Archive for the ‘Goals’ Category

Swimming Lessons For All

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

For the past two weeks, the kids and I have been taking swimming lessons.

Each evening, Tristan and Mackenzie take lessons on strokes. Tristan is considering joining a local swim club.

After their class, Rilianne and I do a “Mommy and Me” class.  In fact, four of the five parent/child sets in the class were not “Mommys”, but Daddys instead.

After that class, I send the kids packing and I did an adult strokes class. I would like to add swimming into my workout routine, with the hopes of doing a triathlon in the next few years.  Before now, I never knew how to properly do the strokes.

Sweetheart Run for Sight 12K

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

This morning, I ran the Sweetheart Run for Sight 12K. It was my 8th year running the race.

Below are my times from all 8 races. They are somewhat consistent!

2010 1:04:39
2011 1:04:47
2012 1:04:56
2013 1:05:58
2014 1:03:25
2015 1:06:47
2016 1:12:41
2017 1:06:58

My goal next year is to run it in less than 1 hour.

2017 Walt Disney World Marathon

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Well, after not running a half marathon yesterday, I did get to do the full marathon this morning. Two days ago I was in the swimming pool. This morning it was miserably frigid.

Waiting in the start corrals

Magic Kingdom Main Street

In front of Cinderella Castle

Nostalgic WDW rides:

Big bad wolf


Going into Animal Kingdom

Characters at Animal Kingdom

Pumba at Animal Kingdom

Characters at Animal Kingdom

Running into ESPN Wide World of Sports

Chip and Dale at ESPN Wide World of Sports

I can’t remember who these characters are!

Steamboat Willie

Disney’s Hollywood Studios



Snow White

Donald at the Finish Line

Chip and Dale and all of my weekend medals

Killing FitBit for the week!

Running Mileage and Other Data

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

I ran across a program that takes all of my data out of Garmin Connect and overlays it on a Google Map.

Here is a visual of all of the paths I’ve taken since we’ve moved into our neighborhood (Memorial Day Weekend 2013). I still have some streets and neighborhoods to check out!


Zooming out a bit to show how far some of my longer runs have been:


Here is a view of all of the running paths I’ve traversed in Warner Robins. The ones discontiguous to my neighborhood were races. You can clearly see my run(s) on Robins Air Force Base where I’ve ran quite a few Museum of Aviation Half Marathons.


Here are my runs zoomed out a bit more. You can see where I’ve run races around central Georgia:


Here are the paths I’ve taken at Walt Disney World during marathon weekends:


And here are the two Disneyland races I’ve run:


Here is the path Mackenzie and I took last October in Washington D.C.:


And here are the two runs earlier this year in Chicago:


This year has been my worst running year since I started.  You can see that in my mileage charts below. I ran about 10 miles in July!

Although 2016 was a bad year for a number of reasons, I have nobody to blame for my running setbacks but myself. I have become addicted to the wrong foods, lazy and fat. I weigh more than ever. Next week’s Dopey Challenge is going to be my toughest yet. I’m committed to doing better in 2017. I decided to start streaking again, running at least 5K per day every day. This morning’s run was day 10.

2017 is going to be my year. Happy New Year!


Sunday, September 25th, 2016

I’ve been a traveling fool lately between work, soccer and the general daily commute. Yesterday I hit 193,000 between soccer and the neighborhood picnic.


I hope to get a new car at 200,000!

Honor Roll Tristan!

Monday, May 9th, 2016

A few weeks ago, we received an invitation to Feagin Mill’s 6th grade award ceremony. We didn’t tell Tristan and he had no idea that we were coming or that he would be receiving something.

Award recipients were seated in chairs on the basketball court while the rest of the class was seated in the bleachers. When his class arrived, he proceeded to the bleachers until he saw that we were present. He then ran to ask his teacher where he should sit and she sent him down to the floor.

He was ecstatic to find out that he had received all A’s for the year and made honor roll. It was a lot of hard work and battles and he was right on the edge in several subjects, but he pulled it off!  He did wish he had told us because he said he would have dressed nicer.




Here are pictures of Tristan with all 4 of his main teachers: Mr. Pinto – Social Studies (his favorite and probably most influential teacher so far), Ms. Arrington – Math, Ms. Culbreath – Language Arts, and Ms. Pierce – Science.





