This might take looking over your shoulder while you work to a new level. Not sure I can concentrate and it is almost a little creepy 👀🐶

Prespective…

Earlier this week where I live a runner, Mike Elhard, who was going out on a 20 mile training run for the Chicago Marathon went missing on Monday morning. He wasn’t running at night or even during really hot weather as it was 10am and the day was actually cooler than normal. Once they realized he was missing the local police and residences searched that late afternoon and into the evening on roads and paths near his house and routes he frequently took. Unfortunately, he was found dead Tuesday just off a sidewalk in some brush. The police said there was no signs of foul play but nothing else has been released.

As I was running yesterday, I couldn’t shake the thought out of my mind as I too am a runner mostly running by myself during the week. I am fortunate enough that my longer runs I have been running with a friend in the area.

Even though I never knew Mike, I want to think we might have crossed paths at some point along the trails and probably gave a nod, or wave or maybe just smiled at each other.

Mike was only 39 and probably in pretty good shape seeing how he was going to run a Marathon in a couple weeks as well and was out on his 20 mile long run. I am only 40 and it really puts things in perspective how short life can be sometimes. Rest In Peace fellow runner.

I guess the one downside of working from home is when you lose power. Not that I still can’t do work using my phone as a hotspot but just not as efficient. Instead I will use my time catching up on M.b. 😁

Luckily I didn’t get rained on this morning but it was nice out…. Until I got a text from my son that he missed the bus 🤦‍♂️. Let’s just say I ran the last half faster than I had planned and wasn’t happy about it 😒 🏃🏻‍♂️

Let the taper begin… Overcast morning run today with views of the Twin Cities while we circled the chain of lakes (21 days to go)

Getting spoiled now with this nicer weather. For picture purposes I sometimes like clouds in the sky but I will take the clear blue skies today 🏃🏻‍♂️

Another beautiful day today but I took to the old rail trail of the Minnesota River Bluffs Regional LRT Trail (that’s a mouthful) 🏃🏻‍♂️

Nice thing about everyone gone durning the day to school is now I have more flexibility during my days as work is the only focus. That lets run mid day when it is light out and what a beautiful day it was! 🏃🏻‍♂️

Season of change as everyone heads off to school… Except the sad doodle that helps me work from time to time when she is not moping around the house 🐶

It is a strange feeling having the house to myself to work today. All the kids (and my wife) are at school today. To bad I have to get some work done now 🤣.

As much as I feel responsible for this kid joining Cross Country this year I think he “enjoys” it. His first meet is in the books and he ran well despite not so ideal conditions as it rained the whole time.

Just got lunch and hung out at a park for a little while today with the family

Spent a short amount of time today exploring some new trails in town. Pretty sure we ran across 7 of these bridges in a 1 mile stretch…🏃🏻‍♂️

Beautiful day for a long run this morning as it finally wasn’t too hot (57°F) and we had some cloud cover along the way. 🏃🏻‍♂️

Not a bad way to get over 30k steps before noon 🤣

Nice slow run this morning watching the sun rise. Earlier than planned however as the dog got me up at 5am 🤦‍♂️🌅🏃🏻‍♂️

(32 days to go)

Two more days left for my Ulysses trial and I am leaning into giving it a go for this next year. I have this other thought of instead just upping my M.b account as I could post short videos then. I understand they are not related in any way so who knows maybe I will do both 🤔🤦‍♂️😁

Love watching this girl skate 😍. She was testing out the new blades to make sure they have some good edges.

Monday morning… Painfully putting in the miles today after a long one yesterday 🏃🏻‍♂️

Early morning long run after my soak run on Saturday 😁

Advantages of me running a long run on a Sunday morning… I bring back drinks for the family (pup cup in the center included 🐶) 😁…

Might have underestimated the downpour that was going to happen when I decided to go for a run. Let’s just say even with our puddles like this I won’t be wearing the shoes tomorrow 🤦‍♂️⛈

At least I had some encouragement from my wife 🤣

And that’s a wrap on this week at work… 🤣

Rain threw things off for me early this morning but I found a break in the action to quickly get a run in before more rain. Thankful this branch didn’t finish breaking as I ran by (36 days to go)

Someone just lost their first tooth 🦷

I am doing everything in my power to avoid all the emails unread and/or read that more than likely require some sort of action. 🙈