Wednesday, June 21, 2017

New Mile PR

I tried to run a fast first mile of my four mile run today with the intention of trying to break my one mile PR. My record was 6m 34s. And I was successful. My new one mile PR is 6m 31s.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

June 2017 Goal - Day 20 Update

I'm still making good progress on my June goal of averaging a 4 Miler every single day. 20 days down, 10 days to go. I am 6.71 miles ahead of my total miles due to a few 10K runs randomly thrown in, so that is a good buffer. I also plan to try for my 1 Mile PR in a few days, if the weather holds up. My current 1 Mile PR is 6m 34s.

Current status of goal:

Runs: 20
Distance: 86.71 miles
Total Time: 12h 14m 22s
Avg Distance: 4.34 miles

Thursday, June 15, 2017

June 2017 Goal - Day 15 Update

The halfway point is upon me. And I haven't missed a day yet. I owe that to good luck, early morning running, and being flexible. Out of the 15 days, I have run two 10Ks, which accounts for the extra 4 miles.

Current status of goal:

Runs: 15
Distance: 64.48 miles
Total Time: 9h 5m 3s
Avg Distance: 4.30 miles

Saturday, June 10, 2017

June 2017 Goal - Day 10 Update

The last two days have felt good. I did those runs in the morning when the wind was blowing and the temperature was in the middle 60s. That made them much easier than running in the afternoon with sun beating down and temperatures in the 80s.

Current status of goal:

Runs: 10
Distance: 42.25 miles
Total Time: 5h 56m 38s
Avg Distance: 4.22 miles

Monday, June 5, 2017

June 2017 Goal - Day 5 Update

Okay, the weather has been nice. I've had time to run. And for five out of five days, I have completed at least a four mile run. On one day, I did a 10K, but all the others have just been straight four milers. So, as of June 5th, I am on track to meet my goal. That makes me feel good.

Runs: 5
Distance: 22.23 miles
Total Time: 3h 6m 3s
Avg Distance: 4.45 miles

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Goal Success - Average 5K per Day in May

Okay, I successfully finished up my May 2017 goal today. Here are my final monthly stats:

Runs: 30
Distance: 100.61 miles
Total Time: 14h 19m 57s
Avg Distance per Run: 3.35 miles (100.61 miles / 30 runs)
Avg Distance per Day: 3.24 miles (100.61 miles / 31 days)

Now, my next goal is to average 4 miles per day in June 2017. I will start that tomorrow (weather permitting).

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

May 2017 - Goal Update - Still on Pace

My goal for May is to average a 5K per day. That is 3.1 miles/day multiplied by 31 days. So, this is day 24. I have 7 to go. I am definitely on pace to meet this goal, but I still need to finish the month strong. Here is my progress so far:

Runs: 24
Distance: 78.71 miles
Total Time: 11h 10m 39s
Avg Distance: 3.28 miles

Friday, May 19, 2017

Yeah, I Totally Spaced It!

Boss: "How come your report isn't on my desk yet?"
You: "Yeah, I totally spaced it."

Farmer: "Wow, you planted perfect rows of crops in that field."
You: "Yeah, I totally spaced it."

Coach: "Holy cow, you knocked that baseball out of the park."
You: "Yeah, I totally spaced it."

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Running is Not Glamorous

Whoo, it was hot and humid yesterday. I ended up running four miles, but it was mentally and physically hard. The temperature was near 80 and the humidity was near 100%. That is pretty wild for mid-May in northern Wisconsin. I sweated through all my clothes after the first mile or so, which left me to deal with my own stink for the next three. Seriously, no matter how fast you run or what you do, you cannot outrun or out maneuver your own smell. On top of that, the sunscreen applied to my face continually mixed with my sweat and dripped into my eyes. The constant ocular stinging and partial vision just added to the fun. Oh, and the bugs were out in bigger numbers than before. So, little black things with wings stuck on all my exposed skin as I ran around the countryside. Finally, my nose kept clogging and unclogging over and over, so I had to use my sweaty shirt to unceremoniously wipe it about a dozen times in between moments of not being able to breathe. Have you ever tried to wipe away slimy snot with a wet rag? It doesn't work very well. Still, with all these downsides and trials to deal with, I still enjoy being outdoors and exercising and conquering goals. I just need to remember to take it one stinky, sweaty, disgusting step at a time. And, if I'm being honest, it still beats running on cold winter days.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

5K per Day in May

I am trying to average a 5K (3.1 miles) every single day in the month of May. This is day 11 and I have 32.42 miles total, which gives me 2.95 miles average per day. So, I am behind my goal right now. However, this is including one missed day (May 1st) due to tiredness. I had run a total of 28 miles over the prior 3 days to reach a different goal in April.

So, overall I am happy with my current May progress. I'm pretty sure I'll be able to get this done, and most likely my daily average will be comfortably over the 5K mark.

Assuming I can accomplish this current goal, my next goal will be to average a 4 Mile Run every single day in June. And assuming I get that done, I would like to average a 10K (6.2 miles) every single day in July. (Edit on 5/28/2017: I changed my mind. Instead of the 10K per day in July, I will plan to run 45 minutes/day at no more than a 9:00 minute mile pace to get 5 miles per day. My goal will to run for 24 total hours in July and accumulate 155 miles.)

We will see how it goes.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Impossible Fortress - Book Review

I really enjoyed The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak. The story is based around the same time that I grew up, so I appreciated and recognized lots of the historical details and setting in the story. Plus, I like technology and games and programming, so the story was fun to read and unique. If there is a negative part, I would say it is the swearing in the dialogue. I realize this is probably pretty accurate for some teenagers, but I know I didn't talk like this. So, at times, it was awkward to imagine young kids saying some pretty disgusting things. But, again, overall, I really liked the story. I hope to read more about Billy and Mary. Finally, it is pretty cool that the author worked with a team to create a real version of the game talked about in the story.

You can play it here:

Saturday, January 14, 2017

A Nice Review for Bloated Goat

Just tooting my own horn here. Bloated Goat received a nice 5-star review on Amazon from a reader. Tanya says, "This guy has talent! Holy cow, I was laughing so hard I cried & my tummy was aching. I loved every page of this book. Interesting story and great laughs! Only took about an hour or so to read."

So if you haven't read Bloated Goat yet, give it a go. It is available in Kindle and Paperback versions on

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Time Traveling with a Hamster

Time Traveling with a Hamster is a good book. I just finished reading it. I enjoyed the character development and plot. It had an interesting take on time travel and kept things moving along at a good clip. Its one of those weird books that is over 400 pages long, but when I was done, I thought that it was way shorter. So, the pages fly by and the chapters are short, if that appeals to you. I would recommend giving this book a chance.