Back to Running

Yep, I was the person outside in Minnesota on January 9 when it was -4 degrees running around the streets.

However, since then the weather has been mostly above 0 when I go out on my runs even though most of the time it is around 9:30 pm.  Honestly, I wish I had a better time to do it but I have tried to create a habit in 2016 of running and I tell myself that if night running is my only time, then night running it is.

Sometimes the sidewalk ends when running in the winter


Now, for fun here is a little background on my running, I used to be a runner back in High School (long ago) and loved running, still do, but I lost the actual urge to run as I fell into a busy trap.  I could find lots of excuses after college, heck even in college.  I ran off and on my Freshman and Sophmore year just as something to do as at that point I wasn’t too buried in the books.  However, I took it up a notch the summer before my Junior year as I conned my brother into running the Twin Cities Marathon with me in October.  I ran ever day all summer no matter what and sometimes 2x per day.  However, once school started up in the fall I never really found time to run as I made excuses.  Never fear, though, I was young and determined to still run the Marathon and I actually finished with very little walking.  However, since that day I have always made excuses and let the excuses win.  I would try from time to time but never keep the momentum.  In fact in spring, summer, and fall of 2015, I think I went on a couple weeks worth of running and then stopped.  Part of my problem I found was I wasn’t making the right choice or prioritizing my time correctly and my excuse was always that I could never find the right “time” to run.

Fast forward to the start of 2016 and something clicked.  It might have been some of the changes in my life that occurred in 2015, or that I wouldn’t mind losing a couple pounds, or maybe I finally remembered that I love running and gives me time to think.  I am honest with myself in knowing that I will not run every day but I would like to run a couple times a week.

There is something great about running as it is just pure.  You can only move as fast as you can, as far as you can, and as long as you can.  However, it is all up to you to determine what you “can” do and what you get out of it.

For me right now I am not worried about the distance, or speed, or length as I just enjoy putting my shoes and going for a run, even if it is below 0.

Picture of me after on of my many night runs so far in 2016

Quote of the Week – 01.08.2016

This quote works perfectly for me as I end the first week in 2016. I know everyone has probably reflected on 2015 and they looking forward to what they will accomplish in 2016.

Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be. – Marsha Petrie Sue

The picture was taken in Lubec, ME at West Quoddy Head Lighthouse as my brother, sister-in-law and I sat on a picnic table and I sat and watched the sun rise at what is the Easternmost point on the United States mainland.

Right now as I am looking at this picture now so much of my trip is coming back to me that I will start writing about now and publish soon. However, I want to keep this post brief as a quote.



Now you can Explore Machu Picchu

With Google Street View you can now visit Machu Picchu and walk around just as you were there in real life, but from your home.  Since I have been fortunate to visit Machu Picchu two times in my life I had to check this out after finding this video published today.

Using Street View to check out the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu out and it is almost just as amazing walking along looking at it on my computer as it was standing there.  Still to this day I remember walking around the site that is sitting at around 7,970 ft (2,430 metres) above sea level.

I decided to find a place on the street view map that I knew I had a photo of as it is hanging up in my house.  Here is two pictures I took back in December 2009 when I last visited there.  As you can see it was a wonderfully rainy/overcast day.  However, that didn’t deter us from making the most of it and wandering around the place.

Machu Picchu December 2009 with my Wife and Parents
Machu Picchu December 2009


The specific place at Machu Picchu we took those photos from is called the “House of the Guardian to the Funerary Rock.”   So I used the Google Street View to find that exact spot show below (you can start there by clicking here as well).

Machu Picchu (Google Street View)

As you can see the people at Google had great weather and clear blue sky’s which makes for a great Street View to click around and see the ancient city.  Another interesting find is that you can actually take a walk on the entire Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, which I have never done before so this was definitely interesting to see what I have missed (*add to bucket list).

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (Google Street View)

Also, if you are into more history you should check out the Google Cultural Institute collection titled Wonders of Machu Picchu as they teamed up with the Peruvian Ministry of Culture for the initiative.

I have so many more stories of my time in Peru that maybe I will share pieces of it at a later date.  However, now that I have scrolled through the Street Views and looking at old pictures again I think I am ready to go back and visit….  Anyone else?

Final thought as all of this seems odd as yesterday I ran across this contest thanks to one of my friends where 2 people can Win a trip to Peru from Nisolo.  I have no affiliation with that company but how random that I looked at that site yesterday and Google published the Peru video today.