#MedalMonday-Running For Cancer & Family Bonfires

I have not ran since last November as I have taken this year to build my strength and to take a step back from the competitive running circuit. It has not been an easy thing but I am confident that when it comes time to train I will be ready.

My SIL asked me a couple of months ago if I would like to run a 5k with her as she has gotten a hold of the fitness bug and wanted to do. I said ok as I am never going to turn down a chance to support someone wanting to better themselves.

The race we chose was the Run For Kids Cancer 5K in Ballantyne. The event was cool and there was plenty of stuff for the kids to do.

Soon the race was on and we did good. I ran at my SIL pace and we took our time.

Soon we finished and got some pretty awesome medals. I must say it felt great to once again cross the finish line.

Later that day we celebrated with a bonfire, pizza and s’mores.

#MedalMonday- 6 Pack Series Medal

Here we are. The past few weeks now I have recap my most favorite races. I have posted a ton of pictures from each race and of course taken pictures of the fronts and backs of all my medals Why the backs? Well one thing that was so cool about those medals was that they connect to make one big huge massive medal.

Completing this series of races last year was a huge accomplishment for me and I take pride in all the hard work I put to my 2016 race season. I am ready to brush off the running shoes soon to get ready for 2018 which is going to be a huge year for me. I am doing my first Triathlon, running the Star Wars Half Marathon in Disney World, and maybe a crossfit competition. 2017 I have taken a break from the race season to focus more on weight training but I will return an maybe in 2019 do the six pack series again.

#MedalMonday Hit The Brixx 5K

This week I am talking about Hit The Brixx 5k and 10k from September 17, 2016. This race was awesome and left me so full….more on this later.

This race was in Uptown at the Brixx Pizza. This is one of my favorite places to eat cause their food is out of this world. They also have a great selection of beer.

We got to this race early just like we always do. When I say we I mean my wife and kids came also. Of course when we arrived my oldest had to pee. What we did not count on was that the line was out the door for the bathroom and there were no port-johns anywhere as they were late to arrive.

By the time my wife got done in the bathroom the 10k had already started and I missed it as I was suppose to run Bothe the 10k and the 5k back to back. I was not mad but a little disappointed.

So we waited out in Uptown for the 5k to start which was fine cause it gave me a chance to hang with my kids and take some cool photos.

As for the race itself. It was very hilly. There were so many hills but it was a fun course to run. I love running in Charlotte anyways. I push harder and harder and made it through the hills. When I arrived at the finish line I saw my daughter and she wanted me to pick her up. Just like the Charlotte Marathon, I picker her up and carried her with me over the finish line.

Afterwards we fed our faces with unlimited pizza and beer. It gave me the opportunity to try some of the cool local brews. Man are they good.

If you are looking for a fun race and some good pizza and beer then be prepared to Hit The Bixx!

#MedalMonday- Yiasou Greek Festival 5K

This week I am talking about the famous Yiasou Greek Festival 5k. This race is part of the six pack series that Run For Your Life sponsors. Its one of the six medals I got last year. The food is as good as the race. It also happens to be the latest 5k in Charlotte.

That morning I found my way to the race with the usual signs of a contestant. I had to pee like I do with all races and like always, you have to wait in line. The lines for the bathroom are always long at these races. I think it is due to the fact that they sell out fast.

After using the bathroom and chilling before the race, it was time to line up and get going.

The race was run and the course was fairly easy. I remember all the cars parked in the street and how some people were running into them as they were trying to pass people.

The race was short but it was a 5k so what do you expect. Once I crossed the finish line I got my medal and had a beer under a tree. I stayed a while and ate some really good greek food before heading home.

If anyone is looking for a simple, flat, and fun 5k in Charlotte then this race is for you. It is nothing fancy but a lot of fun.

Happy Monday! Lets get this week!

 

Crazy Week


This week has been crazy and it is only Wednesday. At least we have half way through the week. I think they call this “hump day”. 

I am currently on a train heading into work after an intense crossfit partner workout. There was a lot of running, snatching, pulling up and of course sweat. 

Saw my mom last night and she is doing much better. The doctors are saying she is going to be discharged today and sent to rehab. I can’t wait to see how she recovers after a week at rehab. She seemed in good sports last night despite having a bad headache and not being able to keep her eyes open. Keep the prayers coming. 

I am super excited cause I got my email about packet pickup for the Greek Festival 5k today. So excited for this race. It’s going to be so much fun. This is the last short distance race of the year for me. The next few race are between 9 and 13 miles. Man I love running. 

Got a lot of good content coming in the next few weeks so be on the lookout! 

The Mother Of All 5ks- The Mother’s Day 5k Recap


After running this race I have to say learned some very important lessons about marriage and life. One of those lessons is that you never run a race on Mother’s Day and the other is never listen to your wife when she tells you it is ok to run a race on Mother’s Day. This is the reason why. 

