I consider myself a morning person but I really don’t like having to jump on work calls right away in the morning. I understand the time difference in our Global company but being the one that just woke up on the call I need more coffee ☕

📷 February Photoblogging: Day 3 - Comfort

Watching the fire

First day I have been to the office in over 4 months. It is interesting how strange this feels as it was once normal. Good thing it is only for a day 😀.

📷 February Photoblogging: Day 2 - Morning Beverage

Coffee Please 🙋

📷 February Photoblogging: Day 1 - Close up

Making Tracks

Question but does anyone use screen protectors on their phones anymore? I bought one and it doesn’t seem to allow my fingerprint to go through it 😠…

Another sunny yet cold day in MN… 🏃

Bright sunshiny day… ☀️🏃

Snowy trail walk with Lainey this afternoon 🐶

Today’s distraction… Not sure why but I am going to test out a new to me RSS reader 🤦‍♂️

Going to be a cold one today… 🥶

So I am doing this tonight… Wish me luck!

Avoided the snow falling today but with the warm temps I found a lot of slush and puddles…🏃

It was an amazing 41°F today so how could I pass up the opportunity to run in shorts 🏃…

I feel like my day job has moved to coffee barista when I am working upstairs and kids come out from their “busy” schooling asking nicely if I could get them a hot chocolate 🙄😂☕

Not a bad view of the sun setting tonight. However, it got darker than I thought which I didn’t prefer as I was in a place I don’t frequent enough. Thankful for my running lights 🏃

Put in some long mostly straight miles today… 🏃

Of course after posting my thoughts on Newsletters this morning I ran across this amazing article talking about newsletters, RSS, and writing which you should definately check out “Newsletters: Is this progress” via @eliotpeper

Blog Posting or Newsletters

Has anyone ever considered instead of a specific Blog site to just create a Newsletter and publish that? With the abundance of them these days I am just wondering if someone has gone down that route and then pointed your domain to the newsletter archive page.

The major drawback I see would is if you were using your blog in a more microblogging site. Then it would maybe be silly to share out small bite-sized shares like photos, random thoughts, or other articles you might find interesting. On the flip side, you could just include the interesting thoughts, photos, and articles throughout the week and share it out once.

For now, I don't think this is something I would do but I do find it an interesting concept and would be very interested in knowing if anyone else has done this or thought about it too. 

My experience with just newsletters is that I have tried it a couple of times in the past but was never really sure what to put in a newsletter that I hadn't already shared via social media or posted on my blog. This is, even more, the case now that I have started to use Micro.blog more for a single spot of all information as you don't have to try to figure out where it was posted.

Friday early morning! Time to get some work done and I will be sure to keep the coffee flowing… ☕😆

Such a beautiful day to put in a longer run as I attempt to build a bigger base of miles… 🏃

Does anyone else find themselves switching up locations in their house to work who typically never worked from home?

Treadmill vs Exercise Bike

I have always liked the idea of an exercise bike. In fact, last December when my wife was talking about buying one over a treadmill I told her to go for it. I assumed since I run so much outside in all kinds of weather why would I choose to run inside and not really moving? I mean, I like to explore the outdoors in all seasons. Snow, Ice, Ran, wicked winds all of those don't deter me if I am planning on running or want to run. Even in smog-filled cities or cities, I don't even know where I am going I prefer to run outside than on the treadmill. So easy enough a bike for indoors makes sense then... Or does it...

Over the past year, I have used the exercise bike 4 times, yep only 4, and one of them was in the first couple of days trying it out and the most recent time was today 😁. Don't get me wrong it isn't like the bike is buried away somewhere in the house so it is out of sight out of mind. In fact quite the opposite, since I have been working from home since March, it is in the same room as me so I can't really say I forgot about it 😁.

After some reflection and conversation with friends, I realized I would have been better off with a treadmill. It wouldn't have taken the place of my running, well maybe once or twice but ultimately I could have been walking on it while on phone calls or watching TV. The times when I can't leave the house for a run but could move at a moderate clip to get some exercise in.

Now you might be thinking you could do the same with an exercise bike Eric! And yes, that is true but the difference is the key...

You have to keep moving or you will fall on the treadmill vs exercise bike you can slow to a stop and not give the same movement or output.

That right there is my answer. On a treadmill, you have to just let your subconscious take over to keep your legs moving at the pace you set. If not well it might not end well...

On the bike, however, I have to monitor the pace and use brainpower to have my legs move at the speed I want because the bike will not keep moving and pushing me forward. That right there gives me too much room to fail.

It isn't that I am not determined in my workouts or exercise routines. It is just I am smart about it, I know my body and sometimes I need to trick it or force its hand. A couple of weeks back I was thinking I should run further but wasn't sure I really wanted to. So what did I do? I ran more or less a loop that requires me to run the whole thing in order to get back. No short cuts or stopping early. The distance was going to be the distance so I might as well run it.

So for me, Treadmills > Exercise Bikes when it comes to a mindless activity to get your body moving.

It is that time of year again for the 2020 Ugly Sweater Contest - Better late than never. Statment seems all too fitting for 2020 right?

Rink is finally fully functional after the blizzard last week which required some maintenance over the weekend… These girls are in heaven and might not leave the ice 🏒