Tuesday, September 29, 2009


This is just a FUN video from Nike...

Made me smile.

I hope my kids play tag occasionally, but that he isn't ALWAYS 'it'. :)

Quote of the Week - 10

"What a man does, that he is. In himself is his might."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Halloween is SOON! (32ish days)

Why am I awake? Why to inform you that time is running out!!

I just joined a very cool Halloween forum because... well I love Halloween and wanted to get some good ideas for this year. I'm actually late. Awesome ideas, tips, tricks and other fun stuff there.

But to get YOU excited - here is a fun SUPERHERO video!

So, are you ready yet??

I think I am getting my costume narrowed down some, and I'm getting excited!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

More Free Running Yay!!

The guys that made this vid won a 'Reflections' video contest I guess - they live near where I live and grew up actually, although I don't know them.

Still some sweet free running!

The Barefoot Mile (x2)

I recently finished reading the book "Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen" by Christopher McDougall.

This is a very inspiring book. I recommend it to anybody who is interested in Running or being healthier or even those who just want to read a good story, because it is full of those as well. It tells the story of a race with the Tarahumara people of Northern Mexico who live in very humble conditions yet are quite possibly some of the greatest runners on earth.

My brother has read it multiple times, and 3 years ago he ran 3 marathons and a long mountainous relay BAREFOOT. (blog hasn't been updated since then, still good stuff) The relay he ran is pretty much the main reason I'm trying to become a better runner, since I'm doing the longest and (possibly) hardest legs, so I need the training.

ANYWAY, to the point of this post - Some members of my relay team have been running weekly, I ran 7 miles a few weeks ago with them and since then my knees have been acting up. Plus I think I need more than once a week to get optimal results. So starting Monday I have been running at least a mile every day (woohoo 3 days so far) and I decided to mix it up a bit by running barefoot occasionally.

Monday was my first barefoot mile - and it was great! No problems at all except for a slight discomfort near my second smallest toe. I thought it was from the shape of that toe and stretching it more while running, but it turns out I had a little thorn up in there that as soon as it came out it was fine. Great experience!

Tuesday I ran 3 miles with the team, a great run through a wooded trail behind the local amusement park - the only problem being that it is getting darker and darker every week so we might change locations. We keep it slow and easy because a lot of us are really just getting used to running!

Wednesday, last night, I ran another barefoot mile, but this time wasn't QUITE as nice as Monday's run. Why? BUGS. There were swarms of gnat-like bugs all over, but they are bigger than the normal gnat, and they flew in my eyes, mouth, nose, hair, etc and made it quite difficult to concentrate on form (which is important when barefooting) so I ended up with a quite large and painful blister on one of my toes. When I got home and looked in the mirror there were TONS of the little beasties in my hair - quite gross.

It is nice to be running more often, and I hope that by running shorter distances more often for the next couple of weeks will strengthen my knees (and my form) enough that I can increase the distance. I also think doing this more often will help me shed the final bits of poochiness that I have hanging on!

Speaking of that - I recently completed a Health Evaluation at work so I want to go into that a bit in another post. You'll hear a lot more about my health than you might want to! Woohoo! Until then!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Quote of the Week - 9

"It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows great enthusiasms, great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."

- Theodore Roosevelt

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Yar it be a Happy Day me Hearties!

For there be much piratey goodness abounding!

Free Pirate Games ye bilgerats (And the Monkey Islands games are hilarious)

Superpunch has a list of fun Piratey stuff, and one from last year too!

Then there be places you can buy loot or booty...

But alas I must go ready me ship for a journey on the rolling seas (or the seas opposite really...Mountains) so be jolly my good friends before'n I make keelhaul ye and toss ye overboard!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Don't even THINK about forgetting!


You only have a bit over half a day (from this posting) to get ready. SO GET READY!

That reminds me, I need to get out me pirate flag and hang it tomorrow.

Swab the decks, me hearties! Tis time to be finding some booty!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Hilarious commercial from Kyocera.

