I’m Back

Well, it has been quite a long time since my last post. Woah! since July 19th! My bad! I got busy with training and work and then hunting season happens, and then I am never home, so let’s review what has happened over the last 6 or 8 months!

First, running.

I ended up running a total of 1494.99 miles in 222:42:05! Well above my goal of 1200 miles for the year, but kind of sad I just missed 1500. Oh well! Maybe this year.

2015 Total Mileage
2015 Total Mileage

My goal is a minimum of 1400 miles this year. that equates to 116.6 miles per month. So far this year in January I ran 161.89 in 24:26:48, so I am on pace to do that.

Jan 2016 Total

And really I have spent this off season just running enough to stay in shape, and trying to let my body recover to ramp up for this race season (which my first training block started yesterday and went really well).

Between July and now I ran a couple┬ámore races. I ran the Fox Communities Half Marathon on September 20, 2015 and the Appleton Turkey Trot on November 26, 2015. I finished the half marathon in a time of 1:47:36, which set a new PR for me! I was really excited about that, especially since the first few miles I felt slow and like I wouldn’t even break my 2 hour goal. The Turkey Trot was a 5 mile race I finished in 39:07. Again I was pretty happy with that, as I was hoping just to be 45 minutes or less since I had already started to cycle down my running and my wife decided at the last minute we should all run it.

The whole family after the Turkey Trot
The whole family after the Turkey Trot

Overall, I would say 2015 was a great year of running for me, and I think 2016 will be another great one as well! I already have a couple of races lined up, including the Cellcom Green Bay Half Marathon again!

Other adventures!

As I said, before, once hunting season starts I am never around! I am always chasing after the big buck, and this year I was lucky enough to get two! One up in Michigan and one on my cousin’s farm that I have hunted since I was 12.

In Michigan, we had this really nice buck on trail cams. The nicest buck we have seen. Somehow, I was lucky enough to have him come right in by my stand the first night we were there!

My Michigan Buck
My Michigan Buck

He is probably one of the heaviest deer I have ever gotten. He is a nice 9 pointer, especially for Upper Michigan.

The second buck I got was a really nice 8 pointer. My brother had shot his buck opening day in Wisconsin, and since we decided not to shoot does in Wisconsin, his season was over. He had been sitting just to try and see where they are moving to help me out. Well, on this day it had been raining, and we hadn’t sat together yet so we decided to. This nice buck came out walked to 33 yards to eat some apples that had fell off a tree, and I was able to make a good clean shot. We actually watched him fall. You can see in the picture actually the box blind we were in!

My Wisconsin Buck
My Wisconsin Buck

It was a good season for everyone on the farm as all 4 of us that bow hunt there regularly, shot nice 2.5 year or better bucks, and we saw even nicer bucks than what we shot! Gun season was slow for us, and while I did see some deer and a a buck, it was too small to shoot this year.

I also spent a lot of time in my garage building things.

I built a set of bar stool chairs for my kitchen.

Bar Stools I built
Bar Stools I built

I also ended up building a big out feed table/assembly table for my table saw.

Table saw out feed table
Table saw out feed table

That is actually prior to me adding drawers and some doors and shelf for storage, but I love it! Makes working on stuff a whole lot easier!

We also did stuff like go see Garth Brooks in concert in Milwaukee, went camping, and recently my brother and I just bought the cottage that my grandpa actually built in 1974. My grandma had sold it to another couple a few years after he passed, and they lived there for 30 years, but they are in their 90’s and were ready to move on, so we had the chance to buy it back.

The Cottage
The Cottage

I would say it is in pretty good shape for being that old, and the the couple that bought it took pretty good care of it, but it does need some updating. Everything is original from 1974 except the carpet in most rooms. Living room may be original. They left quite a lot of stuff in it so there is a lot of cleaning and junking to be done. My wife and my brothers fiance spent most of the first weekend cleaning everything while my brother and I got the outside stuff situated. Last weekend my brother and I with the help of his fiance painted the living room and the kitchen and hall area. There is more to be done for sure, but it is coming along slowly. Once nice part is it backs right up to Tommy Thompson State Park, so last weekend after we were done painting and to have a little fun, we hopped the fence and went right on the snowshoe trail that goes right by the house. Plus in hunting season (for part of it anyway) we can hunt right in that park.

So, as you can see, it has been a busy few months, but I am hoping to post more regularly on here again.

Thanks for staying with me and look for more posts!

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