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Perspective and the Results of Perseverance

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Some days you wake up to nothing having gone right in the past 12 hours. My day was supposed to be two great races with a half-marathon in the morning and a 5k for dinner. It was scheduled for me to be out of work by 10:30 PM (Friday night), so I could get some rest for my big day. Just didn't work out. Midnight hit and I'm still working hard, and my Friday was almost 20,000 steps. Finally get home, get my stuff ready, and crawl into bed.

2 AM. Sleep 3.5 hours. Time to travel.

Race time at 9AM. There is 13.1 miles ahead of me, 38 degrees F, and a rainy NE wind coming in. What a miserable experience. Most of this run is on packed sand/grit/stone country roads in the wide open. Tried to do well, tried to push, tried to keep it going. The long stretch of the race (mile 8 to 12) was an up hill climb directly into a 20-30 mph gusty wind. Not doing well from the lack of sleep, and the excess of work yesterday.
Perspective- I'm here running farther and faster than 99% of any one else in this country. I not supposed to feel bouncy and happy. I have friends and loved ones (I hope) thinking good thoughts for me right now. And in my head is this woman saying- "Really, is that your Pace?"

Result- 1:50.13 time. My best race this year. Is this a great time- no. Is it a great time for what I want- no. Is it a good time with a bad foot, overworked psoas, lack of sleep, and bad conditions- YES.

Back at home I'm feeling pretty bad. Body aches, hungry, just want to not hurt from running anymore. BTW- running tired = bad form= pain.
Perspective- I have another run to do! Have to get ready! Ice feet and knees, elevate legs, and get some rest. And eat these veggie stuffed squash boats.

Results- Feeling good and ready to go at 4:30PM.

At the race. Take off and feeling good. Really pushing on this one.
Perspective- it will be less than 30 minutes of my life. GO AT IT!
Results- The town I'm running in is nothing but hills. The only flat ground is the parking lot (not exaggerating here) I finish with a time of 22:35.863. Doesn't seem great, but this place was VERY TOUGH. I win my age group, win the masters division, and finish 12th overall. Now here is the swag/winnings. Shirt (got second for wife- $5), a four person all day pass to an indoor waterpark from a raffle I spent $2 on, finisher medal, LED head lamp (age group award), tech running socks (entry gift for morning race), and a finishers coffee mug (first race).

Perspective- make myself a wonderful dinner of 3 veggie fajitas with a beautiful 9 oz. streak. Drop it all on the floor.

scoop it up, put it on the plate, and I guess dinner might be a little gritty tonight.
Results- at 10:19 PM after two races, and only eating steak about 3 times per year. That was the most glorious dinner ever.

There was a lot of potential for negative thoughts today, but I kept it all in perspective.
Could have cashed it all in and not tried, but I kept up the perseverance.

I'm going to bed now- fulfilled with myself. emoticon

PS- Tina- Thank you for the perspective.
Julia- Thank you for the perseverance.

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ANDREAG89 11/3/2014 11:06AM

Dude. Seriously. Amazing. So glad you were able to think about the good stuff. I reminded myself of the ONE half-marathon I did that I was nothing but down on myself about it. It took me too long. I wasn't in good enough shape. Blah blah blah. Never ONCE did I congratulate myself on completing a 13-mile foot race. Thirteen miles. And then another 3.1 in one day. SO great. Hope you are realizing/have realized that.

Now, what's the recipe for the stuffed squash? And the veggie fajitas? You can leave out the "drop it on floor and scoop it back up" step, as I certainly will figure that one out for myself.

BTW, nice swag! The LED head lamp a great thing if you haven't already used one. Need it now with the darkness of daylight-losing time!

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WONDERWOMAN 10/28/2014 9:57PM

    LOL - I have that set of dishes too.

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BOBCATGIRL76 10/27/2014 5:12PM

    Wow! I'm so impressed! I couldn't even think about running after I completed my half, and I did it at a much slower pace than you did. Congrats on all the swag! I definitely need to find more races up here! Once I'm past the wedding, I'll sign up for a bunch. I'm just imagining getting a stress fracture, or doing something to my knee and hobbling down the aisle... Congrats though on two races in one day!

