Monday, December 3, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
So, being the smart runner I am, I got up this morning and met my running buddy at 5:30 this morning for another run. SOMEONE HELP ME!!!
Well, as you could guess, it's hurting quite a bit again now!
Here is the REAL issue... I am ADDICTED!
Seriously, I am. and so are you.
If I take more than a day or two off running, I sit around feeling fat, sluggish and like a real bum. Stop laughing, SO DO YOU! You know you do!
I take a day off to lift weights, and after I am finished, want SO badly to head out for a run too! Nothing else makes me feel this way.
So what to do? I have NO idea!!
The best I think I can hope for is to continue to struggle with this, knowing I need to take a few days off and not run 24X7. I KNOW lifting is good for me, maybe JUST as good as running. I KNOW taking a day off here and there is good for me, maybe better than running so often!
It's not like any of this is new to me. I've been doing this for 25 years. It's just that the older I get, the louder my body screams at me!
So, unless one of you has the magic answer for me, I'll just continue to try to talk myself into doing what I know is best for me, and sit down at the computer every now and then and vent.
Everyone have a PERFECT Thanksgiving!!
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Peace.... *Couch, Cough*
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
It started last week with a very small pain in the heel of my foot. *Take a day OFF Kevin!*
So, the next day when I of course ran, it started hurting a little more *You dumby! Take a day off!!*
So, of course the next day when I ran, it hurt so much I had to stop and walk.
From what I read, it hurts when you first get out of bed in the morning... Check.
The condition starts gradually with mild pain at the heel bone often referred to as a stone bruise... Check.
You're also at risk if you walk or run for exercise... Uhm, Check.
So, now what?
"About 90 percent of people with plantar fasciitis improve significantly after two months of initial treatment". WHAT? TWO WHAT? HA! (this is where those of you with virgin ears plug them) POOP ON THAT!!
So now I'm taking ibuprofen, pulling my hair out on the elliptical, and telling myself every day DO NOT RUN SILLY!!
Oh, before I forget, does anyone know who the TOP RANKED football team in the nation? Maritza dear, do you?
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Anyone paying any attention to College Football??? I mean besides ME!! ;-)
Hey, I put 4 kids through this darn school and I'm going to pay all the attention I can!
This is by far my favorite time of the year. The leaves turn the most beautiful colors ever, the weather turns cool and crisp, the apples begin to fall off the trees, and the Buckeyes start moving up the polls!!
My blogging has obviously taken a back seat to The Extra Mile Podcast. Sorry about that. I still read all of your blogs though! So you all better keep it up.
My running has been pretty good also. Averaging over 30 miles per week, which is a lot for me these days, with some speed work through in for good measure.
My DOLL BABY (see picture above) is able to sit up all by himself and has 2 of the damn cutest little teeth poking through on the bottom of his mouth that you have ever seen (breast-feeding mom isn't as excited about the teeth as I am)!
Besides the Phedippidations World Wide Half Marathon and "Kick the Couch" 5K road race, I'm getting rather excited about taking a short vacation to Florida at the end of them month (I wonder if Chris and Maddy get excited about traveling to Ohio)!! This will be our first trip away from home with Connor, and obvisously his first trip in an air plane.
So there ya go... all up to date with what Kevin's up to. Everyone hang in there and good luck with all the races coming up!
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
I feel like this blog has become a blog only about my GREAT family and a lot less on my life. So lets mix it up a bit!
All these huge changes that I had coming in 2007 have come and I have survived! Whew! So now it's time to get back to blogging about what I do and what I love.
So although I'll still talk about my perfect family ;-) I'll be throwing in a lot more about another love in my life, my running.
As most of you know, from The Extra Mile Podcast, my running has been not so good until recently. I've struggled to keep up with my time goals and my mileage. But that is changing!
The air is crisp now, and my running is starting to keep up! It there anything that makes a runner happier than to step outside for a run and smell that "Fall" smell? I can smell the leaves, the apples, the cool air, and.....
OHIO STATE FOOTBALL!!!
So even though it's only mid-September, I am officially starting my fall right now!!!!!
OMG!! Mid-September? It's like 4-6 weeks till "The Phedippidations World Wide Half Marathon and "Kick the Couch" 5K road race!
I have NO idea if I'll be ready for this or not, but who cares!!!! I'll do it and have a blast!
My long run has been just (did I say JUST?) 10 miles and I have to tell you, I wasn't a pretty sight at mile 9! So I figure I can drag myself another 3 miles to the finish line. We shall see. But I still have 5-6 weeks to train, and that's really a lot of time to add 3 miles to a long run.
