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Couch to 5k Week 1 Day 1

Confusion has probably set in on those who just read the “Couch to 5K Week 1 Day 1” title as I’ve already ran several 5k races. With taking as much time off as I have and some knee problems starting to progressively get worse I’ve decided to start from square one. My first 5k I ran in February 2013 with minimal training. Even though I did well on my time, I didn’t totally run the 5k which is now my goal. I’d like to run a 5k from start to finish and have a respectable time. After speaking to several people who had never ran and trained they all suggested the Couch to 5k so I thought I’d give it a try. I went thru iTunes and found a C25K – 5K trainer from Zen Labs and that’s the app that I’ll be using throughout my 5k training.

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Looking thru the workouts it’ll be a 3 day a week program for a total of 8 weeks. Week 1 day 1 was 30 minute workout with walking/running intervals. The program started with a 5 minute warm up then into a 1 minute run. The 1 minute run was followed by a 90 second walk then repeat the process. Day 1 wasn’t too bad and I feel as if I’m off to a good start.

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So I chose to start Week one Day 1 at my most favorite place in the world (sensing a bit of sarcasm) – the Memorial Causeway. I say that jokingly of course as I actually do love that bridge. We met several years back and it’s been a love/hate relationship. I love the bridge and the challenge it offers but my knees hate it. Going forward the first day of the week for the entire program will be done at the bridge but days 2 and 3 will be done in the neighborhood as time doesn’t always permit me to go to the bridge. One thing is for sure, by the time the Best Damn Race comes around in 2014 I’ll be able to say that was the first Damn race I totally ran.

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What type of training have you done to prepare for your running? What type of progression have you seen over the years as you continue to train?

Change is in the air

To say change is in the air right about now would be an understatement. As you can see one of many transformations has already started. The wife and I sat around last night discussing blogs over dinner and I decided it was time to change it up. The apparent cosmetic makeover is the first of many so stay tuned as I’m gearing up (no pun intended) to kick it into high gear. If you wondering what’s coming you’ll just have to wait and see as I have a list of ideas and working on even more as we speak.

 

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The wife and I have set out on a change that’ll affect both of our lives as well. We’re working on our training for our journey into becoming a “Big Couple” which I’m sure is going to a great experience. The wife and I have been trying to spend more time giving back to the community and we both agree this is one of the best ways.

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Yet another change came in the form of a change in attitude. Lately I’ve let the little things ruin my abilities to focus on the main objectives and trying to have a good time. Well I’m here to tell you I’m letting go of the negative and focusing on the positive. The negative has been running and ruining my life for far too long so it’s time to let go.

Those who know me will say I’m an “all in or nothing” type of guy and it’s been apparent in my latest attempt at exercise I’ve been more of a nothing guy. Saying those two magical words “food and exercise” to me lately has had zero effect on me and actually caused a decrease in my drive to do so. Yes I’ll admit I have been running, but it’s been so rare that every time I go out it’s like starting over from square one. The biggest hold back for me is the planning. I’ve been told by others that I put too much time into planning. I’ve spent too much time trying to make everything perfect that I lose sight of the task at hand and lose a lot of valuable time. These changes will obviously be over time but one thing for certain is “Change is in the air”.

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What changes have you decided to make in your life? How did those changes affect you in your life?

Finding your Zen

While running this morning I found myself thinking about my next blog post and then it came to me “Find your Zen” would be perfect. The weirdest part is it came to me while I was running, there are so many times I struggle with what to write next and out of nowhere Zen appears. While everybody’s Zen is different the end result will be the same. The meaning of Zen for me is finding my happy place or activity that you love to do and removes any thoughts or cares, but allows you to live in the moment. As weird as this sound my Zen place would be playing paintball (minus the drama that’s sometimes associated with it). I’ll have to admit another Zen place of mine is yoga, while I don’t get to go often enough I do enjoy my visits to Hot Yoga 365 and the relaxation it brings to me both physically and mentally.

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Ask anyone what their Zen place is and I’m sure you’ll get a variety of answers. I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt the wife’s Zen place is running. She’s told me before that when she runs she tends to forget anything and everything and just enjoy the run. Her disconnect from anything and everything is what makes running her Zen place. I’ve had others tell me running, graphic design, yoga and even charity are their places of Zen. While there is no right or wrong everyone has their own idea of Zen and where it is.

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With this being said I challenge you, Think about it and consider what would be your Zen place. Then make it happen, your Zen place may just be enough to help you forget about this crazy world for a bit and enjoy life.

Where is your Zen place? Do you go there often enough?

