Wednesday, March 28, 2007


Well not a dime per say, what I do need however is a jogging stroller, double wide style!! Now that the weather is starting to break, even though there is a possibility for snow this weekend, my kids want to go running with me. Whenever the 2 oldest want to tag along they just hop on their bikes, but my 2 littles can't do that. So if anyone has an old stroller built for two I would like to buy it from ya. Or if you know somebody who might be willing to part with one, please drop me a line.


A three year old child is a being who gets almost as much fun out of a fifty-six dollar set of swings as it does out of finding a small green worm. ~Bill Vaughan

In the United States today, there is a pervasive tendency to treat children as adults, and adults as children. The options of children are thus steadily expanded, while those of adults are progressively constricted. The result is unruly children and childish adults. ~Thomas Szasz

Friday, March 23, 2007


As many of you know, I say that like there are throngs of you reading this!!! I have not been putting in a lot of miles this winter. What running I have done has been dreadmill running. Well the weather is starting to break and I have actually gotten a few runs in in the great outdoors. I have noticed that when I run outside I am running about 30 secs. faster than I have been on the treadmill. This wouldn't be a concern except for the fact that I am having a hard time running the necessary miles because of fatigue, with the emphasis on fat!!
Is this something that you folks have experienced? If so do you know why this is?

Speaking of fat, why is it sooo easy to put in on and sooo hard to take it off?

Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic weekend!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

So I went to see what all the hullabaloo was about on Saturday with my wife. First time we have gone out in a very long time, without the kids anyway. I must say I was pleasantly surprised. Visually it was one of the best movies I have seen in quite sometime. Considering it was shot totally in studio in front of blue screen, my hat goes off to the film makers. Battle sequences were very stylized with a lot of slow motion, which I tend to dislike. It worked for me in this case however. I could have done without the droplets of blood floating around, but all in all it was well done. My only criticism would be of the dialogue. A few times I caught myself saying, they would never say that. Or they didn't even know what that is. If you are on the fence I would suggest seeing it. Overall rating A-
Now on to the running portion of this blog!!! Oh one more observation, where do they find so many guys with 6 pack Abs? Every guy in that movie was ripped, even the old ones like me. Made me feel very lazy!!
Yesterday, Monday was one of those days when running just didn't fit into my schedule. Up at 6am for work, out at 5pm, home for dinner, then bath time for the little ones. By the time I had an opportunity to run it was 8:30, but I told myself I needed to run so off to the fitness center I go. On the way there I realize why it was easier to train in the summer. It was a real DUH moment, I just stepped outside and ran in the summer. I really think I need to get some winter running gear for next year. I just don't have time to drive 20 minutes to the gym!!!
But to the gym I went and hit the quick start button at 9:35pm As usual the first mile sucked bad, but I found a rhythm and settled in for a quick, for me, 3 miles. Is it me or do you feel better after a run that you didn't want to do. I can't count the number of times I had to force myself to run and felt soooo much better afterwards!!
9 weeks and 4 days until Bayshore....made hotel reservations yesterday, registered for the race a week or so and maybe, just maybe I should start training in earnest sometime soon!!!


In absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia. Author Unknown

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

So today is going to be the warmest day of the year so far and I actually brought my running stuff to work! Woohoo!! Just mapped out a 3, 4, and 5 mile loop around the shop. It is going to feel good to get out and run in shorts. I have been a wuss this winter and I need to stop making excuses, especially if I plan on doing Bayshore.


Monday, March 12, 2007


Sunday I went to my first race since the marathon back in October. I honestly could not have asked for a better race to come back to. I met my team in front of Nemo's Bar and sent them on their way selling beads. You see the race was the Corktown St. Patrick's Day Parade and Races and we sold beads for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The gun went off and we were off. I almost started on a very bad note, you see I didn't know this was a gun start chip finish race so I figured we needed to run between the Start posts and just about got trampled trying to get there. This is the first time I have run through the streets of Detroit and it was very cool!! The buildings and city just looked different. My goal was to finish, which is sad considering it was just 4 miles, but it is what it is! Ended up finishing in 39.28, which I was very happy about. 10:04, 9:53, 9:44, 9:47. Got a couple of bananas and headed back to the bar. After a while of searching and 2 Bell's Porters. for the carbs mind you!!! I started to find the team and to my surprise they were out of beads. We really should have gotten more!!! Considering the weather was perfect, mid 50's and most of the people in attendance had already had a few beers in them, we could have sold twice as many as we did. Live and learn I guess!!

Hopefully my training will start in earnest now as I need to get my butt in gear for Bayshore!!
Thanks for stopping by...


Wednesday, March 07, 2007


6:00am...leave the house for work
6:30am...start work
5:00pm...leave work
5:25pm...get pitas for board meeting
5:35pm...get home say hi to everyone, change and leave for board meeting
6:15pm...arrive for board meeting and realize it starts at 7
6:25pm...stand in line for tread mill
6:30pm...start running
7:00pm...finish running
7:05pm...AYSO board meeting
8:52pm...leave board meeting
9:10pm...get home and put kids to bed
9:54pm...go to bed

The thing that amazes me is this...why with all of the new technology out there to make our lives easier do we have less free time?? Faster gas pumps, debit cards, speed dials, on line banking, self serve check outs, yada yada yada. Just food for thought.

Have a great day!!


All of the biggest technological inventions created by man - the airplane, the automobile, the computer - says little about his intelligence, but speaks volumes about his laziness.
~Mark Kennedy

thought this was interesting.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007


For everyone who will be downtown at the corktown races look for the Team in Training folks selling beads. We will be selling St. Patrick's Day beads for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Come on down and see us (and the parade) on sunday at 12:00pm.

Friday, March 02, 2007


Well, where to start?

I guess the best place is at the beginning, since that is where I am again, The Beginning. On October 22, 2006 the date of my first marathon I was a fit, lean machine. Nervous as a pimpled face kid on the first day of school, but ready none-the-less. Some 5 hours later I humbled my way across the finish line ready for my next challenge. Well, fast forward to today some 4 months later and I feel like such a loser!! I have run in week, no months. sure I'll get out here and there, but not like I should. I have gained all of the weight that I took off and running 4 miles is HARD!!

So having said that what do you think I do... right, sign up for a marathon that is 12 weeks away, what else!!! Bayshore here I come. I never said I was smart!! I have to tell ya I really really miss training. The sore legs, the ice baths, that feeling that you could run forever, Stony Creek, the TNT runners. So I am pretty excited about getting back into it. And hopefully come May 26th I will run my 2nd marathon, with a little courage, hope, and help I think I can make it.


"Running is real and relatively simple - but it ain't easy." -Mark Will-Weber