there are few things I hate more than moving

I think that most adults would agree with me. I’m not talking about anything more than the acts of packing, loading, and unpacking. The act of shopping around for the right place to live, finding a new grocery store, new job, or whatever…that’s a whole new kind of hate.

Today’s hate is just about the physical part and the emotionally draining part that pairs with it.

I am incredibly lucky that I am not moving far away and I don’t have to check for new doctor’s, or places to shop, or make new friends. I just need to pack my stuff and go.It’s funny how a simple move to a city 15 minutes away can be such a drain on all forms of energy.

The rewards from moving are always worth the pain from the moving process though.

T-Minus six days until my energy is drained. And I’m excited af about it.

Happy 6th Birthday, Bo!

I am well aware that my pup doesn’t have access to the internet and can’t read very well. That won’t stop me from throwing out a Happy Birthday to him though.

Happy Birthday to my Bo, my Jobs, my Ja-Bo, my Bo Bo, my Bo Schem, my Bo Schembechler (when he’s in trouble), my Joby (pronounced Job-E), my dude, and any other nickname that I have given him that I forget right now.

I brought Bo home in October 2011 when he was 13 weeks old and eight pounds, and from day one he was obviously my dog. He was attached to me and has been my best friend ever since. He listens, he cheers me up when I need it, he loves to get me out of the house for walks, he kisses to the point of molesting sometimes – and with an uncanny knack of a sneak-attack kiss inside the mouth or nose. Yeah, it’s awesome.

These pictures are from the first two days he was at home with me. Our first selfie, our first romp in the leaves, and just an all around great day. I still remember it like it was six years ago…
His ears have grown so much!

As I mentioned, he has a way of a sneak-attack kiss. You think you’re taking a regular selfie, then you’re really catching his tongue in action. The top left is a great example. He has frog-tongue reflexes, I swear it. That kiss happened in a millisecond. He is most definitely a lover. 

Bo will only sleep on blankets or pillows. And more often than not, his head is propped up on a pillow. Sometimes he takes over my pillow when I get up in the morning. He gives me the stink-eye when I don’t do what he wants. I get him Mr. Freeze’s bow-wow sundae each year, because…it’s Mr. Freeze, best ice cream in town. This kid loves a walk along the Maumee River, too. He will sit with me forever, just people watching and enjoying the views. 

I can’t say enough how much Jobs means to me. Anyone with a pet that brings them joy knows that they aren’t a pet, they are a family member. He brings me so much happiness that I can’t put it into words.

Happy 6th Birthday, Jobs. I hope to spend many, many more with you.

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