Saturday, February 28, 2009

Chase Matthew -- Take Two

A couple months ago I got to capture Chase as he was getting use to this new world of his.  This past week I got to catch back up with him and see how he's grown.  I love when I have the opportunity to shoot someone multiple times throughout their lives.  Here are a few of my favorites from that night!

Friday, February 27, 2009

This Is Too Cool!

As I train for my first mini-marathon, I've been trying to keep track of my miles and times along the way.  I have this app on my iPhone call RunKeeper; it uses GPS to track my fitness and then saves it on their site.  When I log in to see the stats for a run, this is what I see.  It's fun cause I can drag the mouse along the bottom graph and watch the little blue dot move on the map to show where I was at that speed and elevation.

The past two weeks I've been running 5 miles on my "long" runs, which ties the furthest I've ever ran consecutively.  Sadly, it was when I was in middle school running a Popcorn Panic up in Valparaiso where I grew up.  Well, today I shattered that record with a whopping 6.2 miles!  (Baby steps... Baby steps...)  My goal was just to finish the 6 miles and I had a great game plan.  I ran the first half as far away from my home so that way I had no choice but to finish the 6 miles on the way back.  The best thing about it was that I felt that I could have ran another 2-4 miles.  I figured I better be safe and just achieve my goal (which I actually exceeded by .20 miles, thank you very much!!!)  =)  

My training schedule has me running 7 & 8 miles in the next few weeks, so I look forward to scoring some new personal highs.  Hopefully I make it back to post about it!  =)

Monday, February 23, 2009

Guys Weekend

This past weekend, I got to get away from the craziness of life and go camp in the woods near Brown County, Indiana.  This was my second year partaking in this long tradition.  This tradition started in 1969 and has continued through rain and snow ever since.  Originally intended for a group of "boys" to get out and shoot muzzleloaders, it's transformed over the years to today's events of tapping syrup trees and throwing tomahawks.  These guys know how to live it up right... bacon wrapped shrimp, grilled tuna, cold beverages (to keep us warm)!  Of course it's not that easy.  Lot's of wood chopping and sleeping out in a lean-to in 18 degree weather.  The pictures can give you a glimpse of it all.  The snow fell the second morning, hence the reason we're all gathered around the multiple fires.  The weekend ends with pancakes and freshly made syrup!  Be sure to check out the slideshow below!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

40 X 40 - 2 Down 38 To Go!!!

A handful of months ago, I posted about a goal I made to compete in 40 races by the time I turn 40.  Fortunately, I still have just under 7 years to complete it.  This past weekend, I came one step closer!!!  Crazy me signed up for the mini-marathon, here in Indy, for my first time.  I've heard it's a little bit further than my previous longest race of 5 miles in 7th grade!  To be prepared, I also signed up for a training team (I even caught myself training for the training).

This past weekend was race #2, a 5K that is part of the training series.  As you can tell by my time below, I still have a ways to go.  Baby steps!  Baby steps!

P.S.  If you're that walker that passed me... vengeance will be mine!  (If I can catch you!)