Videos

I have been posting some videos on youtube lately just chronicling some things that happen during a week for me.  A lot of it is driven by me wanting to get more video of things that we do.  Enjoy the last couple that I have put up.  I had originally planned to try to get a video up every week.  I am guessing I will be more like once a month, with the goal of getting to weekly eventually.

 

 

Weekend Updates

I’ve been working this morning to update our blog.  I noticed our Races page didn’t even have all of our 2016 races in there.  A few things to look for:

  • Races page is now up to date.  This year, we are taking it one race at a time.  We won’t fill up the calendar all at once, but will have a race on the schedule.  I’ve also split out running races from triathlons.
  • Online Store page links directly to our store, saving you a few clicks.
  • Still working on sprucing up the site and the store…more changes to come.

This weekend brings more rain.  Nevertheless, we do have a fun night planned.  We are going to see Alton Brown live at Paramount Theatre.  There are no cameras allowed in the venue, but it’s sure to be a fantastic show.

And last but not least, I (finally) received my Garmin 5S yesterday!!  I ordered it several weeks ago and have been anxiously awaiting its arrival.  I’m super excited to have a new toy.  Once I have a few activities logged, I will post a review.

Garmin Fenix 5S

Rain, Rain, Go Away

We’ve been having tons of rain lately.  I know, no need to remind me, we live in Washington now.  It rains a lot here.

The dogs have been stuck inside, our walks have been dismal.  I snapped a few photos of Lou and our new puppy Olive…both staring out of the window, wishing it would stop raining so they could go outside and play.

Springer Spaniel, GSP

Saturday afternoon, it finally stopped raining for a few hours and the sun made a brief appearance.  So I walked Tabasco to the mailbox.  Then took the puppy and Lou around the block.  It felt so good to be outside, that I changed clothes and took Lou on a 30 minute run with me.  It was amazing! We have some pretty challenging hills here, but I made it.

Glad to be back in the game.  Now the weather just needs to cooperate 🙂

Videos

This year we thought it would be fun to put some videos together and share them.  I am hoping these will become a little more exciting as the year progresses, but for now I thought these gave a good idea of how the first 7 days of the year have been.

I just finished my first week of work at my new job.  It was a tough and laborious week, but it was really fun as well.  So essentially you are seeing a bit of traffic this week, followed by a delivery we received from a new service and a new game we played last night.

 

Clean Slate a Visual Reminder

Last year I purchased the ilovetorun.org calendar.  I wanted a visual way to show all of my hardwork.  In addition to logging workouts in Garmin and Training Peaks, having something to physically mark off was surprisingly satisfying.  On days where I didn’t feel like working out, I would see the chain of Xs and (most of the time) it would motivate me to not break the sequence.

ilovetorun calendar

Up until September, when my life took a dramatic turn to the west, the calendar was quite impressive, especially compared to my lack to commitment in the years past.  The last quarter of the year, with the calendar packed away in a box, my progress was dismal.   A new house, a new job, and a new part of the country really took a toll on my exercising.  If you look close enough, there are a couple of lonely Xs in there.

This year, I’m taking the same approach.  A new calendar is hung, and on Jan 2 I have a chain of two Xs.  Whoohoo!  Here’s to a new year and a getting better every day.

ilovetorun calendar

3 Months!


It’s been three months since we started our journey west.  In the past 3 months a lot of changes in our lives have kept us from getting a lot accomplished.  We want to bring you up to speed and assure you that we will start posting more frequently.

In September, Emily accepted a new job in Washington.  We took about 10 days and drove from Wisconsin to our temporary living apartment in Tacoma.  On the way, we stopped in Colorado and visited with my mom and my sister (+family) for 3 days.  It was a pleasant drive for the most part and the dogs handled it well.  When we got to Washington there were a few days of acclimation before Emily started work.  I, on the other hand, continued to be employed by my company in Wisconsin and worked from home.  I made two trips back to Wisconsin over the last 3 months and as of today, no longer work for them.  I enjoyed my time, but it was time to move on.  I did receive a job offer here in Washington a few months back and start work in just a few days!

In October, we purchased a house and moved in.  In the first 60 days in the house we completed many projects.  We replaced lighting fixtures in the hall upstairs, put in a cast iron kitchen sink and a new faucet, replaced a light in the dining room and updated quite a bit of our furniture that we either sold off in Wisconsin or just didn’t have when we arrived.  We are now looking for storage space in the house and there is plenty of stuff either still packed or just laying out until we find that space.

The store stayed active while we were in transit and we are seeing quite a few sales each week.  This is a positive reminder that there are people coming to the site.  We appreciate people who have continued to check for our progress (even though we didn’t post).

I will end this by saying happy new year, and you can expect quite a bit from us in 2017!