Sunday, May 20, 2018

Another new running shoe

Okay, so you can call me crazy... I actually ordered a second pair of running shoes even though I just bought my Hoka's in March. So that's two pairs of high-priced shoes in one season! But... just like the 30% off I got with the Hoka's, my new Adidas Energy Boost shoes were actually HALF PRICE!!!

This is actually super-duper similar to my last pair of Adidas Energy Boost 3's - and I LOVE this line of Adidas shoes. Nothing I've ever worn fits my foot and gives me the feel these shoes do. I'd wanted to buy another pair like my last ones but couldn't find them anywhere. That is until I stumbled across this random Facebook Ad one night offering the shoes at $74.98 instead of the regular $160. So, completely out of character for me, I ordered them online from an unknown source in a matter of minutes. A couple days later they arrived on my doorstep, and I now have two superb shoes to switch back and forth in. :)

I have to admit that I was a little uneasy heading into marathon training with only the Hoka Bandi 5. I wasn't all that fond of them at first, but I'm starting to get used to their high stature and fit. They still feel a bit clumsy sometimes, and I've never done more than 6 miles in them. I can also still do runs in my Energy Boost 3's, but I sensed during the Indy Mini that they were starting to wear.

So I am feeling pretty good about this find. I'm not sure which shoes I will plan to use for long runs yet, but I think I have two pretty good options. I should also be set for running shoes for awhile (hopefully).

Yes, it feels a little crazy...

Friday, May 18, 2018


My printer is low on ink and there are some things I want to print at some point and have had them saved on Facebook. For some reason I always forget to look in the 'saved' folder, so I'm going to put them here (still my default place to go since what.... 2005?).

Some running exercises I want to work on over the next several months:
And on an unrelated note... this downtown parking guide (for Tincaps day games):

Thursday, May 17, 2018

A non-routine routine

I have always been somewhat a creature of habit. I like my routine. I NEED my routine. Not only do I do the same things and go to the same places, I will often even eat the same foods day in and day out for months on end. I prefer to know when I'm doing what, and for how long, and why. I'm not a fan of curve-balls or doing things "on the fly."

This has not been my life lately though. Since moving to more of a gig/part-time work experience, every day can be - and usually is - different.

While yesterday was not necessarily "normal," it was not out of the ordinary either. So, for simple posterity's sake, here was my day yesterday:
  • Wake up at 4 am
  • Leave for work at 4:35-ish
  • Open the Y around 4:50 am
  • Work until 9 am and head directly to the C2G parking lot
  • Set up the parking lot for a Tincaps game and work there until around 11:45 (chatted with the pastor awhile while there)
  • Strolled over to the game for a bit
  • Went home and had lunch, then went for a 70-minute run/walk along the rivergreenway
  • Took a shower and counted the money from the previous nights Tincaps parking lot
  • Went back to work for an hour (yes, I had to go in and work from 4-5 pm. Not my idea)
  • Got home around 5:20, had supper with Jane, watched a little TV
  • Went to bed around 8:30-9-ish
Today will be a little different. I work 5 am - 1 pm, then I have a coaching session and will likely take a bike ride, run or walk after that. Not sure what the rest of the day will entail. And Friday will be even different still.

So, yeah, not much of a routine. Sometimes it throws me for a loop, but sometimes it is actually kind of nice. The biggest thing is whether I can keep things straight in my head or not. As long as I just take each day as it comes and don't try to plan too far ahead I don't get too overwhelmed. So far.

And... that's about it for now. I'm writing this at work, and I have several more bags of towels to fold...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Percolating posts

It always seems like there are posts I'm meaning to write but for some reason or another I never get around to doing it. So... here are a few I've had on my mind, or want/need to have on my mind:
  • The newly opened Clyde Theater (the first experience)
  • The Home Grown Mission coaching group I am (apparently) now part of
  • The use of Lectio Divina in Haiku groups (from the book I'm reading)
  • Thinking of myself more highly than I ought
  • Our first trail run (Vineyard Trail 5k)
  • Contemplating the prayer pictured above
  • etc., etc., etc.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Wedding anniversary #35

Yesterday was our 35th wedding anniversary. I don't know if that's hard to believe or not. In some ways, it just sort of 'happened.' In other ways, I suppose it's nothing short of a miracle. Either which way I don't know of anyone else I would want it to happen with.

As I stated the other day, our weekend trip to South Haven was sort of an anniversary get-away. Other than that we simply went out for supper (Longhorn Steakhouse) and exchanged cards (and I had these flowers delivered to her office). Jane wrote a very nice note in her card to me. I always make my own cards on the computer (I hate the sappy sayings in store-bought cards; and I'm cheap), and I will often write a poem for m'Love. This years was:
Thirty five years of being married to you
Doesn't seem like it's been more than two.
Yet as each day passes and our love grows,
I am gladder and gladder you said, "I do."
It's true... I have never been above corny poetry.


Some random thoughts on the subject:
  • It's darn hard to find a decent steakhouse that serves a simple steak and baked potato (and doesn't cost an arm and a leg). I'm sick of all the high-end places, and fancy-schmansy foods, and "craft" this and that. So we thought Longhorn might be worth a shot. It was "ok," but we had to ask to have our steaks "lightly seasoned" and it still seemed pretty heavy to me. Argh.
  • I must confess... sometimes I get a little sick of hearing people talk about just how wonderful my wife is. I usually hear that as: I am not that wonderful. Yet, the truth is, she really is. I'm sure God knew I needed someone extra-full of grace and mercy; patience, kindness, love, self-control, and all that...
  • As for any advice on how two mixed up teenagers have lasted this long (technically she was 19 and I was 20 when we got married)... I have no idea. I suppose some things that have helped might be:
    • We never really considered the alternative. We are married. Period. We're not individuals, but a unique couple.
    • A long time ago we learned the benefit of being FOR each another, rather than competing against. When difficulties arise, we turn TO each other, rather than away from. It makes things easier.
    • We also continue to do "little things," like texting each day (always ending with "Love you"; and kissing and saying "I love you" every time we part company and every night before bed.
    • Ultimately, it probably has little to do with either of us though. Turning our lives over to Christ was the key. We have both messed up plenty, and the odds have probably never been in our favor. So it really is, "There, but for the grace of God, go I/we." Most of the time I have no idea how or why. That's just the way it is.
So... that's about all I know. Happy Anniversary, my dear. I love you!