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Sunday, September 14, 2014

This will be low on words and high on pictures. This is my trip away with 6 of my high school friends. It is an annual outing to a cabin, and a relaxing weekend. The only requirement- everyone gets to be themselves. Here's my trip.

My first new friend. Mister Snappy was waiting for me on the way in.

These are some random photos of the drive back to the cabin.

...and here is my Saturday morning view before my run...

I set off for a run. Did around 12 miles and snapped pics too.

Cat ?-

Deer Dancing/Sparing/Breeding

Human- guessing 6'1", 180 lbs., and very handsome

You can't call me a heel striker-

Downriver some. Standing on a little bridge looking up stream Strait down-
Below the bridge

Now the afternoon walk. 8 miles of hiking and trail walking. Lots of strange mushrooms.

And a last one. This has noting to do with the trip, but was the soul behind running 12 miles and walking 8 within 6 hours of each other.

Stand tall, Eat well, keep moving, and enjoy all of life (even the rough stuff).


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BLESSED2BEME 9/14/2014 11:43PM

    So glad you got away! Beautiful photos.

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JULIA_RUN2SMILE 9/14/2014 11:00PM

    Love your pictures... I was actually looking at my pic and started putting together a blog too... I will post it tomorrow, my brain is like a big fog at the moment.
Thanks for sharing - your last words will stay with me this week ... I will repeat it to myself
" Stand tall ( or as tall as I can be - ;) you are much tallrr than me), eat well (can't binge when trigger foods are not avail!), keep moving (that it an awesome advise ... sitting still is so painful!) And enjoy all of life...
Hugs. Your friend.

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ANDREAG89 9/14/2014 8:49PM

    Thank you very much for the photos! What a great "me" trip. I hope you had some laughs with friends and some nice rest...of your body and your mind.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 9/14/2014 8:00PM

    Thanks for sharing these pics, they're great! Sounds like an awesome weekend, I hope you guys had a fantastic time!

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TRAVELGRRL 9/14/2014 7:36PM

    Looks like a great time! Ready to face the week??

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 9/14/2014 7:04PM

    Loved the pictures! What a great weekend!
Thanks for sharing!

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Current Life

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

I could start off with all my difficulties in life, but does anyone really want to hear it.

No?- that's what I thought.

But a few said yes; so here is a list. Wife, kids, car, job, pets, job again, weight, sore feet, I'm tired, food, and those annoying phone calls. There's my list.

Work Situation. I quit my job, and I'm moving back to the Steinhaus (a really cool place). You know that saying- "The grass is always greener on the other side of the hill" Here's my saying "Buy a bigger lawnmower, you've got a lot of grass to cut". The good news is that I will be moving back to 10 - 12 thousand dollars more per year. Enough on that.

Home Life- Kids are adjusting and enjoying their new school. Wife and I seem to have found a little balance with each other. I actually went into one of her therapy sessions today. That makes one wife and both kids in therapy. Which makes me either the cause or the sponge in the middle. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Pick one. :-)

Exercise- holding my own. Not all bodies are made the same, and some (mine) are not made for what I'm doing to it.

Diet- Doing very well. No sweets, sugar, ice cream, or junk food period. The closest I've come to over indulgence is peanut butter with rice crackers, or yogurt covered raisins. These splurges were the results of high output days. One was 10+ miles running and 12+ miles hiking, the other was long work, biking, and a double circuit workout.

Last- In case you have ever wondered what Munger, MI was like I took some pics. None of these are from in town, so you will not see the Post office, mini-mart, bar, church, or 17 houses. Her is where I get to ride my bike and/or walk every day.

That is about it windmills, tractors, and fields.

Have a wonderful day, Konrad

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BLESSED2BEME 9/12/2014 4:34PM

    Glad to catch up with you again Conrad. Love how you are so open and honest about life! Congrats on figuring out about the grass and lawnmower situation. That is a big step!

