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Being a Dad is Like Training for an Ultra

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I've spent a lot of the last 13 years running. I've also spent the last 13 years being a dad. It all started with our spunky redhead and over the years our family has blossomed to a household of 4 children and a really dumb cat. All of them have their own distinct personalities and ways that they've taught me that being a dad is much like the training to be an ultra runner.

Now, obviously, the physical training is significantly different so I won't go into that piece, but here are just some of the things that I've learned training for both:

Different days...different foods I love how open my kids are to trying new foods. They are, for the most part, very adventurous eaters and will try most things once. I've tried most energy gels and/or sports nutrition products on the market at least once. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. I've found that in the middle of a race, something that worked at the last race, may not work this time. Just like my kid…

You Need To Fight Like Hell

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Turbulent. That's how I would describe my 2018. Rocky. Unsettled. Raging. Rolling. That's what much of this year has felt like.

I've been blessed with good health and a wonderful family, but my 2018 has been anything but healthy. From family health scares to my own personal demons. For the past 12 months, I have struggled with my identity. I would go to work every day feeling empty. Emotionless. Sad. Stressed. Numb. Running wasn't fun. Family time wasn't' fun. The things that brought me joy every day were a chore. Every day I would pray for God to give me happiness and every day was worse than the day before. I was questioning whether or not God truly loved me and wanted me to be happy.

About 3 months ago, my trajectory changed. My world changed. My day-to-day was about to become even more turbulent...or so I thought.

The saying goes, "God won't give you more than what you can handle" and I've always stuck by that notion, but the past 2 years…

It's the most wonderful time of the year...

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Welcome to December. The month that brings images of the family gathering around the fireplace to sip hot chocolate as we watch the snow fall. Or laying in bed with your favorite flannel sheets. Or wearing your favorite pajamas as you nuzzle with your loved ones...well...that's what we'd like to imagine December being...

In our house, December definitely brings "fewer" activities for the kids, but not "less chaos". What it does bring is more excuses for staying inside and watching Netflix because...let's be honest...it's cold out and nobody wants to be outside. It means the kids wanting "just one more piece of candy". It means screaming, running around, fighting and the "I don't need to go to bed!!!!" which then forces mom and dad to search for that "perfect winter cocktail".

Because we live in Iowa, we are typically subjected to one of three winters:
TONS of heavy snow on the ground. Bone-chilling cold. A fantastic…

Creatures of...

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We've all heard the expressions "creature of habit", "creature of nature", "creature of comfort", "creature of the sea"...not sure how that last one applies to what you are about to read...and so on and so forth...and this may seem like a very strange introduction to a piece but bear with me for a second.

Most will know that I am one of the worst at being a "creature of habit". I love to run the same races. When I am need of jeans, I buy the same ones. I listen to a lot of the same bands that I've been listening to for 20 years. I love to eat a lot of the same meals...hell...for 3 years at my last job I LITERALLY ate the same exact lunch every day...That's roughly the same combination of a grilled turkey wrap with pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onions for 3 years...Nearly 600 times...

As I got ready for my run this morning, I brewed the same coffee, put on the same old socks, laced up the same style of shoe that …

Turkey, Stuffing, and Pie...Oh...my guts...

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We've made it. The holiday where we get to celebrate gluttony. The holiday where we cram way too many people into a kitchen that's way too small, to "sample" pieces of the turkey that "appear to have gone bad". We scream because there are too many people gathered in one spot...or people are just hard of hearing. We jockey for position in line to get to the mashed potatoes first. There's chaos, there's eating, there's drinking and there's football!!!!

Once the smoke has cleared, the dirty dishes are in the sink, everyone has taken off their belts or put on their Joey's Thanksgiving pants, we might sit for a few minutes and then we are off to the next thing. Many will get up at the butt crack of dawn to go shopping (which sounds horrible) to save $50 on an Apple Watch...please make sure to support locally owned small businesses.... We rush, rush, rush for 4 days and before we realize it, a time that was to be spent giving thanks for the a…

Product Review - rabbit manpri

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I'm going to start off and say that it truly pains me to not write the subject line in capital letters, but if you've spent enough time in the running industry you know that if a brand prides themselves on doing things a certain way, you abide 😀

The product that I'm reviewing today is a piece in our gear closet that most guys won't admit that they want to like. With the colder months coming, we are in that weird transition phase from still wanting to hang on to the shorts that we've come to love this spring/summer, but don't want to start running earlier in the morning or later at night to be seen wearing tights... Today, I present to you the "manpri" from one of my favorite brands in the running space right now, rabbit
***Disclaimer #1: I received this pair of manpris as a gift to review with no anticipation of a positive review. All comments below are my true thoughts behind the use of the product***

***Disclaimer #2: I am a huge fan of the Mel Brook…

Gear Up!!!!

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Repost from my blog for the IMT Des Moines Marathon For anyone who has been around me for any period of time, you know that I LOVE running gear. Be it, hats, sunglasses, shirts, shorts, socks, shoes…I love shoes…hydration items. I love them all!!!! In today’s post we’re going to be talking the items from the head down that are going to get you to the finish line comfortably on race day. We’re doing this a few weeks out with the hopes that if any of these items strike your fancy you’ll try them out a couple of times prior to toeing the line. I’ll talk about some of my favorite pieces and why I can’t live without them On TopAs someone who is a pretty heavy sweater, I try to wear something that is going to keep the sweat out of my eyes, yet function in other ways. One of my favorite pieces of gear is a piece called a Buff…no…it’s not what you’re thinking…it’s a “multi-functional headwear” piece that can be worn as a headband, a scrunchie, a beanie, a neck gaiter, etc. They are PHENOMENAL!…