one person and this helped me get out of my funk. 

It was Alili.  Now I don't know if she reads me, but her first post I read after she commented on Jessica's site, was about her dealing with depression.  She is not always ready to tackle the world so to speak.  I thought of her last post.  Need to break out the running shoes.  She has a 1/2 marathon in like 50 days or something like that.  Having problems getting the running shoes to do their thing with her legs in them I gathered.  So it is pieces in a puzzle.  I go back from the first entry I read from her, and figure maybe she is having a case of the blahs like me.  I made her a deal to go out and run 20 minutes today, and I will do the same. 

Want to know the significance of that??  We are all in this together.  We leave no one behind.  Some will be faster than others, but it will all work out.  You will find in this journey that you may have to take some stuff from other people.  Older people who may  have buried too much stuff.  You are younger, and you are stronger, and more able to cope.  You do it for you, and you do it for others.  That is nice, because a lot of times we may care more about the others than maybe we do about ourself.  Not always, but sometimes in down days maybe that is a thought we have.  The name of this blog is the wait.  I still have my final thing I have to do, but the reason I did something outside the Bromenn Healthcare Garbage room was to add more people. 

It snowed yesterday, so I am going to run to work.  My run will be like 35-40 minutes or something.  It is Friday, so that is nice. 

I am not 100% but I am pretty close.  Everyone got a comment.  Is that important??  To me it is.  I want to help.  Soooooooo without further ado I would like to say my legs are in great shape.  Marathon training begins now.  I am 17 weeks out, and I have a lot of running, swimming, and biking to do in that time. 

That is if for today!!!   :)

Thanks for reading!!!   :)

Hope Everyone has a Great and Awesome Day!!!   :)

xo's!!!   :)

Love You All!!!   :)

p.s. Johnny Garcia has a fight in Iowa next weekend.  He is a bit banged up, but training hard, and making weight.  We are watching, and rooting!!!   He's got this!!!   We all got this!!! 

This weekend is the Frostbite Marathon Relay.  It is fun fun fun.  We aren't going to win, but we will have fun, and there is beer and chili at the finish line.  Wooooooo!!!!


You all are the best.  xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Throw a few of these out for my Welsh friends.  xxxxxxxxxxxx 

Oh, and Beth Shutt is an alien and Barb Blakley sleeps on the job.  I tell you I read some weird and strange people.  :)

Now for really really cya cya cya!!!   :)

Oh and don't let the name Kim Kim Kim fool you.  It is a cute name, but she is tough as nails, and Charisa is a rockstar superstar, but under that layer is a pretty terrific person.  :)

Hope You all have a Great day, and weekend.   :)   xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo.   :)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

That Ends That

100% comment rate is over.  I have had several updates the last two days, and I believe no comments.  As a matter of fact yesterday I didn't even blog.  I woke up at my normal time, and could not stomach going into work.  So I no-called no-showed.  I think I didn't call just due to how stupid the policy is.  If you get stuck by a train on the way to work, and are 6 minutes late you get disciplined the same as if I did what I did yesterday.  No call No show.  Pretty smart huh?  Glad they teach them kids good things in college.  I think I have said I pretty much disowned my Business degree.  You learn some of the most useless bullshit.  My education is with life.  I'd say that is where I learn most of my stuff. 

I was in the worst mood yesterday, and I don't think today is much better.  I have come to the realization I do not have to do anything.  I don't even have to run if I don't want to.  I don't have to do the running group.  I don't have to run a marathon if I don't want to.  I don't have to swim, and I don't have to bike.  I can just do as I do with my wife, and live our happy life. 

I made a choice a long time ago though didn't I?   As I dealt with grief, and emptyness, and a failed relationship, and questions of LIFE,  I was led in a way.  A way which was to make me suffer.  Things you don't even know, or perhaps you do.  I was NOT going to make my own life story, I gave up all rights, and said you make it. 

I almost wrote a blog yesterday, and would have wielded my sword.  Then I thought why me??  There is someone who can take care of that stuff on his own.  The lyrics from the Goo Goo Dolls song- the end of fear is where we begin...

So I said if you are afraid of something how do you overcome??  I think there are two ways.  Face it, or be afraid of something more.  If Pandora's box needs to be opened, then I said open.  So you may have some pleasant dreams, and whatnot.  Perhaps there is another way, and maybe that can happen, I don't know.  I'll see how it works out.  I really wanted to hide the scary stuff, because there are scarier things than me, trust me. 

A couple stories.  I went out with Jacob on Tuesday.  He stopped into the store, and asked to go out.  I don't get to hang out with Jacob too often, so I took up the offer.  I have a feeling he knew I was a bit down.  So anyway I start talking to a couple.  We were sitting at a bar that made great bloody marys.  A couple came and sat next to us.  A pretty attractive lady, and a bug-eyed dude.  The lady said she never drinks gin, because it makes her sad.  She drank some just recently AGAIN, and was sad, and took everything wrong.  That sounded preposterous to me. I asked her don't you think inside everyone wants to view their sadness, and that is why you drank the gin.  That really deep down we all want to look at it, but are kind of afraid of it.  I asked both them that question.  Their answer was they have not had enough to drink yet to talk about that.  :) 

I asked my wife yesterday if to go to heaven you had to deal with all your sadness would you??  She said yeah I guess so.  I said well guess what?  You do!!! 

I do not wield my sword yet.  I have a pretty frightening series that is very exclusive so to speak. 

Okay I did one comment. 

That is it for today!!!   :)

Thanks for reading!!!   :)

Hope Everyone has a Great and Awesome Day!!!   :)

xo's!!!   :)

Love You All!!!   :)

p.s. @WorkHouseJo's new name is @EmployedJo.  Woooooo!!!   Kelly Stark is upgrading from a 5K to a 10K the day of Riverbank.  Woooooo!!!  Also some girl named Kaley Fann, who I don't know started tweeting again.  She tweets such simple stuff, and I like it for some reason.  GoBigGreen is the update I commented on too.  I don't know why.  She seems to take things in good humor.  The good and the bad.  A good outlook. 


I am sorry I get mad sometimes, but our future is entwined, so you must have been able to do more.  I sense these things inside.  When enough is not done I suffer.  Like Mondays update.  Perhaps some were sugar coating???  Is that the problem??  A little leaven leavens the whole.  Leaven = teaching, or in this case your writing.  If you sugar coat your life, then perhaps I get a sugar buzz, and crash heavily.  Be real!! 

I throw extra of these for my Welsh friends.  xxxxxxxxxxx.  :)

Now For really really cya cya cya!!!   :)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Productive Monday???

Mondays suck!!  You finish the weekend, and time to go to work.  Usually I don't mind work, but Mondays just don't hold a lot of luster for me.  Lisa and I actually ended up being productive.  First off I ran to work.  After my non Sunday run, I decided to just run to work on Monday.  I am trying something new too.  I am not going to log my runs for now.  For a couple reasons.  One is I do it on mapmyrun, and you have to buy a premium thing to have access to all your workouts.  Fuck that.  I used to like to see how much I ran month over month etc...  well, I guess I still like seeing that stuff, but the other big reason?  Something new.  Get out of my comfort zone, and just wing it.  What the heck right??  It is just life, and when push comes to shove nothing really is that important right??  You see what's important in times of grief.  In those times I'd say everything seems pretty trivial. 

Oh yeah productive.  After my run to work, I came home ate lunch, and finished my movie.  I even got some time on the trainer.  40 minutes, it was all I could stomach.  I did a little laundry, and cleaned the kitchen.  Lisa vacuumed, and made a gourmet pizza for dinner.  Mushrooms, pesto, spinach, goat cheese, and maybe some other stuff.  It was good. I then watched a movie with John Travolta, and Uma Thurman.  Not Pulp Fiction, but the one about, mob, music, and movie industry.  It was Great!!  Loaded cast, and I have the hots for Uma anyway, so that doesn't hurt either.  The one tall dude from "Wedding Crashers" was in it.  He was fricken funny, and "The Rock" played a gay body guard.  :)  I think Rihanna was in it too, and Steven Tyler from Aerosmith, etc...  

I have other things on my mind, but not really to the surface yet.  It is kind of interesting how my thoughts come in waves.  Some days I am heavy, and some days my thoughts only reach the surface.  Sometimes I think about what I write, and think what the heck??  There are all these little pieces though, and they fit together in such a way to say everything is as it should be, but I don't always feel that way.  Internal self-doubts EVERYONE has, but we blast through it I guess anyway we can.  Usually by our hobbies.  Our jobs don't give us satisfaction I don't think, but how we spend our free time is what gives us satisfaction.  We have parents, people who read a lot, people who train for races, and people who craft.  These are the things I think are more important to people than whatever our jobs are. 