So there you have it, my change in direction.
Oh yea.. one last thing... other that Chris, are you all listening to The Extra Mile Podcast? It's really quite fun and if you are training. I really think you will enjoy the company on your long runs. If not, there is of course a money back guarantee!
Click HERE for the latest episode of The Extra Mile Podcast
Monday, August 27, 2007
If you have been listening to The Extra Mile Podcast, you will know that my running has really been suffering lately with the 95-100 degree temperatures I've been running in here in Cincinnati. It's hurt my training goals as well an my spirits. And I bet this may be happening to some of you as well (I won't bet a LOT of money though)!
But honestly, after our last episode, I have decided to to completely change my mind and, more importantly, my attitude!
It now seems SO silly to let Mother Nature ruin my running fun! Why the heck do I care if I have to stay in on the treadmill on a day when it's 100 degrees outside? Who cares? Why do I care that I have to walk a little and run only 5 miles when my schedule calls for 7? What the heck? Really!
I REFUSE to lose sight of why I REALLY run.. it's a damn blast and it makes me feel SO good!
You would be amazed if I were to line up every friend I have (you all included) and then ask them each to raise their hands if we met through running. I have no doubt that 90% of them would raise their hands! And as if that were not cool enough, think of it this way...
How many friends would I have without running? Pretty darn lonely!!
So no more! If Mother Nature wants to be like that, so be it! Have your way woman! I do not care anymore! I will still be out there running, ever so slow, maybe walking, but out there! And when she decides to lighten up on me, I'll get back on my training schedule.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
It totally amazes me each day when I think about how the birth of a baby can completely change the way I look at the entire world!
My Pre-Connor life continues to fade quickly in the rear view mirror and I say Good Riddance!
Why would I care that my wife and I can't go on our usual nice vacation this summer? Punta Cana will still be there long after the last of the Pampers are stuffed deep in the Diaper Genie!
Why would I care that we don't go out to eat at nice restaurants these days? Filet Mignon will wait. The spit up on my shirt needs to be addressed right now!
The new car I had my heart set on will still be on the show room floor in a few years. The jogging stroller will be empty before I know it and no new car will ever compete with a trip around the block with the jogging stroller.
In the blink of an eye, (well, actually in the 10 minutes of an emergency C-Section) my life was turned completely on it's head, and I have to tell you.... Looking at life upside down is damn sweet!
Friday, August 3, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
What a year it's been for me so far, but after this past weekend, it's ALL downhill from here!
Everything went perfectly at and my oldest pulled off a fantastic party for all!
More later after I've had a chance to catch my breath!
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
I gained a new PERFECT baby son just 15 weeks ago and now, after 27 years, I'm losing one of my PERFECT daughters. :-(
After almost a year long engagement, with Daddy in complete denial, in just a few short days I will be walking my baby down that isle and turn her over to another man. *Sigh*
But I've decided that this is ALL good. Just another great moment in this unbelievable year in my life!
So I've got my seat belt strapped tight and I'm ready for the ride... well, at least until I have to dance with the beautiful bride.
For those of you who are NOT listening to The Extra Mile Podcast (and I'm taking names), my training for a couple of half marathons this fall is going pretty good. I now have a training plan I will read in detail, digest, and begin tackling it first thing next week after my big weekend! It always tends to re-energize me when I have a goal and a plan. We shall see. Hopefully the weather will cooperate too and the MILLION degree heat will subside!
Everyone have a GREAT weekend and let you know how I survived this weekend soon.
Friday, July 6, 2007
Monday, July 2, 2007
I hope you don't mind me dropping you a quick email to tell you about a new podcast that I'm involved with called the 'Extra Mile Podcast'.
It's a new podcast which has been put together by Marathon Chris, Kevin Bonks and myself to follow the progress of runners during the current training for the Phedippidations World Wide Half Marathon in October 2007.
In each episode we'll have audio updates from a number of runners to let you know how they are doing with their training.
We're also looking for other runners (like you!) to maybe drop us an audio comment from time to time to let us know that you are out there, and how you are doing with your training. If you'd like to contribute any audio (1 or 2 minutes in an MP3 file would be great!), then visit the podcast web site at : http://www.theextramilepodcast.com/
If you'd like to subscribe to the new podcast, you can subscribe in iTunes, or with other podcatchers, using the two buttons below :
In Episode #1 you can hear us introducing the show and there's even an appearance by a certain Mr Steve Runner !
I hope you enjoy the new show, and don't worry, Running From The Reaper will continue as normal (look out for a new show later this week).
