Chicago Marathon Countdown. 11 Days.

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is NEXT Sunday!! For 16 1/2 weeks, I have been training. Nights out on Fridays have been replaced with 9:45 bed times. I have seen an incredible amount of sunrises thanks to the 50 or so consecutive days of 100+ degree weather here in Oklahoma. I have had training runs in Turks & Caicos, California, Wisconsin and California again. I want to say that I may have missed out on things throughout the summer because of my training, but looking back, I think I only missed hangovers.

Running was the constant this summer and now going into fall. I rarely missed a scheduled run… No more than 5 throughout the summer. I ran three 20 mile runs, two 18 mile runs and too many to count double-digit training runs. My goal since beginning running back in January of 2010 was to break the 4:00hr mark in a marathon. My first marathon, The Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial Marathon, I clocked in at 4:11:16. The New York City Marathon was 11 minutes faster at 4:00:08 (8 SECONDS!!). Since I have taken training seriously this time around, I am shooting for a 3:30 marathon time… 8 minutes per mile. Insane to actually think about especially since my last full marathon was more than 9:09 minutes per mile. But like I said before, training has been my main focus this summer.

All my activities have been documented on my RunKeeper page.

  • June – 39.97 miles (a little low in the mileage due to training for a triathlon)
  • July – 116.27 miles
  • August – 126.7 miles
  • September (through Sept. 27) – 153.7 miles

Through 2011, this puts my New Year’s Resolution of 1000 miles right at 712.79 miles (Marker B) with 3 months left. Will be close!

Chicago is 11 days away. I’m tapering and looking forward to seeing what I can do next Sunday. I’ll have a race recap when I get back. Look for me in Chicago wearing my Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder jersey!

Sidenote: I have seen a ton of running blogs on wordpress that look much better and are way better organized than my current one on Tumblr. Thinking about mixing it up and trying WordPress or try to make mine look a little better here on Tumblr.

2011 Route 66 Sprint Triathlon

Last August, I bought a 2009 Specialized Allez from a local bike shop on clearance. I bought it with the idea that I would start adding cycling into my routine and hopefully get into triathlons in the future. The triathlon season kind of dies down around August/September so I wasn’t able to get into a routine in enough time to try out a triathlon last summer so my first opportunity to get involved in this sport happened this past weekend in El Reno, OK at the Route 66 Sprint Triathlon.

I have had this in my sights for a few months now so I began training, well, I began to add to my training. I had always been running so I threw in some cycling and swimming in the mix to try to up my fitness level in those events. The swimming, I always had been in the pool and I am a decent swimming. Not super fast, but not slow and am able to knock out 500 meters without drowning so I figured I would at least be able to finish that leg. I was trying my best to get in an open water swim before the event, but I came down with my first cold in a year and a half last week and was unable to get out there and practice. That came back to haunt me.

The cycling portion of the triathlon was where I thought I could at least hang. Again, I wasn’t a fast cyclist and I haven’t been doing it too long so I had no idea how I would actually compare to others in a racing environment. I got together with a local bike club to do a few group rides before to get the feel for riding with others. Like I said before, running is my thing….

Race morning: I wake up at 4:55 pretty amped up. I had everything out that I needed for each leg of the race. I made sure my water bottles were chilled, my Clif Shots ready, tires filled, etc. I make a stop to grab a coffee and granola bar and I’m on my way. I make the drive from the southside of OKC to El Reno which is about 40 minutes away and check in to get marked, my chip and instructions for the transition area. This being my first triathlon, I did a lot of people watching to try and figure out how to properly set up my area in order to come out ready to go without spending alot of time in the area. Once I had everything ready to go, it was time to start.

Let me tell you know, open water swimming is absolutely insane. By yourself, it’s not tooooo bad. But with 200 other people in a muddy muddy lake, it’s absolutely ridiculous. I could not see anything and I kept hitting/kicking people which freaked me out. It took literally 300 meters to be able to put my head down comfortably and actually swim. Before that point in time, I swam with my head above the water in fear of dying. It was absurd. Once I got the hang of it, I had no problem and was able to finish….alive in 10 minutes and 50 seconds.