Ehhhhhh, what the heck.  Not really feeling the blog thing today.  :)

That is it for today!!!   :)

Thanks for reading!!!   :)

Hope Everyone has a Great and Awesome Day!!!   :)

xo's!!!   :)

Love You All!!!   :)

p.s.  You know what the strangest thing about life is??  The things that are there, that we don't see.  :) 


You All Are the best.  xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

throw extras of these for my Welsh friends.  xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Big day for Joanne.  :)   #fingerscrossed  :)

Now for really really cya cya cya!!!  :)

oh, biking to work today too, and runnin tonight on the snow melt.  Have a good one.  :)  xoxoxo

Monday, January 24, 2011

Explainin Some Things.

Now I guess I have written some things on here, and I see why this is so weirddddd!!  Is it scary??  I don't know.  Life many times is scary.  You know just pointing out our flaws is fricken scary.  Who wants to show people how unperfect we are?? 

Do you need to be a blogger??  No, but reading an open and honest blog helps other people be open and honest, and it actually ends up being a type of mirror for other people to view their lives, and unlayer themselves so to speak.  Either way it won't be easy.  Being honest, open, and truthful may be the hardest thing you do.  You will have help like I said.  Like me, it will just come to you.  :)

You will feel awkward probably like me.  You may be self-persecuted like I was every day, but the difference is, I will be here to say what you did was great.  What you did was right, and it is a great great thing you did.  I didn't have that, but I woke up every morning strong.  :)  The morning always came. 

So really you will be a mirror for others, and bring them along.  I will comment 100% of the time.  If there isn't much there, I may be a smart aleck.  I am a smart ass through and through.  Don't take anything personally, because I am a jokester.  Only things I don't take so well is dishonesty, and disrespect.  I have been through too much shit to be disrespected.  Stuff you don't even know.  For the real shit, I will be there to help you out. 

I didn't do all I planned on Sunday.  It said -9 degrees, so I said screw that.  I was going to bike long, but I realized after a sub par biking week, my legs didn't want to bike long.  I went an hour.  I plan on running to work today, and maybe finish my movie "Slingblade" I started watching.  That way I can get a little biking in too. 

No need to rush posts.  I am not changing my right hand side.  Once Olga blogs again, I will add her new blog to my list.  I am sure she will... sometime.  One other thing, I may comment in the afternoon, or early morning.  I comment when I read.  Sometimes I don't feel like reading in the afternoon.  It isn't a disrespect thing at all, it is just how I do it.  I am just trying to help you out with doubts and all that stuff.  Hope that helps. 

I had a couple good conversations yesterday.  One was with Doreen.  Funny her sis Jules asked if we were good friends in High School.  We weren't really, not even sure how well we knew each other, and now like with Gina we are pretty good friends.  Funny huh??  I want to give a big MWAH or MUAH to all of them.  Even Jules.  :)  lol. 

I had a pretty good conversation with @WorkHouseJo too.  Joanne one of my Welsh friends.  :)  She is funny, a good sense of humor.  From what I gather her hubby is too. 

That is it for today!!!   :)

Thanks for reading!!!   :)

Hope Everyone has a Great and Awesome Day!!!   :)

xo's!!!   :)

Love You All!!!   :)

p.s. I had a dream last night.  A scary one.  Do you remember the picture of the ugly lady in black and white.  She was like a witch, but if you look closely enough it was a picture of a pretty woman too?  It was a doll in my room talking saying she wanted to be a movie star.  An older one who I never heard.  Then the doll fell on me and Lisa.  Nice huh??  I wonder if dreams are the only way I can be scared now??   Gina and Paulette have a bit of a gift.  Gina sees spirits sometime.  I am not sure of Paulette's total gifts, but Gina says it is stronger.  Neat huh?? 

I think we all are like that.  We have the pretty side and the ugly side.  Know what is weird about it??  God likes it when we show our ugly side, he thinks that is showing our beauty, and we think just the opposite.  I watched Angels and Demons the other night.  Did you know Peter was crucified upside down???  Can you think of any worse persecution??  Me neither. 

Love you all xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

You all are the best!!!   xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Wanna throw some extra of these for my Welsh friends.  xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Now for really really cya cya cya!!!   :)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Oh Yeah That Hard!!! :)

So, this is the 3rd time I have done "The Cross" I believe.  I forgot how hard it was.  Someone saw a whopping 6 degrees where we were, and it was windy.  It was cold against the wind, and on the East leg, other than that it wasn't too bad.  Those two cold legs were pretty cold.  You know how it is though, by the time you finish you are still all sweaty.  The body has a remarkable way of keeping at 98.6 or thereabouts no matter what.  My layers were soaking wet, even though I was running in negative windchill of some sort.  I guess some don't really get it. Yes we  choose to do this.  :)

A couple notes, I will tell you who was there.  Amanda and her crew of three did 3 legs.  There is a new girl.  She is tall and faster than me.  Not sure if she is even training for anything.  Kinda like Amanda, just training.  :)  The fast girls were lil Cathy, Kristen, and Sarah.  Sarah was kind enough to drive us.  I never talked to her too much, because she is really usually way ahead of me.  I have been running with her a few years too.  She is pretty funny.  She usually trains for shorter stuff, but this year she is doing a marathon in Toledo or something like that. The fast girls looked like they were having fun, as they gave us a big 5, as they were finishing up the 3rd leg.  They had a nasty hill they were about to climb, but all legs were filled with nasty hills. 

Haven't seen Gayle in a while, and she returns for "The Cross"  ????  Hee Hee!!  Although I haven't seen her it is Gayle, you know she still gets whatever training done she can.  Carol and MWMFN ran their legs together ahead of Jerry, I, and Ken.  That was it.  Alan freezing his butt off listening to NPR making sure we drank our fluids. 

I do that as a courtesy.  I mean the people who were nutty enough to run hills exposed in that crap get a mention.  Cause we is definitely nuts.  :)  I watched movies the rest of the day.  :)  One thing I noticed about myself, is I push on the up.  Downhills are death on legs, so I try to minimize impact on the downhill, but I definitely put more effort on the uphill.  I put forth a good effort on this day. 

This is kinda a boring post, but I just wanted to throw a little something something down.  For the heck of it.  We got about 1000 inches of snow yesterday too.  I have to bike... run???  Run would have to be on the snow melt.  I think I will do that.  Sunday brick.  I will be swimming soon too.  We'll be getting our $$$  profit sharing checks in a few weeks. 

That is it for today!!!   :)

Thanks for reading!!!   :)

Hope Everyone has a Great and Awesome Day!!!   :)

xo's!!!   :)

Love You All!!!   :)

p.s. my BIL predicted Bears 158-2.  I predicted I down a beer every 45 seconds.  One of us has to be right.  :)

Love you all!!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

You all are the best!!!   xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

I put extra of these courtesy my Welsh friends.  xxxxxxxxxxxx

Now for really really cya cya cya!!!   :) 

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Story

It came to me yesterday.  Seems so simple.  Now I made some crazy sounding comments, that aren't crazy actually.  Ever see someone walk on water??  Ever see a blind man really have eyesight come back.  Not the fake shit the crazy religious guys pretend to do, while they try and collect money.  Ever see a dead guy in your midst??  Now that is crazy.  I never spent 3 days in the belly of a whale, although I spent 3 days where I couldn't hack it anymore.  I cursed God that day, and that night he took my heart.

Many things I don't know about you, but you know what I said about me.  I am mostly spirit right.  Something I can feel.  I am real as real can be.  I do all things you do, am limited by all you are, but I am open, and I can feel how open I am.  Want to know why it is blessed to be poor in spirit??   God can give you all kinds of things to make you feel on top of the world, but he wants you not to put trust in anything but him.  Neat huh??

So this came to me last night.  Now me being spirit mostly I can understand spiritual stuff pretty well right??  So here is the story.  Slowly we take off our layers.  View them, and write about them.  You have help with this, because the layers will be shown to you.  Some of this stuff will be sad.  We all have that in us.  These layers are spiritual clothes so to speak.  As we remove these layers we eventually become naked before God.  Spiritually speaking of course.  Naked as Adam and Eve before the fall.  Neat huh??  Who ever heard of such a thing??  All we don't know that wasn't written, although it is, just hidden.  You need eyes to see, a spiritual set of eyes.  The ones I talk about.  I don't share that hidden stuff yet, because some shit is scary.  I would like to hide the scary stuff from you, but I know not how this will go. 

