How did you find us?

•January 29, 2009 • 2 Comments

It’s always interesting to see what terms people use to stumble upon our blog. Here is a sampling from the last two days:

Search Engine Terms

These are terms people used to find your blog.


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“Running facts” and anything about amputees are by far the biggest hits.


Pensacola Beach Run

•January 18, 2009 • Leave a Comment

pensacola-beach-logoOn Saturday, Lisa and I ( and our friend Natalie) ran in the Pensacola Beach Run. It was a 5K, 10K, and half marathon. This race was unique in that you could decide how far you wanted to run during the race. If you were feeling good, you just kept running. Every other race we have run in, you have to have committed to one length or the other. One guy literally stopped at the 10K turnaround and jumped up and down saying, “I don’t know what to do?” Everyone else was a little more decisive. I had trained for the half marathon and was certain I would do it unless something drastic happened in the first few miles. I was also hoping to shatter my previous best time for a half marathon (1 hour 50 min.). I was going to announce my intentions on the blog ahead of the race, but then I would have to report back if I failed :(. I thought if it was a good day I could run a 1:45. Anything faster than that and it would be a great day. The first 4-5 miles were relatively easy although I was running into a pretty stiff wind. I thought once I got to the turnaround the run back would be a piece of cake. Unfortunately, I used most of my energy battling the wind and the last 6.5 miles were not as “easy” as I thought they would be. At about mile 9, I was starting to struggle and was very hungry (I didn’t have any gels or sportsdrink with me and there was none along the course either…very disappointing), so I did something I never do in a race. I caught up with another guy and started talking to him for about a 1.5 miles. It really got my mind off of my empty stomach and fatigued legs. That only left me a mile and a half to go, and it was as much mental as it was physical to finish at that point. My mind kept telling my body to “just walk” but my body never gave in. I slowly crossed the finish line at 1:44:59. 1 second below my goal time. My average pace was 8:01…Man, wish I could have averaged under 8 minutes. Maybe next time.

Lisa and Natlie ran the 10K and had a good time running together from what they told me. With Lisa being pregnant, she didn’t have a goal other than to have a good time and keep her heart rate in check. She did tell a 65 year old man that he had some “good looking” legs for a man his age. He told her she just “made his day”. Not sure how I feel about that whole conversation….

Here are the only pictures from the day:




July 2009

•December 25, 2008 • 20 Comments

Independence Dependant’s Day


Willie make it?…..Betty won’t

•December 22, 2008 • 1 Comment

I am sure doubtful most of you remember that last year I had to run a few miles the day before New Years in order to accomplish my goal of 1,000 miles for the year. If I remember correctly, I was even sick as I fought through that last run of the year. This year, I didn’t really set a goal for mileage. Recently, I have noticed that I am getting close to the 1,000 mile mark once again. However, after tonight’s run of 5.5 miles I am now at 971.5 miles for the year. Which means I have roughly a week to run 28.5 miles. Not impossible, but this year I have been doing the FIRST training program which is more intense workouts and less mileage. Therefore, it is doubtful I will reach the 1,000 mile mark. Normally, this would bother me that I am this close, but it really doesn’t. I guess that’s the advantage of not setting goals. 🙂 By the way, Lisa does not support the last sentence in any way as she is far more goal-oriented than I.


•December 10, 2008 • 2 Comments

I figured since it has been almost a month since our last blog post that I should write something. Since this is a “running” blog (I use the term loosely) I guess I will update you on our latest run.

Last Saturday morning, Lisa and I and some of our friends ran a cross-country 5-K in Pensacola. Neither one of us had ever run a cross-country course since neither of us ran in high school. It was definitely different than running a road race. Basically, the entire race was run in trails in the woods. Tight turns, meeting and passing other runners on narrow trails, jumping  over downed trees, and running on uneven ground made it very interesting. Our finish times were slower than normal but we both had a really good time especially running with other people we knew…we had never done that.

Jason pulls another fast one!!!

•November 13, 2008 • Leave a Comment


On November 1, 2008 Jason had a great accomplishment.  He broke his best PR (personal record) for a 10K race by nearly 3 minutes!  This is quite a bit for a 6.2 mile race.  He has been training very hard this fall and it paid off!  This race in down town Mobile is one of our favorite local races.  It’s such a great race course with all of the live oaks and old Southern mansions and schools not to mention the almost always great weather! I didn’t race this time,much to my disappointment, because I had a pretty bad cold and I still had a nasty cough so I took Victor to keep me from doubting my better judgement and running anyway. 🙂



Jason is in the red shirt.  This is a few blocks from the finish line.


His actual finish time was 46:41!


Here he is chilling with Victor after the race.


Here is our happy dog on the way home! 🙂

You can see the entire results for the 2008 Senior Bowl Charity Run here

A weekend getaway…at a bargin price

•October 29, 2008 • 1 Comment

Last weekend Jason and I went on a little weekend vacation to Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, AL and stayed in the most beautiful cottage!   We had originally thought that a few of our friends from our small group would be able to go with us so we reserved a 3 bedroom, 3 bath cottage. The cottages have recently been remodeled and so now they are really, really nice.  We found out at the last minute that it didn’t suit any of our friends to go after all, so we downgraded to a 2 bedroom, 1 bath cabin for about half the price.  The cabins appeared to be nice, but much older and more rustic.  We got there late because we didn’t leave as early as we originally planned since Mom and Dad had come down to our house to help us do yard work that day.  When we got there around 7pm and got our key, we realized that we had the key to a cottage instead of a cabin.  They lady who gave us a key basically said that they couldn’t do anything about it that evening so we stayed in the nice cottage and hoped that we wouldn’t get charged for it.  The next day when the office lady who had made our reservation was back in the office, she said that it was her mistake and so we got to stay in the nice cottage for the cabin price!  We saved basically 50%!!  Here is the picture tour of the weekend.


The back view of the cottages (I’m standing on the pier)


The front view

The side view

The fully equipped kitchen

Dinning area

The living room

This bedroom had a private screened-in porch

All of the bathrooms had these great sink units

We thought it would be fun to ride our bikes from Gulf Shores to Ft. Morgan and ride the Ferry to Dauphin Island and get lunch and ride back.  We didn’t get as early of a start as we would have liked because of some heavy fog, so we had to bike very hard to make sure we didn’t miss the Ferry.  We made it with a few minutes to spare!

Lisa on the Ferry

Jason on the Ferry

The Estuarium on Dauphin Island

A fishing boat

We biked 2 miles into town and ate lunch at the Crusty Crab.  It was very quaint and quiet.

My very handsome biker dude! All total we biked 50 miles on Saturday.

Jake and Lynette and their family came down to stay with us on Saturday night.

Ava was fabulous and happy the whole time they were at the Park with us.  Here she is dancing with Lynette.  We had a really nice time with them.

We highly recomend Gulf State Park’s cottages to anyone who wants a quiet getaway at a great price!