#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- Lake Norman 15k

Out of all the races from last year this was the second worst one in mob opinion. I had never been to Lake Norman before so when it came time for this race I had no idea what to expect.

This was one of those races where I had to go alone as Brittney was busy with our newborn at the time. So I made the trip out there solo. It was 10 miles and I was used to running 10 miles. How hard could this one be.

The first few miles were great. We ran through a park and through a couple of nice neighborhoods then things took a turn.

There all the sudden were a lot of hills…Like A LOT! I would myself struggling around miles 7 to 9 cause it was beginning to take a tole on my feet.

When I reach mile 10 it felt like it was never going to happen. I had to really push myself to the end but I made it.

If you love a challenge then this race is for you.

#MedalMonday

So on Mondays I will showcase one of my medals from my races. This is a very popular hashtag on Instagram and a really fun one to look at.

This weeks medal is from my most recent fitness adventure- The Charlotte Spartan Sprint. You can read all about the race here. Here is an up close view of what the medal looked like.

Late Training

So today was the first day I have ran since the Mother’s Day 5k. I have to say I was little worried. Why? Maybe its because I have a race in 13 DAYS!!!!

Yes that is right. I have a race in two weeks and I have not taken the first step to train until today. The American 4 Miler is creeping up fast and I still feel not so prepared as I have in my previous races.

So this afternoon, I grabbed my gym clothes out of my bag and headed to the gym at my office and hopped on the treadmill for what I feared was going to be the longest 4 miles of my life.

One thing I have learned is that it is not how many times you  are active, it is the fact that you ARE active. That is the most important thing. I am not a patient person and I would give anything to get rid of my gut and show some type of definition in my abs but I know with clean eating and hard training, I will get there someday.

As for my run, I never felt more alive after a run. I ate some spicy honey chicken I made during my meal prep on Sunday that was not a good idea. I felt sorry for the people running beside me as I was passing some serious gas. I feel confident that this race will not be a problem as long as I stick to training hard.

That is all for this week

T.

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! 

Oak Island Lighthouse Half Marathon Recap

  
Well the third time is a charm as they say. I have to say that the highlight of my spring is heading down to Oak Island in April for a weekend with the family. Not only is this run very fun and challenging, it’s a great first half marathon for anyone wanting to try it. 

  
Packet pickup last year was at the Chamber of Commerce building. This year they decided to have it at the airport. It was a little hard to find for any out of town runner like myself but I found it. My wife has a great sense of direction.  The T-shirts this year are way better this year then last. They fit way better. I actually ordered a 2X cause I thought it was going to be like last years tight fitting shirts. 

  

I was a little worried going into this race cause I had pulled a muscle in my back on Wednesday and then pulled it again on Friday morning at crossfit. So I was in pain. I took some anti inflammatory pills and was feeling better but was I feeling 13.1 miles better? 

The morning of the race I was feeling confident. This was my third year running this race. I was a seasoned vet at this point. The race moved locations and now no longer required you to run over that big bridge but now required you to run to the NC Baptist Assembly and then turn around and come back. 

  
The buzzard went off and the race began. I kept a slow pace to the mile one marker as always so the crowd would start to thin. So many people this year. This race has grown so much in popularity over the years. Then I moved to my 8 minute pace and stayed there. I could feel my body getting comfortable with my pace. I smiled and I knew at the 3 mile marker that this was going to be my race. 

I ran faster and stronger then ever before. I stopped at ever water station and walked as I drank my water and then resumed my race like a boss. Soon I coming close to the turn around at mile 7 and it felt like forever for me to get there. Finally I reached it and I knew that now was the last phase of this race. I had to keep it together. 

  

On the way back I saw all the people I passed. They looked tired as I felt. I cheered them in as I passed them. Soon I was back in the residential area around the end of mile 8 and I knew I was almost done. Residents crowded along the streets with signs and yelling for us to have a great race. I was having the best race of my life. 

Soon I was on the way back to the road closest to the beach. I released I was on mile 12 and this was most over. I texted my wife and barley said “1mile left”. That was how it looked. They say the last mile is the hardest in any race and they are right. It seemed that mile took forever. 

Soon the finish line was in sight and I made it. My wife and kids greeted me and they handed me my find her medal which was a huge margarita glass. 