Another story.  I met a girl yesterday.  Her name is Amanda, and she is a bartender at Applebees.  After lunch Lisa wanted to go shopping, so I stayed and had another beer.  I got to know her story.  A baby at 18, and a baby at 23.  5 and 10 years old, and she has never been married, and the Fathers were two different ones.  She told me that all at one sitting.  My God how refreshing.  Just so honest, hiding nothing.  That is shit people judge too.  I shook her hand, and told her it was nice to hear some of her story.  That kind of honesty is what makes a person pretty!!   :)   She was kind of pretty on the surface too, in a unique way.  That shit fricken makes my day!!   :)

Pace Pace Pace Pace.  The O'Tooles are way too fricken fast for all you, that is why they slow down.  They drove the train when we were going light speed.  This is a slow process.  Part of the reason we do this shit in layers, is because we cannot handle it all at once.  Men have more layers, because ... well they just do.  They are the weaker sex when it comes to honesty, and openness.  Hell if our politics were more honest and open, there probably wouldn't be any wars, but everyone tries to get ahead via secrecy and deception.  So it will be harder for men, but they will get it.  Women will be better at this.  Maybe it wasn't always this way, maybe society made men this way.  Maybe Athens won, because they believed in the people, and Sparta lost because they tried to mold the people into a 24/7 cookie cutter person.  Who knows.

Pretty interesting though huh??

That is it for today!!!   :)

Thanks for reading!!!   :)

Hope Everyone has a Great and Awesome Day!!!   :)

xo's!!!   :)

Love You All!!!  :)

p.s. Cory I hope you have a good time ice fishing!!  :)

Love you all.  xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

You all are the best.  xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Wanna put extra of these courtesy of my Welsh friends.  xxxxxxxxxxxx

Going to be a great day.  Running "The Cross"  10 miles of hills.  Exposed, and in the cold.  fun fun fun.  Hope you all have a fantastic day!!!   :)

p.p.s.  Want to know a secret wish of mine???  I wish Nikki VandenHeuvel would blog.  I don't know how to approach it, because this blog is weird, and I don't like to make people say they read this, although everyone who writes probably has a secret desire to know all who read.  She would be fucking great at it though.  hmmmmmmmm.

Oh well that is it.  xoxoxoxoxoxo!!!!   :)

next in the p.s. line, whatever that is.

If I don't worry about one, and one is part of a team, than I don't worry about the team.  :) 

Friday, January 21, 2011

We Got Snow and It is 12 Degrees. Yayyyyyy!!! :)

No Workouts at all yesterday.  Just beat.  I don't sleep much after Wednesday speed, and I still wake up early, do my blog thing, and don't eat much either.  Thursdays at work are the worst.  Moving the legs when they are absolute toast, and me being so tired.  A challenge for sure.  Being it was my first one in a while, (speed work) I left early yesterday.  I came home and did my Thursday = Friday thing I like to do.  I like Thursday = Friday.  It is fun for me.

I was thinking this morning.  About things.  Stuff I am not willing to tell you yet.  I think yet, maybe I never tell you.  We will see.  Do you know what I am here??  I am this big light.  I am a light standing on a hill for all to see, and it shows people life.  I guess inside us all is the desire to keep things in the dark.  To keep things hidden.  It is scary to show stuff, because people judge.  You know what though??  We all had thoughts.  Didn't Solomon say something to the effect all has already been done under the sun.  Every thought you have had, has been thought before probably.  You ain't done nothing new.  Whatever you try to hide isn't being hid from who you would really want to hide it from either.  Pretty scary huh??  So we will take these little steps.  These steps expose our layers.  This will go slowly, because as we expose our sadness is revealed.  Funny life is filled with so much sadness huh?  I think it is because no one knows us.  No one understands us.  On the surface sure, but in our quiet moments when our thoughts are just ours... no one knows that about us.  That we don't share.  Now I don't know if Audrey reads this or not, but I remember her putting up a picture.  This was a long long time ago.  It was a picture she put up, probably with a couple in her, and it showed her face with all the sadness and all the honesty one could have in a picture.  She took it down the next morning.  I kept asking why she took it down. Man it was such a good picture.  Then I knew why.  It was too honest.  No way she could show people that.  She was so exposed.  We will get there.  We will get there by taking off layer after layer.  We will expose ourselves.  We do this slowly, because none of us really have the courage to just jump in.  I don't know how tough it will be.  A little??  I don't know, but it will be done, and it will be fun to watch.  Will we cry?  maybe.  These things I don't know, but I know the layers are going to come off, and you will be exposed, and the world will know you, and understand you.  Our deepest desire to be known and understood will happen.  We probably didn't even know above all else that is what we want most, but are most afraid to take the steps to make it happen.  Well guess what??  The path is here.  We are being shown the way.  Look how important you bloggers are.  Who would have thought in the whole time of the world what you do would be so important.  Neat huh???

Congrats!!!   :)

That is it for today!!!   :)

Thanks for reading!!!   :)

Hope Everyone has a Great and Awesome Day!!!   :)

xo's!!!   :)

Love You All!!!   :)

p.s.  Shit, what gets me through the week.... A short list.

  1. running
  2. Thursday = Friday
  3. Monday- date night
  4. Saturday long run
  5. Music
  6. Friends
Love you all xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

You all are the best!!!   xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

I throw extras of these courtesy my Welsh friends.  xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Now for really really cya cya cya!!!   :)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

My Latest Text

When is the last time you were up trying to do your blog thing at 3:11 am, and you get non-stop texts from your bil?  Me?? this morning.  I am trying to ignore it.  The latest text was Wake up Fuckface.  :)  lol.  I am blogging dammit!!  So I am ignoring him for the time being.  We are 5 hour difference now, so it is 8:00 pm.  So much belligerence means the fucker probably surfed already, and is drinking wine, or beer.  Sounds like a fun day.  :)

So anyway yesterday was speed work day.  I have a few notes.  I need to really start logging my workouts.  I am behind.  :)  Anyway how our streets run, some of you know, we can do 1/4 mile, 1/2 mile, 600M repeats, on our winter street.  Last Night we did 6-800 repeats.  Hard ups, recover downs for us May Marathoners.  8 hard downs recover ups for the Boston people.  I tell you what it was a hard work out.  Granted you are only doing 6 hard 800s, but they were hard.  My pace was pretty good.  7:30- 7:10, 7:10, 7:30, 7:40, 7:10.  Those were on hard ups, so my speed isn't too bad... for me.  My legs were not that great either.  I felt the 6 miler from the night before.  Jerry kicked my ass on 4-6.  He is freaking fast, or had a good night.  Jeff, (MWMFN) hung tough the last two to stay pretty close to me, so a good workout for all.  Ken did good too, and Nancy Best is back.  She is the one who ran the Illinois Marathon with me, and has been recovering from injuries since.  Nice to see her back.  I was way overdressed.  I thought it was supposed to be really cold.  I think it was like mid-20's with little wind.  I should have been wearing shorts, not two jackets, and two pants.  :)  Oh well.  :)

In news I like to post on my blog about people.  Doreen's dog is doing better.  It is a Pug, and I guess they have eye issues, so Doreen has been dealing with that stuff.  I love Doreen.  I think she is funny, and very real.  You know mad when she's mad, happy when she's happy.  She'd dish it out, and take whatever comes back her way.  I don't know her tons tons well, but from what I know she is great.  :)

The Starks on this side of the pond are all happy, because Kim, the oldest daughter, and her fiancee made the 8000 hour drive from Minneapolis to Zeeland to visit family.  Yayyyy!!  She seems to think that fun is going to be had.  Ummmmm, she had her fun.  She will be hanging out with her Dad.  I know her Dad.  The drive was the fun part.  :)

My cousin Melanie lost her brother this year.  She has been quiet on FB for a bit.  Who knows why, but obviously a lot to deal with.  She is going to get all Johnny Garcia and hang up some boxing bags to kick the shit out of.  Didn't get hung yesterday, but she worked out for like 2-1/2 hours yesterday.  Well, no one can keep up that pace... well us mortals can't.  Some of the nutty ones can, and do.  SHEESH!!  :)

Worried a bit about the O'Tooles.  Very quiet.  Olga hasn't been running as consistent as she'd like, and she is signed up for a marathon.  Nancy has been very quiet too.  Quiet worries me.  Makes me think something is up.  It is sometimes hard to communicate with me too, if you never met me.  Sometimes hard if you have too perhaps.  :)  Probably caused by this blog.  I have some thoughts about that too, but leave it to myself.

