Sunday, April 8, 2018

2018 Running Goal - Update #16

Well, April had a huge snow storm that dumped a foot of snow over a few days, so running was out of the equation for me. So, I have only finished four runs out of eight days. To try to compensate for lost mileage, I ran a little longer on a few of those days. I am at 22.34 miles out of 103 for the month. That leaves about 80 miles to go in roughly 22 days, or about 3.6 miles per day. If the weather gets better, I should be able to get that.

Current yearly stats:

Runs: 60
Distance: 314.38 miles
Total Time: 51h 52m 29s
Avg Distance Per Run: 5.24 miles
Total Calories: 42,216
Avg Speed: 6.1 mph
Avg Pace: 9:54 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 267
Miles Left in Year: 919.62 miles (from 1,234)
Daily Average Needed: 3.44 miles

Saturday, March 31, 2018

2018 Running Goal - Update #15

Okay, I have three months wrapped up and in the books. I completed my mileage goal this month plus a little extra to help with my deficit from February. I am still 16.96 miles behind where I would like to be (292.04 miles vs 309 miles), but that is okay. I fully intend to ramp up the mileage in the summer months when the weather is better. The weather's unpredictability is sadly predictable. Just when the mild temperatures were melting the snow and most of it was gone where I live, Mother Nature decided to dump about six inches last night. So, we are back to a winter wonderland and cold, snowy runs, I guess.

Current yearly stats:

Runs: 56
Distance: 292.04 miles
Total Time: 48h 12m 16s
Avg Distance Per Run: 5.21 miles
Total Calories: 39,185
Avg Speed: 6.1 mph
Avg Pace: 9:54 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 275
Miles Left in Year: 941.96 miles (from 1,234)
Daily Average Needed: 3.43 miles

Thursday, March 22, 2018

2018 Running Goal - Update #14

This month is a drag. It just feels like it is going on and on as slowly as possible. I think it is mostly due to the daily cold mornings that give way to mild afternoons while the ground continues to be rock hard in one spot and three inches of mud in another. March is that weird transition month, and it is screwing up my mojo. However, I am at 84 miles for the month, and so I have 9 days to get 19 more. I should make it to my 103 miles per month goal this time. Also, bonus, I am finally under 1,000 miles left in the year.

Current yearly stats:

Runs: 51
Distance: 272.80 miles
Total Time: 44h 23m 11s
Avg Distance Per Run: 5.35 miles
Total Calories: 36,977
Avg Speed: 6.1 mph
Avg Pace: 9:46 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 284
Miles Left in Year: 961.20 miles (from 1,234)
Daily Average Needed: 3.38 miles

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Do You Like My Drawings? - New Children's Book Available

My newest children's book Do You Like My Drawings? is available now on Amazon.

This silly, funny, read-aloud will make children of all ages laugh and giggle at the goofy drawings.

The poor artist needs your help deciding if his drawings are good or bad. Sometimes he has trouble drawing something as simple as a circle or a pair of scissors. Do you think you can get through the whole book without laughing? And maybe give the artist a word of encouragement, while you are at it?

Click this link to check it out.


Friday, March 9, 2018

2018 Running Goal - Update #13

Temperatures are much better lately. Mostly mid-30s and some low-40s. The dirt loop I run on is mostly muddy and slushy right now, so I have to carefully pick my way around for fear of losing a shoe. I'm trying to front load my mileage this month, just in case we get another heavy snowfall later in the month. I feel like I'm making good progress this month. I have a little over 42 miles in the first 9 days, of which I've only been able to run 7 times.

Current yearly stats:

Runs: 41
Distance: 227.92 miles
Total Time: 37h 06m 26s
Avg Distance Per Run: 5.56 miles
Total Calories: 31,121
Avg Speed: 6.1 mph
Avg Pace: 9:46 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 297
Miles Left in Year: 1006.08 miles (from 1,234)
Daily Average Needed: 3.39 miles

Sunday, March 4, 2018

2018 Running Goal - Update #12

Decent weather so far in March. Mostly in 30s to low 40s. Ground is soft and muddy in large sections, but perfectly fine in others. I ran an eight miler today, which finally gets me caught up with February's goal of 103 miles. So, currently sitting at about four days behind schedule, which sounds bad, but if you consider I was seven days behind in February before I even finished my first run in that month, this isn't too bad.

