I’ll be runnin’ till the love runs out

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Oh, we all run for something.
run for God, for fate,
for love, for hate,
for gold, for rust,
for diamonds, for dust.

So, here I am, literally running to the start of my second ever 10k trail race. It’s nothing but ice and I’m doing my best to not fall and bust my face before I even reach the start line. Even though everyone has started they so graciously let me start and I whip out on the trail to get started knocking out the 6 miles I have before me.

Well, much to my dismay, the trail never turned into a trail – it just stayed a rutted icy mess. I kept trying to figure out if it was easier to run or walk on the ice. I was all alone because I was late and my running partner had been injured so it was just me. I didn’t run into any running friends until mile 4 so I had some time to be alone with just me and my thoughts.

Somewhere between me being almost convinced that I was going to die on a downhill and missing my footing and putting my whole shoe into a cold creek crossing I thought about my running journey.

One year ago I was still inside at Planet Fitness running the couch to 5k program and dying the entire time. I would be stressing about Week 5, Day 3 where I would have to run for 20 minutes straight and completely unsure of how I would do that. I would pass people outside running (on dry pavement) and think that they were crazy for running outside in February.

A year later I’m outside, alone, in 40ish degree weather, running on ice and mud – and having the time of my life!

I went from never running a day in my life to running a half marathon by October. I ran almost 20 races last year of varying distances. If you would have asked me a few years ago if I thought I’d be a runner later in life – I would have laughed at you.

Just a nice reminder to never short change yourself – you can always do something you put your mind into and put the time into. I’m living proof of that.

Until tomorrow!

(The title and lyrics at the top are from One Republic – Love Runs Out)


Who else is taking the 28 Day Challenge?

I had a challenge presented to me on January 31 by my friend Sean to blog every day in February to help form the habit of writing on a consistent basis. I took him up on the challenge and will be writing every day in February. 

Who You’d Be Today

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Katy and Me

Katy,

Today we would be celebrating your 36th Birthday. I’m sure it would be complete with a dinner or gathering of some sort. We’d be playing games and I’m sure discussing the latest music. We’d be getting you gifts that were unique – just like you were.

I wonder what your life would look like though if you were still here.

What would your wedding have been like? Would you have kids? Where would you be living? Where would you be working? What new adventures would you be embarking on?

Then I think of all the things in my life that might be different…

Would I have ever done Pelotonia? Would I have discovered my love of cycling? Would I be a runner? Would I be leaving for Texas? Would I be the same person I am today?

In your death – you changed my life forever. You inspired me to fight to find a cause for the disease that stole your life. You caused me to discover cycling. You gave me the inspiration and courage to try things that I never thought capable of. You had and still have such an impact on my life. You taught me that life is too short and isn’t promised to any of us. While I’d do almost anything to have you back in our lives – I can’t thank you enough being my friend during the time that you were on this earth and for leaving a lasting impact on my life.

You’d think that after four years it would get easier – and with some things it has. However, there are for sure times where it seems to just get harder. As I’ve traveled the world I always see things that I would want to share with you or bring you back. As I make accomplishments and achievements in life I want to pick up the phone to celebrate with you. When I’ve experienced loss I want to just meet you somewhere and just take a drive – no destination in mind, just drive. Now that I’m facing the biggest change and move of my life – I just want to talk to you about it and get that dose of courage from you where you’d tell me that everything is going to be ok.

Kenny Chesney came out with a song this year call “Who You’d Be Today”. I remember when I first heard it – I got quiet and just found myself lost in the song because it expressed a lot of what I feel about you. I often wonder who you’d be today…

So, Happy Birthday Katy. You’re greatly missed and will never be forgotten.

John


 

Who else is taking the 28 Day Challenge?

I had a challenge presented to me on January 31 by my friend Sean to blog every day in February to help form the habit of writing on a consistent basis. I took him up on the challenge and will be writing every day in February. 

The New City

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Ok, so I’m going to admit – I’m a tad behind on my city research for San Antonio. I knew enough about the city that I made the decision to move there but I guess I never realized what else there is to research.

For example – I run and bicycle. I’ve been trying to figure out where the running and cycling stores are (and even further more who sell/service the bikes I own). Also around that I’m trying to find road running groups, road cycling groups, mountain bike trails, trail running groups/trails. These are all things I take for granted today that I will have to find once I move.

Here is another one – I get both of my vehicles serviced at a Goodyear Service Center – apparently they are a tad scarce in San Antonio. So now I want to get my truck fully serviced before I go so I can take advantage of the savings I get with my credit card and coupons.

I’m trying to figure out the Texas out of state vehicle registration process. I’m trying to figure out when I need to get a Texas driver’s license.

