Tuesday, January 15, 2013

...And Just Where Have You Been Mister?

First of all, I'd be lying if I said I kept in the groove since you last heard from me and my Dickens 10K PR.  My running buddy, outside of a random run last Friday, has been a little M.I.A. (other than my Christmas Apocalypse party on the 21st, where beer was promised) and so has my mileage.  I can't blame him though.  I can't even blame weather, because I love going out in this stuff.  The plain truth is, I just wanted out of it for a bit, and wanted to enjoy some holiday time.

Don't worry, I'm working myself back in.  I also now have a little help to track running.  My wife got me a Garmin Forerunner 410 for Christmas, which was a really nice, unexpected surprise.  I really didn't think she'd do anything to increase the amount of time I spent away from her and with my pavementy mistress like this summer, but, yet, here it is.

The only real problem was trying to figure it out, which, honestly, took my a while.  I'm not really bad with technology at all, it's just this whole circular toggle thing threw me off.  Sure it's intuitive for you iPod people, but I always buy things with hard buttons and tend to avoid touchscreen type things.  So there was a shamefully long "What the H?" period with this thing.  Luckily I got it now.  Well at least I get the basics.  Some of the extras I'll pick up over time, as I feel like needing them.

I wasn't going to write here until I figured out some annual goals, but this is not going to be a standard year.  There are a lot of mandatory life changes coming, and some are long overdue.  Running may have to take a slight backseat.  I have some general health goals I'd like to accomplish and hold myself to, but I'll get into that a bit later.

This year the running season will begin with the Bigfoot Snowshoe Race in Traverse City.  The Chicago New Year's Day run was more than I felt like spending, and the Frozen Blueberry was this past weekend, where I was just recovering from a horrible week long cold.  My goals for that are simple:

1)  For God's sake, please be faster than last year.
2)  Don't rip all the skin off my heel and bleed really bad during the race
3)  Don't finish dead last in the 10K like we did last year.
4)  Don't get off the path and get lost out in the trails

Pretty simple right?  I'll let you know

Anyway, since every blog deserves a photo, and I didn't have any that applied to what I just wrote.  Here is a photo of my John Denver/Muppets vinyl, complete with its original poster that I found over the holidays.


  1. I've never seen the Muppet Christmas carol. My movie view/knowledge is almost embarrassing. You name, I haven't seen it, unless it's prime viewers are meant to be 15 year olds.

    I'm thinking about doing a snowshoe race this year ( last year we didn't have any snow) but I don't think I can actually run in my showshoes.....

  2. The Muppet Christmas Carol is one of the best ones. It is worth watching simply to see Michael Caine do such a professional acting job while surrounded almost exclusively by puppet actors.

    The John Denver/Muppet vinyl is somewhat unrelated, and pre-dates the Muppet Christmas Carol by 13 years. That's why it was such a good find, both because of its age (33 years old) and its price ($5).

    Hopefully you'll get out for a snowshoe race, and hopefully you'll have a better run at it than I did last year. I'm hoping we have snow north of us. Last year we lucked out with a big snow the night before. This year I'm hoping they already have a little bit built up for us.

  3. It ain't Christmas in our house unless we've listened to the Muppets Christmas Carol soundtrack. Glad to hear you're still alive and all that, looking forward to hearing more about all these mystery changes...

  4. I still don't know anything about my Garmin. I can start, stop and look at my finish results. I know it does way more but 4 years later I still use it as a stop watch.


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