First I've ever seen it! (I'll post where I found it later when I can link it easier!)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Quote of the Week - 8

"We carry within us the wonders we seek without us."

- Sir Thomas Browne

Monday, September 14, 2009

Halloween Ideas

If only I had a Segway!!

This is a very clever Costume inspired by the Fortune-telling Vending Machine Thingy from the movie Big (and I'm sure its been around much longer too)


from (Make Magazine)

Now I just need to decide what I'M going to do!!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Old Project Finally Finished

A couple of years ago I started a drawing for a co-worker. Her daughter loves horses so she wanted me to do one of my drawings with Horses as the subject.

So here it is!

Who's Gonna ride...? by ~warlordblade on deviantART

Title comes from an old U2 song...

I think I'm doing better at working on these more - hopefully I can keep it up!

P90X Round TWO ... Sigh ... is dead

Boy that sure didn't last long.

Allergies, family events, and just horrible timing have sentenced this attempt to an early doom.

P90X round 2.1 WILL happen before the end of the year though!!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Always Remember, Never Forget - 9/11

While I hesitate to post this due to the very strong feelings it invokes in me...

I DO think it is extremely important to remember the events of 8 years ago.

I can't believe it has already been 8 years.

This is very hard to watch - but amazing to see a normal persons reactions, much like those of us across the country watching on TV.

I can honestly say this event changed a lot of things in my life - the way I look at life.

Peace be unto the world, especially those who suffered 8 years ago and those who continue to suffer throughout the world today.

Posted from National Terror Alert.com

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Quote of the Week - 7

"I have never met a man (or woman) who is not my superior in at least one way."

- Henry David Thoreau

Monday, September 7, 2009

P90X Round TWO

Yup, finally decided it's time to stop putting it off, and weights or no - I'm starting P90X again today, September 7th, 2009 for the second time. Time to 'BRING IT'!

One difference is that I will (hopefully) be running more, I will be replacing Yoga X with a Rodney Yee Power Yoga, (and possibly some others to mix that up a bit - I love yoga but I need to change it up!) and finally I will be replacing the Ab Ripper X program with the Ab Class I have been attending at work for some time. Of course if I miss that ab class then I've gotta do Ab Ripper X or it's no good right? Right!

So there you have it. Updates won't be as often as last time (not that those were that often anyway) but we'll see how it goes!

Before and After pictures will be after. I still have to take the Before pictures later today.

Time to sleep!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Ibuprofen While Exercising?

I know I've thought of using pain killers to prevent pain, but never TOO hard because I'm a little bit masochistic when it comes to muscle soreness/pain - FEEL THE BURN!!! NO PAIN NO GAIN!!

Now when it comes to joint pain, that's where I would have more seriously considered pain pills before exercising.

HOWEVER - The New York Times has an interesting article up on the effects of Ibuprofen during exercise. Check it out. (via biancolo)

I do think we overuse certain technologies where our bodies are concerned. These things are CRAZY AMAZING and much more advanced than anything we come up with. I'm not saying we should discount modern medicine or any of the wondrous things we've created - BUT I AM saying don't discount the amazing human body!

On top of that - most worrisome is that you are taking away from what you are trying to do in the first place! From the article:
The painkillers also blunt the body’s response to exercise at a deeper level. Normally, the stresses of exercise activate a particular molecular pathway that increases collagen, and leads, eventually, to creating denser bones and stronger tissues. If “you’re taking ibuprofen before every workout, you lessen this training response,” Warden says. Your bones don’t thicken and your tissues don’t strengthen as they should. They may be less able to withstand the next workout. In essence, the pills athletes take to reduce the chances that they’ll feel sore may increase the odds that they’ll wind up injured — and sore.
Definitely not something you want!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Free Running type Game

Strangely addicting, and quite difficult at times too!

Give it a try!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Quote of the Week - 6

"These are times that try men's souls. Tyranny, like hell, is difficult to conquer. Our only consolation is that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph."

- Thomas Paine