Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A long (long) overdue update

I have been so insanely busy I have not been on here in a while.  Grandma Judy would not be pleased.  I am so happy that she told me, before she passed, that she loved reading this and keeping up to date and that one day I would cherish the time and energy I would put into this blog. She is right, and she was greatly missed on New Year's when one of her grandson's was married.  My grandpa was a lot of fun and cheerful despite being without his wife for over a year now.  Summer, Dawn, and I are pictured above getting ready for the wedding.
We had a lot of fun and the whole family was there... Even Marcus in spirit from Bulgaria since he couldn't come back for the winter break.  Summer enjoyed the cake and dancing with all of her cousins... but that came back to bite us... more on that shortly.
I came across this photo from five years ago.  It reminds me of why I am running now.  To get back into shape and do things I have never done.  My brother Marcus loves to explore and always lives by the saying "When is the last time you did something for the first time?"  I love that and want to live more by this motto.
So to continue with the running... My final run of 2016 was from Kentucky over to Cincinnati before the wedding.
I absolutely love running on bridges over bodies of water.  The flowing river makes me want to run forever.  
I have only run a few times since the new year... because I have been pretty sick. Plus after my 39 straight days of running for my run streak, my legs need a little rest.  But I did get my best PR, since high school, on a 5k around the neighborhood with a sub 24 minute run!
AND I registered for my first Full Marathon!!! I have never been to Youngstown, so why not check out the city by running around it?!?! 
Here is my training schedule.  I may switch the week 12 and 13 long runs so I don't have three weeks with decreasing distance.  But most of that is based on the Novice 1 plan in the book I'm reading.  More on that shortly...
So I mentioned that Summer being passed around at the wedding came back to bite us... well it did pretty good!  She first got sick then gave it to me.  Her and I have been sick with a NASTY cold.  I am still not 100%, but getting closer by the day.  I luckily had everything for my famous hot toddy.
So I have read more books in the last 30 days than the last year.
And this is my next book.  I can't wait to read it and then read it again.
So check out this video... This is why I have not had time to blog.  I normally love to find a few minutes each morning to do an update, but we are now using this 3D Augmented Reality for LIVE shots during the morning news.  For those who don't know my schedule... I get to work closer to midnight than sunrise.  I put together my forecast, build my graphics, update all digital content, record weather for St. Louis, Good Morning America, cut radio, then 4:25AM-7AM I do the weather... From 7AM-10AM I work on other stories, but changing that a little now.  Since there are less than a dozen stations in the world that have this Augmented Reality, it is working from scratch each day.  So in between my 17 hits in the early 2.5 hours of the morning show I am building new scenes to use like this in the field.  Each day I am trying to build something new and original... which is a little challenging because I am limited to the creativity I can muster up while doing the morning show before the sun comes up. So I have been super, super busy and work is squeezing every drop of the 8 hours out of me.  I am not complaining because I love my job, but just figured I would let you know.  I promise to be better about getting on here more often, Judy.

Andrew Buck Michael

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