Gina has been very quiet too.  That means something.  She is dealing with whatever on her own, and maybe she should talk about it with me.  I am a good listener to the real stuff.  Don't do so good with the stupid shit.  :)  Just ask my wife.   :)   At least I think I am.

At any given moment you only get a glimpse of what I think about, and what is on my mind.  A lot passes through.  I try and give you as much as possible.  Why???   Cause I am the most interesting person in the world.  :)  Life is about real stuff.  No one is ever always "ON"  Somedays were off.  Whoever tries to pretend they are always "ON" is playing a game in which there are no winners.

This is going to be long.  I have a story.  A blogger I follow, and read, and comment on.  She doesn't know me at all.  Like most of them.  :)   I read her for a bit a while ago.  Over a year.  Back then I knew there was more to her than what she let on.  I knew it somehow.  She was not ready to deal with that shit back then, and I took her off my right hand side.  I have done that a lot.  A lot had to do with issues with me.  Me finding my place so to speak.  I had some things I had to overcome.  You don't know what, or maybe you do.  I have mentioned it before.  OMG my journey has been so long, and you don't even know all the stuff.  Like I said I leave some stuff between myself, and the author of this story.  Anyway, I am pretty sure I was right.  This person does have more stuff inside her.  Poor girl.  As funny, and outgoing, and fun as she is, she will learn it is o.k. to not be the life of the party all the time.  Everyone will still love you, even if sometimes you cannot be funny.  I know that is in her.  It lets itself out once in a while.  She must try to hide it though, but I saw a glimpse.  It is a lesson I had to learn in college.  I felt pressure to be the "life of the party".  It is o.k. to let your guard down.  It takes more strength and courage to do that shit, then to try and show you are all that to everyone all the time.  Trying to be all that all the time leads you to depression, and affects relationships.  Why????  Because it isn't real.  Real is all the shit we are.  Cannot fit anyone into a cookie cutter and mold them into a 24/7 person.  We are  not made like that, and that shit is fucking boring anyway.  Be who you are.  Everyone will love you more when you show ALL your color.  This is the shit that is going to be fun.  When everyone shows their colorful jacket.  You all got it.  Can't wait.  :)

That is it for today!!!   :)

Thanks for reading!!!   :)

Hope Everyone has a Great and Awesome Day!!!   :)

xo's!!!   :)

Love You All!!!   :)

p.s.  That is why Doreen, and Nikki are so freaking great.  Guys tend to try and hide shit more.  That is why they aren't as good as women at this shit.  Guys will get it though.  Gotta knock the Spartan shit out of them.

Love you all xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

You all are the best.  xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

gonna add a few of these courtesy my Welsh friends xxxxxxxxxxxx

Now for really really cya cya cya!!!   :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Okay Maybe That Is Something Too!!

I blog almost every day.  I guess that is something too.  Weird huh??  I take it for granted.  It is easy for me.  Many days I have no idea what the heck I am going to write. I sit down, and unload.  I have absolutely no idea what I am writing about today, so we will start somewhere.

I have been bad at logging my workouts on a timely basis.  I only log runs too, nothing else.  Isn't it freaking weird I always say my pace???  Why???  No Idea.  I have absolutely no idea.  Last night was a 6 miler @ about 8:40 is my guess.  We have speed work tonight.  That should be fun, although it is getting colder out.  I will have to layer up. 

Do you know what our layers are made up of??  Lifetime events.  These are things from our childhood, and lives, and day to day stuff that helped shape us.  They are our insecurities, our strengths, weaknesses, they are everything.  You know who has access to it on our own??  No one.  So it is a gift.  It is the mirror.  You are being shown your life.  I remember writing before that nostalgia is always filled with a bit of sadness.  So our journey will have some sad days, nothing no one cannot overcome.  Sad days help bring healing, and after these days the morning will show up.  It will do it's thing, and you will do yours.  Life goes on, but this step...for some reason is an important one.  As we open up, and show the real us, people will marvel.  Whoever heard or watched brave people showing their weak, and soft, and not so strong side.  I have guy friends who are very closed up.  Tried their damndest to do everything right, and realized shit, my best days were in College when I did everything wrong whenever I could.  :)  Fuck that!!!   Our best days are ahead.  Like I said faith is time related.  This will come about slowly.  You will get little views here and there of who you are, and boom, it will just show up on your blog.  This shit is going to be fascinating.  We are all going to see how different your DNA is so to speak.  :)

Well Well Well, I guess that is it for today!!!   :)

Thanks for Reading!!!   :)

Hope Everyone has a Great and Awesome Day!!!  :)

xo's!!!   :)

Love You All!!!   :)

p.s. I want to send a congratulations to Doug, a.k.a (Rob Roy), and his wife Renee, who had a baby girl.  He is a Sox fan too!!!   Wooooooooooo!!!  I tell you about these people.  I don't know if they read me.  They should, because I am freaking fascinating, but ya never know.  :)  Why do I put names on this thing??  I have my reasons, we will leave it at that.  :)

Love You All xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Have a good one today.  xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Wanna for safety sake add some extra xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx's those come courtesy of those two Welsh girls.  :)

Now for really really cya cya cya!!!   :)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


That is what we are, and I think that is what we are doing.  I think slowly but surely we peel away our layers, to show who we really are.  Like an onion has many many layers so do we.  We open up our layers slowly to show who we are.  You know who we are like??  no one.  We all are different.  In our mind perhaps there is some comfort in conforming to society's direction.  You were made unique.  Something as small as your DNA is different than anyone elses.  A gift to you is God wants to show you what he sees.  He wants to show you how special you are.  We do this slowly but surely just by writing down our thoughts.  Do you want to be a nameless person in a parade line not looking any different than anyone else??  Or...... Do you want to see how unique of a flower you really are.  You have a gift, and it is to show all the world how different and special you really are. 

I see sometimes even the bestest of people like a Beth Shutt or a Kim Kim Kim can lose confidence in things.  You can all take confidence in the fact that even the strongest of people don't always feel they are all that.  I have a bit of a gift of confidence, and it is the confidence to comment on people's sites.  People I don't even freaking know lol.  I didn't know these people, and I commented, and kept on and on and on.  Who knew it was so not the norm??  lol.  

I am getting to know these people.  I know them pretty well.  Even Beth and I had a bumpy ride.  Who woulda thunk it??  You know what good came out of it???  I pick up more confidence, and I pick up more bloggers.  I picked up Kim Kim Kim, and Charisa "Rockstar Superstar"  and Go Big Green Julia???  something like that, and Alili.  No hard feelings I don't think either way.  You know during my beginning... of reading blogs... the only thing I had keeping me going was Beth Shutt's twitter updates.  They used to be few.  I would listen to "Enya" and some other shit too, and just cry.  I don't even remember why.  SHEESH!!  That was a long time ago.

So anyway I like to throw names on this thing.  I think Nikki VanDenHeuvel freaking rocks.  She is one of the best FB'ers.  Hal is too for a guy.  Did you know Hal likes to do step aerobics, and thinks he looks sexy in the downward dog pose???  Freaking weirdo.  :)  The Starks are great too.  :)  The daughters are cute too.  ;)   lol.   tandumrider is cute too for a younger person.  :)   lol

So I guess we are all different, and that is pretty great.  :)   This should be fun.  :)

That is it for today!!!!   :)

Thanks for reading!!!   :)

Hope Everyone has a Great and Awesome Day!!!   :)

xo's!!!   :)

Love You All!!!   :)

p.s. fwiw my right hand side ain't changing unless I add.  Oh I biked to work yesterday btw.  It was cold out, but I was sweating when I got there.  crazy huh??  I mean soaking.  sooooo strange.  :)  Bike and Run today.  Yayyyyyyy!!!