Failing a Challenge

Those familiar with me know I’ll never back down from a challenge so when the “Run Every Day in May Challenge “popped up I joined. At first I thought it would be a piece of cake and I’d breeze right through it, but the further into the month I got….. the harder it was. I’ll admit I made it ¾ of the way through the challenge before I gave in. Week one I was all pumped up and ready to take on the challenge, but by the end of week two it seemed monotonous and I was ready for it to be over. Week three brought procrastination and contempt for running and I actually found myself running the treadmill one night at 8:30 as I felt guilt for even thinking of skipping that day. Missing one day was the start of my downward spiral on the challenge and the end of my streak. That’s the one big difference between the wife and me. The wife runs because it’s her time to forget about everything and de-stress. For me on the other hand I run because I need to lose weight and also helps with my conditioning for paintball. While I’ve been slacking over the past few weeks (and it shows) I actually went for a birthday run with the wife Saturday. Granted it was under 1.5 miles we still went and I survived, barely but I did. I opted to skip this morning’s run but I have a feeling I’ll end up on the treadmill this afternoon for a mile or so to get back into a schedule.

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Have you ever taken on a challenge only to fail?

One year ago

While sitting at home yesterday I came to realize that June 16th had another meaning for me, my one year blogaversary. It was one year ago that I officially posted “In The Beginning” and started my blog adventure. I’ll admit I haven’t spent as much time blogging as I would have liked to but this year will be different. While I’ll admit the year just flew by and I didn’t even realize it I’ve spent some time reflecting and what has taken place over the year.

The past year has been a journey thru my personal life and all that I have been thru, from dieting to paintball and everything in between. There were many challenges but I’ve already started planning for the future and feel as if it will be a fun one. I have many changes planned for my blog over the next year so stay tuned.

 

 

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Reunited with my fitbit

April 2013 I managed to do the unthinkable, I lost my fitbit. While attending Generals Cup 2013 the device managed to slip off of my belt and was lost forever. Totally distraught about losing it, I prepared for the worst, actually having to fork over the money for a new one. Proceeding to fitbit’s site to customer service I found some information I thought I’d never see. One of the options to choose from on the form was lost device so I contacted them via email. While totally planning on having to buy a new one to replace it I figured it was worth a shot and had nothing to lose. Within 24 hours of supplying them with my proof of purchase information I had a response and tracking # for my new replacement device. Needless to say I was happy about not having to spend another $100 but I was prepared to as I love my fitbit. One of my concerns was what about all my data I had previously tracked and I was glad to hear I wouldn’t lose any of it. Once the new fitbit arrived it was so easy to sync the device to my existing account and literally took me about a minute and I was back up and tracking. The 2 week period I was without my device I felt like something was missing. I know it’s weird but even having it just that short time before losing it I can’t imagine going through the day without it. The whole customer service experience from fitbit was excellent and I never had any problems. It was unfortunate that I had to contact them, but in the end it was all worth it and I feel a lot better knowing I chose to purchase the right product.

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Have you ever lost or broken a device? How was your customer service experience trying to fix or replace it?

Little White Lie Follow-up

For those who read my last blog post “Little White Lie” I had promised a follow up so here it is. Early Saturday morning I arrived at Generals Cup 2013 at Gator Paintball in Hudson to find a sleeping campground still as it was early in the morning and if I had to guess, everyone was up late Friday night. So I pull into the parking spot that my “partner in crime” saved for me the night before and waited for the Crewe to wake up. The first to wake up was my accomplice and the one who I had intended the prank to be for. As I watched him climb out of his tent and stretch I couldn’t help but wonder what his first reaction would be. Suddenly I see a stare come in my direction and he squints, rubs his eyes and walks closer. Then straight out of left field he flips me the bird, laughs and comes over. He claims he knew something was up but there were less than a handful of people who knew (including the field owner and event promoter). The weekend was full of shenanigans and major bruising, but in the end our side lost and we had a blast doing so. Saturday’s team meal was at Hooters in Spring Hill just as I had wanted. The wife and I generally frequent the Clearwater Hooters and refer to it as “Our Hooters” as it’s our favorite out of them all. The weekend was long, but worth it in the end as the Wrecking Crewe took home two awards, one of which was from our opposing team which I consider to be the highest honor of the weekend. The team also had three individuals highlighted for individual achievements. All in all I’d say the weekend was a total success. The team had its first event, took home a few awards, but we also let the paintball world know we may be the new kids on the block, and we are a force to be reckoned with and now appear on everyone’s radar.

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What was your best prank ever? Did it turn out as you planned?

