Crazy Hair

About a month ago when Jaime was here she straightened my hair just to show me what it would look like. I liked the look although Justin thought my hair looked girly.

Last week, the hair straightener I bought arrived from Amazon.

Today, I started off with hair that looked like this.

I didn’t use any product today and just let my hair air dry. After lunch I went upstairs and bravely tried to do my first solo hair straightening session!

I think the results are pretty good!


I’ve got some more learning to develop technique and speed, but I think it’s a solid first go!

PowerHour Workout: Week 1

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This morning at 6AM I went to my fourth PowerHour workout session. This is a one-hour workout that is pretty much non-stop and really pushes you. Cindy Cox, the instructor, makes sure to push you while also making sure your form is correct while providing constant encouragement.

Due to some pretty severe weather this week in the area, the schedule for the past week follows:
Saturday 8AM
Wednesday 6AM
Thursday 7:10PM
Friday 6AM

I am pretty sore after and am quickly finding out how weak my core is. My arms and abs are definitely not able to support my body weight yet but with enough work I will get there.

As Cindy says, you’re not in competition with anyone but yourself. And I’ll try my best to do better than the me from yesterday!

Purdue Half Marathon and 5K

Yesterday was the first annual Purdue Half Marathon and 5K.  It was a pretty cold day ( 43º according to the Nike Running app), but the race itself was pretty fun.

As it took me days to fully recover from the half marathons that I have run, I have decided that they definitely aren’t for me.  I congratulate those that did run it, but I’m perfectly happy to run the 5k alone.

I’m also happy with my overall time although it definitely is lower than the first 5k I’ve ever ran back in 2010.

OVERALL RESULTS:            (Number finished = 763)

Place    Age
Overall  Grp  Name                     Pace     FINISH
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     74   11  KEITH MCDERMOTT          07:57    24:42.5

The hardest part of the entire race was definitely the climb back up the back of the stadium. That is quite a steep incline!  (You can tell where this was on the track by looking at the darkest part of the heat-map for my run of the 5k to the right.  I actually just walked part of the way up!)

Despite the one slow-part I encountered, I did enjoy the race and would definitely run it again and recommend it to others.  It was the inaugural race so of course there will be kinks to work out, but it can only get better over time!

Enjoy a small gallery below of pics of runners from the half marathon and others in the 5k portion as well.