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Easter weekend 3rd try.

Friday, April 18, 2014

I'm doing multiple tasks and have lost this blog post twice already, so third time is a charm- Right?

To write about my upcoming Easter I need to back up 8 days.

8 days ago- Started a spring "Bikini blitz" workout run. First one was legs and gluts. Good for me, my lower left abs are sore.
7 days ago- ran a hard, cold, wet 13.5 miles. time was around 9 minutes per mile. Good for me.
6 days ago- woke up feeling very tired and unusually sore (almost pain) OK- heeling up- good for me.
5 days ago- still feel bad, indulge in a sugar/carb/junk food overload. No good for me.
4 days ago- still feel bad, like I'm not recovering or healing, eat a little bad but cleaner, by night I realize I'm getting a bug. another Not good for me
3 days ago- terrible, bad, aches, pains NO RECOVERY from 4/5 day ago workouts. NOT Good for me. Only take in around 1180 calories (normal is 2000 and up)
2 days ago- eating super clean, continue the fruit, veggie, salad, water flush I started yesterday. starting to get better
1 day ago- feel normal, getting cravings. staying with the fruit, veggie, salad, water flush and have added rice and beans plus 3 oz. ham for the day. good for me.
Today- fighting back all sugar cravings, eating super healthy and trying to fuel, stretch, prep for tomorrow.

Easter coming- tomorrow is a morning 5 mile (8k) race. My plan was to go after this one hard and give myself a speed test. Now, I have no idea what will happen. If I feel good after the race, I'll jog/run home (another 6.7 miles). When I get home it's pack up and go to mom's house. Super big huge blown out dinner.

I come form a family of wonderful cooks.
We don't color eggs, we make them as decorated chocolate and filled with cream's, raspberry, coconut, peanut butter, and this is just the first display stand. There will be flower arrangements made out of cookies, then there will be a toy/goodie hunt. So, you see, it is my best interest to get in all those miles and then be so tired that I sleep through most of the eating at my moms house. She is making a special Bavarian Crème with coconut gluten free pie just for me, and there is going to be a few extra calories from that.

Easter Sunday will be me running the restaurant by myself. My co manager is sick and it's going to be busy. The banquet side is going to handle around 750 people eating and seating in waves. My side is 140 people with reservations at all kinds of times and the influx of all walk ins to the building. Big couple of days for me.

Random stuff- we just hired 6 people. Two of these are my solo picks. The manager hasn't even seen them. One has zero restaurant experience and the other was in fast food 6 years ago. Placed my decision on they are both intelligent, are outgoing, and nice people.

That's it for now. Sorry I haven't been around much, kind of busy and tired the previous week.


Sorry Thor- I'm 2-0 against you.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Thor is called the storm god, and he threw it at me tonight. I won. Started my run at 52 degrees, light wind, and some sprinkling rain. Finished at 42 degrees with 27 mph winds and heavy rain. It actually got bad enough that my stocking cap kept unrolling from the weight of being so wet. Not sure my actual time per mile, just bunched everything together. Started with a very short walk, took 2 potty breaks, one snack and cytomax break, and two foot stomping get the water out of my shoes because my feet are freezing mini walks. Total distance was around 13.5 miles I think. It was hard to judge precise distance with almost half the running on rustic foot paths going through the woods.

Random thought time-
1. Please don't ask me why I ran in the rain. It's a very long story.
2. Tonight was my first run in my new Solomon Mission XR shoes. Nice shoes for what they are intended to do.
3. If you use menthol muscle rub, wash your hands before you wipe your butt.
4. Eating a pound of asparagus and following it with some B vitamins can be very interesting.
5. Tonight's episode of SNL is not funny.
6. Adding strawberry protein powder to pancake mix and topping then with cranberry sauce is very yummy.
7. Black cats that sleep on the floor in the middle of the night, get stepped on.
8. You have one more week to buy ham on sale.
9. I will trade oil changes for foot rubs. BTW- I do the oil change. If you don't need an oil change I could do dishes, windows, or bathroom cleaning.
10. The last book I read was "Once A Runner

That's it for now. See you later, Konrad

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JUJUMILLER 4/14/2014 10:39PM

    Congratulations on your victory! Thor is quite the competitor!


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TINAJANE76 4/14/2014 6:15PM

    Love your random thoughts, Konrad. I may have to start doing some of these myself!

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BLESSED2BEME 4/14/2014 4:07PM

    Oh my gosh Konrad, your random thoughts had me laughing!

My hubby is a mechanic so he takes care of the oil changes but I'll take you up on doing my dishes for that foot rub.

My best 5K ever was in the rain. The only race I have ever ran the entire thing.

Then again, the worse 5K I ever ran was also in the rain - a sleety type rain with the temp dropping fast. First time I was colder at the finish of a race than at the start.