Little White Lie

This weekend I’ve played a little prank on the Wrecking Crewe which all started with a little white lie. It all started about 2 months ago when the Crewe started planning to play General’s Cup 2013, a two day scenario game our side dominated for the most part last year. Our team last year consisted of eleven players on our team plus a decent number from another team which joined the side we played on. This year as the game grew so did the North as they are anticipating 150 players per side (North vs. South). The Wrecking Crewe is our current team and consist of three smaller teams of dedicated players whose combined years of playing totals well over thirty years. So as I’m sitting here posting I’ve already packed my truck, tuned my guns and iced the cooler for a fun filled weekend. So, why did I decide to prank them you may ask and I honestly only have this to say “Because I can”. It’s been hard to keep it secret especially with having to register to lock in the better pricing on paint. As time grew closer I had to involve the promoter and field owner who helped reinforce the fact that I hadn’t registered. One of my other accomplices from the team knew from the get go as we were having our new jerseys printed and I wanted to make sure mine made it to the field for game day. I will say part of me wanted to give in and show up Friday night as we normally do a big team dinner, which can be fun and sometimes a bit embarrassing at times. My plan all along has been to leave out of Clearwater at 6:00am and head up to Hudson, which should put me there right as their waking up. The goal is to be sitting there on the back of my truck when the roll out of their tents in full gear and ready to play. Saturday night will be fun as I’ll have to make them take me out for dinner; maybe Hooters would be in order (Hint Hint). Stay tuned to check out my next post to see how the prank turned out and most importantly who won the big game.

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Have you ever had to tell a little white lie to pull off a prank? How did it turn out for you?

Playing Hooky From Work

Mark the date…. 03/19/2013 was the day I officially played hooky from work and spent the day at Universal Studios. Though this was technically a vacation day I chose to spend it at one of my favorite places , Universal Studios, in Orlando, Fl. The forecast called for 40% chance of rain, but there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and the temperature was perfect. The day started around 7:30 am when the wife’s mom and aunt arrived at the house. They had no clue what was in store for them but we hopped in the car and stopped at our first destination which was Starbucks. After we all had our drinks we hopped in the car and headed towards the interstate, it was at that time they found out that we were going to spend the day at Universal. The wife and I hadn’t been there in a long time, but my mother-in-law’s sister hadn’t been there and was a Harry Potter fan so it was sure to be a fun time. Once we arrived we made our way to the front gates of Islands of Adventure, knowing she was a Harry Potter fan we went there first. To get there we went in reverse and started at Seuss Landing and worked our way back to Harry Potter. Once we left Harry Potter we went thru all the other areas and stopped at Blondies for a quick lunch. We then proceeded to walk thru the other parts of Islands of Adventure making our way to the front of the park to head towards Universal Studios.

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Once we made it thru the gates of Universal we proceeded to the broadcast area to make a quick stop in to see a friend and then we were off to E.T. The wife love E.T. so we rode that and then continued to walk the park, but couldn’t help but notice all the changes and construction that was happening in the background. Making our way back to Men In Black, we passed more construction, but the place was still full of life and families enjoying the day as far as one could see. Making our way past Men in Black we passed what appeared to be the home of an upcoming attraction Transformers 3D which I can’t wait until it’s done and I can go back. We rode Twister and then passed Shrek 4D and the Blue Man Group which I have yet to see, but everyone keeps telling me I need to and headed towards the front gate.

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Once back in the car and heading home we decided to go to The Original Hooters in Clearwater for dinner and I was perfectly fine with that. What’s on the menu for dinner after a long day at the theme parks you ask? Well I had boneless chicken wings (classic BBQ), medium buffalo shrimp and fries, and of course I had to wash it down with ice cold Bud Light (as always it was a pitcher… or maybe 2). Oh, and who could forget that I always have to have a piece of peanut butter cup pie to take home with me. The place was pretty busy and service was awesome as usual, but I wouldn’t expect anything less from them and that’s why the wife and I choose to go there out of all the other locations. All in all it was a great day of hooky we played and everyone seemed to have fun. I’m sad it’s over and I’m back at work today but I feel another day coming on soon.

Where’s your favorite place to play hooky? How often do you get play or take time off?

Good Luck in Dallas

Anyone who follows my blog knows my team will always be “Tampa Bay Damage”. Well as I’m sitting here posting this blog they’re packing their gear and kissing their loved ones goodbye to board a plane and head to Forney, Texas for the official kick-off of their 2013 PSP season. Back in January all teams started grinding for the 2013 season and I’m hoping it’ll be one hell of a season. While I’ve only been keeping up on professional paintball for the past few years I’ve come to realize it takes a lot for these guys, both physically and mentally to do what they do and continue to do so. I’m sure if you asked any pro player why they do what they do and I‘d bet the answer would be simple “For the love of the game”. Several years ago I would have disagreed with that statement, but the more I play the more I can say it’s true for me. Sure you’ll find those few “Self Promoters” that try to ruin the good times for the others, but they never seem to. I’d like to wish my friends on Tampa Bay Damage the best of luck at the PSP Dallas Open this weekend and safe travels. As you’re taking point after point, closing that gap for 1st place, remember all those who can’t physically be there with you, but are always there cheering for you wherever they may be.

 

 

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