Hello Everyone, again I know it has been awhile but this blogging thing hasn’t gotten any easier in my normal life. I refer to my normal life as life at home in my everyday routine not in New Mexico in a hotel room by myself for three months. A lot has changed from my time there getting introduced to running to now facing my fear of returning home and slipping out of my new hobby.
But all I have to report is Success, as you already know I aced my PT Test and it didn’t stop there. I have continued running everyday with a couple guys at work and even on a off day from work here and there, I am lucky to be afforded company time to work out so I take full advantage of that.
This past Saturday I ran my first race since I’ve been home, I was nervous this being my first in over a month. It was a rainy morning but the rain had stopped and everything was damp and cool, perfect running air, I can’t say the same for the ground. The race was a Robbins Run 5K(Trail) in Danville Pa and the course was Muddy, Rocky, Rooty, Slick and even had wooden boardwalks covered in slime. I had a lot of fun, I started off too quick as usual due to the narrow trail and the inability to corral myself properly. I kept up a good pace though and was impressed with myself by the people I was able to keep up with.
I finished the race feeling good and I finally recorded my first official sub 30 5K time!!!! I crossed the line at 28:32! After I finished the Family and I had to leave right away to make it to another commitment so I didn’t get to hang around for the festivities. Later on that day I went on the Races Website to check for Results and they were already posted. As I scrolled down through the results I noticed Age Groups which I’ve never paid much mind too but it grabbed my interest and I started reading through them. This race was well organized and it seemed they had the Age Groups Broke down more than most. I got to the 26-30 Male 5K group and as my eyes trickled down the screen they stopped abruptly on my name, a bit sooner than I had imagined. I had placed 2nd in my Age Group!! It took a few moments for my brain to process what this was and what it meant, I was pretty damn excited! I finished 25th in overall males and 2nd in my Age Group. I felt like holy shit, I’m a Runner! lol Then I thought well I wonder if 2nd in Age Group gets a medal or something, so I went back to the main webpage and started reading. It stated that the first 3 in each Age Group receive trophy’s!!!! My mind went blank.
I had just been awarded my first Running Trophy! I placed, somehow, not overall just Age Group but i’ll take it. I immediately emailed the Coordinator to see if I could arrange to pick up my trophy and he responded the next day, I go this afternoon to pick up my trophy. I’m pumped! I’m going to display my trophy proudly on my desk at work! And now look forward to my next Running Award and I will be sticking around from now on after every race.
BTW I will post picture of my Trophy! and TaTa Trot 5K next month!!!!
Its been awhile since I have posted….Its been a hectic few weeks, Getting home, Vacation, and getting back to routine. I’ve continued running and the PT Test was no sweat! I ran a 12:32 with plenty of push ups and sit ups to match. I am really going to try and post more and get back to blogging, so we shall see. Looking forward to my first Pennsylvania 5K in June and a new PR.
Its been a little while since I have posted…Last week wasn’t the best running weak, as for frequency anyways, days were cold and windy but when I did run they were good. I feel I have completed my running foundation, the first tier of foundation has been layed and now it will always be there no matter what. I feel as if i’m not under so much pressure now to prove to myself that I’m a runner, before it seemed if I missed a day all my hard work would be in vain and I would fail at my attempt to become a runner. Now it is a fact. very simple. I can go a couple days without running and then hit the road and it comes right back and I feel great. Like riding a bike.
So there was this Earth Day 5K I had seen posters for on base, another free run and free t-shirt like the SARC 5K. I thought about doing it but wasn’t committed and then yesterday after my 4 mile run I went to a friends house for a barbecue and it turned into a shindig, lol, and I was there until 10 o’clock and a bit hung over this morning. And I had to get a ride back to my friends house today to pick up my car so the chances of me running the race weren’t looking good. But it turned out my friend gave me a ride to his house at lunch to get my car so my afternoon was freed up for the race. So I ran, same course as the SARC race but I think the moved the turn around back so it was closer to 5K if not dead on, not sure cause my Garmin died as I waited for the race to start.
It was a windy race but I looked forward to owning the hill at the end and I did! I finished with 30:50 which is a PR, not sure of the exact distance but I felt it was a strong race for me so I will accept that time as a PR. At the end not everyone received a shirt because there wasn’t enough but while I was waiting for them to start handing them out there was a race sign up lying on the table and I put my name on it and it turned out the people with their names on the paper got shirts first! Hell yea! So it was a good race day!