Love you all xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

oooooh, forgot to tell you WorkHouseJo has a job interview.  Woooooo!!!   xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

and some extra xxxxxxxxxxx's to be safe.  those are courtesy of my two Welsh friends.  :)

Now for really really cya cya cya!!!   :)))

Monday, January 17, 2011

Throw A Brick On That Sunday

Well the plan was to run long twice this weekend.  Going 13 on Saturday pretty much changed that.  Oh, the 13 was at like 9:30 pace, so make sure you update your spread sheets.  :)  lol.  My legs were a bit fatigued, and for me a good bike ride helps recover the legs.  I rode the trainer for an hour.  I don't think I really pushed hard or anything, but I was soaked at the end of the ride.  I then went on a run.  I figured anywhere from my 3.13 route to 4.25 route.  The legs loosened up pretty quickly, but it was really hard to get running.  I was going pretty slow for the route, and I wanted to stop and rest halfway through.  I don't totally know the reasons why it was so hard.  I figured a combination of 13 mile run followed by a brick which I haven't done a lot over the last year.  It was really hard.  It was nice to see others sometimes struggle with the run portion of the brick.  I'll have to do more of those.  Maybe that will be my Sunday.  Trainer for an hour, and a little run off.  Let's face it I am up to 13 on long runs, so it won't be too long where I will be jumping up to 16 miles etc...  I am definitely not the guy who can run 16, and follow that up with a 10 or something.  We'll see.  That is maybe a tentative plan for now.  It is definitely nice to see people struggle with their workouts.  Sometimes you think the fast people are always "on".  Even pros have down days.  So that is cool.

Other than that the Bears win.  Bears who I thought would be 5-11 are one game away from the Super Bowl.  The Pack are a good team.  Good "D" and good Offense.  Pack no real running game.  Bears are pretty good "D" pretty good "O" and real good Special teams.  No weaknesses, but QB not as good, but offense is more balanced.  Bears Packers though.  Should be good.  The other one is a showdown between the Steelers and the Jets.  lol.  Not even touching that one.  Ha ha Ha!!!   :)  Luckily that game will go past my bedtime next Sunday so I'll probably miss that one.  :)

Today is date night.  Monday night.  Making some kind of meal.  I am going to bike to work today.  The sidewalks looked pretty good on my run yesterday, although I ran on the road.  I hate that it says 18 degrees.  boooooo!!  No biggie though.  Yesterday was fun.  :)

That is it for today!!!   :)

Thanks for reading!!!   :)

Hope Everyone has  a Great and Awesome Day!!!   :)

xo's!!!   :)

Love You All!!!   :)

p.s. I have no idea what to make for dinner today.   hmmmmm.  I'll let you know tomorrow.  :)

Love you all.  xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Have a great one.  xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo.  and always some extra xxxxxxxxxxxx's for safe measure.  :)

Now for really really cya cya cya!!!   :)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

My Saturday!!

Not feeling real inspired to write this morning, but guess I will anyway.  First off I will start off with my run.  What ended up being a down week for me really left me with pretty good legs yesterday.  I didn't have a certain amount of mileage I wanted to do, but I definitely wanted to put in a good effort.  I was able to get in 1-1/2 loops before starting the run.  My legs felt great.  I knew after around 5 miles in I was going to go the 10+3 for a 13 miler.  There really wasn't much about the run.  One thing I do notice is Amanda's training pace is quicker than mine right now.  Whatever that means.  I kept it easy though.  I never did breath hard really, and I felt great the whole way.  Once I made the 10 mile turnaround though the wind was at me.  So my run back in was pretty cold, but other than that definitely pleased with the run.  Oh Alan gave me a couple running jackets too.  Spare ones I guess that were laying around.  Those will come in handy. 

Here is my dilemma I have.  What to do on a Saturday.  Not much to do.  I took a nap, and pretty early decided to get a bit of laundry done.  That is what I did.  Spent a lot of time "texting" on Twitter with the Welsh ladies.  :)  Basically waiting for football to start.  I listened to some music, and that was it.  Nothing too exciting. 

I took Lisa out to New Holland.  Katy (probably Katie)  spell it that way, because she is pretty like Katy Perry is pretty.  lol.  Anyway she introduced herself to Lisa.  Her hair wasn't straight like it normally is.  I asked her about that, and she says if she blow dries it, it will be straight, and if she just lets it go it is frizzy.  :)  That was cool.  I came home, and watched a bit of the Packers, and Bulls games, and went to bed at half.  I jacked up my back, but seems to be better today. 

That is it for today!!!   :)

Thanks for reading!!!   :)

Hope Everyone has a Great and Awesome Day!!!   :)

xo's!!!   :)

Love You All!!!   :)

p.s. I sense things are weird for some people.  I guess I kinda understand.  You know what??  I am me, I still do everything I always do, but sometimes I wake up early and things need to be written, and that is what is done.  That I have help with, among other things.  Oh well wish I could help you with that, but I see how it can be kinda scary. 

Now for really really cya cya cya!!!   :)

Love you all xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo.   Go BEARS!!!   :) 

Some more xoxoxoxoxoxoxo's and always some extra xxxxxxxxxxxx's to be safe.  :)

Have a great one!!!   :)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

What I See

Well here is what I see.  Yesterday my wife and I went out to lunch at Applebees.  I decided to not get a book at the library, because I was tired.  The common thread this week huh??  So I had a couple beers, and lunch.  Our waitress was pretty.  Not in a knock out body pretty, but a great smile, and her eyes sparkled.  Lisa and I both noticed.  She seemed really nice. 

There is a tired theme going on these here parts.  I picked up some Coors Light on the way home, and the pretty girl who does her nails was working.  I could see she wasn't her same sparkling self.  She still had pretty nails.  I asked if she was tired.  She said "yeah for some reason."  For us in West Michigan we get a lot of gray days in the winter.  Now if it is cold, and you don't feel like being outside at all, it makes one tired, and droopy.  Not to mention your Vitamin D is probably out of whack too.  I mean even I was tired this week.  Me???  lol.  

I walked briskly to work yesterday.  The good thing about walking at 4:00 am is I can walk on the street, and no traffic.  Sidewalks weren't plowed yet.  About 1 mile or so into my walk, some plow pulled up beside me and asked if I wanted a ride.  I was like no thanks.  You know at that point in time there is nowhere else I'd rather have been.  I was doing what I wanted.  I can drive the truck every day, but I choose not to.  I am always hungry too, at the time I'd pick up Lisa, so I could eat a lunch too.  I choose to do this.  I could be smarter about things in my life, but I choose not to.  At least in things pertaining to how one is "supposed to live".  Been there done that, and it lead me nowhere really. 

Here is me in a bit of a nutshell I guess.  I will put forth good effort at work.  I will put forth good effort at my hobby of running.  Luckily my hobby is one that keeps me healthy.  I will put forth good effort at fun.  As it so happens, I enjoy my job most times.  I enjoy running and training, and I enjoy having fun.  So yeah, I am kinda living the charmed life huh??  I don't think I will ever be like the 3 running-blog girls, although I was for that one year kinda.  I think I am more like "A1"  lol.  Not the steak sauce.  She is more talented though.  :) I still want to get back in the pool though, and I think Steelhead may be something I'd do.  Maybe I'll find a shorter distance one.  We'll see.  The distance doesn't bug me though, because let's face it I am always focused on distance huh??  While trying to achieve long, I hope to add some short.

I am well rested today.  We have more snow on the ground, so going to be a yak trax run fo sho!!  I may cut it off at 10 miles, because it might be a hard one out there today.  Not to mentions switching from 10-12 = a hilly beast.  Maybe I'll go early and run 3 miles early.  I think that is what I'll do.  Add 3, and that gives me flexibility to turn back at 8 for 11, or go 10 for 13.  Oh well never mind that.  Just thinking out loud so to speak.  :)

I think I will share my comment with Jen Gray.  She has spam problems with comments so you pretty much have to e-mail her.  I share, because it really is something I have been through, and how I feel, and what I feel to be true.  So here it is: 

Time does heal loss.  You are very early, and your heart is very big.  As time goes on the healing does too.  You are strong though, because you look at it, and you deal with it.  You will not be at your best at a time like this, but you know what you cannot see is how you are 1 year from now.  You will have a different viewpoint. 

I cried 1 year after my step-mom died.  I am not sure if I ever told anyone.  I cried for her, and Jesus, and one of my favorite people of that time Harry Truman.  I cried their lives were so hard.  I wish they weren't.  I think it was healing.  That would have been Christmas night/early the next morning.  1991???   Harry Truman died on the 26th of December too. 

I have nothing to say to help, but time does heal.  God's way.  You know faith is all about time.  Abraham was given a promise, and he believed.  Remember how long he waited.  Faith is time related, and so is the healing of grieving.  You will have a much more colorful vision 1 year from now, and you will still have fond memories of your mom. 

xo!!!   :)

That is it for today!!!   :)

 Thanks for reading!!!   :)

Hope Everyone has a Great and Awesome Day!!!   :)

xo's!!!   :)

Love You All!!!   :)

p.s.  The xo's are not for Avril Lavigne, I was just pointing it out, that she uses them too.  :)  fwiw.  :)  lol

Now for really really cya cya cya.