I really wanted to run this race but I did not want to take time away from my wife on Mother’s Day. That was her day after all and needed to spend it her way. She did not need to stand outside early in the morning waiting for me to come across the finish line. Right? See, I am pretty thoughtful. 

After running the best half marathon of my life in Oak Island in April, I was on a  buzz. A running high so to speak. Never make decisions on a running high cause they are never thought the whole way through.  My wife told me that it was ok to register for the Mother’s Day 5k if I wanted to. Without even thinking I registered the very next day. 


As the day of the race came close my wife started to regret telling me it was ok to run it. She wanted to sleep in and be pampered and I can’t say I blame her. It’s her day. The week of the race she complained that I was running it and I offered to not but she insisted that I do it. 


The day of the race came and we got up early in the morning and got the kids ready and were out the door in about 10 minutes. I had let my wife sleep the morning before so she got some rest. 

We arrived and started to look around. I lined up and away we went. I forgot how much I loved 5k runs. They are so quick so I go extra hard on them. I lived running through South Park. So many cool things to look at. 

I finished really strong and came in at a record breaking 27:15 which is a new PR for me. 


After the race I did see my mom and I hung out with my wife all day and it worked out. My wife is amazing and the best mom ever. I ran this race to honor her and the amazing things she does for my daughters and I.  She is amazing. 

Here are my results:


I am not running another race until July but I have a even more important announcement to make. I am doing my first ever Crossfit competition. 

Next up: Battle of Mint Hill! 

2016 Race Schedule

  
Well 2015 was a great year. I completed two milestones that I never thought possible. A lot of people have asked me what am I going to do now? To be completely honest I don’t really have a plan. I really want to focus on lifting but I can’t go a whole year without a little running. I also can’t run without bringing you guys along for the ride. 

This year is all about the bling when it comes to running. I got the itch after the marathon. I think I carried that heavy finisher metal around with me for two weeks. I was and I am still proud but I want more metals. So I have to earn them. 

Here is the 2016 Race schedule for me…

February 7- The Super Bowl 4 Miler

March 12- The Shamrock 4 Miler

April 16- The Oak Island Lighthouse Half Marathon 

July 4- American 4 Miler

August 27- Yiasou Greek Festival 5K

September 17- Hit The Brix 5k & 10

October 2- Lung Strong 15k

October 15- Rocktoberfest Half Marathon

November 12- Thunder Road Marathon??

9 races and 9 metals for the year of 2016. I have not totally made up my mind about Thunder Road this year due mainly cause of the hard recovery I had afterwards. Those leg cramps are nothing to joke about. 

So I have about three weeks until the first race and I need to get started with my training. I know I can complete these races but I also don’t want to be over confident. I just need to run and more importantly have fun. 

So here is to a great race season. Be looking for my recap of the Super Bowl 4 Miler coming in a few weeks. 

Training Is Almost Done! 

So my half marathon is this weekend! I can’t believe it’s almost here. It seems just yesterday I decided to take the leap and push myself to the max. Since my last post about my training I have been getting a lot of questions about how training is going and if I am improving. Here is my latest update.

So training has been hard. There has been days where I feel like I can’t do it. There are days where I am pumped and there has been days where I skip training all together. It’s just the way it is.

As many of you know I have been doing crossfit three days out of the week. It has been a lot of fun a really challenging. I have met a lot of cool people who have the same goals as me and they do a real great job of keeping me motivated. I was told by the owner that with doing crossfit and half marathon training I would see a huge improvement in my overall time. I did not believe him at all.

One thing that happened during my training was I got so crazy allergies. It caused me to not be able to run for two weeks. As I was starting to feel better I resumed my training I could not run long distance. I would get tired or feel as if I could not breathe. It made my confidence very low. I was getting worried if I could finish this half marathon or not.

I decided that I needed to do a practice run. So Sunday I decided to run 11 miles. I told my wife to be by her phone just in case I needed her to come get me. I made a real good start. Miles 1 thru 3 were easy. Then a crazy thing happened around mile 5. I was actually getting faster per minute. My pace was getting better and I was running a minute faster per mile. When I finished to mile 11 my total time was 1:42:36. I even beat my 10k and 5k records!

 

My confidence is back and I am ready to head to Oak Island. I have one more run that is tomorrow. It’s a 5 mile jog and I am excited to get it out of the way. I feel this could be my best run yet!

  

 

****Friday’s blog will be live!****

Half A Year Of Fitness

I know a lot of my readers are more than likely tired of reading about my workouts but I have to say that I am really proud of this journey. I have enjoyed where it has taken me and excited for where it is going to take me.

I was sitting a home a few nights ago looking at pictures on my iPad when I noticed how much I have physically changed in six months. It’s hard to believe it all started with a simple walk on a treadmill.