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JULIA_RUN2SMILE 9/10/2014 10:02PM

    Windmills! Isn't it great to look at things from the outside... I like taking pictures (as you know) ... sometimes, most of the time, I see something that I did not notice when I was in the moment. I think this is for the same reason I did not mind spending some time with a therapist when I was in the middle of my own chaos... It gave me perspective.
Yeah, it is good to be critical and look at how and what we can do to make it better... keep your positive attitude, at the end you can't control everything...
You are doing awesome ... good diet and exercise are a great way to prevent the stress level to rise. Back at the windmills, it reminds me so much of my view from the Royal Military College (Kingston, Canada) where I was posted two years ago; from my office I had a view of Wolfe Island and it's windmills... When we are grounded and take the time to breath you can replenish our energy and keep moving - like the windmills transforming softness to give great power!
Sending you (and you family) emoticon (and I know you can feel it! ;)
Thanks for sharing...
Thinking of you...

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TINAJANE76 9/10/2014 7:17PM

    Good to hear that you've got a few positives going in the midst of all the chaos, Konrad. I hope that the new, old job is everything you're hoping it will be and the extra pay sure doesn't hurt, right?

Thanks for giving us a window into your world. Hope you're having a wonderful day too!

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ASRMOM 9/9/2014 11:27PM

    Good job finding some positive in all the chaos! Also, good for you to going to her therapy. It may seem ridiculous to you, but it a big effort. It means you are still willing to work--or at least you haven't totally stopped caring.
Hang in there-you have a lot of changes going on. Long term goals first.

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LOSLUNAS 9/9/2014 9:22PM

    I hope the move is good foe everyone. My hubby and I did that 8 years ago we moved from northern California to new mexico. It was a good choice for us. Hope the new job is good as well for you.

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TRAVELGRRL 9/9/2014 5:28PM

    Ha! I had to look up Munger, MI and I lived in Michigan most of my life. My brother lives in Saginaw, so you aren't too terribly far from him. Personally, I enjoy rural life -- I live on a "mountain" in Arkansas, and I'd be willing to bet there are more cows up here than there are people!

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Just Another Day

Thursday, September 04, 2014

My Day Running The Mackinaw Bridge.


If you don't about the Mackinaw Bridge, In Michigan, IT'S A BIG DEAL!!

So my labor Day weekend started with me being in charge of the hotel, checking into a room, and not being able to leave. Mix that with two restaurant mgr shifts, my replacement messing some things up, and overall stress- I was one tired boy. Tried to sleep early Sunday night, but too keyed up from work. Finally got around 3 hours of shuteye before leaving at 2 AM for Mackinaw City.

Outside my tire was going flat, my son took the air chuck fitting off the air hose, and now I can't find it. Looking frantically I decide to chance driving to a gas station at the wee hours of the night. While I'm there to get air I get gas and coffee. Neither of which are needed, but I figured "I'm Here". Drive Drive Drive

5 AM in Mackinaw at the rec center. All checked in and ready to go. Noticed the big difference from my half-marathon groups where the runners are calm, relaxed, and chilled. Here everyone is active, talking like crazy, moving ALL OVER THE PLACE, fidgeting a lot. Now, I'm going to make a photo blog for Spark, "My Day Through Photo's". Some newb k-nuckle head walks right into me while trying to take my first photo of the bus. There goes the camera to the ground. emoticon Camera back into car, with my runner's belt. No camera, no need for the belt. So I'm going to run 5 miles without water, no big deal as it's cool outside. No ID or key chain in the belt, I'll tie my key into my shorts "Remember This". It will be just like going for a jog.

Skip forward- wait 45 minutes, ride bus across bridge, staging area, wait 30 minutes. Here's the Governor. He does his speech, then off go the wheel chair riders, state employees, and now runners in groups of 40. I'm in group 4. Get up to the running area and take the time to thank the governor and shake his hand. Then we are off. Now with most people there for the fun (with their cameras), and me actually running, I pass most everyone. Coming up to the finish, I see I'm the 7th runner, and no else is around. Most of the walkers come in around 9 AM, the town hasn't started bustling yet, so there is REALLY almost no one around. There are no snacks, I get a bottle of water and one tiny bag of dried cherries. That's It!.. "Remember This Too"

Time for that post run potty break. There is a lady who ran walking in my direction and we have the general post run convo in route to the porta-jons. Get inside, tuck everything in my pockets and realize, I'm wearing compression tights under my shorts. I have to go from the top instead of out the bottom. Now undoing the shorts with my cold fingers, holding them up which are heavy with bottled water and a cell phone. Oh No! key flips, two turns in the air, over my shoulder, I spin, I go to catch, NO LUCK. Key is strait down the porta-jon hole. emoticon emoticon emoticon No kidding- my car key is in the crapper!

