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

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?

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