Triple grande latte
Christmas With Johnny Cash on repeat
Snowflake print stocking cap
This is what I do to kill time while waiting for my son to get out of school. It’s kind of like a 20 minute therapy session. I wish this post had a little bit more depth to it. Sorry.
A few of you saw this on my wife’s blog, but it’s irresistible …
A really slick, frosty, grey run on iced streets. The temp. was 20 degrees with a windchill of 8. Needless to say it felt warm compared to yesterday. I talk a lot about my undying love of running in the pre-sunrise darkness but my second favorite running condition is cold, grey skies. This was a nice therapeutic run.
I’m completely out of motivation for running. All of my goals have been met this year and there’s just nothing left in the tank. I didn’t meet my mileage goal, but if I hadn’t been injured for 5 weeks in June I would have smashed that goal too.
So it’s therapy runs from here on out.
New runner’s world arrived today. Really looking forward to this article. My entire Tumblr account is built on this. The earlier the better. Love it.
Few runs in my life will be this memorable. -7 degree windchill. 10.76 miles. And yes, that’s my frosted neck warmer. My entire back was covered in frozen sweat as well.
I had no idea how far I would go until right before I set out, but I have this mental mechanism wherein as soon as I set that number in my head for a run, it is set in stone, and running less than the number chosen is non-negotiable. So I decided I needed to at least hit double digits since I haven’t ran in two weeks. I misjudged my route so I ended up with an extra .76 miles, but I purposely stopped on .76 because today’s my wife’s birthday, and 1976 was the best year in the history of the world. I digress.
I wore a long-sleeved nike pro combat shirt. A long-sleeved nike thermal mock turtle neck, and finally my nike thermal half-zip. And I sweat. My legs were cold but not uncomfortable in the thermal tights. My head was warm, but after 6 miles my ear lobes were freaking cold as ice. I put my neck warmer over my mouth and that kept me breathing warm air, and subsequently caused my neck warmer to freeze because of my breath.
Not much else to say. Totally awesome run. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go put some wood in the fireplace and light myself on fire.
I will run in this on the other side of sleep and REGRET NOTHING.
And I will come home in a mad sweat.
I’m going to try to not be a stranger around here, but we shall see. It has been a terrific weekend, but I did not run at all, and I’m slightly nauseated by that. I stayed up WAY too late last night. So the new plan is to run next Thursday, and maybe even Friday as I will be getting home from work at 10 a.m. on Friday morning :)
This weekend included but was not limited to:
• Our biggest Christmas tree ever. Good God. And it only cost $37 at Home Depot.
• My son and I spent some quality time together yesterday cleaning out the jeep and going to Target to see what he wants for Christmas. Kids are too easy to shop for. It’s going to be so easy this year.
• A come-from-behind Chelsea victory that saw them give up a goal in the first 13 seconds of the match. Yay-uh!
• Lots of Christmas decorating and watching National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. Absolute classic.
I’m probably going to go to the doctor at some point this week. It’s all a mind game right now. I feel strange things and then I don’t. We will see. And this is the longest amount of time I’ve been on a Tumblr all week and my son is giving me grief for it, despite the fact that he is engaged in something himself. Thanks, son …
I’m not dying of cancer. Although, you’ll have to convince me otherwise. I missed my first Saturday long run in years this morning because I am going through uncertain times. I have issues in my body and I have no idea what they are. Strange things in my lower abdomen, things I have never felt before. I thought I had a hernia, but I’m almost certain it’s not that now. Which is good and bad. There was a moment in my life a few years ago when I went to two different doctors to get checked out, because I was feeling some weird things in my lower abdomen, and I was given a clean bill of health. That even included blood work. So here we go again.
I’m going to run tomorrow. I don’t know what in the hell is going on with me. But not running makes me feel dead.
And as far as Tumblr goes, I know it’s a relationship, a two-way street. But I’m just not going to be here much. I feel weird about that but when I’m back, you’ll be sick of the sight of me. Consider this a good breather for both of us. Normal life will resume in 2014. Until then, I’ll chime in when I can.
My run recap this morning left me feeling like a very cold, ungrateful asshole. The truth is, my kitchen smells like cooking turkey and fresh coffee right now, and I’m home alone with my dog and cats while everyone is at the grocery store getting last minute supplies. And I AM thankful today. I’m not a bitter, cold hearted jerk like I portray myself on Tumblr sometimes. No, I don’t feel good right now but big effing deal. Here’s what I’m thankful for:
• My wife and son. Without them, I do not exist.
• My house, my job, my life. I’m “Adulting” as Tumblr likes to call it, and it’s taken a long time to get here. I spent the entirety of my 20’s wasting my life.
• My renewed Faith. It’s been an ebb and flow since I was 12, but I have finally found a real understanding and peace between myself and my Creator. I will be fine, no matter what.
• Simple things. Life is too fucking noisy. I’m thankful for small things like coffee and a moment to reflect in the mornings before work.
There. Now I feel better. I write on emotion a lot of times. I am thankful for everything I have that I probably don’t deserve. I hope you Tumblrs have a great Thanksgiving.