This will be a back to back post. Two days in a row is a record for me. It got me to thinking of a question. What actually motivates me to run?
- I am stuck in front of my desk all day. I have to get up and move.
- I know it has to be burning some calories.
- Surely, it makes me healthier.
- Sometimes it helps me think.
- Sometimes it helps me NOT think.
- I don’t want to go to lunch and eat “good” but, unhealthy food.
- I like to run in the fun runs that serve beer, wine, chocolate, foam, or mud.
- Most importantly, I am going to the beach in a month. The sun is out and I am very pale. I run to soak up some rays.
What motivates you to run?
A couple of weekends ago I played in the mud without getting into trouble. I ran the Indiana Spartan Race. This race was about 5 miles of trail running with 20 plus obstacles. The obstacles ranged from jumping over walls to crawling under walls, to belly crawling in slippery mud under barbed wire to climbing a cargo net ladder pyramid. Flipping tires, pulling cinder blocks on a chain, carrying a 30 pound sandbag were a few other obstacles. I also, had to rope climb to a bell about 30 feet in the air. If we failed any obstacle we had to do 30 burpees. It wasn’t about getting the fastest time but, more of pushing myself and being a team player. This was one the best races I have ever been part of. As you can imagine the clean-up was a bit of a chore. First as you might see I was the lone male on my team. Getting dressed back at the car was a bit nerve racking but, I figured if they have seen one, they have seen them all, right? It was a blast we hung out at the car and had a few drinks and talked about the race. We plan on doing more of these.
Also, as a week passed I noticed scrapes and bruises. Here is a good one under my arm.
November 29, 2012
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I have not updated this blog in a while. I don’t really have an excuse other than I am just lazy.
Last week I finished my third race. It was a little over 4.5 miles and I ran it completely with my wife (brownie points). I was a pretty easy run with very little elevation changes but it was packed with runners. There were over 15,000 people that ran. Since it was such good weather in Indiana on Thanksgiving, everyone that registered actually showed up. Although I was all set to wear my long tights, it was warm enough to wear shorts. Whew, saved from embarrassment again.
I am totally into my kettlebell classes. I think I am getting stronger and thicker but, I also have added some pounds. I have not taken any measurements and I am not real too happy with what I see in the mirror. I am going to stick with my extra insulation for the winter and be ok with it. I really haven’t changed the way I eat but, I cheat a lot more than I should. I really meant to post my progress pictures and measurements during my Kettlebell Bootcamp. I have about a month to go and I promise I will post some of my insulated self-pictures at the end. And with that I will leave you with breaking news, we have all been doing it wrong…
October 9, 2012
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Saturday evening I had the opportunity to run with my wife. YIPPEE! We had a busy cold day of the kids’ soccer and football games and then off to a local winery to run 5 miles. Busy, busy. The winery was packed with runners, walkers and fans. Over 2000 people finished either the 5 mile run or the 5K run/walk. I am really bad at picture taking. I am at a very picturesque winery and I take three pictures. Here we are before the race.
Before the Race and Wine
I told my wife that we would run together but, I guess I lied. It is almost just as hard to slow my normal pace down as it is to speed up. I am in no means a speedy runner but, it’s just something about races that gets my adrenaline going. There were some decent size hills that caught my wife off guard. They don’t seem to bug me as much and I felt really good running. I was one of those guys that sped up and slowed down. I know some of you know what I mean. I would start running at my own pace and then start feeling guilty about leaving my wife. So, I would go to the side and try to slow down while looking backwards to find her. I repeated this a few times. I ended up passing the same people maybe 4 times. At about the 3 mile mark I told her I would meet her at the finish line. It felt fun passing people but, it was also consuming tons of energy weaving in and out of people because at that time we were also meeting up with the 5K walkers. I went from high 8 minute pace to a 7 minute pace. I finished the run in 42 minutes and my wife finished at about 46 minutes. In the end we were treated with a glass of wine. We are not wine drinkers but the wine tasted good enough that we bought two bottles.
Hopefully, my wife will still run with me again because we have a planned run at the end of November. It’s supposed to be flatter and I will try my best to steady my adrenaline.
September 17, 2012
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I did it!! I ran my first 10 K race. So, I guess I have a new PR. I am not sure if it’s a new one or just one because I never had an official one before. I run about 6 miles every morning so the distance wasn’t new. I was really nervous when I arrived at the race site. It was cold and I had no idea what I was doing. Registration started at 6:30 am for the 8:00 race time. I didn’t know how many people were going to be there. So, I opted to get there about 6:45. It turned out they were not quite ready but I was able to pick up my packet, shirt and water bottle. I went back to me car pinned on my bib and let my nerves stew for another half hour.
Before the race
We were getting ready to start the race and the temperature was still chili about 50 degrees. Another runner asked me about the course and I told him I had no idea but, my plan was to follow the guy with no shirt on. I figured if a guy is running with no shirt in 50 degree weather this isn’t his first race. I kept up with him for a little while and always had him in sight but his pace is a lot faster than mine. Here is a picture of me after the race with the host of the race, Tatum. As I mentioned before, she started a foundation called Tatum’s Bags of Fun. She gives bags full of goodies to kids that have cancer. She made a big impact on me and my niece whose picture is proudly displayed on my chest.
With Tatum after the race
So, my time for the 10 K was 45:40. I came in 16th place overall and 5th place in my group. The great thing was I was able to get home in time to see all of my kids ball games. It was a great Saturday.
August 10, 2012
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One of my goals was to start running races. I finally signed up for one. I chose the 10K Bull Run. This race is kind of special to me. I have a niece who was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of 4 in February 2011. While in the hospital she received a bag of goodies from Tatum’s Bags of Fun. Tatum herself is a cancer survivor (twice). She was given a Bag of Fun and has decided to pay it forward. Lump in my throat and why are things blurry…I am such a sap. I have a bracelet I still wear for her. You may be able to see it in some of my photos. They tried to remove it when I had surgery (I won that battle not coming off). Anyway this bag that my niece received filled her days in the hospital with joy and happiness and something to take her mind off of why she was there. The Bull Run supports Tatum’s Bags of Fun. I saw the excitement that the bag brought to my niece as well as her parents (my brother). So, it’s a perfect fit to run as long as I don’t flippin cry the whole time. Money and toys shouldn’t have to play a part in life changing events like this so, I try to do what I can. My brother won’t take money directly from me so, some things I had to do an anonymously. Last year I sponsored a hole for a golf outing. He figured it was me after he saw all of the cousin’s names (his nieces and nephews) listed as the hole sponsor. No company sponsor on that hole…just family. My niece is doing great. Still going through treatments but is handling better than I would.
Now the bad thing or good. My kids start soccer and football on the same day as this race. The race starts at 8:00 am. My hope is the games will start after 10:00. That means I HAVE to be done running in less than an hour and get to the kids’ games. It’s about a 45 minute drive to the race.