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
Work has been NUTS lately! I won't bore you with the details, but I've been doing the job of 2 people all year now and it's just caught up with me for a bit lately. But no worries... I'll beat this thing!!
I have, however, managed to keep up with my mileage.
With all the things going on, my running has continued to be a priority. I make sure that, either very early in the morning or at lunch time, I get out for my run.
My total mileage has also been good. It's been anywhere from 35 to 42 miles per week. However, it's all pretty much at the same pace. No track work, no hill work, no speed work... nothing. And I know I need to change this if I am going to run any faster than I do now.
I have NO plan right now, but it's something that I know I need one.. isn't it? Anyway, I'm working on that too. Stay tuned....
All is still PERFECT with my cutie son at home.
Daddy had a very nice Fathers Day last weekend and a thought came to me as I played with him.
I've beed a Dad for a long time now, and I LOVE it. But it's been several years now since I've been a Daddy, and there is nothing like it!
I ask you now... Any University of Michigan fans out there reading this? ;-)
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
The ceremony was a lot better than I was expecting.
First of all, the weather was PERFECT in Columbus last Sunday! Very sunny and warm but very low humidity. Just the way I like it!
Secondly, although I must tell you that I have never been a fan of his, the guest speaker was former President Clinton and he gave the best speech I have ever heard.. ever! Think what you will about that man, but boy is he ever a public speaker!
And I always LOVE being inside Ohio Stadium, where my beloved BUCKEYES play on Saturdays during the fall!!
My running continues to go VERY well, at least the mileage does. I went past the 40 mile mark last week including a long run of almost 9.5 miles. At this point, my base is clearly well established enough to begin half marathon training for my fall race. You ready Melisa? ;-)
Enough about my fall running for the moment... except to say.. no, I shouldn't. It's a secret! It's a very cool project a few of your blog buddies have been working on that I hope, and think, you will like. That's all I can say, really.. well, except maybe you should hear more very soon about it. really.. NO MORE!
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
We had about 15 people in the house this past Sunday for Connor's baptism. What a perfect day it was! Needless to say, Connor did NOT wear the dress!! (Kevin- 1, Wife-0) Also needless to say, he was perfect during the baptism also. Slept for about 99% of it, only waking to voice (loudly) his hunger in the car on the way home.
An entire weekend of great food and great family. Life is good.
On the running front....
Since my house was full of "babysitters", I was able to get some good running in this weekend. My wife and I actually ran together for the first time since July 3 of last year! How special was that!
Also, I went out for a slow "long" run yesterday. I had intended on doing a 7 mile run but felt better the more I ran, and couldn't stop thinking about running a half, maybe two, this fall, and I kept going! 8.75 miles later I was done. I haven't run that far since May 31, 2006! I was very happy to get that mileage in, but the happiness was dampened a tad later in the afternoon when the soreness set in. Still, a nice LONG run!
So there I was, laying in my bed last night, thinking about a fall marathon (NO comments please)! My last Marathon was October 9, 1995. I "Bonked" in that run, at least for me at that time, finishing in 4:27:20... walking and cursing. I'd PAY for a finish time like that now!
I've been lightly considered a marathon recently. I already know what YOU all are going to say. But we shall see. 26.2 is a LONG was from 8.75!!
I had what I thought was a BRILLIANT idea when all my Blog Buds started talking about running halves and/or fulls this fall and all of us tracking our training progress together. Check out what Chris has put together HERE.
How cool would it be for each of us to record a short wav/mp3 file about our goals/progress as we train. Someone would just have to "string" them all together with an intro and post them. We would do this weekly or bi-weekly and end the podcast in the fall after we all run our races and give our race updates.
Associate our runs to the Phedippidations World Wide Half Marathon and I know Steve would give us a shout out! No doubt Nigel would too! Heck, maybe we could get the elusive Adam Tinkoff to mention it!
I ran this idea by Chris, and she gave me some idea of what this would take. Not much money, but maybe more time that I had thought. Anyway.. Just an idea. Anyone have all this time on their hands? ;-)
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
- Had a PERFECT baby boy in March
- Turned *cough, cough* 50 in April
- Had a daughter graduate from Law School in May
Not bad for a full year, huh? But I'm not done yet! Here is what I have left this year:
- One son graduates from THE Ohio State University in June
- My oldest daughter gets married in July
- My other son graduates from THE Ohio State University in October
Not bad for one year huh?
The graduation last weekend went perfect, well, it went perfect and was very LONG!! Imagine 300 adults being named individually, walking across a stage, being "hooded", getting diplomas, and walking off. Not something I would recommend doing for the fun of it! But since one of my babies was there.. I wouldn't have missed it for the world! Check it out...