I guess since I’ve only ever moved across town I never had to think about all these things and now as I randomly think of them they come up.

So, if you’ve ever moved out of state (or Provinces for my Canadian readers) what are some things that you wished you would have researched prior to your move (or you think would be helpful to lookup/consider before you’re in the middle of your move)?


Who else is taking the 28 Day Challenge?

I had a challenge presented to me on January 31 by my friend Sean to blog every day in February to help form the habit of writing on a consistent basis. I took him up on the challenge and will be writing every day in February. 

 

 

Moving Forward

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It’s kind of hard to know what to say after you drop what may be the biggest news of your life onto your friends and readers of this blog.

I re-read through all the comments on Facebook, the tweets, the text messages and e-mails I received yesterday this morning. One of the greatest thing that stood out to me is the amount of positivity and love that was apparent in all the messages.

So where do I go from here? I have tons of packing to do. I need to gather up the stuff that I need to sell/donate. I need to try and schedule as many breakfast/lunch/dinners with people here so I can see every person possible before I take off. I’m sure there are a ton of other things that I’m just not thinking about right now.

It’s so hard to describe what I’m feeling right now – which isn’t something I normally struggle with. On one hand I’m very sad to leave behind my family, friends, and life that I’ve know since birth. On the other hand I’m also very excited to get started on this adventure that is before me. Sometimes I find myself sad about the move and then sometimes I find myself excited but feeling guilty at the same time.

That’s it for today. Just what’s on my heart/mind.

Until tomorrow!

 


Who else is taking the 28 Day Challenge?

I had a challenge presented to me on January 31 by my friend Sean to blog every day in February to help form the habit of writing on a consistent basis. I took him up on the challenge and will be writing every day in February. 

John’s Moving to Texas – The FAQ

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John The Texan

This last week has been exhausting. I’ve been trying to explain to everyone that I know that I’m moving to Texas at the end of the month. So, I’ve compiled a FAQ to help answer some questions since they seem to be the same ones. I hope you enjoy reading them and feel free to ask others in the comments!

In case we’re not friends on Facebook… here’s the message I left there:

I guess it’s time for me to make this Facebook official. Last week I put in my one month notice at my job and in the beginning of March I will be moving to San Antonio, TX. It’s been a tough decision for me but I feel like for this time in my life – it’s where I need to be. I’m going to miss all of you in Ohio (and Michigan) a ton! I hope you all will stay in touch and hopefully we can see each other before I leave. Continue reading

In Defense of Social Media

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Almost every week I will see something online bashing social media and questioning the authenticity of the relationships of those that we meet online.

For a change, I’d like to personally come to the defense of social media.

As I got older I went from shy to hyper extrovert. I can’t really pinpoint the time where that happened but at this point I’m about as extroverted as I come. I love being with people, sharing my life and learning about others.

I’ve been on Twitter for ages (I joined in 2007 – Twitter launched a year before). Once the iPhone began receiving apps I started using an application called “Twinkle” that was a location based Twitter app that allowed you to connect with other nearby Twinkle/Twitter users.

I used this app to begin meeting other social media minded folks in Columbus and through it I developed some great friendships. Since then I began following and tweeting more consistently. Twitter added location data so Twinkle was no longer relevant. I soon started following new people and discovering others all across the country that shared interests with me (or introduced me to new interests!)  Thanks to social media I also met most of my cycling friends that I’ve been riding with for years!

Fast forward a few years and now some of my closets friends are ones that I’ve met through Twitter. I’ve traveled the United States and Canada meeting my Twitter friends. These relationships have evolved far beyond social media but wouldn’t exists today if it wasn’t for it. We visit each other, we e-mail, Facebook, text, and call each other. Our lives aren’t superficial – they’re real. We share the highs and the lows with each other and in some cases I feel that they know me better than others in my life because we get to interact on a regular basis online.

So what about you? How do you feel about social media?


 

Who else is taking the 28 Day Challenge?

I had a challenge presented to me on January 31 by my friend Sean to blog every day in February to help form the habit of writing on a consistent basis. I took him up on the challenge and will be writing every day in February. 

 

The Best Intentions

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You know, I had the best intentions of writing this awesome blog post for today. I let things get in the way and tonight I decided to go out to dinner with friends (old and new), go shopping and then visit with a friend and we chatted the night away while making fun of the people on House Hunters. Sorry my fellow blogging friends but my relationships won over my writing time.

So, this is my lame excuse for a blog post today that I’m going to post 1 minute before midnight.

I promise tomorrow will be a better day!


 

Who else is taking the 28 Day Challenge?

I had a challenge presented to me on January 31 by my friend Sean to blog every day in February to help form the habit of writing on a consistent basis. I took him up on the challenge and will be writing every day in February.