I think running in the rain can be healing!

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LEANNAW4 4/13/2014 10:15AM

    Glad you had such a great run. I actually enjoy running in the rain, albeit warm, summer rain as opposed to chilly, spring rain. I will keep #3 in mind. It's a very useful tip!

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JSTETSER 4/13/2014 6:43AM

    I also run in the rain.
Just a prewash before the shower.

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In case you didn't know-

Monday, April 07, 2014

This may be a little random, but here it is.

I'm having a great day. Things have settled down at work, the trainees are on their own (with help), no boss today, and I had a SUPER WONDERFUL Run.

Taking my running slow this time. If things don't feel right, then it's an extra day off. Not trying to beat myself up for calories either. I've had some mild "shin splints" mostly on the upper front tibia (below knee) and upper fibula (inside calf). Hit them with ice and bought new shoes for work. Had a sore muscle strain due to strength imbalance in my lower left abs. Got some heat into core, strength/stretch moves, and adjusted my stride some. Today was run day. Everything felt better, so "I Went At It"

THE RUN- went first 3 miles in 26 minutes, second 3 miles in 23 minutes. Still had gas left in the tank, and a Bunch of "mental push" that I didn't even use. Four hours later and still feeling good.

Oddball stuff-
1. I love to see people moving. Guy or girl doesn't matter. Hike, walk, run, climb- no difference, just movement.
2. Favorite snack is rice crackers with PB & J.
3. Can eat salmon or trout every day.
4. Very ticked off I ever got "Self" (the magazine) for the family.
5. I'm a sucker for long dark hair.
6. Appreciate real photos, not the one somebody took of you 3 years ago.
7. Live in today, every day, but still thinking of tomorrow.
8. Sweet tooth for peanut butter and chocolate.
9. Do not sleep well, so I have to sneak naps.
10. I could wash and wear the same cloths every day, because my appearance doesn't concern me. I do go according to society and change shirt colors.

I think that's enough stuff for now.

Have a wonderful April everyone, emoticon


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ANDREAG89 4/11/2014 10:28AM

    This blog made me smile.

The energy you have to run reminds me of ONE TIME I just "HAD to run" probably 15 years ago. I had never felt that way, and haven't since. But it sticks with me, and I ran, and it felt great, and even had someone comment while I was running...pushing my daughter in one of those jogging strollers.

I am so glad to hear of your running, your energy, your excitement for what you are able to do. What do you eat, just out of curiosity? Are you pretty consistent in your intake?

The list made me smile. The more "oddball" the better. Thanks for sharing!

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SUSHENO 4/8/2014 10:54PM

    Have to agree with #8, especially the chocolate and 70% dark. They can take all foods away, but I am not giving up my chocolate. It is reasonably rationed anyway.

You are doing great. emoticon emoticon

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JUJUMILLER 4/8/2014 9:44PM

    "Self" sucks.
I was almost a subscriber...not anymore!
Great blog, love the random tidbits!


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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 4/8/2014 7:23PM

    This was totally cool thanks for sharing! I get #4, and am appalled at Self for what they did. That chick and her tutus ROCK! And FYI, if it was socially acceptable I would definitely wear the same thing every day ; )

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BLESSED2BEME 4/8/2014 11:59AM

    I don't understand # 4 either.

Otherwise, great blog and you sound good!

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LEANNAW4 4/8/2014 10:24AM

    Great little tidbits of info, Konrad (although I don't understand #4 at all - did I miss something?). So glad the running is going so well. I'm glad you're playing it safe and sane!

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MOTHEPRO 4/8/2014 10:02AM

    Great run!

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TINAJANE76 4/8/2014 9:28AM

    Very cool, Konrad. Thanks for sharing these little gems with us.

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JSTETSER 4/8/2014 5:42AM

    I also live for today.
Today is the best day of my life!
I am making a movie.
Check out my Rabbit Ear Films FB page

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My Body is Finally Catching On.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Normally I go right at it, over do my training, and then break myself.

Not this time.
I am not focusing on weight loss, and YES I am gaining.
I am not worried about medals, there are none in the series I'm doing.
I am not trying to break the rocks in my path, just find them and go around.

What this time is.
Focusing on building a base of running and using it as a means to reach an end.
No medals but would love a pair of shoes and some free race entries.
"Hulk Smash" is for the movies, I'm doing more of an ebb and flow- avoid the obstacles.

What I did.
Signed up for the "Mid Michigan Half Marathon Series". Doing all seven races. Would like to keep all times under 8:30 per mile. This is very doable if I eat correctly and train moderate. Any time I win my age division, I get a free pair of shoes. If I win the series points for my age, then all future races are free.