On another note, I have 6 days left in New Mexico and then its back to the lovely Commonwealth of Pennsylvania! It takes being away from home for awhile to appreciate where you put down roots! Irish Valley is paradise to me and I can’t wait to return!
To donate visit http://onefundboston.org/
My thoughts and prayers are with the Boston Marathon Bombing victims and their families. Even as I ran today I thought of this horrible tragedy! Please pray for them!
Run.Climb.Ride. says it pretty well in her post I’m having a really hard time understanding how I feel right now.
Ribbon created by Billy Sorrentino of http://www.billysorrentino.net
Finally today the new issue of RunnersWorld hit the shelf I check anyways. I was excited because a co-worker had this issue on their tablet last week but I couldn’t buy it yet and I was bummed! I feel a kind of kinship with RW because it is a PA based magazine and I would like to Run the RW Half next year!
Today Sucked! I am towards the end of my TDY so “I WANT TO GO HOME”, I am tired of this day to day boredom and I am looking forward to seeing my wife and son and taking my son to Washington DC when I get home to see the dinosaurs in the Smithsonian! So anyways today I watched the Phillies win and then layed around and took a nap.So yea it was one of those days but then I got RW and read that for awhile. I read a great article called Beyond the Mantra about the mental side of training and of course it pushed me out the door and onto the road. It was a good run, ran 1.5 miles hard walked a bit and then ran another mile hard. It wasn’t the most successful run but it was a win for me considering I didn’t plan on doing anything and felt lazy. So thanks RunnersWorld, you got me going!
The Hula Hustle 5K/10K was today and I wasn’t too sure how I was going to do due to a late night get together that involved beer and Brat Burgers, lol. The race was an evening race so I had plenty of time to sleep in and re-hydrate myself! So I headed over to Ned Houk park the same place as almost all my races so far and it was a great day, weather was just right. When I got there I went and checked in and received my bib and all and then headed back to my car to listen to music and wait on the race. Then I started to think, I was signed up for the 5K but I had no long run this week, it was all very light and comfortable and I started to crave that challenge. The 5K I can do, no doubt about it, my time might not be what I want it but I can easily finish, hmm….So I walked back up to the table and asked if I could run the 10K and of course paid the difference in races. The race started out normal enough and I started anticipating the hills that Ned Houk is infamous for but it didn’t scare me I had powered through them before. I think the Big Man upstairs was pondering my previous thoughts as I made my way through the course. He was sitting up there thinking, if a challenge is what he wants a challenge is what i’ll give him. As I made my way into the hilly part of the course the wind picked up, i’m not talking about a cool spring breeze, i’m talking the wind that feels as if someone has their hand on your chest as you push forward, almost reminding me of a football player pushing a sled at practice. At about four miles there was a water station and I rested for maybe 20 seconds as I got a drink and then started back the other way though the hills again. I took several small walk breaks and a girl about 100 yards ahead of me did the same. I eventually caught her and we started pacing each other, I would stop to walk and so would she, I would pick up again and she did the same. We were both thinking about the struggle and that it was the same for each of us, and if one could do it so could the other. At least that’s what I imagined was going on. We got to a turning point in the race where the course dropped down a dirt road with about a mile to go and only a few tenths to go until we reached the populated finishing area. As I started running this downhill trail I said hey were almost there and she started running again along side me. I told her how much further we had and that we had to finish strong and she agreed and as we ran we shared gripes about the hills and wind. We finished that last leg of the race without another break and I don’t know if I could of without someone running next to me going through the same thing. I think that says something about Running and maybe even life in general, sometimes it sucks but if you look beside you and it sucks equally for someone else and their still pushing, why can’t you? Think about that the next time your running or even going through a tough time in life! The strength you emit may be the inspiration for someone else to be strong when they want to quit!
I finished my second 10K race with a time of 01:13:10 it was 5 minutes slower than my first 10K but regardless of my time my body is stronger than it was before and I accepted the challenge that the Almighty put before me.
Ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Thats about all I can say for the last few days, the weather was shitty(cold and windy), I ate shitty food, I was nervous for my test today, didn’t feel like running, didn’t feel like anything really. I could go on for awhile talking about all the made up shit that was bad about the last few days but truth is I was just in a “funk” and I know you’ve all been there! O yea and the Phillies were not doing very well which sucked as well.
Today I’m Shakin off the Funk and gettin back in the game! It all started last night with my man Cliff Lee comin out and pitchin like a Rock Star, not only him but the whole team shook off their funk, so can I. So today was good I used work to study for my Principles of Public Speaking CLEP Test(Really “Dantes” but no one including myself knows what dantes is but most people know clep!) and then I went to lunch and there was only about an hour between lunch and test so I went to my room for uninterrupted study time and even a tiny nap to ease my anxiety(<–Secret NOFORN) and then I went to take my test. It wasn’t bad, it was a 85 question multiple choice test wth a 3 to 5 minute Impromptu Persuasive speech into a mic. The test was good only a handful of questions I never seen before the majority I breezed through, the speech was a tough political topic I wasn’t expecting so it made me a bit more nervous than I should have been, hopefully it will be all good. I wont find out pass or fail for up to 90 days, but if I pass I will have completed my Associates! BAM!
Then after work I went for a run! It was one of those days! The good run! Felt great, did 3.8 miles, focused on regulating breathing and starting slow today. Just great feeling, breaking that not wanting to go out feeling and finally getting out there and it being wonderful. Afterwards I layed in bed and took a moment to enjoy how good my body felt, that tingling through your legs and just general great run feeling! Looking forward to my next race this weekend, back to a 5K and try to get a PR! A real one, not a 2.86 mile bullshit! Grrr
Today was the day…of my first 10K!!!!! The “Run for Heroes 10K/5K/400M Kids Dash” benefiting the Wounded Warrior Foundation and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation! Woke up early to it being frigid outside, I like running but damn do we have to do it at the crack of dawn? The race was scheduled for 7:30 and when I went outside it was still dark so I knew it would warm up a bit! Stopped before the race and got a quick bite and some water and then headed to Ned Houk Park. Once there I registered and was disappointed to hear they only had large shirts?!?! Kind of irritated me a bit but they offered to order me one and get it to me later but I declined(Later I worked it out to get an XL). A few minutes later a coworker arrived, TSgt Nina Sellers, so we chit chatted awhile until the race started. It did start to warm up and Nina gave me a pair of gloves she had which was perfect because my hands and face are all that ever get cold. The race started and I quickly feel into a comfortable run, I felt super strong for the first…..5K, I’m pretty proud of that! I kept a good pace for most of the first 3.1, I think if that’s all I was running I would have smoked my PR, and if my Garmin would not have stopped at 2.3 miles I would have known. Don’t know why it stopped, I just looked down and the time wasn’t running so I hit the button and it started again but it missed a whole mile or so. After the 5K mark things started to get tough, this course was fraught with hills and I would power up each one of them and then just burn out on the flat. I swore to myself that I was not walking in my first 10K and I just kept reminding myself how tough it is to get going again once you feel the awesomeness of stopping. Nina kept a good pace ahead of me and that was good motivation, there were not a lot of 10K runners so once the 5Kers turned around it was pretty sparse, if it wasn’t for seeing her up ahead I would have been on my own, there were people behind but they were back a bit. I really do love this running community, everyone is happy, everyone motivates each other, there were volunteers every couple miles or so cheering you on and it doesn’t seem like much but just that positive energy and joy is great. It may only make me run faster for 10 seconds, lol, but it makes me happier to run. So I kept on and got to the last mile, I don’t know what it was but at about 3/4 mile to go I got chills all over my body, it didn’t make me run any better but it was a good feeling! I hit the finish at 1:08 and probably a few seconds but I don’t remember, I will find out when results are posted. It was a great accomplishment, my goal was to beat 1:10 and I did it, smoked it! After the race, there was a raffle and Nina won a 15$ dollar gift certificate from RoadiD. I was pumped for her and when she walked back from getting it she handed it to me, which was awesome!! Wouldn’t have expected that,to be honest, if I won it I probably would have kept it. But there it is again this running community is full of great people who are always there to motivate and inspire you! I am in love with this sport, for sure, it makes you better!!! Physically and Mentally!