Love You all  xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

long run Saturday wooooooooo.  No idea what I am doing after.   xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

and as always some extra xxxxxxxxxxxxxx's just to be safe.   :))

Have a great day all.  :))))))))))   xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo 

Friday, January 14, 2011

Jingle Bell Jingle Bell Jingle Bell Rock!!! :)

I did absolutely nothing yesterday workout-wise so I have no idea what I will write today, as my title suggests.  So, let's start off with the workouts and go from there.  Okay,  got that done now what??   :)  lol. 

I think I want a book to read.  I am not sure what.  Maybe I will go to the library today after work, and pick something up.  Right after the hospital, as I was going through my "physical" depression I think the only thing I wanted to do was read.  I steered toward history a lot, because I wanted to be the smartest person in the world.  :)  lol.  I read a lot of WWII.  Btw you will find a ton more good books on WWII, than WWI.  Interesting huh?  Because WWII was sooo gruesome??  WWI they would kill 100s and 100s of "nameless" people to gain 3 inches of ground.  These people were "nameless" except to the family, and friends back home.  Those 3 inches of ground were probably given up the next day, along with 100s more "nameless" people.  Then the powers that be... the victors.... tried to grab all the spoils, and they were back at it 20 years later.  Crazy huh? 

Still there are stories that come out.  Through the bad we still get Anne Frank.  We get that guy who found freedom in his mind, even though death surrounded him.  We also get William Shirer.  I am not sure if I told you his story.  He grew up in Cedar Rapids.  He was a Czech dude who graduated Coe College like my Dad.  He was one of the people who did not survive the red scare tactics of Joseph McCarthy.  No job, a family etc... and what comes out of it???  "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich"  A classic.  It is stories like this that you should look to.  You are on a good side.  You are being watched out for.  Through the difficult times try and keep your head high.  This is an important time.  You cannot see your direction, but one does see, and he is steering you right.  That you can trust.  Keep your eyes and ears open.  This is your time.  Remember when I said do you ever think that maybe we are so busy trying to show what we can do, but perhaps God would like to show us what he can do.  I have seen a lot.  You will too.  A personal journey is filled with fear.  Fear is a good thing.  It will go well with those who fear.  :)  You know in some of my hardest days, I looked in my heart, and was glad to see fear.  I trusted fear to be a good thing.  I knew I was on the right path.  Fear I trusted.  I knew I was on the right path, but fear makes you feel like you are not.  Fear is healthy.  :)

Of course I have no idea where anyone stands with any of this, but writing things down from my perspective.  :)   I really just want to help you through this, and I have been through a lot.  So hope it helps.  :)

That is it for today!!!   :)

Thanks for reading!!!   :)

Hope Everyone has a Great and Awesome Day!!!   :)

xo's!!!   :)

Love You All!!!   :)

p.s. I am thinking a walk commute today.  Walk/shuffle run.  There is a shit load of snow.  UGH!!!

Have A Great one!!!  xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

It is the weekend.  YAYYYYYYYYY!!!   Doubling up on the long runs this weekend.  YAYYYYY!!!  I think  YAYYYYYY  anyway.   :)

Love you all :))))))))   xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

weekenddddddddddddddd   xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Now for really really cya cya cya!!!   :)   xoxoxoxoxoxoxo  and some extra xxxxxxxxxx's  just to be safe.  :))

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Missed A Speed Workout???

Wow, I never do that.  I missed the first one.  I overslept when I took a nap.  Weird huh??  I don't use an alarm to go to work at 5:00 am, or write my blog, but I overslept an afternoon nap.  Why???   All for good.  I don't know.  Nothing for me to worry about.

I was thinking of something Kim Kim Kim tweeted last night.  What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.  I have two thoughts on this.  One is a guy in a concentration camp I read about.  I think it was in a book called "Jewish Literacy".  I forget the author, but he is pretty famous.  There was a gentleman in a concentration camp surrounded by people who were basically being worked, and starved to death.  Through chains, and fences, and all things one equates with non-freedom he found freedom in his mind.  As death surrounded him he was able to view peace I guess within himself.  I guess if you let go of everything a freedom remains.  Letting go is the hard part huh??  That is where my journey ended.  I let everything go... again.  Thanksgiving you must have seen something.  This shit is normal for me.  I looked at the Journey a bit last night.  Hard to tell what you think.  That is the overcome isn't it.  To let go of everything.  All the "security" you feel you have.  hmmmmmm.   All I can say is "You Got This"  Perfect decisions come from perfect vision.  Trust in the one who can see that far.  That is all I can say.  Won't steer you in a wrong way.

That which doesn't kill us makes us stronger.  The path is filled with little things that help make us more strong  oops I meant to say honest.  To overcome the one who would not like honesty to be a part of your tool chest.  :)  Within your power.   :)

That is it for today!!!   :)

Thanks for reading!!!   :)

Hope Everyone has a Great and Awesome Day!!!   :)

xo's!!!   :)

Love You All!!!   :)

p.s.  My gift is a heart that is cheerful.  It wasn't always this way, as a matter of fact I lived through despair where I had a heart that was full of judgment toward myself, and others probably.  I tried to keep my mouth shut about that, but who is so perfect right??  After the Journey, and after Thanksgiving I now have a heart I can trust.  A promise, and a heart that is always cheery.  A promise that all I do, even if it seems bad will come out good.  That is why this blog is scary I bet.  The promise.  I stepped up a few days or so ago, and acknowledged it.  I have known it since before the hospital.  I am nothing special, but I was cast aside for something is all.  So have all of you.   :)  I had the same fears, and doubts, and everything you all feel.  I overcame though, so you can trust.  You see me. 

Thanks, and love you all. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo.  Welcome back "Panders"  :)   xoxoxoxoxoxoxo  Check out Alili's last post.  She overcame peer pressure to be herself.   :)  That takes courage from some of you people.  A lot of you have already overcome the peer pressure aspect, but not all.  Good luck.  xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo.   cya.

I gotta run so I am not late.  My sleep yesterday was so jacked.  I have no idea what I am going to do workout wise today.  I am all jacked.  :))   xoxoxoxoxoxo

Did you know Avril Lavigne's signature is xo.   I love her.   :) 


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tire Jacks and.... well can't really think of anything, so just leave it at that. :)

Doubts????  Yesterday I almost had it.  A breakdown almost...ish.  Breakdown as in stress in MY life???  WOAH!!!  The absolute worst of all worstesssesss  happened.  A flat tire on the truck.  I still don't have a spare.  :)  I want to get two new tires, and throw one as the spare.  My spare is TOAST!!!  So I was waiting.  The truck doesn't lift high enough with the jack.  I use two.  I lift it up with one, on 2x4's.  Add more 2x4's, and go higher with another jack, so I can get it off.  It is a FREAKING BITCH!!!  I was like WHAT????  That is the worst.  Everything for good, is it????   I looked inside my heart, and damn if it still wasn't happy.  I was like WOAH!!  I almost had a bit of doubt, but with help I realized, all is still good.  My heart was laughing and singing like a happy bird.  How's that huh???

