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Catching Up (Again)

It seems life is cyclical sometimes. In this case, it’s the fact that I have gone a long time since the last time I blogged. What’s happened since last June? Quite a bit. I’ve done a couple races, changed jobs, completed a few video projects, had training ups and downs, and started preparing for the new season of racing.

I plan on writing some more posts soon going over some of the stuff that I’ve been up to.  Right now I’m just in training mode as I prep for the first race of my season: the O’Bleness Health System Race for a Reason. This is the fourth year I’ll be racing here and it’s always been a lot of fun.

I’ve been working out pretty regularly and things are going well overall. Life is busy (what else is new) so I’ve had plenty of times when I’ve had to skip workouts and plenty of frustrating days. I’ll have posts coming that talk more about how my training is going, but for now I just wanted to get started again.

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Workout Wrapup April 14-20

As a way to try to help show how I take advantage of opportunities and try to live out this idea of fitting fitness into tight spaces, here is a quick look at my week of working out.

Sunday: Birthday Run

  • Distance: 5.4mi
  • Time: 57:09
  • Avg Pace: 10:33min/mi
  • Description: For my birthday The Coach decided we should combine exercise and family time by going for a run with the kids. She set up a little scavenger hunt for me and we went to a few places like the rec center where we swim, Blockbuster Video where we rent videos each weekend to watch as a family and our favorite pizza place. We picked up a movie and some calzones to have a fun, relaxing afternoon. It was broken up by a bunch of stops, but ended up being a pretty good workout, especially pushing two 30+lb toddlers. Continue reading »
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When 4mi turns into 6.3

Most parents know how things go with little kids. This has happened so many times to us. We get a call that one of our kids has a fever and has to come home from daycare. We get them, take them home, give them some meds and put them to sleep. The next day as we’re burning a sick day that “sick” kid is running around, smiling and basically acting completely normal. I understand why they have to be home, just in case they have a nasty virus or something that will be contagious to the other kids, but many times whatever it is doesn’t bother them the next day. So recently, I was home on one of these sick days and the weather amazingly was in the upper 50’s…in January. So I had to take advantage of it. Continue reading »

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5 Tips For Planning A Family-Friendly Race Season –

Here’s a pretty cool article I came across about how to plan out your race season while keeping in mind your family. I’ve found it’s really hard to try to balance having kids, a job and training all at the same time and planning out what races to do and when to do them has always been a challenge. Personally, I’m probably going to end up going to at least one or two races by myself because it’s just not worth it to get the kids up and out in time for most races I do. The article points out a bunch of great suggestions to get the most out of your season and keeping in mind your family. The author is a father of three very similar to me (twins+1 additional, though his singleton came first) and has a pretty cool blog you can find here.

The article can be found here.

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Working out through life’s big changes

It’s been a while since i posted last and even though I really wanted to post here a few times, I just haven’t had the time. I posted a while back that I just got a new job and the change has really affected our schedule and everything. Working out had been more difficult over the past few months, but I still was able to get some good ones in each week. Since starting the new job, it’s become even harder to get time in for exercise. I still have my homework for grad school to do each week and now I have less time to do it in because of my work schedule. I have more time on the weekends, but that’s not enough time to get everything done in alone. I’ve been getting up early and working on school and I did get one early morning run in this past week, so I’m going to try to get things more figured out with a weekly schedule. Continue reading »

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