I quickly put on my cycling shoes with the clips, helmet and sunglasses and took off. This leg is where I thought I could at least hang on and hold my own. This portion of the race ended up being the most difficult and most demoralizing part of the race. I was being passed by everyone and I felt like I was doing all I could to maintain the speed I was going (which apparently was not fast at all). The guy with one leg even passed me. It was an out and back course and we finally made the turn back. I kind of picked it up a little bit now that I knew where we were in the race. I only gained ground on 2 people the entire 13 miles of that cycling part of the traithlon. Made it into the transition area again/finally. It was a very good learning experience.

In the transition area, I put on my socks and running shoes and FINALLY I was running. This was the area that I knew I could excel. I started out with the idea that I could keep a 7 minute pace. As I was running the first mile, it sure didn’t feel like I was running very quickly but I could tell I was because I was passing people… alot of them. I guess I didn’t have my “legs under me” on mile 1 because I ran it at a 6:38 pace. I stayed strong and kept pushing on that run and ran mile 2 at 6:59 and that final mile at a 6:46 pace. It was pretty awesome and after crossing the finish line made me strongly consider just sticking to running from now on.

My first Sprint Triathlon was over and I finished with a time of 1:21:21 which was good enough for 64/183. The results came in Sunday night and I wanted to see how I did in each event, so I dropped that results sheet into a spreadsheet and this is how each leg broke down.

  • Swimming: 10:50 (71/183)
  • Cycling: 46:46 (136/183)
  • Running: 21:02 (18/183)

All this for an overall finish of 64th place which I didn’t feel bad about one bit. I now know what I need to work on for the next one. Yep, I said it. There has to be a next one. I need to improve on my time so in order to do that, there is going to be a next one… just have to find one now.

2011 Guinness Challenge

Let me start by saying this, I like Guinness. I enjoy it quite a bit. Last Saturday however, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I usually do. (Sidebar: This is going to be a short short recap)

Me and my buddy Cole participated in the 2011 McNellie’s Pub Guinness Challenge. A timed 4 mile event where you had to drink 3 beers along the way. One beer at 1.5 miles, another at 2.5 miles, and another one at mile 4 before crossing the finish line. These weren’t just Dixie cups full of Guinness, these were full 16oz pints of thick, dark, room-temp Guinness Draught. It was quite an experience.

The race began at 10:30 in the morning. Cole was primed from the night before (hungover) and I was ready to get after it. Our thinking was we’d go out fast and just hang on because it was only 4 miles. The gun went off and we were out of the gate. You know how adrenaline kicks in at the start of the races and for distance runners, the key is to bottle that adrenaline for later? Well, when you actually plan to go out fast and adrenaline kicks in…. you go out even faster. Cole and I both ran the first mile in 6:35 and got to the first beer stop quickly. Downed the first one and discovered that this was indeed going to be a challenge. Got after the next mile and back to the same beer stop to knock out another one. This one being a little tougher because I was out of breath and trying to drink. Only had a mile and a half to go….. until anooottthhheerr beer. This last leg was the toughest. By this point, I started to have side cramps and I was struggling to keep things down. I still had a quick pace going and then there was the finish line. I only had one more beer to go. I was out of breath and not thirsty, that’s for sure. I stomached this final one and crossed with a time of 27:10 finishing 10th out of 253.

It sure was a fun race, but it was very hard for a “fun run.” I hope to do it again the next time an event like this is held.

(my) Runner’s Guide

Congratulations are in order to all those who ran in the 2011 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. It was a remarkable day in miserable conditions. It was cold, rainy, windy, hail-y… I was not a happy camper and I was only there for an hour cheering. I can’t imagine running 26.2 miles in that… or even 13.1, or the 5k, or the 1.2 miles for the Kid’s Marathon. Good job to all those that ran!

My training is about to officially kick off at the end of the month and it got me thinking about the things I need in order to train properly. I don’t necessarily need these things, but I have them and I use them and some of them have actually helped me improve so I wanted to write about them and tell everyone (you six people) my opinions on them.

Shoes: Nike Zoom Structure Triax, Brooks Racer ST5, Vibram KSO

Nike Zoom Structure Triax – The Nikes are the only shoes I’ve ever “ran” in. I bought a pair when I first started running and that’s what I’ve stuck with because 1. I finished a marathon in them and 2. I didn’t get hurt when training for it in these shoes. I’m on my third pair of Nike Zoom Structure Triax and that’s really why.

