Sunday, February 22, 2009

Soccer and then some

I haven’t blogged for awhile.  So I’ll need to catch up a bit…

Soccer

Briana-Battle Briana’s JV team at Centennial High School has been doing pretty well.  They won their first tournament and have won the majority of their league games.  Her select team, Texas Spirit White, got back into action over this weekend where they had a record of 1-1-1.  It was good to see the girls get back together after being off since December.  Here’s a great picture of Briana battling it out with an opponent from this weekend’s tournament.

Running

I’m signed up for a Half Marathon at the end of April so I need to get my training in high gear.  I ran yesterday and today.  It’s the first time I ran two consecutive days since December.  My feet still hurt, but not as badly.  My cardio needs a lot of work.  I hope to be back in training with the DRC group in 2-3 weeks.

It’s a bit depressing to be 30 seconds off of my pace where I was at pre-surgeries.  I know… I just need to be patient, but arrrgggghhh!!!  OK, I feel better after that outburst!

Family

Ursula’s birthday is tomorrow.  Give her a call on her cell phone.  FYI – we don’t have the home phone number anymore.  We’ll be taking her to dinner tomorrow night.

Speaking of family, I’ll get to visit my snowbound family in Ohio.  I have a couple of customers that I have to travel to in Ohio which allows me to visit my family.  A great perk of the job!  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone and running in SNOW!

Below is a picture of Ursula and I after Briana’s Friday night soccer game.  It was a bit windy – that’s why my hair is messed up!  :)

Soccer 009

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Validation

God wants to use us each and every day.  Remember that your words uplift others and affect others in ways that we’ll never know.  When you have an opportunity make sure to compliment others on their qualities.  This daily act will make a world of a difference.  A difference that you might never have the opportunity to witness.

The following video is a short film, but a long video.  Give it the time that it deserves.  I hope you can find a way to apply it daily.

Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. (Proverbs 16:24)

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Kurt Warner

Kurt Warner is a class act.  He has always worn his Christianity on his sleeve.  Through all of his actions that we can see, he has given God the glory for his achievements.

I was rooting for the Cardinals and Kurt.  I’m glad that they were able to come back and perform well when their back was against the wall.  It sounds like Kurt might retire after this year.  I’ll miss him, but appreciate what he has given this viewing world… there is none other than God deserving anyone’s glory.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Quiet January

January had the fewest blog posts since I started this little blog.  I credit it to being in some sort of pain for the last 4 weeks.  The pain has primarily been in my feet.  I’m really tired of the pain.  It’s on the top of my feet and is all nerve pain.  Sometimes it’s fine and other times it’s a great jolt of pain.  I’d say that I’m getting better about 2-5% better per day, but it’s not quick enough.  I’ve been really impatient with this recovery thing! 

I guess that’s a good thing… impatience.  For once, impatience might be a good thing.  It’s a good thing because 18 months ago, I wouldn’t have cared.  I would have been fine with sitting around and being sedentary.  Now, I cannot wait to get out there and run.  I’m still looking forward to ramping up quickly to run in the OKC Half Marathon at the end of April.

DRC Race Volunteer 006To give back to the running community and to see my friends, I volunteered at the DRC Tal Morrison 5K/15K race on Saturday.  Briana, Cairo and I worked at a water station with another runner dude and his children.  I had to drag the kids out of bed early on a Saturday morning, but they had a great time.  It was great to see the front runners and then to see all of my friends in the rest of the pack.  Some even tried to stop to ask how I was doing.  I told them quickly and urged them on.

It seems that I have more to talk about when I run.  I miss the solidarity of running alone and I miss the friendship of running with a group.  I miss using my GPS watch.  I miss accumulating miles.  I miss being surprised by 41 (almost 42) year old body. 

I hope to have more to talk about soon!

P.S. – For money saving reasons, we have disconnected our home phone.  If you need to get a hold of me, call me at my cell phone.