Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Katy and I are so busy these days. It seems we can't nurture any real friendships because everyone else with kids is just as busy.What happened to the days of backyard BBQ's,watching the kids play while the adults enjoyed a beer with friends and had an uninterrupted conversation lasting longer than 36 seconds. I know the day will come when our kids will be out of the house, and we will miss all the chaos.It will be bitter sweet for sure. I am blessed.Thank you Lord for my family,and trusting me with them.

So far I haven't run today.I haven't been very motivated this week.What I have been is tired. I don't know why some days I feel really good and others it's a struggle just to be verticle. I feel like I could run this afternoon, but it's 94 deg out.We'll see.Maybe I will tonight. Katy is struggling with her piriformis issue.She was doing really well for awhile, but I think it will come and go. I think we will wait to see how she does before we sign up for the half marathon together. By the time we get rid of both of our chronic pains, we will have to get racing stripes on our walkers. I wonder if Geritol would sponsor us for the marathon. I can see us now in our polyester jogging suits,thick at the waist from our Depends,stopping every six minutes to stretch. Maybe Ensure will come in pill form by then.  Regardless of how long it takes, we enjoy exercise time together.We'll keep on keepin' on.And off I go...

Monday, September 21, 2009

Almost there

Yesterday was a good running day.I was able to run with Katy,which is always fun, but we ran 9.5 miles.It was actually by accident. We had intended to run only 8 miles, but with our warmup and distance back to the house, we made 9.5. I entitled this almost there because my first running goal is a distance of 10 miles.We are running on Sunday for my long run day.I'm hoping to get 10 miles for the first time. I think my next goal will be a 10k race.I've never run one.Then I would like to get under a 7 minute mile.My last mile time was 7:31.

We are loving the church we are at. Sunday Mike talked the power that is available to ALL christians. The same power that raised Christ from the dead, is available to believers. I think it's time I start acting like it.He described how some believers, when faced with a problem in life,will take a step back, instead of taking a step forward in faith,and trusting God to show he really is soveriegn over all. I want people to see His presence in our home and family. It's time I step up to be the dad and husband He's called me to be.

Caden is doing well with his potty training. It won't be long until we're doing pull ups at night only.Sweeeeeet!!He is a funny boy.I'm proud of all my children.We are praying for Katy's grandmother.She is ready to go home to the Lord.We are visiting alot so she knows she is loved.

I'm gonna look today to see if there are any races coming up.I don't think we will make it to the Race for the Cure this year.I'll blog next time about what I found.And off I go...

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Feeling pretty good !!

I remember when I lived in my apt in Mesa.Katy would come over,and we would work out.Here i was, almost 30 yrs old, just quit smoking,and beginning an exercise program. It truly was pathetic to watch me walking, yes I said walking on the treadmill and sweating and half dead after 10 or 15 min. Later, after we were safely married, Katy tells me how funny it was to her, and by funny I think she meant sad and "Oh crap I'm in love with a loser." Anyway, the point to his is how far I've come. This morning I ran 6.5 miles in 58:40, and I felt great. Katy is always supportive and encouraging when it comes to me and exercise.I seem to have this , "love/hate" relationship with exercise.I have times when I do it consistantly, and others not so much. Running is that way some too, but I really miss it if I skip a day.Today was a really good running day.I'm proud of myself.I've been working hard and I'm beginning to see good results.

Emily should be starting soccer soon. She's pretty excited about it. Becca is still a grumpy teenager, but we love her and I know she is under alot of pressure. I am going to try to find something we can do for father/daughter time.There is a really fun kid in there that comes out sometimes.Caden makes me laugh everyday.His new thing now is"My penis is a hot dog."This, of course, while he pulls on it.Long live Sniffy!!!

I'm back in BSF. I'm hoping to get a spot soon.I will enjoy having the structure of a study, and I'm expecting to see God do great things in my life, and to see Him move thru our family and really make His presence known.My first scripture memory verse is Acts 4:12 "For salvation is in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven,given among men,by which we must be saved."Anyway,each day I'm healthy, and I get to spend with my family,is a good day.And off I go...

Saturday, September 12, 2009

My first blog

This is my first blog. This blog is mostly for me, kind of like a journal I suppose since not many people are likely to see it. If you do, feel free to leave a comment, or advice on running which I could always use.
       This blog is mostly about my running, but I love my wife and kids so much that I can't resist including funny stories. My kids make me laugh everyday. Katy and I have an exceptional marriage that is Christ centered and always will be.
       The thing I enjoy the most is running.Ultimately, my goal is to run a full marathon before I turn 40. Call it an early midlife crisis if you will, but it is something I have to do for myself.  I grew up eating a terrible diet that just got worse when left to my own devices. There was a time  when I could put away a whole pizza in one sitting, and did quite often. Throw in large amounts of alcohol and smoking, and you got a life primed for a heart attack. I met and married Katy, who is the poster child for fitness America.( I guess opposits do attract)With her help I quit smoking, but it was when I reached 190 lbs, I decided it was time to make some lifestyle changes.I won't bore you with the details, but that is how I started running.Now I weigh 165 lbs. I am really hoping to avoid diabetes, or stroke which run in my family.Katy and I are training for the half marathon together. She is temporarily sidelined for back pain, but recovering quickly.Maybe we'll run P.F Chang's in Jan, we'll see. We have a great time running together anyway. Some days are great running days, and other days suck, but they're all fun. And off I go...