I was hoping by the time I got home between the two other guys who live in the house it would be done.  YIPES!!!  not quite, but good effort was given.  Tire was fixed, they didn't know my double jack trick I like to do.  :)  Not sure if anyone knew we had more jacks.  We used John Q's jack.  One that goes tall enough for a Jeep SUV.  Still doesn't do my stupid ass truck.  How annoying huh???  I mean it isn't like my truck is one of those big 4x4 trucks with tires that are 8 feet tall.  It is so annoying.  I was glad I was able to get it done though.  :)

So workout wise I biked to work.  I was running a bit behind, so I had to time-trial it to work, and I had to go AGAINST the wind.  UGH!!  Wind normally goes from West to East.  No such luck this day.  I made it on time.  I think I averaged 33 mph.  :)   j/k.  I had to ride home while it was snowing, and did snow a bit prior.  I can go at my own leisure.  It was pretty fun.  After that I fixed the tire.  I was a bit zonked after that, so took a little nap, before my run.  My run I didn't map out yet.  I'll say somewhere between 5.25 and 5.5.  I had to make a pit stop.  Luckily Bob pointed out public restrooms downtown.  They were clean and smelled good too.  Well before the pit stop anyway.   ;)   lol.  So, I ended up not finishing my 2nd loop all the way, and starting my 3rd loop at that point, so I ran the rest of the way with Jerry and Jeff.  Nice easy pace.  Not much under 9:00 I am sure.  Tonight we do speed work.  Helen, the funny teacher lady, and her husband Jim I think ran too.  It was a pretty good run.  It was pretty warm out too.  25 degrees.  Funny how relative all that crap is huh???  I mean you run in the single digits, and all of a sudden 25 feels like the Sahara dessert.  Crazy Crazy.  Tonight we have speed work.  Should be....ugh.....funn'ish??!!!  :)

That is it for today!!!!   :)

Thanks for reading!!!   :)

Hope Everyone has a Great and Awesome Day!!!   :)

xo's!!!   :)

Love You All!!!   :)

p.s. It is Jen Parker Harrison's 40th today.  WOOOOOOO!!!!   She has been a huge help to me in ways she probably doesn't even know.  So when things seem a bit strange with people and this blog.  Our "beginning" helps me understand some stuff.  For that I am grateful.  :)  I am also grateful the 40th is finally here.  I feel I have been reading about it for the last 60 years.  lol   :)

Now for really really cya cya cya!!!!   :)

love you all!!!   :)   xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Oh, I didn't pick up another blogger btw.  wasn't feeling it.   xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo.  Hope everyone has a rocking day.  :)))))    xoxoxoxoxo

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Today is a list day, wanna know why??  I thought about it before I woke up.  This should be good.

  1. I don't post pictures hardly ever on my blog and one of the blogger's I read said blogs without pictures are boring.  lol.   :)   Maybe that is why she doesn't read this anymore.  :)
  2. I thought it was because I was such a bad person. Who knows, she never did say.
  3. Is that what some people do??  judge me?
  4. Oh well, hard to tell huh??  People aren't really open with their anger are they??
  5. try to hide it??  
  6. Isn't it strange I have to guess about stuff??  
  7. Sometimes when I feel things being weird, my past with Jen Harrison keeps me level.
  8. I put names on here, because...
  9. I have told a lot of stories of a lot of people.  
  10. So it is an on-going story, and you get a view of some people who are in my life.
  11. Don't get mad if you see your name here, it means I think of you.
  12. I think that should be an honor.  It is what is intended.
  13. Maybe your cute, you are funny, you have a good blog, a good whatever.  I usually mean good.
  14. This is life right???? 
  15. We aren't slaves in Egypt, or slaves in America.  We have some good things, and some bad things.  
  16. We get to do things we like, but eeeeek, I guess we have to do some tough stuff too.  
  17. I think I might add another blogger.  
  18. I'll check her out.  I read her before.  :)
  19. I'll let you know.  :)
  20. I'll let her know too if I add her.
So anyway we made dinner last night.  Chicken cacciatore.  yummy.  All I did exercise wise was ride my bike to work, and push ups and pull ups.  A nice easy Monday.

That is it for today!!!   :)

Thanks for reading!!!   :)

Hope Everyone has a Great and Awesome Day!!!   :)

xo's!!!   :)

Love You All!!!   :)

p.s.  Happy Birthday Maija!!!   :)

Now for really really cya cya cya!!!  :)

Love you all xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

:))   xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

You know what??  It is a lot easier to show our faults than trying to live up to perfection.  A lot funner too.  Less stressful, and more healthy.  :))  Not to mention showing our faults we can be successful at.  The other one.... nope.  You will fail.  :))

I love you all, especially all the ones I have a crush on.  lol.   :))))   xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Hee hee heee heeeeeeeee!!!   :)))

Monday, January 10, 2011

A Pretty Good Weekend For Me!!

It was a fun weekend.  I got some good workouts in, and hung out, and had a good time.  Yesterday I biked to work and back, which is pretty freaking hard.  Kinda like Audrey's crazy race I'd say.  Snowshoe racing lol.   :)  I am hoping she takes up unicycle racing.  She'd be a natural.  :)

So anyway, I did that, and worked yesterday.  I got home just in time to dry off my gloves, eat a small piece of pizza, and get ready to run.  I am not sure what the plan was for everyone.  It was Jim, Jerry, Jeff (MWMFN), and I .  The last name of Jim is Stark.  I think I know me some Starks from somewhere so that is cool.  :)  I know Jeff, didn't run the day before, so I figured 10 was in the mix.  Jim did 7 the day before, and Jerry and I did 10.  I would have done 10, but as we were approaching the 8 mile turn around I was falling back.  Legs tired??  probably.  I headed back after 8 miles, and Jim and Jeff went on another mile to the 10 mile turn around.  We were running in snow, I didn't use yak trax.  Mizuno's are the absolute worst snow running shoe.  It clogs up, so we were constantly kicking the snow out of our bottom.  We ended up the 8 miles just under 10:00 pace.  It felt harder than that.  I never thought I'd see 10:00 pace, but that winter shit takes it out of us I guess.  I guess I get a better gauge for my speed on the snow melt.  Clean surface.  I'll have to get a pair of Asics too I think.  Better for running in the snow. 

So let's see what else is up.  Well one of the girls I have a crush on Doreen, I became friends with her sister.  :)  YAYYYYYYY!!!   :)   I was just hoping Doreen was doing o.k., and I told her she was one of my favs.  She is one of her sis's favs too, so now we are friends.  :)  I am even talking about it in my blog.  :)  lol.  

Other than that not much going on I don't think.  Tonight is date night with @ Lisa.  Not sure what I am going to make.  We'll just stop at the store after work, and see if something looks good.  I am thinking Chicken Cacciatore.  I think that is how you spell it.  We'll see.  Probably that.  I will let you know tomorrow.  :)

I  will give you a post from Gina, that is great.  She said, 

So God-I was wondering.. Can I trade in my decision maker? I think the one u gave me was faulty. Thank you. Xos
Haven't we all been there??  It is kinda human nature to fly by the seat of the pants huh??  Get caught up in the moment and go.  Imperfect information leads to bad decisions.  Emotions we don't have control over.  Things that make us angry.  How about relationships.  How hard are those to gauge??  You are head over heels for like 6 months, maybe a year.  Walking on clouds, and then what??  You need to be good friends huh??  Someone takes the clouds away, and real life begins.  Guys we give so much attention at first, which is what the woman craves, and then other things become important??  Girls want to know their husband/boyfriend, but men typically keep to themselves.  It is hard to show who you are.  I mean I was even told once my blog was interesting, but if that person did it she would edit stuff differently.  I fly by the seat of the pants on this.  You get to know my thoughts, and all.  Everything, because that is who I am.  Why not right??  Who am I to impress??  We are human.  We really are not that impressive really.  I mean sometimes when we run we shit in the woods like a bear.  :)   lol
That is it for today!!!   :)
Thanks for reading!!!   :)
Hope Everyone has a Great and Awesome Day!!!  :)
xo's!!!   :)
Love You All!!!   :)
p.s. thinking of doing just strength work today.  and dat is alle!!!  :)
Now for really really cya cya cya!!   :)

lOVe yOU aLL  xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
xoxoxoxoxoxoxox  :)))  Even @WorkHouseJo  :)))   lol   one of my many crushes.  :))
hahahahahahahahahahahHAHAHAHAHAHAHhahahahahahaha!!!!    xoxoxoxoxoxoxo   :)))

Sunday, January 9, 2011

It says 3 degrees on my computer. #YIKES!!! :)

Well yesterday was a full day, and I have a lot to get through.  First off Oscar is racing today, is Beth??  I don't remember.  I think Oscar writes the best race reports.  You know how those can be boring, but he is usually pretty good at it.  Not as good as me, but I win all my races.  :)

Well group running started yesterday, and we had a bunch of the crew back.  The "Fast" people, Little Cathy, Bob, Kristen, Charley, and a couple more of the fast people. I forget their names.  :)  I'll get them though.  The one guy is the one who got 8 laps on the 4th 12:00 before Bayshore.  He ran sub: 3:10.  Ganzi can never get a 8th lap on a 4th 12:00, but Ganzi broke 3 hours.  Marathons huh??  Cathy, and Kristen are doing Bayshore.  I think Kristen is a 3:07 marathoner, Cathy a 3:12???, and Bob a 3:09. Charley got 3:10 at Bayshore.  I saw these people at the beginning, and on their way back.  Amanda my kinda running partner was there with some new girls, and they went faster than us.  Jerry, and I went with Ken.  Ken is a multimarathoner.  We are the only two people at our store who have run multiple marathons.  Actually who have run any marathons.  He is training for the Cincy half.  He is 65 years old I think, and still getting it done.  Jerry, and I ended up going 9.92 miles @ 9:30 pace I think.  We weren't really pushing it, but it was hard running with snow, and cold temps, not to mention the HILLY route.  I had the frozen beard thing going on.  We are going out again today perhaps with Jim.  I am not ready for Jim to put the hurt on me.  :)  I think I'll let him go.  :)  I'll stay at my own pace.

