Wow what a couple of last few weeks it has been. I have been an interviewing animal right now. With end of February being my last day at US Central I thought I would share with people that I have had interviews with Jack Henry, the Federal Reserve and Multi Service. I feel each went very well and hopefully the prospects of me finding the next stage in my career is getting near an end with a very positive result ahead. (I am knocking on wood right now) I have been watching a ton of Mizzou basketball recently, what a ride this has currently been as well. Mizzou is having one of the best years in it's history and what a year to have it right as they exiting the Big XII. Earlier this week something very serious happens which brings me to my point of always be aware of your surroundings.
I always end my posts with "Life is short, live it hard", this saying means more to me after yesterday. Yesterday when I woke up to go to work I was carjacked in front of my house. I was warming up my car and scraping the ice off when an individual pulled a gun on me and stole my car. Luckily I was not injured or harmed I just had my car taken. This certainly made me thankful for every day that I have. This gives me a renewed rigor of taking each day, making the most of it and living life hard!
This experience also made me think we should all be aware of our surroundings. In this instance I wasn't really aware. I saw the individual approaching but really thought nothing of it. Many people cut through my yard to walk to the bus stop across the street. Had I taken more time to think about it I might have realized that there were no cars around, no other people other than him and I. In the future I will be much more aware. This can be applied to many aspects of our lives including our running and fitness. Many of us, myself included love to run trails. While trails are beautiful and offer no automobile traffic to contend with, trails may be extremely dangerous. Many trails are poorly lit and have few people on them. I implore people to alway be aware. Even though most people choose to run with iPod's or other MP3 players always keep your head on a swivel. A second recommendation when it comes to running trails run with a running partner. Running is always safer with a partner but this holds especially true on trails. Both animals or intruders will be much less inclined to attack if you run with a friends. A second benefit is company on the run. I find it much easier to put in long distance when I have someone to chit chat with.
In one last update I thought I would let everyone know it is official I did get registered for Chicago on October 7th. I will be running this marathon with my good friends Jen and Jeremy. I am also excited as my friends Brad and my brother JJ want to make the journey to Chicago so this trip will be extra special!
Let me finish by saying with even more conviction, LIFE IS SHORT! LIVE IT HARD!