It was a beautiful morning out there today. Made even better that today is Friday 😁

There has to be something fun on the other side of the tunnel 🀣.

Let’s just say I was glad to find a new place to explore as my body was not excited for the miles today.

πŸƒπŸ» Lone Lake, Minnetonka

πŸ“š I HπŸ’›TE RUNNING AND YOU CAN TOO by Brendan Leonard

If you are looking for a great motivational book to keep you going in whatever you are trying to do look no further. If you are looking for a book about how to run then this might not be what you are looking for but you should pick this one up as well to give you some laughs along your running journey.

The great part about this book is that it is all about the Running journey and exploring why people run and the motivation behind it. By using Brendan’s and others’ relatable running stories it frames up challenges all of us face to just get motivated to do things in life. There are always obstacles in the way, better things to do, or thinking we are too busy to do something. As a “runner” myself, I can personally relate to the specific stories of running as no matter how much I love running, being outdoors, It is much better to have the run done and behind me as I too am someone that struggles most of the time to just get out the door. Specific to running, everyone has their own story and reasons why they run and Brendan also explores that as part of the book.

People who get to decide what the point of all your Running is - Brendan Leonard

Now I am a fan of Brendan Leonard fan of his work from his site Semi-Rad, and this book did not disappoint. That being said, I have seen some of these graphs before but the rest of the story and context is short, witty, and perfectly sized for most of us to get through in a timely manor.

One of my favorite parts of the book is when he is talking about what he calls the “invisible work” which in the context of the book is all of the miles and hours you put in before a race or event. In fact, for someone like myself who is planning on running a Marathon later this year, I have already run about 37 marathons with the number of miles I have put in so far.

Inspiration is for amaturs. The rest of us just show up and get to work. - Chuck Close

Overall, I couldn’t recommend this book more but honestly don’t just take my word for it and pick up a copy from the links on his website. The best thing is it is a smaller-sized book so you can carry it with you on all of your adventures (well maybe not while running) so you can refer to the helpful motivational kick in the butt that is needed from time to time while doing anything. Honestly, I wish I had this book a couple of years back when I was content with just running a 5k a day as some days were harder to get motivated than others. As I am now running longer miles with slightly less frequency, I feel like this book helps keep me motivated to get out there.

It is official and now on record… πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ 😱

Finally a cool morning to get a run in again. I will not complain about the 56Β° F temps after what seemed like ages of hot and humid weather.

I normally don’t log onto the old 2008 iMac I have stashed in a storage room but did today to update Backblaze and found out I don’t have much space left on the 4T drive I have connected to it… Looks like I am in the market for a new HD any suggestions or setup thoughts?

Was a rainy run this morning after these dark clouds rolled in. I am not complaining though much better than the heat lately β›ˆπŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Change in scenery this morning while my daughter is at hockey πŸ’πŸ₯…

πŸ“ Bloomington Ice Garden, Bloomington

Created my own solo 4th of July 10k by Lake Independence and on Lake a Independence Trail πŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸŽ†

Beautiful morning to put in a longer run by circling Lake Katrina twice on the Lake Independence Regional Trail.

πŸƒπŸ» Baker Park Reserve, Medina

🐢 I call shotgun…

What an alert copilot 😁

Strange looking sky this morning. Too bad I had to cut my run a little short and I was still cutting it short for my 6:30am work meeting. Glad we didn’t have to have video on this morning πŸ˜πŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ.

Chased again πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ...πŸ¦…...🌳

Pretty sure I was chased by the same bird that followed me a couple of weeks back. This time however it was less in a fun way of circling me and more of an attacking / intimidating me. I am guessing the bird has a nest that is close to this boardwalk path since it seemed quite upset with me after I ran by a specific bush that is really close to the path. I remember seeing it flying by me and then instantly circled and flew after me chirping along the way. I looked back probably 3 different times and it was no more than 5 feet from me in the air acting like it would like to peck me in the head. After I finally got away and realized it wasn’t following me I snapped this picture.

I am starting to think I might have to avoid this route for a while or at least not attempt it in the morning hours 🀣.

Year end performance review time πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈβ€¦ I am looking for any distraction I order to not work on it right now. So what is everyone up to and does anyone have anything interesting I should check out 🀣.

Found a new trail to explore this morning that connected to another I have been on before. Tried to get out extra early in order to avoid the heat but the humidity was probably just as bad at 95% πŸ₯΅πŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚️

πŸ“ Birch Island Park, Eden Prairie

Very foggy morning run around Clear Lake in Waseca, MN this morning. Also, ended it with some stairs to dirt trails.πŸƒπŸΌ

Family movie tonight was Mrs. Doubtfire. It has been a long time since I have seen it. Unfortunately, we had to watch it in the RV tonight as we couldn’t do it outside under the stars as it was raining πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈβ€¦

Free WiFi they say… Don’t worry your in range they say… πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ

Doesn’t bother me as I am glad I wasn’t planning on working this trip but was a thought for the future.

Good start to my Friday and no real excitement on this run πŸ˜πŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈβ€¦ Next up getting the RV packed up!

In today’s running adventures… First part went great, then ran into a team of ducks blocking my path and that’s when things went a little haywire. That led me to wrong paths and running through the creek to get back to my car in timeπŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈπŸ€£

Found some new trails to explore today… πŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Always seems fitting that the time I am about ready to spin down a long-standing side project I get an email the following day asking if they can use it again 🀦. Now I will try to remember how to use my cryptic program from long ago.. I mean who designed this garbage 🀣

This is a pretty good bit from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last week when Jon Stewart was on - Jon Stewart On Vaccine Science And The Wuhan Lab Theory

Family movie last night I selected The Great Outdoors, however after about 30 minutes the kids were bored with it. I feel like they should have given it a little more time but there were maybe a little questionable parts I forgot so it made sense to find something different 🀣

Had a great Father’s Day with the crew yesterday. Not to mention they did a great job creating this very unique Father’s Day cake for me πŸŽ‚πŸ˜.