Good Morning everyone,
Writing this has been a long time coming, and thats just because over the past couple weeks, since I last wrote a blog post life has been going a thousand miles an hour. While that's no excuse for not writing a little blog post daily, I'm back and going to try to get back into the swing of things everyday. If I don't get it done everyday, then every other day will have to suffice, but I promise no more of these two weeks between blog posts! Today's run was great, it's starting to get cooler in the mornings, which is a good thing, but also can be a bad thing also. The bad thing being, the sun doesn't wake up until after seven o'clock which makes it even more difficult to get up and get your run in. The past few days, I've been trying to get up early and get it out of the way, but I've also been running in pitch black the past days also. As we enter the fall and winter seasons it's going to get harder and harder to wake up and start your day off with a run. But I don't want anyone to lose sight of why I am doing this, or why you might be doing this. Starting this challenge in the middle of the summer has prepared myself for the hottest conditions and honestly I'm ready for the coldest conditions also. I didn't start this challenge to try to improve my mile run (it just happens to have decreased in time as we go on), I started this challenge to become more comfortable with running and that is exactly what has happened. I'm almost to triple digits, and I don't plan on stopping anytime soon! Also, today's run was I'm pretty sure my quickest one so far, 9:13.
What did I listen to- Despacito, Finn Balor's Entrance Music, and What Does the Fox Say
Passage of the Day- John 4:13-14, "Jesus said, 'Everyone who drinkings from this water will get thirsty again. But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again--ever! In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up within him for eternal life.'"
Thank's for checking in everyone, I do apologize for being MIA for the past couple weeks but I haven't missed a day! I keep posting things on social media if you want to go check that out! Thank you!
Good Morning folks! As you know I'm heading to Colorado this weekend for an event and I could not be more excited! I am going to do my best to get in a run each day that I am away until I get home on Monday. While I am away like I said the other day, you can follow me on all social media platforms to see how the trip is going. I'm going to try and do a blog or two while I'm there, but I will not have much technology with me except my phone and iPad, so the blog post will probably be short if they are going to exist at all. Today's run was a good one, I woke up a little before 6 and figured I would wake up and get the run over with so I had the rest of the day to relax before I head up to DC to see a buddy and fly out tomorrow morning! It was really nice and chilly, but also pretty dark, as you can see in my picture below, the moon was still shining bright and it almost made it difficult to get out of bed and actually start my run. But I'm really glad I woke up and got it done. I know it is probably difficult for a lot of people to wake up early and workout or run, but I promise once you get into a great routine and you just keep plugging away, it becomes easier and easier!
What did I listen to? Pop Fitness Pandora Radio Station
Passage of the day: Luke 20:17-18, "Jesus looked directly at them and asked, 'Then what is the meaning of that which is written: 'The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone'? Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.'"
I encourage everyone to go back and read the entire passage of Luke 20:9-19. It's the Parable of the Tenants, I thought it was a really great passage. Thanks again everyone for checking in and we'll do it again once more tomorrow! My post over the next few days may just be a quick excerpt from my run and a bible verse. Keep it locked here!
So let me set the stage for the day, then I'll get back to my run. I've got one of the longest days ever, working this morning from 6am-10pm. So I had to think to myself, how in the world am I going to get my run in? I've been running for 61 days straight, I can't just stop at 62. Last night before I headed to bed I told myself, "I'm going to set my alarm for 3:30 and if I wake up and I'm tired, I'll go back to sleep, but if I feel okay, I'll wake up and run." Well long story short, I woke up this morning at 3:30am and got my run out of the way. It was incredible, I swear that I caught the perfect time right before it got humid that it was so nice and cool outside, and it just felt great! I woke up thinking, this could be the biggest mistake of the day but I would have felt pretty lousy if I didn't wake up and get my run in this morning. Anyway, it felt great and I didn't time myself, but I'm pretty sure my time was close to 9:30ish, which is a very good time for me, and especially since I probably looked like a zombie, I'll take it.