Brooks Racer ST5 – The Brooks Racer ST5 is a shoe I initially bought because I loved the way they looked. They feel amazing and are incredibly light. I run in these shoes on my easier days just to get a different feel. They are really awesome though.

Vibram KSO – I bought these because I wanted to try them out. They are different for sure, but I like them. They make you really run on the balls of your feet and in turn reeaaaallly make your calves sore. I would like to run trails with them honestly, but have yet to.

Accessories: Garmin Forerunner 405, Spibelt, Road ID

Garmin Forerunner 405 – I just bought the Garmin Forerunner 405 in December after finishing my second marathon. I only bought it because I finally admitted to myself that I liked running and I really enjoyed keeping track of my miles. I use RunKeeper to log all my miles and using this watch is amazing. It’s a GPS watch and can tell you all sorts of information during and after a run. I have it set to where it shows me my mileage, time, and heart rate (I wear a monitor occasionally). I also have it to where I set my goal pace and it shows me how far I am ahead/behind of that pace. It really is amazing and my speed has really improved. It also has helped me get to know my body a little better. I can feel speeds now and how my body feels. <--- That doesn't make any sense, I know.

Spibelt – I bought a Spibelt after reading an article online and seeing them at the expo in OKC. It has been a (potential) lifesaver. When driving to go on a run, I put my key in one of the pockets along with my Clif Shot. I also carry pepper spray because in March of 2010, I was bitten by a pit bull while out on a run and am now terrified of dogs while running. It won’t stop the dog, I’m sure but it could distract them… my thinking at least. I also put my phone in one of the pockets. This has saved me numerous times as well. I had it when that dog bit me so I could call my parents to come pick me up (as I stood on top of a brick mailbox). I have called my mom when I was caught out in a thunder storm that snuck up on me when I was 8 miles out. I had to call my aunt one time when I rolled my ankle pretty good 4 miles out and couldn’t make it back. Thanks the Spibelt, I was able to make it home alive in all those situations….

Road ID – I haven’t had to use this just yet, thank goodness but I wear it all the time just in case. It is a bracelet with my full name, hometown, emergency contacts and medical information engraved on the metal part of the bracelet. I like it a lot and highly recommend it to everyone

Nutrition: Clif Shot

Clif Shot – I admittedly have only tried 3 flavors. I’ve had the Razzberry Clif Shot, Chocolate Clif Shot and Lemon Lime Clif Shot. The Razzberry one was turrible but the other two were fantastic and that’s why I have only stuck with those 2 because I don’t want to risk being out on a run and trying a new flavor only to not like it. The chocolate one tastes exactly like chocolate and the lemon lime one tastes exactly like lemon lime Gatorade, which is fantastic. These give you a boost in the middle of a long training run.

Technology: RunKeeper

RunKeeper – If you are wanting to get into running at all, even just a little and you happen to have an iPhone or any kind of phone that has GPS capability… get this app. It is the BEST! I tell everyone about it. You can upload your run to RunKeeper and it will track your total miles, show your elevation change, heartrate if you track it and it will even show you your run on a map. I’m a huuuuuge fan. If you do join RunKeeper, be sure to join my street team. I used to use RunKeeper on my phone, but since I got the Forerunner 405, i just upload the runs from my watch to the website. The website is very easy to use also, so that helps.

I used to run while listening to music/talk radio but have since abandoned the headphones and now I really enjoy getting out there and listening to my breathing and my feet hitting the pavement. It’s just a simple way to not think about anything really. No stress, no worries (except being murdered by a car/dog). It’s just you and the road. Awesome. When I did have my headphones in, I only had my left one in (so I could hear those dogs chasing me). I only listened to talk radio while running outside for some reason. I never could get into music with beats because it would mess with my head. Talk radio just made me zone out and listen to talking. I liked it when I did do it.

Fin.

Warriors, Come Out and Play (Ep. 2)

Warrior Dash 2011 just wrapped up in North Texas this past weekend and I was a part of it once again. Last year’s event was held in Forney, TX and from what I can remember and had been told, it was the first time the event had taken place in North Texas. Since it was the first time last year, it felt a little disorganized so I wasn’t too excited to do it again for 2011. My friend Chad had coaxed me into running it with him and his girlfriend (and apparently half of the people that work at Targetbase (my former employer)). I put up the cash and decided #WHYNOT.