January rolled around and I decided to start running something I have never done before. I weighed in at a rough looking and feeling 289 back then. I started with a small run of one mile. By the time I was done with the month I was running a solid two miles in 25 minutes.

When February came I reached the three mile mark. I could run a 5k in under 35 minutes. My pants were loose and I was weighing in somewhere in the 260s. My clothes were fitting better and I felt better as a person. I started changing my diet and counting the calories I was eating. That made a huge difference. I even had a killer swim workout that month. Still have a lot more work to do with that.

In March I decided after a dinner with my family to challenge myself a little. The weather was getting warmer and I needed to do something crazy. I decided to run a 5k race. So I began training three days a week for it. Running as hard as I could to get my time down to under thirty minutes. At this point I was about 255 on the scale.

April brought me another curve ball in my way. I was asked to run a 5k at the beach with my brother. I was excited and scared to run my first race. I had been training so hard for my suppose to be first race in May but I just considered this one a practice. I got to the race and ended up finishing third in my age division in 29:25! I was really proud of myself and I even got an award. I also went to my first yoga class and now I love yoga. I even got a mat.

Coming fresh off that win, I knew the month of May was going to better. I started off training really good but then life stuff happened and I became kind of lazy. I was scared u was not going to do good at my next race. I showed up nervous and scared but I ended up beating my time. I came in at 26:51. I was fifth in my age division but I did not care. I proved to myself I could do it.

Since accomplishing me race goal I made some really good choices in June. I bought a bike to try cycling. I started to run more. I even chose my next race which is next year in Charleston, South Carolina. The big 10k known as The Cooper River Bridge Run! I was not weighing in at my lowest which was 228 and I dropped to my third pant size. I thought to myself I am going to reward myself with a crazy adventure. So I decided to go zip-lining. My wife, sister-in-law, and brother-in-law went with me. It was the most scary and greatest thing ever. Also I went on my first hike and really felt relaxed and one with nature. That sounded super lame!

It’s been a crazy life changing year for me. I have learned so much about myself and what it really means to be active. I at least try to be active an hour a day. I do sometimes fall short but I just pick myself up. I honestly believe I would not be able to do this without the support of my amazing wife and daughter. They are the reason I have even started this. They say fatherhood changes a man and I believe that with all my heart.

Now what’s happening for the rest of 2014? Here is what’s happening and coming up!

-Right now I am finishing up my July Crossfit Challenge. If you read the blog regularly you already know how that is going.

-In August and September, you will be seeing a lot more cycling and more weightlifting.

-October is a big month cause I will be starting my training for The Cooper Bridge 10k. Also, more yoga!

That’s just a few things I have planned. I am sure there will be other great stuff. I really want to try a kickboxing class or boot camp. My long term fitness goals is to run a half marathon, a marathon, and then a triathlon before I am 35. I would also like to complete a Spartan Race and a Iron Man. All in good time!

Thanks everyone for being so supportive. I do promise that I have some great new blogs about K-Dub coming so look out for those.

Until next time!

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Another Race In The Books!

 

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This past Saturday I had my second 5K race and I have to say it went very well. I was so worried all week leading up to Saturday that I certain that I was going to make a fool of myself.

It did not help things when my wife reminded me that I had not trained nearly as hard for this one as I did the last one. This truth made me more worried as I was sure that all the hard work I did attempt to put was going to be all for nothing.

Saturday morning came quick. I woke up at 6:30 am and put on my race attire. I put on the same stuff I wore at my last race cause I am ver superstitious about stuff like that. My wife got K-Dub up and dressed and then we were off.

We arrived at the Monroe Aquatic Center 20 minutes before the start of my race. My dad was already there waiting on us and gave me some last words of encouragement as I stretched and warmed up. Then it was time to line up. I took my position at close to the back after getting a good luck kiss from BrittWhitFun and K-Dub and then I heard GET SET, GO!

I was off to a great start, I was passing a lot of people while still keeping a steady pace. My music was pumping the usual MC Hammer jams and I was in a good place. Soon I was in my second mile and I started to get tired but kept pushing and pushing. Soon I was in mile three and I felt like I could die but still kept pushing harder and harder. The sun was beaming down as I was going up the last hill. Finally the finish line was in my sight and I decided to sprint. I ran faster and faster and I saw my wife and daughter clapping and cheering as I got closer to the finish line. I crossed the finished line feeling accomplished and happy.

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Crossing the finish line!

What was my time?

Did I place?

These questions were burning in my mind as I sipped on my water and tried to cool off. Then I noticed the results were posted on the wall. I walked up to the wall and saw my name. My stats were as follows.

Time: 26:51
Overall Place: 57
Division (20-29): 5
Gender Place: 36

So I did not place but I beat my time so I will take it. If the age divisions were every five years instead of 10 I would have placed with no problem. The point is that I completed my second 5k better than ever. I am ready for my next race but I have some great activities planned this summer and I can’t wait to tell you about my upcoming adventures.