Parkour is so cool!

So there I was last night, sitting up in the mezzanine at this small warehouse where my 11 year old son is taking parkour (free running) class. What a crazy concept. I had never heard of it before a couple of years ago, and then I had to be told by my kids what it was.  Parkour is just leaps and bounds and tumbles and flips and all kinds of acrobatic things being done over obstacles (there’s much more to it than that, but that’s just my simple mind trying to explain it. I’m an engineer so if I really wanted to explain it, I’d have all kinds of diagrams with vectors and arrows and such placed in this space, but then I’d lose any readers I may have).  Maybe you could describe it as a form of gymnastics.  And who came up with this idea? Was it from running through the woods? Kids daring each other who could jump the furthest over a creek? However it happened, they are brilliant.

My oldest son has fallen in love with it from American Ninja Warrior, a  show on tv that tests strength, agility and just pure guts. My kids want to do it and want a course in our backyard. I foresee it coming soon.

Warped Wall my kids want in the backyard

Warped Wall my kids want in the backyard

Where were all of these cool activities when I was a kid growing up? All we did was spot light tag and go to the local pool. What a great athletic activity parkour is. And how it’s grown in the past 5 years.  Now they give clinics and camps and gyms solely teach free running and ANW obstacles. It’s just absolutely amazing to me.

This night just made me think back to all the things we did as kids, that were so simple.  What do your kids do now that you wish you were able to do as a kid?  What challenges or adventures would you do now?



Boy Do My Sox Stink!

14-1. 1 run. That’s all the Red Sox could score against the Blue Jays last night. It’s been a tough year to be a Red Sox fan. Last place, 11 games out of first place in the AL East. Not a good place. And being World Series champions last year, makes it a little rougher.  But hey, being a Red Sox fan has it’s ups and downs.  And I would consider myself a die hard Red Sox fan.  I’ve watched the many disappointments over the years (and I won’t list them here as I don’t want to get backlash from Red Sox Nation for rehashing the pain), and I’ve lost many hours of sleep watching Red Sox victories.

I took my family to Boston this past April. Okay, actually my wife was the reason, as she ran in the Boston Marathon.  I drove us, so that means I took my family to Boston.  We did what true Boston fans do….Red Sox – Yankees game at Fenway Park, dog and a beer at Fenway, beers at the Bleacher Bar, beers at Cask ‘n Flagon, beers at McGreevy’s (home of the Dropkick Murphys), blared ‘Tessie’ and ‘Shipping Up to Boston’  songs as loud as possible, bought souvenir baseballs for my boys, bought as many Red Sox hats and shirts and sweatshirts we could find, and just had a great time.  I love Boston, I think it’s a great city.  One of my favorites.

Greatest Stadium on Earth

But I know what it’s like to be a true Red Sox fan, not a bandwagon fan. Not a fan that is only supportive in the winning years. I have spent my time in sorrow watching some of the most painful losses, dumbest trades, epic failures of seasons.  But I keep coming back.   One of my favorite movies is Fever Pitch.  Great movie about Boston and the Red Sox.  They express all the agony Boston fans have been through over the years.  But we keep coming back.  No matter what, we watch and love the Red Sox.  So can be said of me and Clemson sports.  No matter what, I watch, in good and bad.

So, as the summer draws on, and the losses seem to be coming more often than the wins, and I still hope for the Sox to come out with a 20 game win streak and take over 1st place in the AL East, I will continue to watch.   No matter the end result.  I love my Sox.

What the hell was that?

The heat this past weekend was hot.  Damn hot.  When you go outside on Saturday morning at 6am to jog and it is already 83 degrees with 900% humidity, you know it’s going to a tough workout.  It was.  I did a 9 mile jog on Saturday morning.  My longest run since my 1/2 marathon the beginning of May.  I finished. It was nothing spectacular, other than finishing.  I sweated for about 2 hours + after the run was over.  Glad I got it in though.  Now I’m into week 4 of my marathon training.  My first full marathon.  Yep, my first marathon.   I never thought I would have actually done a marathon, well, I’ve signed up for this one at least.  It is scheduled for November 8.  I’ve taken the first step.  As I’ve mentioned before, my wife is an avid runner, a 7-time marathon veteran, and I’m pretty sure what she does and a little extra persuasion convinced me to sign up for my first full.  It will be tough, but I’ll get it done.