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KIMPY225 10/22/2014 1:27PM

    Great job! 2 races?! Holy cow!! emoticon emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/20/2014 1:21PM

    Good job!
(I have those plates too!)

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BLESSED2BEME 10/20/2014 12:59PM

    I honestly don't know how you do two races in a day let alone a half marathon being one of them. You truly amaze me! Congrats on your awesome finish.

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SUSUSUZZZIE 10/19/2014 10:33PM

    Being tired makes everything so hard. Many congrats to you for pushing through the tiredness and more.

Both meals look great (even a little grit).

Well wishes for a quick recovery! Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

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JULIA_RUN2SMILE 10/19/2014 6:52PM

    emoticon You ROCK!!!!

emoticon : Result- 1:50.13 time... Is this a emoticon time- YES it is!!!
1:50 on trail is awesome and so much more challenging than a road race... not to mention the rest. (I am glad my voice echoed your running pace... not sure I could keep up with you now. emoticon )

emoticon Your squash boats look delicious - I love squash & pumpkin, I eat lots of them, enough that my family gets tired of it! And, even after dropping your food on the floor it looks yummi!

emoticon - WOW! 22:35.863 after running a emoticon is emoticon ... I am so happy that you did not cut short on your goal and went for it.
Congrats on your emoticon in your category and Master runner! That is just a bonus because the true prize the feeling of accomplishment after pushing your limits. You have all my admiration.

Love our friendship - emoticon
P.S. I am sure you and your family will have a ton of fun at the water park!
Rest and stretch...

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TIME-4-TINA 10/19/2014 6:35AM

    The fact that you ran two races in one day blows my mind! Adding to the fact that you did it with a lack of sleep is amazing. You definitely deserved to eat a meal that didn't fall on the floor first! ha ha! I feel like such a lazy lump after reading this. Thanks for the inspiration. I will be pushing myself a little harder today!

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DJ4HEALTH 10/19/2014 1:01AM

    Sounds like a long day and now you can get some sleep!! Take care and rest more.

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Meet my therapist, Mr. Salomon

Monday, October 13, 2014

In light of all my family difficulties- daughter into crisis again, son's ADHD medicine having another cascade failure, and my wife (not going into this). I've decided on my own therapist too. His name is Mr. Salomon, and here is his picture.

Then I decided it was time for a therapy session. So I went back to my last race, a trail half marathon. Ran about 14 miles and took some photos too. The only drawback was the 90 minutes of rain which wiped out most of the best scenery, but I managed a few.

The stretching table.

Start of the run

First bridge

River view, I'm going to use those stairs

A water pipe to protect from trail washout

Nice covered bridge, it made the center intersection of a figure 8 in the trails

Now a few random shots

Now came the rain, and I couldn't get the shots of the deep woods, super skinny trails, or the VERY rough ups and downs.

At the end it was time to cool off my feet and joints. Remember those steps going into the river

Now I'm in the river. Water is over my knees and feels wonderful

One last water shot on the way out

Amazing what a little nature and a lot of exercise can do for the soul.

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KIMPY225 10/16/2014 5:06PM


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JULIA_RUN2SMILE 10/14/2014 9:19PM

    I miss my mizuno/saucony. In fact I read your blog just before my troops arrive at the school and all I wanted was to get change and go for a run. I jogged a bit in the hallways, just enough to be reminded by a twinge that my left hip is not quite ready for it :/
Nevertheless, I went for a walk at the trail on base and it made me so :-) ... and connected !

Sending positive energy your way, your time at the trail is a fantastic way to build mental resilience and be the support your family needs from you.
You are strong - and AWESOME...

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/14/2014 12:56PM

    It's good for the soul... and the sole ; )

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BLESSED2BEME 10/14/2014 11:28AM

    Best therapy ever and so beautiful!

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LOSLUNAS 10/14/2014 11:01AM

    Great pics! Looks like an awesome run! My gym equipment is my therapist as well.

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JAMIRBLAZE 10/14/2014 9:48AM

    Lovely pictures!

