Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Back in the Groove

A tree near my house at the end of my run this morning.  I thought it was worth snapping a picture.
So, I just realized that it's been 2 weeks since I last posted. Why didn't anyone tell me!? Oh wait, seeing all of the posts of my fellow bloggers should have told me that I haven't posted in a while. Like reading about the latest posts from Wine to Weightlifting. She's a runner, weightlifter, and crossfitter! I've also been reading about how Erik (a.k.a. the "Running Moose") has been recovering from surgery and his "reentry" back into running.  There's also Jeff over at Barefoot Inclined.  He's a barefoot/minimalist runner that has been doing a lot of reading lately.  And I can't forget about Caroline over at I <3 Running (founder of the Running Bloggers group) as she is now trying to see if she will be able to run the Marine Corp Marathon in October.  But, enough about what I'm reading for now.
Post-run yesterday morning.
So, I have to admit that I haven't been very consistent in running lately.  I need to be kicked in the behind.  I know, but I have done some running.....just not enough.  Especially with Spartan, Tough Mudder, and the G.O.A.T.z trail run coming in September and October.  These aren't easy runs.  I need to get my butt in gear.  And so I have been.  I have been starting to get up at 5 A.M. (you read that right) instead of 6ish.  I started yesterday and have been tagging my posts about my runs with #5am5k as I am up at 5 A.M. and I will be running at least a 5k everyday.  So, if you are following me on Instagram, Twitter, MapMyRun, or you are a friend of mine of Facebook you can check me out everyday that I run.

Keep a lookout on Dreadmill Drummer as I was contacted by a couple of companies lately to do some product reviews and they are also providing me with product for my readers.  So, at least 2 giveaways coming soon.  And many more product reviews beyond that.  Some that are WAAAAYYY overdue.

Until next time, keep those beats coming!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Road ID Winner!!!

Thanks to Deb over at Deb Runs... I will soon be the proud owner of a Road ID!  I won a $35 eGift card from her giveaway!  You can read the Twitter announcement HERE!  You can also read about it on her blog post Motivational Monday where after she motivates us she announces me as the winner!!!  And for a "secret" that some don't know about, but you can help spread the word.  Deb will be giving away a 2nd $35 eGift card from Road ID very soon!  Be sure to check out her blog, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter, and add her to your Google+ circles!

So, being a father of 5 kids I knew that I would "have" to share this with at least one of my kids.  I was eyeing the prices and know that I can get a 15% discount I figured that I could get myself a band and one of my kids a band!  Between the 4 kids old enough to have one of these the boys stick out as contenders to get one.  Ryan has been running at school and even joined the track.  They have him pegged as a sprinter and he even won 1st place in the 100 meter event!  Caden has been running as well with me and with my wife.  The thing that edged out Caden over Ryan was his Prader-Willi Syndrome.  This can serve as an emergency contact information tag for him as well as alert people as to his need to be watched around food.  Now to budget and plan when I can get the other 3 kids a band, because if you know our family at all we keep it fair between all of our kids.  So, a Road ID for the other kids will be coming soon. Birthday?  Christmas?  We shall see.

Right now Road ID is holding a giveaway for a trip to the 2014 Tour de France!  You can enter daily until 07/22/2013.  Everyday they ask you a question and upon answering it right you acquire your entry!  After which you get a coupon code usable for 15% off at the Road ID website!

Until next time, keep those beats coming!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Back to Reality

So, the Dreadmill Drummer is now a married man.  And I couldn't be happier!  I am now married to the love of my life and one of the reasons I run.  My bride and I had an amazing time on our honeymoon.  We chose to go to Breckenridge, Colorado and it was beautiful there!  We didn't like the fact that we both got sick from the altitude change.  Going from a city that is 1,090 feet above sea level to a town that is 9,600 feet above sea level doesn't bode that well for the body.  Once we got past the initial sickness we had a great time!  We went zip lining, white water rafting, and horseback riding on a trail.

The view outside of our room at the lodge.
My bride and I on the zip line tour.
One of the zip lines literally down the mountain over one of the many streams.
A view as we were white water rafting.  This is where I got my sun burn on my legs.
My bride and I after we took to shore for lunch.
Hey look!!! My Bedrock Sandals made it on the rafting trip with me!

Our awesome rafting guide Kaywin.  He also served as the chef for lunch!

At the stables before our trail ride.

Candice wasn't listening to the Ghostbusters and she was "crossing the streams."

Hey, that's me on a horse!!!

For a wedding present my awesome dad came over and refinished  bridge that he had built me some time back.  He also laid some bedrock and laid out more of the stone path to my back door.

He also added Jocelynn, Bella, and Ryan to the list of my children's names on the bridge
where previously just Caden and Sierra resided.

The only thing at the moment that I regret is being so far behind on posts.  I had a post about Mud Factor that was almost done that I was going to publish, but when I went to finish it all was gone except the first sentence.  I couldn't believe it.  I have started a few other posts, but haven't got to finishing them either.  So, I pledge to be more adamant about posting now that the major event of my life is done and the next chapter of my life is being written.  So, since my chapter is being written I may as well write too.  Right?!  Well, I'm going to anyway.

My sunburn from rafting is nearly healed; and it has peeled most of the way.  So, today I am back to running.  I have to get back into the groove of things.  I also have to get my training going pretty good.  I have a few really challenging runs coming up later this year and more that I'm hoping to add to the list.  I've got Tough Mudder happening towards the end of September, Spartan in mid-October, and then the 2nd Annual G.O.A.T.z Trail Runs and G.O.A.T.z 50k where I'm challenging myself to run the 21 miler at the end of October.  I'm also looking to add the Glow Run 5k in August.  So, as you can see I need to get back to running.

Until next time, keep those beats coming!