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100 things about me: Some of these are out of date, but essentially, if you could crack open my brain like a coconut, this is what you would find in there (along with memories of boobs, explosions, and poop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