Now back to the heat.  I’ve lived in many places where it got hot.  Texas is one of them.  I remember unloading my moving truck in 108 degree heat in Katy, TX in the dead of summer (Mid-August).  Nothing like climbing into a steel box with 12 hours of pure sun heating the box up.  I could have cooked eggs on that thing.  The one difference about Texas heat and North Carolina heat, at least in my opinion, is that Texas heat backs off at night, humidity drops, and it is bearable outside.   Here in Wilmington, 10pm at night, it’s still 85 with 900%  humidity.  I was in the garage, pumping up a bike tire on my bike on Sunday morning, at 6am, and I had to change shirts when I was done 2 minutes later due to how much I sweated.

But here’s the crazy thing….I don’t mind it.  I like to workout more in the heat than in the cold.  I’d rather go run 5 miles when it’s 90 out than when it was 40 out.   Ideally in the 70’s is perfect, but it’s not 70 all year here in NC.  Now, I don’t like to walk around in downtown Wilmington when it’s 90 out for very long, as sweat profusely and need a change of shirts.   But I don’t mind working out running, or biking or just being in the yard doing yardwork.

So as my training progresses into longer runs and harder workouts, and the summer continues, I’ll be experimenting to get me thru the marathon.  This includes what to drink, what to eat, taking salt pills or salt sticks, electrolyte water (or whatever my wife recommends I take).  So, look forward to hearing from me more about how hot it will be during my workouts, a little bitch session of mine along the way, but also what works and doesn’t work. Maybe it will be good for someone else, and maybe someone will have some recommendations for me.  What do you prefer as your ideal workout weather: hot, cold, rainy, not at all?

That was AWESOME!!

Dave Matthews Band concert.    Walnut Creek Amphitheater in Raleigh on Wednesday  night.  Absolutely awesome. Another great show of the 23 I’ve seen previously.  DMB puts on one hell of a show.


It probably helped that we hadn’t seen him live in 4 years.   Awesome!!  So my wife and I have a full week of no children and are doing whatever we can to act like we did when we first got married.  Our kids are with their grandparents this week, my parents, getting spoiled completely rotten.   Next week will be pure hell for my wife when they return.  It will be tough for me as well, but since I work all day and she stays home, she will have more time with them to fuss at the rules, the discipline, the structure, the cleaning up of toys, dishes, etc.  Something every 8 and 11 year old kid hates to do….chores and any thing other than playing.  We miss them A LOT, but understand they must have time with their grandparents as well.  And my wife and I need some time as well, to just enjoy each other and be together.  Football season starts Aug 1 for our 8 year old, and then school starts, and my wife and I are in training for marathons and half iron man triathlons, so after this week, our schedules are pretty much full until Christmas.  So, as I said before, we are doing whatever we can to take this week and just go out, go places we normally can’t go, do things we normally wouldn’t do.

So I’m new to this blogging thing. My wife blogs .  She gets really into it, and has met many people and made new friends.  So, I thought I would try it out.  I have lots of random things in my head.  I won’t have any real theme of what I’m posting. I’m an almost 40 year old father of 2 wonderful boys, husband of 15 years to an amazing woman.  She runs and runs and bikes and runs and swims and takes care of our house, kids, cats, dog and runs some more.  Oh, and did I mention, she runs?  I’m a huge Clemson fan, a huge RED SOX fan, a HUGE beer fan.  I drink it and I homebrew.  I love the outdoors, like hiking and the beach.   I love college football, baseball and whatever other college sports I can watch.  I’m looking forward to writing and reading and enjoying the blog world.

More to come on my life and adventures….