#MedalMonday-Running For Cancer & Family Bonfires

I have not ran since last November as I have taken this year to build my strength and to take a step back from the competitive running circuit. It has not been an easy thing but I am confident that when it comes time to train I will be ready.

My SIL asked me a couple of months ago if I would like to run a 5k with her as she has gotten a hold of the fitness bug and wanted to do. I said ok as I am never going to turn down a chance to support someone wanting to better themselves.

The race we chose was the Run For Kids Cancer 5K in Ballantyne. The event was cool and there was plenty of stuff for the kids to do.

Soon the race was on and we did good. I ran at my SIL pace and we took our time.

Soon we finished and got some pretty awesome medals. I must say it felt great to once again cross the finish line.

Later that day we celebrated with a bonfire, pizza and s’mores.

Football, Splash Pads, & Life Lessons

Let me start by saying that I am sorry for not following up on this past weeks blogs. Things have been nuts around the house and and trying to find the time to blog and update you guys has become difficult but I will talk about that later.

Picking up from my previous entry, the past few weeks we were grieving the loss of Tanner and things are still not the same. You would think with all the losses that my family and I have had that we would be come pros with dealing with grief but it still is easy and I have come to the conclusion that it never will be.

Many people know that my relationship with my brother has never been the best and I am not going into much detail about it but just know that we did finally have a talk and decided that we don’t always have to hang out or see each other every day. I can work with this. After mending some fences he invited me to the open preseason Panther game and you know I love my Carolina Panthers!

I had a great time. Too much of a great time and maybe should have never drank that 6th beer. Anyways, I was really glad to spend some time with him and enjoy some football also.

Finally the weekend came along and we had another birthday party to go to. This time it was for my other niece Charlee as it was her birthday. I can’t believe my niece is going to be in 1st grade this year! Where has the time gone?

The party was fun and even I got on the splash pad and got soaked. My girls had a blast and it was great to be around family and friends.

One thing that I never stop doing is learning. I always try to learn life lessons and sometimes I learn thing even when I don’t want to. I have learned that no matter what happens to just forgive and move on. That does not mean keeping the person around but to not let that hurt control your everyday life. Just let it go. Now sometimes it is harder then others and I struggle myself sometimes but you need to let it go.

The other lesson I learned was to stay out of God’s business and other people’s business and just worry about your business. This has helped me at work. When something does not go my way I have to tell myself I cannot control other people and what they do. I can only control what I do and how I react. This is more then likely my biggest lesson to learn.

I have a lot of cool things happening on the blog soon. A lot of fun things with the kids that need a post so stay tuned.

Date Night, Cookouts, And Ripped Pants

This weekend was very busy as all our weekends are. It seems that my wife and I are busier then ever. We spend most of our weekends trying to hurry and get the laundry and cleaning done on Saturday morning so we can have fun a relax the rest of the time off we have together. This weekend was no different.

My wife had her company BBQ on Saturday at one of her doctors horse farms. It was a heart little BBQ complete with games, kegs of beer, pony rides, and lots of food. Naturally I headed to the keg while the kids played games. We mingled through the crowd. I talked to an old classmate from high school for a bit. It was nice. It was also VERY HOT. As the sweat started to bleed through my shirt I knew it was time to leave. I think the girls had fun.

After we got home and got the chance to dry off, my SIL E came over and watched the kids for us so my wife and I could go out and have a nice dinner just the two of us.

It was nice to get away with my love and stuff our faces with chicken, steak, and chocolate cake. It was not on my approved eating clean diet but well worth it.

Sunday was a blur. We went to the Another Broken Egg Cafe and had a great breakfast that reminded me a lot of our Charleston trip. Then we went home where the kids took a long nap, my went to the grocery store, and we relaxed at the pool for a couple of hours.

After getting the kids settled for dinner my wife asked me to pick up some Sabor Latin Street Grill for dinner so I headed up to Wesley Chapel. Once I got our food and started to climb in my truck I heard a rip. I looked down and my shorts had ripped all the way down the seam of the crotch.

Besides ripping my pants my weekend was great. I would be lying if I said that has never happened to me before. I hope your weekend was as fun and crazy as mine was.

Happy Thursday!

#MedalMonday- 6 Pack Series Medal

Here we are. The past few weeks now I have recap my most favorite races. I have posted a ton of pictures from each race and of course taken pictures of the fronts and backs of all my medals Why the backs? Well one thing that was so cool about those medals was that they connect to make one big huge massive medal.

