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Garrrr Steve

I took this from my one favorite movie “DodgeBall” as I felt it fit today’s blog. This past Sunday I ran the Gasparilla 8k with my wife. Many would ask why and the only reason I could come up with is “because I can”. The most I had ever run at one time was a 5k so this was a challenge to see how I’d hold up. I won’t lie but half way thru my shins felt like someone had smacked me with a sledge hammer.

The morning started off early enough, we were up at O dark thirty in order to try and beat the traffic. First thing my wife does when she gets there is goes to Starbucks but I chose to wait until after the race. We had a couple hours to kill so we sat around waiting for a few friends to show up, we then stretched and proceeded to the start line. The amount of people signed up was pretty ridiculous. There were people as far as you could see.

As usual my race started off strong but as my shins started to hurt my paced dropped off. My pace normally falls in the 11:00 minute mile, but today’s pace was about 2 minutes off. The worst of the 8k for me was mile 4 as I was just ready to cross that line and get food … I was starving. I managed to cross the finish line at 1:05:59 and the only thing I could honestly think about was food. The wife and I went to Starbucks so we could get drinks and decide what we wanted to have for lunch. We decided to have something “Freaky Fast” so we went to Jimmie Johns. What would I choose for lunch after an 8 you’d ask? Well I chose an Italian, a bag of thinny chips and powerade.

Results

Mike and Nanci

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Pretty much the rest of the day is a blur as most of it was spent sleeping on the couch. If I had to do all over again I would, but I’d definitely want to change my pace time.

Have you ever done any races? If not have you ever thought of any and which one?

0 to 5k in 38 minutes

For those who have read my New Year’s Resolution blog you’ll know that one of my goals was to run my first timed 5k. Well it’s been a month and I’ve done three so far, 2 of which were timed and 1 was for fun. The first one was the glow run and it was obviously a night run and time wasn’t really a factor. This was truly my first 5k and I had a blast.

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My first official timed event was supposed to be the Rock N Roll mini marathon, but I signed up for the Best Damn race a few days prior to the event. The day of it was freezing and I was thinking what the hell did I get myself into, but after the start I threw on the iPod and went into a zone. From there on out the only thing going thru my mind was concentrating on the task at hand, which was completing the run. Seeing how this was my first run I had planned on a 45:00 minute run. Pleasantly surprised I was when I crossed the finish line at 38:25.

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This past weekend we ran the Rock N Roll event in St Petersburg, Fl. The wife ran the half marathon but I chose to run the 5k. Not knowing what the parking situation would be like we found ourselves down there extra early to allow for parking and walking to the start line. With an hour or so to kill prior to the event we walked around and tried to keep as warm as possible while mentally preparing for the event. Some funny things worth mentioning were some of my songs and how they showed up while on shuffle. The first song worth mentioning was Tone Loc vs. Salt N Peppa Wild Thing vs. Push it. Random first song but maybe my iPod was onto something as Mile 1 seemed to be a fast one for me. Everything else was a blur up until the end when my song playing when I crossed the finish line was Midnight Star Freekazoid. While I found the funniest one of them all was when I was listening to my iPod still as Nanci crossed the finish line several hours later. Her song for finishing her half marathon according to my iPod was MC Hammer here comes the hammer. I just laughed as anyone who knows my wife would find that totally hilarious. When crossing the finish line for this event I turned in a 36:59 for the run. Not what I was shooting for but a respectable number from what everyone tells me (especially for my second timed event).

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While I’ll admit I don’t get the same rush others do from running the race and crossing that finish Line. I do understand where they are coming from as it’s the same rush I get from playing paintball and winning the game.

What sport or activity do you get a rush from doing? Have you been following thru on your New Year’s Resolutions?

The next chapter

This past Friday 2/1/2013 we helped celebrate the closing of a chapter for a close friend, but also got to wish him luck on his next chapter. A friend of many has decided to move to Oregon. While some people would say ok what’s the big deal he’s moving? He’ll be leaving Monday for Oregon but the way he chose to go is what makes it unique. See he’ll be walking/hiking to Oregon from Tampa, FL which is the new chapter in his life. For those who know him this would come as no surprise as he’s often spoke of moving to Oregon. In this world you’ll meet two types of people “Those who dream” or “Those who do”. For anyone who knows Dave they’ll tell you without hesitation he’s one of the ones who takes those dreams and goes for it. While he’ll be missed by many we are all excited for him on the beginning of his next chapter in the book of life. Good luck with your trip and be safe, I can’t wait to read about your cross-country adventures.

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For those who would like to read of his cross-country adventures you can follow his blog or checkout his Facebook page.

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What dreams have you acted upon in the past? How did they change your life?

I love a good challenge

About this time for the past few years my office usually does the “Biggest Loser” weight loss challenge but I was sad to find out they wouldn’t be doing it this year. A friend of the wife approached a group of people and asked if they’d be interested in doing something similar and I responded immediately with a yes. The challenge for me isn’t about winning or losing, but about achieving goals (with a little incentive at the end for the biggest loser). It’s about commitment, lifestyle changes, goals with rewards and all that drive our inner competitive nature to be the best that we can be. This particular challenge is health driven and those participating will be losing weight in a healthy manner. This is the best part as I’ve been in other contests where individuals have gone to the extremes and used diet pills or even dehydration to the point of being sick for several days after the competition. While these individuals may have won the competition, they failed the test. See, the objective was to make a healthy lifestyle change and stick to it. While they dropped the weight in record time, I’ve revisited those individuals and they have gained it back and then some. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to win, but the way I look at it is if you’ve committed to participate in the challenge then you’ve already won.

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Do you have plans for a healthier New Year? What changes have you made to make it happen?