#WeekendCoffeeShare – 2020/05/02

If we were having coffee, we would be sipping on a nice brew of Charleston Coffee Company beans that I ground earlier today, there would music playing low (Miranda Lambert singing Famous in a Small Town at the moment), and we would be sitting in my messy little writing space.

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#WeekendCoffeeShare – A Good Week

cappuccino on tableIf we were having coffee, I’d say that it’s late and that I probably shouldn’t be drinking this as I raise cup to lip and take yet another sip.  You would know that this is not the first time that I’ve indulged at too late an hour though, and tell me that I’ll be fine.  And you’re probably right about that, by the way.

So, might I get you a cup of something?  Coffee, tea, water, or juice?  You may as well indulge with me, and follow me down the path of poor nighttime beverage decisions.  Don’t worry, I’ll lead the way.

2017 is absolutely flying by.  Weeks seem like days, days like minutes, and so on, and so on.  I can say though, that the past week was a fairly good one as I did some of the things that I’ve been missing out on lately.  Those things included writing a bit, strumming the ole guitar, running, and bike riding.

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#WeekendCoffeeShare 5-21-17

coffee share picIf we were having coffee, Master Chef Junior would have just gone off and now we would be watching Gotham.  Both good shows in their own right.  Different, but good.  So, grab a cup and fill it with either coffee or tea, sit back, and let’s see what the young Batman is up to.

This week didn’t go quite as planned as far as training was concerned.  Things were going quite well to begin with, but toward the end of the week, it kind of fell apart.  The funny thing is, I’m not sure what even happened.

All I know is that after the movie (Alien: Covenant), I came home and went to bed just like all was well.  Then I woke up.  That’s normally a good thing, you know, the waking up, and it still is.  Always good to wake up.  The problem that morning is that I woke up with a bad pain on the inside of my leg on the morning that I had planned a long run.

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#weekendcoffeeshare 4-10-16


If we were having coffee, tonight I would be drinking this Gevalia Cappuccino that I found the other day at the grocery.  That’s it in the pic above.  Yeah, I know that it’s not a real cappuccino, but that’s okay.  It’s really good and simple too.  Just pour some powder in the bottom of the cup, and let the Keurig do the rest.  Amazing!  You should give one a try, but if that’s not your thing, I’m sure we can hook you up with something.

So we’ve put yet another week of 2016 behind us, and are looking forward to the future ahead.  What’s that future hold?  Let’s see.

  1.  Work should be getting back to normal.  That means that I can start running and training the way I wish I could have over the past month.  The Spartan Super is coming fast, and I need to be ready for it.
  2. I’ll keep writing everyday.  So far, I’m up to somewhere north of 1000 days in a row on The Magic Spreadsheet.  That’s at least 250 words a day for over a thousand days.  I plan to keep that going.

That’s really all that’s on my list.  Oh, one other thing.  I signed this site up for the Amazon Affiliate Links program in order to monetize the site.  I don’t expect much from it, but it’s a great experiment and that’s one of the fun things about blogging.  The fun of experimenting.  So let’s see where it goes.  I promise that I won’t club you over the head with ads, and if things get annoying, they’ll stop.

With that said, I’ll let you go.  We’re going to watch “Fear The Walking Dead” and then head off to sleep.  Hope you guys have a great week!  Thanks for stopping by.  God bless!

A Good Training Day

I have bemoaned the fact of work getting in the way of my training over most of March.  It is well known, the struggles of working more than normal and continuing to train like normal. Some can do it. Maybe I will be able to in the future, but as of now, I cannot.

So it was with some excitement that I greeted this week of normal hours and the prospect of some quality training time. Finally, I could go back to doing what I knew I should have been doing all along. Training.

Yesterday was my best effort in a long time, maybe forever. This is how it went.

1.  Woke early. Did about 15 minutes of yoga/abs before 100 bodyweight squats, 100 push-ups, and 120 calf raises.

2. Work. While there, I walked a good bit, including all the stairs I could fit in. So, all in all, a fairly normal day.

3.  Afternoon run. Seven miles on dirt.

4.  Went to bed exhausted after dinner.


The run was the best part as it proved that maybe I haven’t lost quite as much during the month as I had feared. While my later miles fell off in terms of pace, there was no time that I felt like stopping was the only option. Slow running is still running after all.

The morning yoga was great too. I’m kinda new to the whole yoga thing, but watching some videos has me excited about it. It was a great way to start the day, and I look forward to doing more of that.

Unfortunately, I won’t be running today. Those seven miles put a hurting on me. I’m a bit sore, but it feels so good! 

With this great day behind me, I’m looking forward to the future and all it holds now more than ever.

Happy training out there!  God bless!

#weekendcoffeeshare: 3-26-16

Let’s see what Ms. K has in store for us today. Ms. K, is my Keurig machine and the closest thing I’ll probably ever have to a personal barista.  That’s okay though, well make do.

If we were having coffee, you could pick whatever you like out of the little tray sitting beneath Ms. K, or just have her pour a cup of hot water and drop in a tea bag. She’s versatile like that. I picked up a fresh box of green tea with raspberry the other day. It’s a great alternative to coffee when that doesn’t fit the mood, and though rare, it happens.