Completing this series of races last year was a huge accomplishment for me and I take pride in all the hard work I put to my 2016 race season. I am ready to brush off the running shoes soon to get ready for 2018 which is going to be a huge year for me. I am doing my first Triathlon, running the Star Wars Half Marathon in Disney World, and maybe a crossfit competition. 2017 I have taken a break from the race season to focus more on weight training but I will return an maybe in 2019 do the six pack series again.

#MedalMonday- Rocktoberfest Half Marathon 2016

First, let me ay I am sorry I missed last weeks Medal Monday. The hoilday threw off my blogging schedule but here we are starting a new week.

This week I  am recaping my last race in the six pack series I did last year and that is the Rocktoberfest Half Marathon. This is a big race cause it usually is about two weeks before the big Charlotte Marathon. It is a lot of fun but the race is a challenge.

When the race started I thought I was going to be fine. That was until I got to mile three. I had to pee and there were not portajohns in sight. So I ran to mile five, then mile six, them mile eight, then at mile nine which was an top hill struggle peed behind a parked car on the street. I am pretty sure everyone knew what I was doing.

From miles nine to 12 it felt like the corse was completely up hill and I thought I was going to die. The course crossed over Independence Blvd and down Old Charlotte Highway back to Kings Drive where the race was finally over. That seemed like a long finish but when I arrived I was glad to have accomplished something so great.

For anyone who loves a course full of hills then this is the race for you. Just go to the bathroom first.

#MedalMonday- Lake Norman 15k

Out of all the races from last year this was the second worst one in mob opinion. I had never been to Lake Norman before so when it came time for this race I had no idea what to expect.

This was one of those races where I had to go alone as Brittney was busy with our newborn at the time. So I made the trip out there solo. It was 10 miles and I was used to running 10 miles. How hard could this one be.

The first few miles were great. We ran through a park and through a couple of nice neighborhoods then things took a turn.

There all the sudden were a lot of hills…Like A LOT! I would myself struggling around miles 7 to 9 cause it was beginning to take a tole on my feet.

When I reach mile 10 it felt like it was never going to happen. I had to really push myself to the end but I made it.

If you love a challenge then this race is for you.

How We Got Engaged!

 

In a continuation of honoring my wife this week on the blog leading up to our 6th wedding anniversary, here is the story of how I asked her to marry me.

The following is from a previous blog entry. Enjoy!

I always wondered how when it came time to officially ask Brittney to marry me, how I was going to do it. It was not a shock to our family and friends considering we had a wedding already being planned. I still wanted my future bride to have that moment where the one who loves her more than anything gets down on one knee and look her in the eye and ask the question. Will you marry me?

For sometime I was in the process of trying to finish paying off her engagement ring. I picked it out in May of 2010 but could not get it paid off till January of 2011. I finally just said “You know, I am ready for her to have this and make this official”.

I spent a few days trying to come up with the perfect plan. I was thinking of taking her out to dinner in Downtown Charlotte and then having our families and friends waiting for us at the restaurant, but the only problem with that was it felt kind of dumb cause everyone knew we were planning a wedding.  So then I decided to just let it be the two of us and got that Saturday night and just go for it on the streets of Charlotte.

I got the ring out of “ring jail” on Thursday, January 25 and was really excited. I went to show my mother the ring and she said for me just to do it today and surprise her. I thought it was a wonderful idea.

On the way home to meet her I called her dad and asked for his permission, which again was not needed, but I wanted to do the right thing. He told me to go for it and to have her call him afterwards.

I got to the apartment and told her that my Dad wanted us to look at a catering place for the wedding in Charlotte.  So with so much hesitation from Brittney, we got in the car and headed that way. It was so hard to keep the excitement in. I kept feeling my pocket and she kept looking at me. She later told me she knew I was acting weird.

We got to the heart of Charlotte and started to walk around. It started to rain and I was starting to get nervous looking for the perfect spot.  i found a fountain on the corner of the street. I stopped us and got down on one knee. She asked me what I was doing and I said I was tying my shoe. I then told her I hated the rain and she responded with then get up and lets go.

I looked up and said, “Or I could do this. Will you marry me?”

She was so excited she grabbed the ring from my hand and put it on her finger and said, “Yes!”

We kissed in the street in the pouring rain and started to walk back to the car. I later confessed everything over a cup of coffee while we were between calls to our families.