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. 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
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. 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. 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 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. This Guy!!
Every run is a fun and unique adventure. It's just how you decide to experience it.
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.
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.
WELL NOT THIS TIME!!
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
It's a good day. I'm feeling happy. Tomorrow is a day off.
Thank you to everyone who has sent me messages and kept me in their thoughts.
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