So next on my list is another graduation, only this time we are talking about a few THOUSAND graduates at Ohio State! I've already been through 3 OSU graduations (2 undergrads and one masters), so I feel like I could do it myself!
On the running front, my running is still going great, for me anyway! Over 30 miles a week and feeling very good every run. But I did maybe do a stupid thing... I told Melisa I would run the half marathon at The United State Air Force Marathon on September 15th! My thought was that it would be a good warm up for her since she is running The Columbus Marathonon October 21st. But I wasn't really expecting her to say YES! So once again I've made a commitment to a woman and had second thoughts! Story of my life ;-)
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
As if I don't have enough to be proud of lately, my second oldest child, Kelly, graduates this Sunday from Law School!!!!!
Our trips out of the house these days are all about timing! Feed Connor a few minutes before we leave, and he's golden! The car trip puts him to sleep faster than Sanjaya's singing!
So hopefully we feed him, make the 2 hour trip to Columbus while he snores, meet my kids for a bite to eat somewhere, drop Connor at my oldest daughters house to babysit, and get to the graduation by 1:00! Whew.. I'm exhausted just writing about it! One of my twin boys will be putting me through this all over again next month! I should be getting good at this by now.
Connor bought his mommy the Nike+ iPod Sports Kit for Mothers Day. It's a very cool chip you lace to your shoe (or buy a very expensive pair of specially built Nike shoes) and your iPod keeps track of your workout. You can upload your workouts to the Nike web site where it gets logged and you can run all sorts of neat reports and graphs. I wouldn't trade my Garmin Forerunner 205 (Get yours yet Melisa?), but it's a very cheap and very cool device, especially if you already have a Nano.
But Connor did this for dad actually! Dad IS going to run a half marathon in the fall, and the sooner we get mom back on the road, the greater the likelihood she will train and run the half WITH dad *Dr. Evil laugh*!! We did the Disney Half back in 2004 and had a BLAST!!
Right now I am looking at running the half at the Columbus Marathon on October 21st. I ran the full YEARS ago ( 1988 actually, 3:42:15) and loved the course. How much more would I love it only having to do HALF of it?? ;-) I bet I could get special dispensation from Steve Runner to run this one for The Phedippidations World Wide Half Marathon. Anyway, that's the plan right now.
My running is going SO well these days that I am running the risk of injury! I'm at a point, psychologically, that I want to run every day, and kind of far! I even ran 6 miles yesterday morning, then ran another 3.5 at lunch! But it just feels so darn good these days!
My running partner at the gym in the mornings and I have decided to start picking up the mileage on our Friday runs, in preparation for a half. So this Friday is either 7 or 8 miles. Good thing I can SIT during the graduation this weekend!
Now for the Connor Update...
Guess who is 7 weeks old today AND slept through the night last night? Yep.. Daddy's boy did!
Friday, May 11, 2007
- Just how darn cute this kid is
- Just how GOOFY Dad will be to get him to smile!!!!
My running has been GREAT this week! Had 2 runs of 7 miles each and over 30 miles in 5 runs this week. Tomorrow (Saturday) will be a rest day! We are meeting my daughters soon-to-be in-laws for brunch. Think I should mess with her? ;-)
BIG day Sunday for the new Mommy in my house! Connor and I have a few surprises in store...
HAPPY HAPPY to all the mom's who stop by my little blog. No one appreciates the job you have more than I do!! Have a wonderful day and be safe!
Monday, May 7, 2007
If you are in doubt about who was in CHARGE at the finish line of The Flying Pig Marathon this past weekend in Cincinnati, I would suggest you look to the person driving the GOLF CART!! Actually, I would more strongly suggest that you get to safe ground!!!!!!
12,000 runners to get ready for, beginning at 5:30 AM on Sunday morning. Not sure how I can say this, but WHAT A BLAST!
It all went off without a hitch. Well, let me rephrase that... We were able to pull things together and give the appearance that there were no hitches. Actually, until you get involved with a race this size, and this level, you cannot imagine the hitches that are thrown at you!!
In any case, give it a shot someday. Having run races, most of you half or full marathons, you already know how appreciative runners are to the volunteers. Cut a chip off, wrap a blanket around them, give then the much deserved medal, and you can almost bring a runner to tears.And I'll make it easy for you.... Come help ME next year in this one!! ;-)
My Mother-in-Law came for a visit this past few days also and my wife and I were able to sneak away to see The Lion King! Did I mention that my wife is a Lion King NUT?? So even though this was our 3rd time to see it, it never gets old. It's worth the price! And if it's the first time out of the house in over 5 weeks, who cares how good it is? ;-)
My running is going GREAT the past few weeks. I think it's tied to the weather in some way. I had a 7 mile run last week where I felt like I could go on forever! I KNOW you know that feeling! Made my day! Ran over 30 miles last week, which is more than I have had in a long time. Feeling absoulutly GREAT!