So where to begin?  I told you last week that work was crazy this month, and it still is, but things are beginning to slow a bit. The light is beginning to show a little twinkle there, way down at the end of the tunnel. Maybe we can get out of this dark hole if work, sleep, work, sleep soon. Every day that passes is a step in that direction.

Next week brings scheduled 8 hour days and the possibility of an off day on the weekend. That’s all good, considering spring break is upon us, so there should be lots to do, un-work related stuff even. Yay!

We’ll make the most of our evenings, I’m sure, but as of now, we have little of plans. That’s okay though. Playing things by ear, sounds like plan enough for me.

One thing that is exciting about going back to eights and therefore allowing a bit more sleep is the possibility of getting back to a somewhat normal training routine. I’ve fallen behind over the last month and need to catch up. I have visions of training sessions in my mind, and long runs, breathing fresh outside air. Oh, the glory of it all!  I can’t wait.

Well, I suppose I should let you go. Thanks for stopping by and chatting. We should do this more often. Matter of fact, let’s just go ahead and set it up for next weekend. See you then!

Til next time, have a great week, and God bless.

#weekendcoffeeshare: 3-20-2016

If we were having coffee, tonight I’ll be drinking from the Keurig and trying to keep my eyes open long enough to finish the cup. Just ignore that big ‘ol yawn and fix a cup of whatever we have in the tray. Your choice.

March 6th was my last off day. We spent it driving home from Atlanta, where we had run the Spartan Race the previous day. Now, it is the 20th and still a day off is but a distant dream. I would expect at least a few more weeks of this, so to say that in looking forward to that off day, whenever it may come, is a bit of an understatement.

Really though, the work itself isn’t bad. There is all the drama and confusion and mix-ups and things that go generally wrong for whatever reason, but that’s normal to some extent. The drama does seem higher than normal, but that is to be expected when people are spending so much time together. There’s only so much we can take of one another after all!

All this work is really putting a damper on my training however. It’s tough to work 10 to 16 hours everyday and still find the energy to train. I’m not saying impossible, just tough. The only solace I take is that my job is somewhat physical. I walk a lot, including up and down stairs many trips a day, and have the opportunity to carry things while doing it. While it may not be a proper workout, at least I’m not sitting all day. So that’s something.

I hope you had a great weekend.  Thanks for stopping by for coffee. (Or whatever that is in your cup there.) It’s about time to get some shut-eye for me, so I’m turning in. Feel free to fix another if you’d like. I regret my inability to have another with you, but as they say, “it is what it is.”

‘Til next time, God bless and have a great week!

#weekendcoffeeshare: 3-6-2016 Heading Home

We have acquired medals. Now we must return home.

What a weekend!  If we were having coffee, we would probably be talking about the Spartan Race that we either ran yesterday or that you were preparing to run today.  It seems as though everyone I saw this morning at the hotel was either wearing a finisher’s t-shirt or some sort of running gear in preparation to go get their’s.

So hotel coffee it is this morning.  They have regular and decaf as well as an assortment of hot teas, if that’s your thing, and juice.  Really not that bad.  I had coffee, raisin bran, then juice, then tea.  I couldn’t help myself.  When there is variety, I sample.

In just a bit we’ll be back on the road and shortly after that, back to the real world.  Oh, the real world.  The one that involves work and all the good and bad that goes with that.  Yes, there is good and bad.  More good than bad even, for without the work, I wouldn’t be able to do these things that I love.  So with that thought in mind, I will report to work, Lord willing, Monday morning and do my job until the next time we get to go adventuring.

One of the good things about heading home though is that I get to get back to training.  This Spartan was better on me than the last, but I still have vast room for improvement.  Work toward improving starts today and continues everyday.  I am my own competition and I will work to improve both on and off the course.

If we were having coffee, then you’ve undoubtedly got a drive ahead of you as well, seeing as you are here in the hotel with me.  So be safe out there on the roads, there are lots of crazy people out there.  Soon, there will be another.

Thank you for checking out my #weekendcoffeeshare.  Hope you all have a great day and productive week!

Ready to Race?

So here we are, just a few days away from my first Spartan Race of the year and I’m ready.  Maybe.

Spartan Races are tough. That’s no secret.  It’s also fairly common knowledge that to do well, some training is necessary. If you want to do really well, you can easily make the case for lots and lots of training.

While I have been training, I will admit that I’m not feeling as ready as I had hoped I would at this point. Don’t get me wrong.  I’m looking forward to the race for sure, but looking back, I know that I missed some opportunities to more ready.  It’s go time though, so ready or not, here we come!

The thing about Spartan is that you can’t just train normal.  It’s not a normal race, so your normal training doesn’t quite cut it.  A Spartan Race isn’t clean.  You’ll get dirty and your limits will be tested, mentally and physically.  That’s the point. 

There is running, but there’s more to it than that.  Running is the base though.  You’ve got to have that, so I’ve been doing it along with lots of push-ups, pull-ups, squats, and burpees.  Gotta have your burpee game on point for a Spartan.  Hopefully we’ll hold up.

We?  That’s right.  This race will be run with my daughter, just like the first Spartan Race I did last year.  It was a great time running with her and I expect no less this time.

This weekend should be a blast.  I’m looking forward to putting my training to the test and spending time with my family.  Let’s get at it!  AROO!!!