Run Toledo Ambassador

I started running in late 2010 and I didn’t know how much it would affect my life. I ran my first half marathon in April 2011 (Owens Corning Half Marathon) and my first marathon in April 2012 (Glass City Marathon). Since then I’ve run the half marathon again, the 5k twice, and attempted the marathon once. I really love this race and everything that it stands for.

I wanted to get more involved with the Glass City Marathon and started the Ambassador program. The 2018 race will be the fifth year of Ambassadors and will be the best one yet. Having a small hand in helping the Toledo community is such an amazing feeling.

I am now lucky enough to be able to help with Run Toledo, a great race management company who run the best running/duathon/triathon events. I have run many of their races, but haven’t yet dipped into the du’s and tri’s. (see what I did there?!)
I’ll be hanging out at a lot of these events and I look forward to seeing you there.
#iRunToledo

Super Hot Weather is for Vacation Only

You know when it’s really hot and you feel like your face is going to melt off if you simply walk outside? Or how it can be pointless to shower in the morning if you’re planning on spending the day outside because sweating is your job when it’s really hot?
Don’t get me wrong, I like warm weather. Hot on the other hand…makes me stabby.

There is one definite in my life and that is a firm hatred of hot weather. I don’t mind a good sweat, just not when I’m doing nothing other than standing or sitting. It almost goes without saying that I loathe running outside in the summer. Pair this with a deep-seated aversion of running on Satan’s conveyor belt and you get an end result of no running. I’m cool with this. I have been avoiding summer running every single year as a runner. My heart ish also does poorly with the heat. When the heart rate rises, the heart beats faster and harder causing more blood to flow backwards through the heart. You’d imagine that this isn’t the best thing to happen, right? And, frankly, I enjoy the time off, sometimes. 

I am 100% ready for cooler temperatures. Only downside right now is that we have at least two more months of hot af weather. Another downside is that I have a race to train for, so I’ll have to suck it up and run. I’ll run slowly due to the heat, but I’ll be running.

 

 

Pick Yourself Up

There are days where I feel like I am in the golden years of my life.
Actually, around 20 years after the golden years. Looking back, my body has had a rough 19 months.

After my sixth knee operation, two ear operations, a back injury that lasted over a month…and now, out of nowhere, my knee has had a very rough week, I am absolutely fed up. I am not a completely unhealthy person, but my body seems to rebel against me at times.

I can either succumb to feeling like my body is broken and I can’t go on, or I can do what I’ve been doing, keep moving forward and try to kick ass every day.

I’ll have to continue kicking asses, one day at a time.

Monday’s Motivation

After a fantastic 10 days off of work and a stellar vacation to Florida, I am ready to get back to the grind. It was great to take the time to enjoy family and time away from home but now it is time to get my ass in gear!

Monday’s Motivation

Vacation Brain Kicked In

You know when you are incredibly close to a vacation and you lose all touch with reality because all you can think of is getting out of dodge and enjoying yourself? Yeah, I’m there. We leave on Sunday afternoon and have three and a half days of fun in the sun before we head home. I fully intend on taking advantage of being outside as much as possible.

The Best Beach Picture I’ve Ever Taken

The boat and the Gulf are calling me.
Kayaking on the bayou outside of the Gulf are calling me.
The beach is calling me.
Sitting poolside is calling me.
Walking around doing some window and souvenir shopping are calling me.
Introducing a plane ride and the ocean to a newbie is calling me.
Overall time with my family, both blood and chosen, is calling me.
Taking pictures and capturing the wonder that is vacation is calling me.

Sunrise in the Backyard

Two more days of work then I am off for nine days straight and ready to enjoy every minute of it.

Monday’s Motivation