I leave you with this weeks picture of my little Ohio State Buckeye. Can I get a
Monday, April 30, 2007
If ya can't join'em, HELP'EM I always say.
Have I mentioned that I am in charge of the finish line for The Flying Pig Marathon here in Cincinnati? Well if not, I think I just did.
I have been involved with the race since it's first running back in 1999. Having run 5 marathons of my own, one of my most vivid memories of ALL those races was the volunteer support. People rushing up to ask if I needed anything, handing me water, taking off my chip, wrapping a blanket around me.
When they stared this race in Cincinnati, having known a lot of local runners and organizers, I was asked to help out and JUMPED at the chance! The feeling of being on the other end of that water or blanket is one I will remember as long as I do the race itself.
So for the past several weeks, I've been involved in meetings, conference calls, emails and all the other stuff that goes into the logistics of making sure 10,000 runners have bagels and medals when they cross that finish line! It's always nerve wracking, but a blast!
The race is this Sunday, May 6! I'll be up at 4:30 AM to make sure I get there by 5:00 AM to get prepared for it all. I'm always NERVOUS about it all but it always works out. You cannot imagine all the things that have to happen to pull off just a finish line (WHAT No spoons for the yogurt???!!!)!! But it's all good.
All still perfect with my little "eating machine"! If fact, at this very moment my wife is at Target returning some "Newborn" diapers that no longer fit my little runner!
Still looking for that half marathon to point to. I "think" I want to do it in the September time frame. I'll keep you posted.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Yo, dog, check it out... (I feel like Randy Jackson from American Idol). That's Jen over there with the smile that starts at one ear and ends at the other! She did something way more important than just running the Boston Marathon last week. She made memories that will last forever! And to add to that, she met and actually spoke with St. Steven on this weeks episode of F'dip!
I've said this before, I'm a USER!
I see people set a goal, spend weeks and months working their butts off to achieve those goals, and finally let nothing stand in their way to achieve them, and I sit back in AWE of it all.
If you can read Jen's recap of her Boston Marathon run (http://runningstories.blogspot.com/), and not want to lace up your shoes and head out of the door, I find it hard to believe you are reading this blog to begin with. I've read her blog for a while now, as she runs, swims, and lifts weights (sometimes all on the same day!!), all because she had a goal and this is what she had to do to reach that goal.
It's Cory running through the nasty hills and weather in Colorado, preparing for the Colorado Mini-Marathon (15 miles is Mini????).
It's Chris who has her hands in 1200 different things (I counted) and still finds time to run and put together a podcast, all the while bringing her family on the trip!
There are SO many more cool people training for races that I use all the time! I use them for inspiration. They don't lace up my shoes for me, but MANY times it's because of them I am doing it!
So what's my point? I KNOW I had one! Oh yes.. If you are not using them already for YOUR inspiration, try it! Read their blogs. See what they go through. Then lace'em up and get out of the door!
My guess is.. none of these people cares if you use them! Jen? Melisa? Mind if we use you? ;-)
All I know is, that until they tell ME differently, I'm gonna use them! I'm gonna use them to train for and run a half marathon this year. I'm gonna use them to lose about 10 more pounds before my daughter's wedding in July. I'm gonna use them to do whatever I need to do to achieve my goals. Join me....
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Connor sucks down that bottle like it's his last meal while he stares up at me. And after he eats, he just looks at me with those wide eyes and slowly drifts back to sleep. It's truly the best hour of my day! Now if I could convince Connor that we could also have that bonding time at 9:00 pm!
The progress I have been making with my diet and running have also been interrupted. My weight is holding steady, which is better than adding to it, and I am getting out of the door to run, but the total miles is way down. It seems I am always rushing to get back for some reason. Since Connor's birth, I have made it to the gym for my morning run exactly once. The first thing I have been doing at 3:00 am before climbing back into bed is to re-set my alarm from 4:30 am! I need to get back into that morning run habit so I know I have the time and I know it's out of the way for the day. Like I said before, I think a half marathon later in the year to point to would help with that too.I always do better when I have some goal to point to. Some large event in my life I need to prepare for. Something to PUSH me. Know what I mean? It doesn't have to be something like having a baby or turning 50! Just an incentive of some kind.
The next big event in my life I need to get ready for is my daughters graduation from law school! That happens on May 19th. Plenty of time!