Hope things improve soon!

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ANDREAG89 10/14/2014 9:03AM

    Thanks for taking me on this journey with you, figuratively and literally. I smiled the whole time I looked at each photo. No kidding that it would help calm the soul - i could practically feel the cool water up to my knees! Michigan water - cool and clear.

Sorry to hear about the recent/recurring issues with the fam. :-( Hang in there.

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SUSUSUZZZIE 10/13/2014 11:48PM

    The "therapy" of a trail run is all I need. It sure can erase away the challenges and and I feel so much better at the end.

Good luck with all of the challenges you have right now.

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Running with a Friend.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

As a bar/server employee you might think I have lots of friends. This could not be farther from the truth. I could have 1000 drinking buddies, but conversations are almost all limited to 2 minutes or less. When everyone is out with friends, or home with their families, I'm am work again. Then off exercising by myself.

Then along comes someone like Julia. Somehow we connect over Sparkpeople, and something happens that has never happened before. She comes by and visits me. And now we run together. These are actually spirit runs- as in- we live hundreds of miles apart and run together in spirit. She was off to do the Army half marathon in Canada, and I went to the Bay City, MI state recreation area. My run took me by Saginaw Bay, a lagoon, woods, beach, dried up wetland, an old marsh, and back into the woods. These photos were taken today, 14 days after the actual run. Here they are---

coming up to Saginaw Bay
same shot
turning onto the trail

looking back into the lagoon

not going in here, check my "Another Day" blog
same lagoon, other side
that's where I'm headed, will have a shot from small wood structure near the left side
hitting the pavement, looking at the Jennison Nature Center bird watching area

I'm there in the wooden structure
farther along, and into the marsh land same view, another look

the entire reason I did this route
view from the tower, didn't climb it on run day back to the trail

another tower, built identical to the first
sun is changing angles and colors
more dirt, trail, and trees
end of the trail, near the parking lot, you can have a picnic now.

I turn around, and run all the way back. My run took me 1:53 and encompassed 13.85 miles. This puts Julia and I at the same pace, almost step for step. Just running in two different countries. Hope everyone enjoyed the run, will do another one soon.

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KIMPY225 10/16/2014 5:08PM

    Awesome! Man, I wish I had someone to run with. I have a zumba partner though, so that is a plus at least!

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ANDREAG89 10/14/2014 9:10AM

    Man, I'm so sorry I missed this blog when you originally posted it.

You have access to such a beautiful area. Thanks so much for posting the photos. I have relatives that live in Saginaw; it's a shame we never got out to see this area!

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JULIA_RUN2SMILE 10/10/2014 12:38AM

    I am so happy to have you as a spark friend... my half marathon was one of my most difficult run in a long time (mostly because of injury... over training and lack of sleep... not to mention the weather!) But I knew I was not running alone... you were there!
Having a support crew for me make ALL the difference. Thank you is not enough.

BTW - I listen with my heart... and your blog (and pictures) touched it. My words can't say how much it means.

From my emoticon
P.S. sorry if it took me a few days to get to it... was doing online via iPhone so limited access... thinking of you

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BLESSED2BEME 10/6/2014 1:20PM

    Ah man, you are making me miss my running even more!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/6/2014 12:56PM

    That looked like so much fun! Thanks for sharing your pics!

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LOSLUNAS 10/6/2014 12:27PM

    Great pics looks like an awesome run!

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One week removed.

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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SPUNKYDUCKY 9/22/2014 11:31PM

    Love all of the pics - looks like you had a very relaxing weekend - glad!

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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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ANDREAG89 9/25/2014 9:22AM

    It looks very peaceful there, which is so great. I'll bet it's pretty as the colors are starting to change now.

Congrats on the move back to the Steinhaus. There's something to be said about not burning bridges (a little funny - I applied for a job at my old place of work for a job description I had written and had approved by corporate...and the automated system told me I wasn't qualified. LOL!!!!)

Glad to hear the kids are adjusting to their new school and that you are supportive in all things family - I can't imagine how hard it must be to be in someone else's therapy session. :-
Keep enjoying those bike rides!

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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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