Right now.
Worked 18 of 25 hours between 2PM yesterday and 3 PM today. This is due to a new menu launch, hired 2 new employees, and training a new supervisor. Finished this off with a 6 mile run in the cold with high winds and dark skies. Funny thing happened- ran the 6 miles in 54 minutes, and I don't feel like I'm going to fall over. Think my body turned past that rough corner of run tolerance. Now I'm tired and resting.

See you after my run Thursday,

emoticon Konrad

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TRAVELGRRL 4/7/2014 9:44PM

    Great job! You could run circles around me, LOLOLOL

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TINAJANE76 4/2/2014 11:13AM

    Wow, Konrad, that's just amazing. Hope you're able to give your body some much-needed rest now.

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BLESSED2BEME 4/2/2014 10:31AM

    I'm with ANDREAG89 - wow, just wow!

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JUJUMILLER 4/1/2014 10:17PM

    Those are some sweet goals!
Eight minute and 30 second mile! You Go!


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ANDREAG89 4/1/2014 10:03PM

    WOW (There is nothing else i can say)!

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SUSHENO 4/1/2014 8:55PM

    Best of luck to you! emoticon Hey, wait a minute .... you don't need luck. You've got SKILL! Enjoy your run. emoticon

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Morning Travels

Thursday, March 27, 2014

There could be a few titles for this one-

"The weatherman LIED"
"Suck it up Buttercup"
"Flexed, Feed, and In Bed"

I just came off of working 90+ hours in the last 6 days. Most of this was due to the special MOD (manager on duty) shift over the weekend. The whole time I thought to myself, get through this, stay active, and finish with a long run. Today was long run day.

It all started with my wife working at her jobs downtown office which is about a half mile from my work. The weather man said "yesterday's high will be today's low". GUESS WHAT? The weatherman lied. I put on my outdoor running gear, rode to work with my wife, and then jogged to work. Had my 10 minute chat with fellow manager, laced up tight, and headed for the 9 mile run home. Thought this was a good way to do it, can't get home without running- can't stop running until I get home.

Then I started running. All of the sudden, the brightest spot in the sky was grey, and it was not warming up. Well, I'm already running, need to keep going. Made it out of down town, the wind is starting to pick up- this may get kind of uncomfortable. On the highway out of town. I'm heading south south east, and the wind is coming from directly out of the south, and it's getting colder. This is going to get rough, especially because I'm dressed for above freezing with low winds. Looking down I realize something, everything is frozen. There is more liquid water on a Martian landscape than this place. Keep going!! GREAT!! Now Snow! I don't just mean snow, I mean that fine, hard, crystalline, hard, biting, stinging, hard, cold, hurt your face, hard snow that you see bounce off the ground. This stuff is stinging my face bad. I have pulled my stocking cap down, and am looking at the ground. Probably one of the worst ways to run- cold, looking strait down, arms huddled in close, on hard rutted dirt. Usually these shoulders are asphalt, stone, then soft dirt. This dirt is hard, and covered with ice. No chance unless I run up on the gravel which has a heavy slope. One choice now- time to suck it up buttercup. I just keep going.

Did I mention the 20 mph headwind with snow and frozen temps !!

Almost 6 miles in and my right hip is starting to hurt from being jammed by the sloped surface. Look at that- a flag that is stuck out strait. Either the wind picked up or someone with a gravity free moon rover put that one up. UGH!! Well, just going to Keep Going. Turning east, this feels so much better.

Last turn, half mile to go, right into the head wind. Really- half melted, rough ice, pelting sleet, 30+ winds- what is this Shackleton's Journey?

Anyways, I'm home now. Stretched, ate, and crawling into bed to warm up. Somehow I did the 9 miles around 80 minutes.

So today I voyaged to Mars, the Moon, and finished Shackleton's travels through the artic. Not bad for 10AM. Maybe I'll try another run tomorrow.


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JSTETSER 3/29/2014 6:09AM

    Go goy GO
You motivate me to keep moving!

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JUJUMILLER 3/28/2014 9:18PM

    So, did it feel like a tough-mudder?


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TINAJANE76 3/28/2014 8:19PM

    Whoa, good for you for sticking it out, Konrad. I definitely would have packed it in long before you did, but I'm a wimp, lol!

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MJREIMERS 3/28/2014 12:30PM

    Definitely a tough run, but you did it! You know you like that feeling of accomplishment, when it's over. During the run, not so much.

I personally would have been miserable. I hate being cold and with the wind and snow included....oh, it would have been very tough! You definitely have a pair!

I hope the weather is better and that the next run isn't as challenging!

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PMRUNNER 3/28/2014 6:01AM

    Tough run! Similar experience on a shorter run last week where the forecast and the actual temp didn't sync and I was completely unprepared for the actual temp and wind. Glad to hear you made it home safely!

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