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. 

#MarathonRunner 26.2 Miles Of Pride

family

I really did mean to post this over the weekend but I was more focused on the fact that my legs were in a lot of pain. As from what you can tell from the title of this blog entry is that I did it! I conquered the most hardest challenge to date. I have to say that I really did not think I was going to make it. I was worried after month five of my training and a little embarrassed.

After my post about month five, I only ran 4 times before the marathon. I was nervous about the long runs cause I did not want to have any issues that close to race day. So I focused on my new job and taking care of Evie and K-Dub. Then about two weeks before the race, I decided it was time to put back on the running shoes. Those four runs were amazing. I felt like I was back and that nothing could stop me. I was ready for Thunder Road.

Thursday before the race I started to carb load. I loved it and saw it as a free pass to eat all the bread, pasta, and rice I wanted to. Who would not love that? Friday, I went and got my race packet and then reality sunk in. This was actually going to happen. Was I really ready? My family was coming to see me and I had friends who were tracking me on their phones. I just could not let then down.

The morning of the race, I got dressed and at a best bagel ever. Grabbed my bag of clothes to change into afterwards, made sure my water bottle were full, and then headed out the door. I parked at my office, which was a block from the race site and walked to the start line. There was no going back now.

Like any race, there is a lot of anticipation before the start. You start to get excited, your heart beats harder, your legs begin to twitch. Then… Its ready, set, GO!

The first half of the marathon I ran at a great 11 minute mile pace. I was consistent as I walked through every water station. I stayed with  my pacer who name was Tom. He was a great guy. We ran through Myers Park and through South Tryon Street as people were cheering us on along the way. I felt like a rock star and that this was going to be my race. I was going to do this.

When you get to mile 13 the course splits and the half marathon runners head one way to the finish line and the marathon runners go the other way. This was when the race got really boring. By the time was on the course to for the Marathon portion of the race, my pacer was gone and there was no longer anyone in front of me. I was told this was going to happen. There were only 900 marathon runners and I guess I was in the middle of them.

Map

Miles 13 to 18 were boring. There was only a few amount of people cheering you on. I felt alone. Then I got to NoDa. NoDa is a part of Charlotte that really is cool. They are the home of artist, musicians,  actors, and craft beer. LOTS of craft beer. These people were great. They made miles 17 and 18 a lot of fun. It was like running through a live in the morning frat party.

Around mile 20 and 21 was wear the problems started, At this point my body was crazy sore and I felt like my body was rejecting me. My legs started to cramp and I was exhausted. At this point I had been running for almost four hours. I had to run for five minutes and walk for one. This was my pace through miles 21 to 24. Soon into mile 23 the 5:15 pacers passed me and I knew I had to pick it up.

The last couple of mile I ran it. I was coming through Charlottetown and I could see the finish line in site. The home stretch. I went for it. I ran all way and passed the 26 mile marker knowing that around the corner my family would be there waiting on me. I was right. K-Dub was there and I picked her up and carried her across the finish line with me. She looked at me and said “Good Job Daddy”!

finish

Just like that, I was a MARATHON RUNNER!

After the race, I got my medal, took a few pictures and ate the best pizza of my life at Mellow Mushroom. I went over to my Sister-in-law’s house and showered and ate dinner. The pain started to settle in as I got home and in the bed that night. Sunday I could barley walk.. Was it worth it? HELL YES! Would I run another marathon anytime soon? HELL NO!

medal nephew

 

Marathon Training Month 5

  Month 5 was very challenging but I finally got to the root of the problem…

Monday

Rest Day

Tuesday

Evening– Crossfit (1 hr) & Meditation or Yoga (15 to 30 mins)

Wednesday

Morning- Recovery Run 3 miles

Thursday

Evening– Crossfit (1 hr) & Meditation or Yoga (15 to 30 mins)

Friday

Rest Day

Saturday

Morning- Crossfit (1 hr) & Meditation or Yoga (15 to 30 mins)

Sunday

Long Run from 7.50 to 12 Miles

Total Miles Ran- 47.6

As many of you know, last month I managed to have a crazy skin infection and I messed up my knee. Although I did not have another skin infection, I did manage to hurt my knee again, This time I wanted answers and I was going to do anything to get them. I found out that I was simply working out too much and needed to take a break. I also needed to have two rest days instead of one. I also started my new job and had to adjust my schedule. With only one month to go until the marathon, my biggest fear was being told that I could not do it.

Goals For Month six- Long distance, long distance and long distance. Now is the time to get it in a much as possible. I want to be able to run up to 20 miles before the end of the month. This week I am starting with 15 miles. We will see how it goes. If I can just keep my body in check and not injure myself then I will be good!

Here we go!

A Step Back

  

Well I am really surprised I have any readers out there at all. My wife actually made the comment to me yesterday that it had been a while since I last blogged. Our little family has gone through some major changes.

In case you have not followed me on social media lately, then you must know that I got an amazing promotion at work and now I am full time! This year has been hard and with the power of prayer and a lot of hard work I managed to score this amazing opportunity. I can’t wait to see what happens next as I continue to grow and learn more about the exciting world of advertising! Now I have to get use to working 8 hours again, fighting traffic, and getting up early.

