2017 Ohio Michigan 8k

It’s done. I registered us for the Ohio Michigan 8k.
This will be the longest race that Chad has ever run and my fourth or fifth time running this race.

It is always hot and humid and while I want to hate it, I love this race SO much. Since I started running six+ years ago I have always made a point to fit this race in my calendar. While the scenery is typical Ohio Michigan farmland-type action, the after party is what makes the evening truly fun.

I couldn’t run the race last year due to only being 2 months post-op, but I’m back this year and ready to PR. I haven’t run this race since I started my new heart medication in December of 2016 and started running around two minutes per mile faster, so I have no clue what I’ll be able to accomplish. Of course, I have a goal finish time in mind and I’m going to do everything I can to hit it.

Do you have certain races you love to run every year?

Because Excessive Sweating is Awesome

There are a lot of things I can handle weather-wise. I can handle chilly, warm, and even the sub-zero temperatures that NW Ohio supplies, but what I can’t handle is extreme heat.
My definition of too hot is 80+ and definition of extreme heat that makes me stabby is 90+.

This weekend we’ll experience some temperatures in the 80s and even the 90s. No. Just no. Bet your ass I will not be hanging around outside unless forced.

I like to save my stabby heat for vacations where I know I’m going to be hot, but also have a pool or the ocean nearby.
I am not a fan of walking outside and sweating for no reason other than the heat. There is nothing more fun than hugging someone hello or goodbye and touching their sweaty shirt, right? If I’m going to sweat uncontrollably, I want to earn it with a run or some other form of fun. No one likes to have a sweaty set of undergarments to sit in all day (am I right, ladies?)!

Do you like the heat?
What is your favorite temperature range?

 

My Reemergence

My four followers may have noticed that I have been MIA for a few weeks.

I had a small medical issue that had a horrible effect on my body, mentally and physically.

With my mind preoccupied elsewhere, I decided to take a mini blog vacation.
This coincided with a running vacation.

My schedule had gotten to the point where I was stressed about running and writing way too much. Stress means that I needed to decompress with these things in mind. Essentially, I needed a break so I could focus on what was happening regarding my health.

I am on the mend and my passion for both has returned and all I can say is, I’m back. (finally)
I’m ready to make gains in the gym, ready to run all the miles, and ready to write like a mother fucker.

Those Life Changing Moments

Sometimes the most impactful moments in your life come out of nowhere and without warning.
Make one decision and your life may be forever changed and it may change the life of those around you.

Change is in my near future and I can’t for it to get here already. Change is scary, but absolutely worth it.

The Power of the Schwartz – Knee Surgery #6 Status Report

One year ago today was knee surgery #6 (all on the same knee). It is always a struggle to get back to pre-surgery shape with that leg and this post-op experience was no different. The biggest pain in the ass is strengthening my quad since I lost 3″ in it right after the surgery. It happens within the first 24-28 hours and it is a huge obstacle to overcome every time. Please google quad atrophy after knee surgery and read up on why this happens so drastically and quickly. There are a lot of big words that explain it and ain’t nobody got time for that in a post.

Here is a bad ass picture of the issue with my knee last year. I thought it was my tibia chipping off in that area, but it was only a meniscus tear.


This is where it gets fun
. My femur had tiny cracks in it when I first injured it at 15 years old and it was smoothed out and essentially as good as new. Then it started to chip during marathon #1 in 2012 and it was smoothed out again. It needed to be smoothed out yet again one year ago today. It is normal wear and tear for a knee like mine and will essentially continue to be normal for me.
I think these pictures are amazing and I love to see the issues that are fixed. Maybe it comes from a family with a strong medical background? Maybe it comes from a fascination with the inside of my knee? Who knows.

One year later I am still running and lifting. I am building my quad muscle and have gained around 1.5″ back, which isn’t too shabby I thnk. I have work to do, but I always will.

I will continue to need maintenance surgeries over the years to come, eventually leading to a total/partial knee. I am putting that off as long as possible of course.

Monday’s Motivation

A Big Thank You

I am still decompressing from the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon weekend.
This race always holds a special place in my heart as it was my first half marathon and my first full marathon.

In 2014 I was lucky enough to join the marathon race committee to oversee a team of race Ambassadors. My eight Ambassadors for 2017 were fantastic and I am proud of each of them for running such fantastic races, some even had a great PR!

I’m already looking forward to the 2018 race and the exciting things that the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon race committee has in the works.
Did you know that 2018 is the 10th anniversary of the Owens Corning Half Marathon? Keep an eye out for some exciting information about the celebration of this anniversary!

What did you enjoy most about the race this year?