Finally, a closer picture of his award!


Disney Princess Half Marathon

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

This morning, Kimberlie ran the Walt Disney World Princess Half Marathon.  She ran it back in 2012 and has wanted to do it again since.  I took the three kids and we filled the spectator role at the Magic Kingdom.


Here is Tristan holding his sign:


As the sun rose and we watched runners go by, it just didn’t feel right. I felt like I was supposed to be on the other side of that rope!  I was  supposed to be running! Finally I resolved myself to enjoy being a spectator.


It look a long time for Kimberlie to come by. Her qualifying time was either lost or I messed it up and she ended up in the next-to-last corral. So, she started nearly an hour after the first waves.


Finally we caught a glimpse of her and she stopped for a photo in front of the castle.


I quickly moved over to the other side of the castle so I could see her again.


I knew we had a little time to kill before we had to be back at Epcot to spot her again, so we took some random pictures. Here is one that Tristan took of me in front of the castle. It turned out really well.


We took our time getting back to Epcot, taking the water transportation instead of the monorail for the first leg. A little while after we got back, Kimberlie came by. She looked a little rougher than when we saw her an hour earlier. The temperatures had risen quite a bit by then, which is a huge disadvantage to starting last.


I don’t know if it was because I was dealing with three kids or because we were trying to get back to the hotel before check-out time so Kimberlie could get a shower, but I didn’t take any pictures of her at the finish or with her medal.  I’ve been really slacking off on my photography lately!

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend 2016

Monday, January 11th, 2016

This weekend, I ran the Dopey Challenge again at Walt Disney World.

On Thursday was the 5K, which I ran with Mackenzie:


On Friday was the 10K, which I ran with Tristan. Sorry for the lack of 10K pictures. It poured down rain the entire time. Tristan and I ran it together and we were absolutely miserable!

On Saturday, was the half marathon. I always have pictures from the half marathon because Kimberlie and the kids always chase me around. Here I am stopping to visit with them on Main Street at the Magic Kingdom.


And, here I am approaching the finish line.


While waiting for me at the Magic Kingdom, the kids took a few pictures:



Rilianne loved playing with my half-marathon medal!



On Sunday was the marathon. Here are a few shots from the starting line:



My local running friend, Karen Jones, is a staple on the course. She is always at mile 23. She snapped this photo as I came by. I was miserable from the race, but I was overjoyed to see her!


In Epcot, I stopped to take lots of photos with characters along the course:




And here I am with all of the medals:


My FitBit steps from Saturday, including the half-marathon.


And my FitBit steps from Sunday, including the marathon. My highest numbers yet!


Getting Fit

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Yesterday was all about getting fit. First, Mackenzie and I ran the Cantrell Center race. Then, we went out and bought a new car. A Honda Fit. Yes, since we are expanding our family, we decided to get a smaller car!

Actually, with both of us commuting to Macon every day, we have been looking to reduce our fuel expenses. Both of our cars have over 150,000 miles on them and I don’t want to get into a situation where we have to replace both at once.  We haven’t had a car payment in over 5 years and I definitely don’t want two car payments at the same time!

I figure Kimberlie will get this car right now and we will pay it off in about 2.5 years. Then I will get one and we can pay that one off in another 2.5 years. And five years from now, Tristan will be 16 and can have the Honda Fit and Kimberlie can get another. Then, another 2.5 years later, Mackenzie will start driving and she will get whatever I buy next. So we’ll have four cars and only a single car payment the whole time!

I haven’t decided whether to get rid of the Camry or the CR-V, but I’m sure you’ll hear more about it later.

Aside from getting something smaller and more fuel efficient, I want the latest technology. I want bluetooth and Pandora and a backup camera. We haven’t had a new car in 8 years and none of that existed back then!  Kimberlie just wanted leather seats. And, I’m not giving up a moonroof! We managed to get all of the above with the Honda Fit EX-L.

Check out the pictures of the new car below:

January Mileage Record

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

January was my highest monthly mileage ever! 160.17!

I guess that is what happens when you run every single day, including 3 half marathons, a marathon, a 5K and a 10K.

I’m taking a little break right now to recover. I ran 54 days straight and my legs are jello. My goal for February is 75 miles and my goal for the year is 1000 miles.