  
I loved the new course and the fact that I walked away from this race with a new PR for a half marathon. The medal is not an ideal finisher medal but great for a Jimmy Buffet themed race. 

  

  
  
After the race I changed clothes and we grabbed some taco and rode to Carolina Beach and got donuts at the magical place called Britt’s Donuts. 

  
Great weekend and a great race! 

Now on to the next race…The Mother’s Day 5k! 

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. 

Oak Island Half Marathon Run Recap

  

So I did it! I ran my first half marathon race! I am officially a half marathon runner!

First, let me say that I am sorry the blog entry from Friday never posted. It was a user error. I don’t like using the mobile blogging app and now I am reminded why.

Anyways, lets get to the race.

Saturday morning arrived. I was pumped and nervous at the same time. I could not wait to get started and show myself what I could do. I ate a good breakfast and drank some Amino Energy. I was ready and determined to do well!

When we arrived at the race, traffic was crazy trying to get in a get parked. With only 15 minutes until the race was going to start, I got out and stretched and walked up to the starting line. It was very cloudy outside. I was nervous it was going to rain and I was right.

  

The buzzard went off and the race had begun, I said to myself lets start at an easy pace and work our way up. When I reach to start of Caswell Road it began to rain. My glasses were covered in rain and my face was wet. By the time I reach mile 3 my shoes and socks were completely soaked. I knew I was in trouble.

At mile 4 you have to cross over the big bridge that connects Oak Island and Southport. I knew this bridge was going to be a challenge but carrying the extra weight from the water in my shoes was not going to help. I still manage to get over. I saw other people struggle to make it up. It made me feel that I was in good company. At one point a woman was leaning over the bridge blowing chunks. I felt bad but told myself that this was not going to be me. After making the loop around you had to go back over the bridge again. I made it over and was done with mile 6 when my calves started to feel as if they were on fire.

Miles 7- 9 were thru some residential areas. I remember thinking that this maze was never going to end. At mile 8 I stopped at a water station. The first time I stopped the complete race. I needed a minute to get myself together. My legs were on fire.

At mile 10 I knew I was not going to make it under the two hour mark liked I wanted to but I had to keep going. Pushing through the pain I jogged my way up to mile 12. One more mile is what I kept telling myself. ONE MORE MILE!!!

Soon the finish line was there and I could hear the cheers and see the people waiving at me. I pushed through and made it to the finish line with a smile on face. I happily accepted my medal that I earned. My total time was 2:35:05, which is not my best but through the crazy weather conditions, I will take it!

One thing this race taught me is that you can train all day every day but there are some things that are just not in your control. Finishing a race at any time is still finishing and you need to be proud of just that. At least I finished and I can say I ran a half marathon. I will be back next year! Its already on my calendar!

So what’s next for this runner? A much need break from running. I am think a couple of weeks to get my body back to where I need it to be. Then, I am going to start training for The Charlotte Thunder Road Marathon! That’s right 26.2 miles and I am both scared and excited! Wish me luck!

  

Its Back To The Races!

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 Well I am happy to say that I am finally back to my workout routine. Its been a long two weeks but I have finally made it back to the track.

Yesterday I headed back to the gym with every intent to take it easy. After dealing with gout, I wanted to make sure my foot was well taken care of. As the sun was on the rise, I pulled into the parking lot around five in the morning. I like going to the gym that early cause there is no one there. After locking my gym bag in my locker, I headed to the track.

There was no one there and it was calm and peaceful. Just the way I like it. I turned on my running playlist and my Nike+Running app and took off. I went slow at first just to get my pace then after mile one decided to pick it up a little bit. I was so nice to just run without having to worry about beating my time. My races are done and I am currently not training for anything. This was what running for fun felt like. I had forgotten.

Soon one mile turned into two then three and finally four miles. My foot felt great and I was in a state of “runner’s high”. There really is no better feeling. This month my goal is to run long distance. Why you ask? I have decided to leave the 5K race circuit and start working my towards 10k. This is huge for me cause now my runs are going to be longer and more intense. My next race is….

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So there you have it folks! I am heading to Charleston! My training starts on October 13, 2014. I am excited and can’t wait to get started. This is going to be a fun weekend.

Wish me luck!

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.