Friday, May 6, 2011

900th Post!!!

On 10/26/07, I started typing and really haven't stopped.  Oh where has the time gone? NINE HUNDRED clicks of the little “publish post” button later here I am.  What was originally a way to kill time has turned into a full on obsession. I think about blogging while I run, while I am pooping, and even sometimes while at work *gasp*.

This is certainly a running blog, but it didn't always start out that way.  I always like to say that running is only a vehicle to enable me to spout off about whatever random thoughts are rolling around in my head. Initially, that was random thoughts about everything (scary), which morphed into a very metrics driven report of each of my runs and how I was feeling (boring), and now I think that it is a blog about my life (still boring, with lots of running, snarky comments, and everything else all thrown in).

I've come to really enjoy reading my previous posts.  Not in a vain "wow, I am such a lyrical genius!" way, but more in a "wow, I can't believe that I actually did that" kind of a way.  I love posting about race reports and still enjoy seeing how far I've come.  I've went from a 4 hour marathoner to a 3:23 marathoner and from a 35 minute 5K'er to a 18:30 5K'er.  Certainly, in 900 posts, I've come a LONG way.

So, relax, sit back, and enjoy the strange throwback to my bloggy beginnings  where I am now, and everything in between.


9 favorite posts 7 favorite posts
Running is hard – for everyone: This is probably THE favorite post. It speaks to my mantra of not getting caught up in speed because, just like the size of a guy’s junk, it is relative (to the size of his bank account).

ABCs of me: If there is anything I love, it is the ladies internet Memes. They are those chain email style posts that everyone does at the risk of being banished from the blogosphere and sent back to MySpace island. Nobody wants to go there – trust me.


Hard Core Club: I didn’t get umpalumpa style abs, but I did give it the old college try – at least for a little bit.


Bikram Yoga: If it weren’t for all of the half naked people (Including this guy!) this would have been one of most miserable experiences ever. So, since there were half naked people, I’ll probably go back.


100 things about me: Some of these are out of date, but essentially, if you could crack open my brain like a coconut, this is what you would find in there (along with memories of boobs, explosions, and poop jokes)

Get Your Ass Moving Anyway (GYAMA): That was my mantra for a while when I was just plain lazy lost my running mojo for a while and needed to cut through the stupid excuses and get out there anyway.


Fitness Magazine Giveaway Winner!: I won a subscription to fitness magazine in a blog contest. I had no idea it was a WOMENS fitness magazine, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying it –everywhere.


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Why I run:
Recently, (actually, around Christmas I think??) Kovas at Midwest Multisport Life sent out a bunch of emails to people asking WHY they run. I have posted about it on here before, but I don’t think that I’ve ever actually stated it as articulately as I did in my response to him. Here is the post that he included me in, and here is what I said:

I think a lot of it comes down to goals. Or, maybe more accurately the bookends that I put on each of my training cycles. I use formalized races to measure my level of training success. The fee is a small price to pay for an objective third party to help me test my overall fitness. I can and do conduct time trials of my fitness, but there is something special about shelling out money. Probably a placebo effect.

Also, I generally run alone, and running races is one of the few times when I can run with a very large group of people with a common goal. Similar to the blogging community, within the race community, friends come easy and relationships sometimes last a very long time. I have met a number of people whose names I still remember who helped me get through the very tough miles of a race. Additionally, I've met up with a number of blogger friends at races and bonded with them over the very common goal of traversing the same 10K, 13.1, or 26.2.


If I could add anything to that, I would certainly add that running is ME time. Because I don’t run a lot with other people, running allows me to get lost in my lack of thoughts while pounding out the miles. I rarely think about much while I run, but for some reason the lack of thoughts is very calming. It serves to relax me and help me to focus on what is really important in my life at any given time.

Before / after
Since I’ve started this blog, I’ve lost weight. Something like 45 pounds or so. I RARELY talk about it on here because I don’t let the weight on the scale define who I am, but every so often I’ll run across a fat Adam picture that reminds me to how far I’ve come. One of my MOST favorite sayings is: “There is no history of anything until it happens for the first time”. 4 years ago, I decided to start a healthy lifestyle. It IS now the norm and I don’t think I could ever go back:
Feed me!

Me and my runner peeps


Family:
Since I’ve started this blog, not only have I lost weight, but I’ve also gained some weight – in the form of a 16 pound baby boy. To say that the changes in our life were amazing would be like saying Lidsey Lohan likes to have a little drink on the weekends. While he admittedly makes life stressful on occasion, the lower lows are tenfold offset by the highest of highs. We recently had some pictures taken by Diana at www.theStudio56.com Check her out if you are in the Kansas City area and need some pictures taken. She’s good!





Funny Foto:
Finally, because it IS Friday, and I LOVE the Funny Foto Friday posts, here is a fun one. Happy Friday everyone.
Doesn't he look so HAPPY!?


I can’t wait to see what the next 900 blog posts will bring. Both old and new, thank you for riding along during my rediculous journey. Believe me – the best is yet to come.