Also I found out why my leg has been bothering me. My knee started to swell last week and it was really hurting. I found that my knee and entire leg became inflamed. The reason was that I was doing way too much exercising. So now I have cut back on my routine. Now I am just doing my cool down run  and my long. run. Today is the first day I feel like I could run again, which is good because my marathon is less then 8 weeks way! So this week I am back to hitting the pavement and I could not be more ready.

We are only 3 short weeks away from Baby E coming! We are in crunch mode as we finish her room, wash her clothes, fold her blankets, and bring out the high chair. Things are changing at our house. As the days get closer I am getting more scared and excited. I am ready to meet her but I am dreading the lack of sleep that any parent will tell you is a real struggle.

There are a lot of things to be thankful for and a lot to be scared about. Thanks to everyone who has kept my family in your prayers and continued to support us. You love and encouragement means the world to us!

Marathon Training- Month 4

  

Month 4 started off great. I was motivated and ready to start going faster and getting my speed up. Then something went wrong…

Monday

Morning- Crossfit (1 hr) & Meditation or Yoga (15 to 30 mins)

Tuesday

Morning– Fast Run 5 miles

Wednesday

Morning– Crossfit (1 hr) & Meditation or Yoga (15 to 30 mins)

Thursday

Morning– Fast Run  5 Miles

Friday

Morning– Crossfit (1 hr) & Meditation or Yoga (15 to 30 mins)

Saturday

Long Run from 7.50 to 10 Miles

Sunday

Rest Day

Total Miles Ran- 47.6

This month was great until the end. I was crushing my runs and even got my pace to 8:09 per mile. I was killing it. Then on the third week of the month I developed a skin infection that caused these boils to appear on my skin. I was placed on a huge round of antibiotics and was told not to go to the gym for 72 hours. If that was not enough, I developed a stiff knee to go along with it. So I spent that last week of the month nursing myself back to normal. This past Monday was the first time I have been to the gym in a week and I have to say I felt it. Tuesday night I started back on my running training and did a nice 3 mile jog. It felt good to be back and I learned that when injured, its ok to take some time off to heal. Your body will thank you.

Goals For Month Five- Well we have only two months left until the marathon and training is only going to get harder. I have taken a second job and my wife and I are expecting the arrival of our second child soon. I have a lot of long runs coming . The most distance my runs will cover is about 15 miles. I know that time will be the enemy in month five and I need to be more strict on myself when it comes to my runs. I just hope that my days of being on the injured list are over.

Here we go!

The Past Few Weeks

So I would be totally surprised if I had any readers left after this post. It’s not like I have been ignoring the blog but it seems that every time I go to write, it seemed that my mind just would come up with something. I guess I have a case of “extreme writer’s block”. Is that even a thing? 

I don’t want to keep writing about marathon training as that can get boring real quick. It has consumed most of my life at the moment.  My runs are getting faster and by the time I get to the end of the month I start to go further. I am both nervous and scared at this point. I am also excited to see how well I can do this. I have so much support around me. People taking time out of their day to come to the race to cheer me on. I feel I owe it to them and myself to keep going and not stop. 

Did I just bore you with a marathon training update? Sorry. 😁

Crossfit is starting to make a difference in my life. My body has never been stronger.  I actually have muscles on my arms, my chest is looking more chiseled and less like I have “man boobs”. I was really proud of myself for doing a 155 lb squat clean last week! That’s huge for someone like me. I also think I am ready to try a pull up. My coaches are amazing. Coach Greg, Sharon, and Mike encourage me to do my best. To push my limits and to never give up. I think after my marathon I am going to focus more on crossfit and work up to being able to compete. I think I am ready! 

As for the baby… I am not going into too much detail cause I have been working on a post about it. All I will say is that Everly moves a lot! She never stops! My wife has not slept good for the past two weeks and it’s not been the easiest time at our house. 

More on this later. 

  

Marathon Training Month 2

  

So we finally made it to the end of month number two of marathon training. It was a very interesting month. I have to say the runs were longer, more calories were burned, and my body was feeling the pain. Here is how month two went.

Monday

Morning- Crossfit (1 hr) & Meditation or Yoga (15 to 30 mins)
Evening- Cross Training (30 mins)

Tuesday

Morning– Comfortable Run 5 to 7.50 miles

Wednesday

Morning– Crossfit (1 hr) & Meditation or Yoga (15 to 30 mins)
Evening– Cross Training (30 mins)

Thursday

Morning– Run 3 to 5 Miles

Friday

Morning– Crossfit (1 hr) & Meditation or Yoga (15 to 30 mins)
Evening- Cross Training  (30 mins)

Saturday

Long Run from 7.50 to 10 Miles

Sunday

Rest Day

Total Miles Ran- 74.4

I started the month with the goal to burn 870 calories per day for week one. In week two I went up to 880 calories. In week three I hit my first snag and was unable to complete a full week of burning 890 calories per day. That was mostly because I was on vacation. So I went another week with this goal. Everything was going fine but I started to have some foot issues. My gout came back and my leg and foot were swollen really bad. I decided to take a Saturday off of running. My wife and peers told me I was doing too much and it was ok to take an extra day to rest if I needed it. They were right!

Goals For Month Three- I am going to work really hard on getting a handle on my nutrition and also the runs will be staying the same as far as the distance. The big focus for month three is start building speed as well as being able to maintain my pace on those long runs. I am more then likely going to cut back on my cross training to focus more on my running and I might schedule an extra day of rest so I don’t get injured like I did this past month.