Upon arrival at the DFW Adventure Park in Roanoke, TX, I could already tell that it was going to be better than last year. Things were more organized, lines were more controllable and it seemed as if there were more workers to tell you what to do and how to do it. We arrived around 1:15 or so and our wave wasn’t until 2:30 so we just hung out for a while checking in our bags and talking about how excited we were to get intoxicated afterward. 2:30 quickly approached and we made our way to the starting line. This is where the real fun began.

The start was crowded.. I’d say about 300-400 people lined up. We kind of pushed our way closer to the front because we had a few in our crew that were going to race it rather than just go out there and mosey (sp?) around. The gun sounded and the flames burst into the sky… true story… and we were off. I took off down this gravel road passing people with Chad right behind me. Made our way to the front of the pack and came to our first obstacle, a river crossing, Oregon Trail style. We forded across it and began down this trail that was rather muddy because of the water. There were still a few people in front of me but as the trail became less muddy, I began to pass those folks. The 2nd obstacle wasn’t much of one, just a bunch of stuff in your way that you had to pick the best path to go around. Then on down the trail, you came to a bunch of beat up cars that you had to run across the top of and then through a bunch of tires on the ground, high-stepping your way through. Next came the wall jump, going up over 4 foot walls and under 3 foot beams. At this point, there was only 1 person in front of me that I knew of and the people behind me weren’t gaining any ground. The Warrior Wall was next, having to climb a rope over the wall and down the other side. The following obstacles included a blacked out crawl, a balance beam crossing, a cargo net to climb across and a cargo net to climb up. Then you had to climb over a stack of hay bales, swim over floating logs (though I chose to go under them) and finally you approached the fire pit jump and the crawl through 2 feet of mud under barbed wire. Only thing left to do was to cross the finish line.

I finished second in my wave, but didn’t exactly know where I was in terms of overall performance. Last year, it took a while for our times to be posted on the video board and because there are so many people that do this event, it takes a good 20 minutes just get through all the times. Every time I went to look for my time, I either had just missed it and was no where close to where I thought my time was. Turns out I finished 3rd in my age group with a time of 22:58.50 which was also good for 18th overall for Saturday’s races. They actually hand out “trophies” to the Top 3 Finishers in each age group. Had we stuck around for the awards ceremony at 7pm, I would have been given a Steel Warrior Helmet which would have been pretty cool to add to my running trophies (none).

Warrior Dash 2011 got me really excited to either come back to North Texas to do it next year or do another one somewhere that’s close by. They have one in Tulsa in September, but I think I have to pass on participating in that one because it is 2 weeks before the Chicago Marathon and I would really really hate to hurt myself before a big marathon, one where I am shooting for 3:45. So with all that said, look for me to take home a steel helmet in 2012!

Oklahoma City Marathon – May 1, 2011

I ran the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon last year as my first marathon. It was the worst day of my life at the moment and then as soon as I crossed that finish line, it became one of the best days. It is amazing how things change when you accomplish a goal that you thought for sure was out of reach just months before or even just 3 miles before. By mile 23 of that run, I was toast. I was on the verge of tears as a 25 year old man (I use the term “man” loosely). At that point, I was walking then running for about 15 seconds before walking again. It was incredibly painful physically and mentally. I’m usually not one to give up on things because I am extremely competitive but at that point, all I wanted was to be done. It took one guy to come up behind me, pat me on the back and say “c’mon.” That was it. With that one gesture, I kept pace with that guy until I saw the finish line. I didn’t see that guy after we crossed the finish line, but he saved my race and day. I don’t know what I would have done had I not finished, especially having already gone 23 miles.

This time around, I will not be running. I have been training still and running, but I wanted to sit this one out and cheer. Running NYC really got me amped up to cheer. For the entire 26 miles there (apart from the bridges), the streets were lined with people cheering and it was so much fun to have those people screaming your name or in my case, my town because I was in my OKC Thunder jersey. I have quite a few friends running in the Memorial Marathon so I wanted to be out on the course to encourage them. It has always looked really fun to be sitting and cheering every race I’ve been in so I am getting really excited for this one. Take a look at the map for the race.