39 comments:

Adrienne said...

900 posts! Wowzer. Always fun to read so keep it up.

giraffy said...

I love love love the Running is Hard post. Particularly being new and slow - it's a heavy duty reminder that I need to run my own run.

And that is still one freaking cute baby.

Jamoosh said...

Happy 900th! No balloons? Tomorrow I will run 17.6 feet for each of your 900 posts. It's the best tribute I can do.

Whitney said...

I've been around long enough that I knew all of those favorite posts. Yay me!

Cute, cute, CUTE baby!!

Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

Just the right amount of obscene Adam nudity in this post, even if it was just rehashing.

I approve.

Runners Fuel said...

Congrats on 900!!

Kovas said...

900 posts? Thank god I've missed most of them. Hope the next 900 are of higher quality. I'm thinking more baby pictures.

Madison said...

Good gawd man, 900th post...wow, you definitely have diarrhea of the mind-to-finger variety. Way to keep up with the blogging. You are funny, sometimes gross but always outrageous. Your son is adorable, I see he takes after your wife. Hehe j/k.

ShutUpandRun said...

Love this recap of you.

And I still can't believe we've come back 900 times to read something so boring. Must not be that boring after all.

Zaneta said...

congrats on 900 posts!! :D

your baby is soooooo cute!!! :D

Kate said...

Love this! Those baby pictures are wonderful. Looking forward to going back and reading your favorites. :)

Chad said...

Congrats. Incredible(ly embarassing.)

tahoegirl said...

Stop already with the baby pictures. Ugh, he is just way too cute.

You are one of the most hilarious blogs i read. Thanks for 900 laughs.

Run with Jess said...

Thoroughly loved this post today... please continue on for 900 more.

Nobel4Lit said...

I guess you're not that "boring" after all. Congrats!

Julie said...

Happy 900th!! You are one of the reasons I read blogs...so I can have more smiles and laughter in my life!
You done good, sir.

C2Iowa said...

Congrats on 9. Looking forward to the next 9.

Teamarcia said...

Congrats on 900! Holy cow you are prolific. Could that son of yours be any cuter I think not.

JessiePants said...

Well done on your 900 informational and entertaining bits of you! Thank you for not including clowns for the celebration, as they really creep me out.
Enjoy what you have to say very much and look forward to many more!

Shawn said...

I echo your setiments about "why I run". I often thought I was selfish for enjoying that "no think" time...I now realize it is a huge part of my lifestyle and it makes me a better human being...thanx for your take on life and a little running stuff thrown in once in awhile to keep it real.

Yours is one of my favorite blogs to read and your LL comments always crack me up....carry on SIR!!!

YOU ARE A GOD!!!! (like you don't hear that all the time eh??)

Caroline said...

900 posts...and people are still reading...
what is the boring portion of this blog exactly?

misszippy said...

Congrats! You've got a great thing going here and I'm glad you've shared it with the rest of us.

Anne said...

Congrats on 900 posts! I'm impressed, but not surprised, because you've got a knack for this task. You make me both laugh and think...and you do a great job!

That little one is adorable :)

Running Through Phoenix said...

I read this post and it was really boring. Glad to know you bud!!

The Sean said...

900 boring ass posts and counting... (yawn) time to go to bed. :)

Christina said...

Great picture of you running. I think the photographer should get royalties each time you use the photo.

track coach and adorable wife said...

Yay for 900! and pictures of you sitting on the pot!

Chris K said...

I recognize alot of those pictures. Hopefully the next 900 posts won't be so boring. More poop references please.

For the record, and I'm not blowing sunshine up your you-know-what, this is the best running blog out there.

Mike said...

I am fairly new to following your blog and you are far from boring. Congrats on 900!

Steel Springs said...

Congratulations on your 900th post! I enjoyed the flashback. You've got one cute baby!

Lisa said...

Congrats on 900! This was a great post, thanks for sharing all your favorites. And your son is absolutely adorable!!

Tara said...

Way to go on the 900 posts. You are a posting machine. I started in 2007 and got kinda bored, or maybe I am just a slacker. Hmmmm.

You have one cute kiddo there, he is getting big! Love him!
I think he looks more like your wife then he does you. I could be wrong, I haven't seen your baby pics, but he sure does look like her.

Keep on running and blogging!

ptg said...

I've said it before, and I'll say it again - you got one adorable baby there!

Keep on blogging about running!

kilax said...

Aww, I love this post. And the pics of Hayden :)

Jess said...

Congrats on 900 posts and all that has happened in that time! The pro pics are really beautiful! If only KC weren't a 2,000 mile journey for me.

James said...

Way to go on sticking with it! I wasn't aware you improved so far on your times. Congrats!

Al's CL Reviews said...

Good job!

Ace said...

900 posts? You must celebrate by doing 900 somethings. Perhaps eat 900 twinkies. OK. go.
And take pictures.

Her Name Is Rio said...

Congrats on the 900!