Current yearly stats:

Runs: 37
Distance: 206.25 miles
Total Time: 33h 39m 49s
Avg Distance Per Run: 5.57 miles
Total Calories: 28,150
Avg Speed: 6.1 mph
Avg Pace: 9:48 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 302
Miles Left in Year: 1027.75 miles (from 1,234)
Daily Average Needed: 3.40 miles

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

2018 Running Goal - Update #11

Well, February was a bad, bad man, er month. If it wasn't freezing wind and piles of snow, it was wet slippery slush and mud all over my running loop. Oh, well, I gotta believe this is the worst month. It is out of the way. Now, going forward, all the rest of the months should have mostly good running weather (knock on wood). I failed to get my mileage goal this month, which again, I was going for 103 miles per month to get over 1,234 for the year. But I am proud of the way I finished the month out, because I couldn't even get my first run done until February 7th, and I still ended up with about 82 miles. By the end of the month, I had finished two seven milers and three 10Ks. And I'm on an eight day in a row running streak. Bring on March.

Current yearly stats:

Runs: 34
Distance: 185.64 miles
Total Time: 30h 29m 42s
Avg Distance Per Run: 5.46 miles
Total Calories: 25,311
Avg Speed: 6.1 mph
Avg Pace: 9:51 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 306
Miles Left in Year: 1048.36 miles (from 1,234)
Daily Average Needed: 3.43 miles

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Bloated Goat - Humorous Middle Grade Fantasy Book

Bloated Goat is a cartoon that comes to life in your head. Get ready to enjoy a gut-busting adventure full of crazy forest animals and hijinks galore. You’ll meet Granny Hammy, Cocky Doodle, Bloated Goat, and a wide assortment of wacky characters as they romp around the forest in this ill-conceived (but humorous!) plot. Watch in horror as the author tries to tie everything together with an explosive ending that you'll probably see coming a mile away.

Give Bloated Goat a chance to make you blow milk out your nose.



Tuesday, February 20, 2018

2018 Running Goal - Update #10

Well, the month of February has not gone as planned. But I'm just trying to roll with it. I cannot control the icy and cold weather, so I am trying to be positive. I've only been able to run eight times so far this month. My goal per month is finishing 103 miles. I have 40.64 miles done with only nine more days counting today, so I won't get that goal. All that means is that I'll have to add on that extra mileage to other months, probably in summer when the weather is good and I have more time.

Current yearly stats:

Runs: 26
Distance: 143.92 miles
Total Time: 23h 52m 00s
Avg Distance Per Run: 5.54 miles
Total Calories: 19,574
Avg Speed: 6.0 mph
Avg Pace: 9:57 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 314
Miles Left in Year: 1090.08 miles (from 1,234)
Daily Average Needed: 3.47 miles

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Sam Needs to Go - Available Now on Amazon Kindle

Without further ado (or is that adoodoo?), I present a mildly funny poem about a boy's bathroom troubles in Sam Needs to Go.

Great fun for anybody born with a non-working digestive system or finicky colon. You can get it on Amazon.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

2018 Running Goal - Update #9

February has been a hard month. The first six days were not good for running. Too cold, too much snow, too much wind. So, I stayed indoors. Now, with the weather slightly better, it is crunch time. If I want to hit 103 miles for the month, I need to run at least five miles each remaining day.

Current yearly stats:

Runs: 22
Distance: 121.61 miles
Total Time: 20h 07m 16s
Avg Distance Per Run: 5.53 miles
Total Calories: 16,624
Avg Speed: 6.0 mph
Avg Pace: 9:57 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 324
Miles Left in Year: 1112.39 miles (from 1,234)
Daily Average Needed: 3.43 miles