I already have my spots scoped out for the event, sign ideas are already in the works but I still need to get the champagne chilled and orange juice as well as the Coors Light. I’ve got a month, so I feel pretty confident that I can get those things in order in time for the race. Be on the look out for me around miles 6-7 and 22-23. Drop on by and I’ll have a cold one ready for you… that invitation is extended to spectators and runners alike.

The Final Push Before The Push

I just mapped out my training schedule for the upcoming Chicago Marathon. It officially begin on Tuesday, May 31st. It’s pretty crazy that May 31st is 18 weeks out from October 9th. This is training schedule that I have followed for the past 2 marathons.

I look back at this schedule and I remember every single long training run that I went on as I was training for my first marathon, the 2010 OKC Memorial Marathon. As you see, the first long run that you’re put through is a 6 miler on the first week. That run was the absolute best/worst run that I endured during that first training plan. I ran 2 laps around Boomer Lake in Stillwater, OK. Each lap is supposedly 5K. I gave myself an hour time limit to make it around twice. I struggled so much on that run, walking probably every single mile beginning with mile number two and didn’t make my time. It was insane. I remember waking up that Sunday morning and could not get out of bed. My calves were sooooo sore. I ran that “recovery run” and I was definitely on the strug. After the recovery run, I couldn’t walk normal until that Wednesday.

I somehow decided to stick it out and keep going with my training and now, 2 full marathons later and a continued training program for a full year, I am looking at this training plan for a first time marathoner and I think I have decided that at least for the first month, I will not follow this plan very well. My runs now, without actually “training,” have been longer than those runs on the schedule so I feel I can step it up a bit there for the first month. I’m kind of excited to start being focused on a goal (26.2 miles in Chicago) rather than to just keep in shape.

Now onto the “Final Push Before The Push”. I’ve come a long way and I definitely want to keep pushing myself to improve. Memorial Weekend is just over 2 months and is the official kick off of summer and lake season. Because of this, I’ve decided on April 1st, I am kicking it into high gear before having to take my fitness in different direction for training. You, of course, need a different kind of focus/training/nutrient intake for running than you do for weight loss/muscle gain. I would still like to drop a few more pounds (in a healthy way) while still hitting the gym hard so it may not possibly work out the way I want it to, but I am going to try hard.

278:09:38:54

I am trying out something new with this blog. My life is not thaaaat interesting and taking the time to write about all the things that I do and find interesting to me is most likely not going to be interesting to anyone else. I wanted to begin writing about something I’m really passionate about and something that I really enjoy doing….. running/fitness. I’ve mentioned all my running activities in the past on here, but I kind of just want to focus on this part of my life from here on out. And I guess it is part of my life now… weird.

We’re approaching April 1st which means the first quarter of the year is almost complete. One of my resolutions/goals at the beginning of the year was to run 1000 miles in 2011. I’ve had a few set backs but I have managed to log 151.53 miles through March 27th (yesterday). I’m a little bit behind schedule but I figured with me ruining my left ankle for the 19th time in January and then with my recent insane travel schedule (Colorado, St. Louis, London), 151.53 miles isn’t too terrible. That leaves me with 23 mile weeks from here on out. I am honestly not that worried about not accomplishing my goal because I still have 2, possibly 3, marathons to train for still. Chicago is coming up on October 9th, with training beginning at the end of April. I also find out in April whether or not I got drawn into the NYC Marathon again. I really hope that I do because it’s just a fun place to run. Whoa, April is apparently a busy month for me because I am doing the Warrior Dash in North Texas for the second year in a row. Anywho… the NYC Marathon is in November and then follow that with the Las Vegas Marathon in December. The LV one will be awesome because we’ll finish at night on the Strip. With all those to train for and to actually run, I’m not sweating reaching 1000 miles. It will be a very cool accomplishment if I do achieve it though.

