Thursday, May 28, 2015

Aaaand I'm Back!

It's been too long my friends!  So it's been almost two years since my last post, and that, frankly, is unacceptable. Brief update, and we will get back to the sass parade:

1. Could have died 8 days after my last post - I'll tell you the story if you want

2. Life is hard with 2 kids

3. I started a new job (YES!)

4. I love said new job (YES AGAIN!)

5. I still like that guy I married (always a positive thing)

6. We now have 2 dogs (doggie potty training sucks

7. Kid #1 is 5, Kid #2 will be 2 soon

Aaaand that's it. The end on the catch up.

One other HUGE thing - I am in the process of training for a Tough Mudder. I know...what is this nonsense you ask? I thought it was some sort of bogus bullshit that people did to show how strong they were, but this ain't no Spartan Run. I had the opportunity to go to California with some amazing students and staff to watch them participate as a team - and I was BEYOND inspired. Here are some pictures from the journey:

This 10 mile obstacle course is meant to challenge you mentally and physically. I saw injuries and triumphs, but the most outstanding thing I witnessed was a blind man cross the finish line with his team. He completed the whole thing.

In what world is it ok for me to sit back and do nothing with my health when this man can overcome those odds?  

One the way home on the bus, a number of students asked me if I was going to do it in October when the event came to Las Vegas. I politely said "Maybe in a couple of years".

I went home and this blind man (his name was Randy) kept coming to my mind. If he can do it - why can't I? I threw myself into the fray and publicly announced I would run the event with the Honors Rebellion on October 17th.

Expensive? Yes. Stupid? Probably. Awesome? Hell yeah.

I have slowly been working up to improving my running (which I have not done in quite some time, obviously), my nutrition, and upper body strength. I am working through yoga, the treadmill, pool, and P90X (when I can). 

My philosophy is this: Even if I walk the whole thing and only do a couple of obstacles, that is more than I did before. Even if I have to do one every year to get better and better, I will do it.

I have not had this kind of determination since, well, probably a long time. I can't remember shit. But I do know this - I am dedicated to it. I want it. I want that stupid orange headband. I want to do it again next year. I want to work for it and get it. The only thing in my way is me.

So get outta the way, Hullinger. Get it together.

Today's personal records:  

1 mile: 16:46
2 miles: 33:34

I will update when I can, but the blog will still just mostly stick with funny noise that happens in my life. I've missed the sass parade.


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