So I call my wife. Wake her up, grumpy, PMSing, mid life mood swings, and me being a grumpy pissy runner. That phone call ended poorly. Now I'm at a hotel, "do you have the number to a wrecker?". I wake up the hungover wrecker company, am instructed it will be a minimum 45 to 60 minutes, with an extra 10% charge, and all that does is get me into a car which may or may not have a spare key inside. Thank goodness my wife calls back, and she will bring me a key. This call is much better, she is awake and I have come down from my run (and getting cold). Now I wait.

Wearing wet compression shorts a tank with loose shorts and tech shirt over top provide no warmth. There is a wind right off of Lake Huron from the east. I Am Cold emoticon Now I'm just walking to stay warm. It's not even 8 AM, nothing is opening yet. Fast forward- stores are opening. Wait no runners belt which means- no money, ID, Food, or Credit card. Water is gone, No food! Cold, wet, and hungry. Walk south of town and hang out at the tourist info place, and walk, and walk, and sit, phone is almost dead so no music. I manage to check out every beach, sidewalk, and look-out in town. Wife calls, she's at the exit. This is one south of town, the others are closed for traffic and the bridge walking. I meet her at the exit, get the key, and instruct her to get right back on the highway (traffic all backed in town). Now I walk back into town, past the shops, left at the light, back out the west of town and to my car. I unlock every door and put a window down, before I change cloths. Yep, dropped my cloths right there. Could barely get the compression stuff off as it really tightens up drying onto your body. The fresh air felt so good, especially down there, where they had been compressed since 2 AM and it is now 1 PM. Drive home, exhausted. Finished my day.

Eat some food. Then go into one of the eating frenzies. Doesn't even dent me. Finish the day worn down to nothing, low on sleep, ran 5 miles, walked around 19 miles (I think), having nothing except race day food (rice, water, bananas) until dinner.

Fell asleep 3 times trying to write this Monday. Just now fully catching up on energy.

With all that- Guess who wants to go back next year. emoticon This Guy!!

Every run is a fun and unique adventure. It's just how you decide to experience it. emoticon

emoticon Konrad

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ASRMOM 9/10/2014 7:45PM

    What a day! And you want to go back?

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TINAJANE76 9/6/2014 7:45AM

    Wow, Konrad, that was quite a day. Glad to hear you made it through it all in one piece and that you're still looking forward to doing this run again next year. I love your spirit and how you don't let all of these little annoying things keep you down. Great job, my friend!

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TRAVELGRRL 9/4/2014 10:06PM

    YOU SO ROCK! What a day, but OMG, you are a rock star for enduring and moving onward and upward!

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LOSLUNAS 9/4/2014 4:45PM

    Wow that is a crazy day! You are a trooper!

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The Grand Scheme of Things

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Caution Ladies- Be Warned!

There is a shirtless photo of me contained in this blog. It might stir some funny emotions.

It's almost odd how the timing of the mid-year coincides with my mid-life. Everything seems to be finding an even ground. It's all just a big long story, too long to type out on here.

I do have one story for you though. See, when you walk around with a solar panel for a forehead, you go from white to tomato in about 30 minutes. With that kind of timer, you don't even think about the rest of your body in the sun. Now, let us wonder what would happen if I wore a bike helmet. Now, what if I wore it for over two hours in 87 degree bright sunshine.

Here's your results-

There you go, in two days I'll have tan lines. emoticon

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SPUNKYDUCKY 7/14/2014 8:03PM

    I burn similarly and I am sporting one heck of a burn right now. Couldn't even sleep last night.