So I came home, and did the tired thing I like to do.  I took a bit of a nap, and Lisa and I went to New Holland. I didn't see Katy working.  boooo.  I saw her on my way out though, YAYYYY.  I should introduce Lisa to her.  I tell her she is my girlfriend.  :)   Lisa is probably jealous. lol.  We saw Beau and Charity there with Beau's best friend Matt, and also a girl I work with.  Her name is Ashley.  Interesting story about her.  She is a hockey player.  I knew she was good, when I looked at her stats a year or so ago.  She scored a lot of goals.  I guess she is going to Turkey to play with the National team coming up.  Who knew??  I didn't know she was that good.  She is strong though, you can tell that.  She'd probably kick my ass.  :)  I don't really pay attention to women's Hockey, but pretty cool.   She only drank water too.  How is that for discipline?  :)

Other than that it was just a good fun day.  I am riding my bike to work today, and working a few hours.  That is why the title is what it is.  Not to mention we are running.  I learned a lot about my blog yesterday.  That's cool.  Also I chatted via Twitter with @WorkHouseJo.  I have a crush on her too. :)  Don't tell her, or my wife, or @jefStark.  I have a crush on @jefStarks daughters too.  Make sure you don't tell them that.  #SHEESH!!  As always all my crushes are harmless.  I just like cute and funny girls.  :)  Nothing wrong with that.  :)  Yeah Gina is always always my most important crush.  :)

That is it for today!!!  :)

Thanks for reading!!!   :)

Hope Everyone has a Great and Awesome Day!!!   :)

xo's!!!   :)

Love You All!!!   :)   especially Kim Kim Kim   :)

p.s. I hate I forgot those people's names, but It is a long season.  Can't wait for Wednesday.  Actually running today, and Tuesday too.  Wednesday should be interesting following Tuesday.  Monday is Lisa and I's date night.  We make, probably I,   a good meal, and chill.  :)

Now for really really cya cya cya!!!  :)

ooops,  I only had partial info, I didn't know there was a killing spree, I just heard of the Congressperson getting shot.  I think being and staying closed makes people do bad and stupid stuff.  The killer, probably had issues.  He buried his issues, and it found it's way out in a BAD way.  We all have issues.  ALL.  We ALL have to look at them, and overcome them so to speak.  That is important.  That is what we are doing, while we live our lives, and train, and go to school, and do Yoga, and work, and everything.  Don't you think it is strange that women are better at this??  Men have pride???  Maybe that is it.  We all want to look fabulous, but fabulous is showing our less than perfect side.  Love lives in the light so to speak.

Now for really really really cya cya cya cya.  I hope @MellyStark isn't jealous of my crush on @WorkHouseJo.  :)

ooooppppsssss LoVe yOu aLL  xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

xoxoxoxoxoxoxo.    :)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Where Do You Live??

I went out with friend's of my wife last night.  I think she worked with these people when she worked at K-Mart.  Since she has worked at Menards for like 17 years or something, she has known these people for a while.  I was notified they were even at our wedding.  :)  I like them.  The two girls were very open.  One had a cute way of talking.  Said things like "gunna" instead of the proper "gonna".  :)  She also had 47 pair of boots, and she let us see them.  :)  Lisa tried a pair on.  The other one was just nonchalant open.  Not forced open like whatever The Steelers QB did last summer, or Tiger Woods, or O.J. Simpson, or whoever.  Show me the faith of Michael Vick.  Now that is impressive.  One who showed remorse for his wrong doing.  Apologized, was made low of low, and still had the COURAGE to show up and face his accusers.  I think the Michael Vick story is more impressive.  He was JUDGED by everyone as being bad.  He probably judged himself too.  You don't think I KNOW EVERYONE has impure thoughts of some type???

No her openness was about being sexually abused by her Dad's brother.  Someone else in the family killed himself, etc... Real life stuff.  They were a breath of fresh air.  I mean they were open about stuff, as if it was a way of life.  They are mentally healthy to say the least.  I'd definitely hang with them again.

I have a lot of work to do.   SHEESH!!  just when I thought I was getting somewhere.  :)  I can tell something is up.  I feel it inside me when things are not going well.  Internal struggle??  I guess we will find out.  Something is up, and this doesn't usually end well.  :)

Anyway in other news thanks to Pandora I can tell a Lil Kim song when it comes on.  :)    I can bike in the snow.  I sweat A LOT when I bike in the snow even if it is 20 degrees.  I was soaked when I got to work.  I had to take my shirt off and try to dry them with the hand dryer.  I'll have to plan for that.  :)  Windbreakers retain heat.  :)

Oh, one other thing, the girls were looking at pictures, and kept saying awwwwwwwwww.   :)  I like that.  :)

I am up way earlier than I need to be to run, but this is what I do.

I guess that is it for today!!!   :)

Thanks for reading!!!   :)

Hope Everyone has a Great and Awesome Day!!!   :)

xo's!!!   :)

Love You All!!!   :)

p.s.  All the new people I added are GREAT, I love them all.  I love the other ones I have had forever like Barb and Audrey.  Obviously I love Jen Harrison, and Kim Kim Kim, and Jen Gray, Jessica,  and the non-bloggers, and Sugarleg, and hope I am not forgetting anyone.  Rockstar Superstars, etc...  I would not be afraid to take two off my list though.  I would do that.  Don't feed me horseshit!!!  You are a couple You go together, or not at all.  Oh, I don't want to forget about the O'Tooles, and New Nancy, and Laura, and Marilynn.  My anger is directed toward the two who don't read me.  :)   lol   Not Maija, and Adam or Bri, and Marty.  The two who don't learn their lessons.  :)




Now For Really Really cya cya cya!!!   :)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Let's Begin!!

My training always always always begins with the training Group.  We start this weekend "officially" , and Wednesday is "officially" speed work night, from now til the end of May.  YAYYYY!!!  Jeff (MWMFN), Jerry, Carol, and I met downtown to run some.  Jeff, Jerry, and I did a loop, and ran a hill hard up recover down, and Carol just ran some loops.  Carol did a harder hill the day before with Lynne.  Lynne is the pretty blonde.  :)  lol

That hill was not 400M like I thought.  We are guessing maybe 200M, but who knows.  I have no idea.  When I mapped the run,  the pace was out of whack, so I screwed something up.  We ended up doing 6 hard ups, and recover downs.  WOAH!!!  It was hard, those recover downs were not fully recovering ya dig???   :)   You always feel good for blowing out the pipes though huh??  I am worried for next Wednesday.  :)

So, I tried to bike in the snow to work, and it was a complete success.  YAYYYY!!!   As a matter of fact it was fun fun fun.  :)  Hold on, I need to make sure I put the batch in the dryer.   brb....  PHEW, almost forgot.  :)  All this stuff helps me in the long run improve improve improve.  That is my goal.  To get better.  Jerry said his base is better this year, than it was last year.  He was in 3:35 Marathon shape less: the 9000 degree day.  So let's see what happens.  Jerry and I were chugging up that hill at the same pace.  So here is hoping for a good spring.  Yeah, my season is 2.  Spring and Fall. So that is all exciting.  Excited for the year coming up.  Running the long hilly route on Saturday. 

I really don't have much else today.  Lisa and I are going out with friends of hers tonight.   I have no idea who they are.  :)  I hope they are fun.  A chance to meet new people I guess. 

A Big Congrats out to Becky.  Having a baby!!!!   Woo Hoo!!!  crazy girl, only kept it secret for like 37 weeks.  9 x 4 = 36 right.  :))  Ha Ha!!  Now she'll really have time to blog.  :)  lol.  Really happy for her.  :)

A couple notes... 2 ironman's in one year.  :)  EEEEEEEKKKK!!!!!   Cal Ripken's streak is still alive.  :)   lol.

That is it for today!!!!   :)

Thanks for reading!!!  :)

Hope Everyone has a Great and Awesome Day!!!   :)

xo's!!!   :)

Love You All!!!   :)

p.s.  I like coffee.   :)

Love you All xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox   :))))    lol

Now for really really cya cya cya!!!!   :)