I’ve been running with quite a bit of pace lately and it’s probably been a full month that I haven’t had a run longer than 8 miles that I didn’t finish below 8 minute miles (if that sentence makes sense at all). I ran 7 miles on Friday out to a friend’s house, and it felt like I was going terribly slow… finished with a 7:38 pace so I’m not sure what was/is going on actually. It makes me begin wondering on what I can actually do for the marathon. I’m going to go ahead and assume that Chicago will be my best bet to PR since it will be the first one. I need to read how it actually runs and if there are hills or if it is relatively fast. My recent jump in pace has got me thinking that maybe I could try for a 3:45 marathon or maybe if I want to make my heart explode, a 3:30 marathon. My OKC time was 4:11, and NYC was exactly 4:00. Since NYC, I’ve lost 15 pounds and would most likely attribute my gain in speed to that loss. I have some time, but I think I am going to shoot for 3:45 and anything below(??) that time is gravy.

I mentioned that I have lost a few lbs since the New Year and that, of course, was part of my resolution/goal list as well. My friends Scott and Britnee are getting married in Turks and Caicos and that has been the main reason behind this healthy lifestyle change. It began in January 2010, but it took a real distinct change for the better this past December. I’ve been running for that entire time and started working out hardcore beginning in December. Now, I am looking into something new to add to my routine. I’ve began inquiring about CrossFit. I know a few folks that are into it and they have said nothing but good things about it. I hope to check it out very soon and will update accordingly, letting you know how it goes.

So there you go… an update on my quest for 1000 miles and a quick update on my thoughts for this blog. Keep up with me with RunKeeper. Let me know what you think about it all!

Sweet and Sour Sauce

Because I don’t spend enough time in front of the computer throughout the week, I decided to take my talents to the back porch and do some serious blogging. I am still undecided if I am grossed out by the term “blogging” or turned on. It’s still up for debate.

Today has been an oddly productive day and I honestly don’t remember the last time I have had a Saturday where all I did was hang out at the house and get things done. I have done all my laundry, cleaned the house and cleaned out my pond in the backyard. I also have had a few new additions to the fam.

I’d like to introduce you to Steve II (orange one), Mark II (black one on the far right), and Gary (orange and white one). They’ll be joining us for cocktails on the back porch this spring. I’m a little worried about Steve II. I’ve already had to rescue him from a rock because he beached himself. He’s the wild card of the bunch.

I have been blowing up the vacations as of late and I have one more this week before buckling down for a few months until June. At the end of February, a buddy invited me along to go to Colorado to ski at Wolf Creek. It was a blast!

It was about a 10 1/2 hour drive from OKC and we stayed for 4 days, skiing for 3 of them. This was only my second time to go skiing and the last time was 9 years ago when I was a junior in high school. I picked it up very quickly again and we did work on the slopes. I am looking forward to going back again next year. I took a ton of video and I am slowly making a short compilation of everything. I will post that when I get it done (in the fall).

Just last weekend, Cole and I took a short little vacay up to St. Louis for some Mardi Gras fun. Apparently, Mardi Gras is a big deal in St. Louis. Who would have known? It was a short 8 hour drive from OKC so we both took the Friday off and drove up. Cole lived there for a year a couple years back and so we met up with his friend Jeff for the weekend. It was a ridiculous time. Saturday was the big festival and parade in downtown St. Louis.

Sunday was a struggle. We didn’t leave STL until roughly 2pm making it a loooooong drive home. We stopped in Tulsa around 7:30 and had dinner with our friend Joel. I finally got to my house at 11:15 and immediately crashed. I didn’t fully recover until Thursday morning. It took a toll on me big time. That’s why I am so thankful for this weekend in town to recoup.

On Tuesday of this week. I am hitting the road again to drive to Dallas to meet my friend Greg. I plan to hang out in Dallas Tuesday night and then Wednesday morning, we’re going to drive to Houston where we will catch a plane and head across the big pond to London. We honestly haven’t planned one thing while were there and I really feel as if that will make it that much more fun. I’ve never been so I am really excited to visit for just under a week. I’ll have plenty to discuss on this topic in the near future.

I get back to OKC on Tuesday next week and we’re FINALLY getting into a basketball league. Last season, the Cosmic Penguins took home the regular season crown but got taken out in the semi-finals in the tournament. This year, we have pretty much the some game plan going into it, but we’re not sure how we’re going to handle this added pressure. Last year, we played on Sundays. This year, we’re playing on Tuesdays. The biggest question mark going into the season is “Are we going to get the same production out of team when we’re actually all sober and not recovering from the night before?” I’ll keep you posted on how the Cosmic Penguins do throughout the season.