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ANDREAG89 7/7/2014 9:41PM

    Please know that my laughter is from the look on your face showing off those fantastic 'tan' lines. You look so proud, with a hint of smugness, at the perfect 'shirt' that is not really a shirt.

Hubby shaved his head clean bald b/c he was, in a sense, tired of fighting the inevitable. Because of that, he has to beware of his hat-wearing habit else he'd have a horizontal line around his head. So I know of what you speak!

Rock those tan lines, Konrad. You've earned them.

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TINAJANE76 7/2/2014 1:33PM

    Owee! I've got super-white skin that burns very easily so you have my utmost sympathy, Konrad. Hopefully, this will turn a nice bronze within a few days and you aren't in too much pain.

You're looking great and this picture really shows the results of your hard work. Well done.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 7/2/2014 7:16AM

    Yikes! I burn like that, then I go right back to pasty. At least you'll have a tan out of the deal = )

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THEEXERCISER 7/1/2014 11:44PM

    The burn looks rough but this is a nice picture of you .

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Monday, June 16, 2014

As many know I'm prone to life's ups and downs. Many times I attract the downs like seagulls to French fries.


School is out and one of my children's big stresses is gone. The family got approved to move school districts and my children will be attending a much smaller, way more stable, and more disciplined school next year.

I was able to run my last half marathon while finishing 3rd of 5 in my age group. Currently I have plantar fasiitis and 2 cracked bones in my arm. So, yes, it was a long painful run on a course built like a 13 mile roller coaster, but I did it. 3/7 of the way for this long term goal.

Along the way I saw a saying on a garage- "If you stumble...make it part of the dance"

So that leads me to this- "I've just spent 13.1 miles dancing, and boy are my legs tired"

I even remembered some time splits, because I had all kinds of time out there.
4 miles- 34 minutes, 6 miles- 53 minutes, 8 miles- 71 minutes, 10 miles- 88 minutes, 13.1- 117 minutes. My wheels fell off, hit the wall, folded, whatever you want to call it around 11 miles.

Here are some other numbers for you. Vitals day before race and four hours after the race.
Pre race BP 107/71 pulse 41
Post race BP 84/54 pulse 53 emoticon

It's a good day. I'm feeling happy. Tomorrow is a day off. emoticon emoticon

Thank you to everyone who has sent me messages and kept me in their thoughts.
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CLAIREINPARIS 7/31/2014 5:04PM

    Congratulations for this great achievement, especially when being injured!
And I am so glad for you that your children will be in a better school next year! Woohoo!

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ANDREAG89 6/27/2014 8:35AM

    Sorry I'm so late in reading this one, but congrats on yet another fantastic effort and a big arms in the air for achieving yet another goal.

I'm really happy to hear about your kids' change to different schools and hope the move promotes inner peace for the family once they get into the groove.

Speaking of groove, groove on, Man. Dance like nobody's watching.

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JUJUMILLER 6/24/2014 10:44PM

    That is wonderful news!
So happy to see your spirit lifted & things going in the right direction!


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SPUNKYDUCKY 6/17/2014 10:48PM

    Sounds like you are in fantastic shape!

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BA5454 6/16/2014 6:29PM

    Awesome job! Congratulations on finishing and sorry to hear about the injuries--hope they heal soon.

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HOLLYM48 6/16/2014 5:53PM

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Great time! Way to go! Have a great much needed rest day!

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TINAJANE76 6/16/2014 5:26PM

    Holy rusty metal, Konrad! Great job on the race and congratulations on those BP and pulse numbers. Definitely goes to show that, even with your injuries, you're still in awesome shape.

Hopefully the summertime and your kids' eventual school district transfer will bring some continued, much-needed calm into your life. You deserve a bit of tranquility after everything you've been through lately.

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LOSLUNAS 6/16/2014 4:24PM

    Amazing job! That is dedication to keep going with fractures and foot issues! You rock!

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GREGGWEISBROD 6/16/2014 12:48PM

    Love it. :D Fantastic stuff, brother!

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