Topic Change. I’ve written about this before but I wanted to kind of explain the whole situation. I have reverted back to my old ways…. my sweet and sour sauce days to be exact. I love it. There isn’t a whole lot that I get worked up about and I generally lead a care free lifestyle currently. I used to be this way back in college (sophomore and junior year to be exact). Then things happened and I was forced to plan everything in my life and I kind of got away from how I was usually. I must explain the situation in order for you to grasp the dramatic change in my attitude the past 7 years.

For some reason, I was pretty high strung freshman and sophomore year of school. I got worked up about the littlest things. I knew I did. My friends knew I did. It effected/affected (yep, still don’t know what to properly use those) me everyday. I’m writing this like I was a trainwreck… I really wasn’t, I just was pretty high strung. Then one summer, the summer after sophomore year, I flipped a switch. I told myself I wasn’t going to get angry over little things. I was living in Dallas at the time, interning for the company that I eventually went to work for. I was sleeping on my friend’s couch in Deep Ellum. I had just recently purchased a record player and was living the dream. Scott, Kurtis and Steffen came down to visit me one weekend and we went to a soccer match at the Cotton Bowl one Saturday evening. It got out late and we went through Ronnie Mac’s drive thru. Inside was closed so we parked the cars and ate on the curb. At this point, we’re all having a good time telling stories and laughing when Scott gets up and says, “Hey! Watch this.” By saying this, you are forfeiting the right for whatever it is your doing to end well….. Scott then serves up a closed sweet and sour sauce container and spikes it with full force. I want to think he meant to spike it into the ground, however, he spiked directly into my right eye. He delivered an unbelievable facial. Sweet and sour sauce went everywhere. At this point, we hadn’t all hung out at all during the summer, so they weren’t aware of my leaf turning so they fully expected to be walking back to the place where we were crashing. Instead of punching Scott directly in the throat, I took a fry and scooped that sauce out of my eye and ate that delicious treat. The crowd burst into applause and from that point on (until senior year) I enjoyed a pretty laid back life.

Aaaaaaaand that is the way things have been lately…. (super antic-climatic ending to a post. You’re welcome.) Until next time, fin.

Februany Any Any

Here we are on the last day of February and I didn’t take advantage of 5 dollar footlongs at Subway once. *Sad face.

For those that know me, I try to avoid adult talk as much as possible. There really is no reason for me to avoid it other than I’m way better at quoting “The Office” and “Joe Dirt” than I am at letting people know what is actually happening in my life. But today, I am going to run the risk of accumulating negative points from my “email group” and discussing the happenings in the life of Ryan Doonkeen (mostly my sister’s life). It will be in bullet points in an attempt to make it less formal.

  • My sister is having a kid, so I’m going to be an uncle (again).
  • Last weekend, they found out that she’s having a girl…. Kinsey Jane (Kinsey is my middle name, so that’s fun.)
  • My sister is due in July sometime (I need to ask more questions) and they will be moving to Iwakuni, Japan in September for three years.
  • I just got back from Wolf Creek in Colorado and that is just the beginning of my #vacay2011’s. If I have to take a day off work in order to go out of town, I consider it a vacation, just so you know.
    1. Wolf Creek Ski Trip (Feb 20-24)
    2. St. Louis (Mar 4-7)
    3. London (Mar 16-22)
    4. Turks and Caicos (June 22-26)
    5. California (TBD)
    6. Chicago (October 7-10)
    7. Iwakuni, Japan (TBD)
  • I’m not sure I know how to properly use bullet points but we’re gonna keep this theme going for a bit longer.
  • Operation LOBP is still in full effect and I’m seeing results. Because of Operation LOBP, things are a changing. For example, I recently purchased an all white G-Shock watch… it’s a Casio. No big. Then just today, I went to the gym at lunch in a sleeveless T. The DB level hasn’t peaked just yet, it was just a regular sleeveless t-shirt and not a sleeveless Affliction t-shirt so I still have room to improve.

Other than all that stuff, the only news I can report is that I need an intervention, I’m pretty sure. Fin adult talk. Also, I really need to figure out a blog format that is different than me rambling about things in no order. That’s on me.