What did I listen to? WWE Music (what else)
Verse of the Day: Luke 16:10, "'Whoever is faithful in very little is also faithful in much, and whoever is unrighteous in very little is also unrighteous in much.'"
Thank you all for popping in and reading today's blog, I know it probably sounds like I'm saying the same things over and over, but it really helps when I can share how my run went with everyone during the day. I've heard some stories of other's around the country starting to run because of what I've been doing and I'm blown away. Keep going and if you want to start your own running streak, start at Day 1, you won't be sorry.
It's always such a nice day when I get to run with someone. Especially when that someone is the girl I love so much, my girlfriend Katie. It was actually really nice outside to go for a run, we were a little nervous that it was going to start raining on us right in the middle and we would have to attempt and sprint the remainder of the run but it actually held off, and as of right now as I write this blog, it still hasn't rained yet. I know I've said this a million times, but I can't say it enough just how much running used to scare me over 2 months ago, but can you believe that on September 1st I've been running for 60 days straight. I find it hard to believe sometimes that I have been doing this for that long, but sure enough it's been a really great 60 days. Have all the runs been amazing, heck no. But I'm still getting out there and doing at least a mile a day and will continue to for as long as I can get it in! My schedule is about to get really busy flying all over the country and being on the road for events, I think it's going to be the toughest to keep it going through that, but I'm up for the challenge and do not want to stop anytime soon. I say we take it to triple digits, who's with me? Until then, we'll just take each day as they come and right now I'm focused on Day 61!
What did I listen to: WWE Music
Passage of the Day: Luke 15:8-10, "'Or what woman who has 10 silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweet the house, and search carefully until she finds it? When she finds it, she calls her women friends and neighbors together saying, 'Rejoin with me, because I have found the silver coin I lost!' I tell you, in the same way there is joy in the presence of God's angels over one sinner who repents.'"
Another day is down, and the next few days are going to be later runs! Hopefully the weather holds up and it's going to be an amazing run! See you tomorrow!
Today I decided to go do my run at CrossFit Krypton, which is one of my favorite places to be, with some of my good friends and able to catch up with people I haven't seen for a little while. It was perfect because I was having Christian Becker on my podcast (The Big Red Express), and it was a good chance to get my run in before our chat. It felt like a really quick run, which made it a little bit better, I felt great and since I hadn't run that route since Memorial Day, felt good to switch things up and have a little change of scenery. I gotta do that more often.
I wanted to say something about running, I recently read an article on Runner's World, about a lady who has been running for over 250 days in a row. I look at that number and I'm like HOLY COW, how do you run for that many days in a row? But then I look at my streak so far, and I'm thinking that exact thing. How have I been able to run at least a mile everyday for the past 59 days. Along with this article that was posted on Facebook, people started leaving comments about how bad running is for you, and is for your body and that you shouldn't run day after day after day. And in some cases I agree with that, but to comment about that on a post that is praising someone who has changed her life and that has made her life better by running each day I think is a pretty low move. Why can't we just congratulate people for doing something that is hard to do, for sticking with something that isn't easy. I don't want to ramble too much, but I wanted to personally send a congratulations to April Rueb for continuing to run for 250+ days. I hope the streak is still going and I hope it continues for a long time! If you want to check out the article you can CLICK HERE.
Anyway, today's run was a good one and I'm glad I decided to head to CrossFit Krypton and knock it out!
What did I listen to? Jock Jams radio on Pandora
Passage of the Day: Luke 14:8-10, "'When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, don't recline at the best place, because a more distinguished person than you may have been invited by your host. The one who invited both of you may come and say to you, Give you pace to this man, and then in humiliation, you will proceed to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and recline in the lowest place, so that when the one who incited you comes, he will say to you, Friend move up higher. You will then be honored in the presence of all the other guests. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.'"
Thank you for checking in to today's blog and as always, I couldn't do this without the outpour of love and support along the way. We'll do it again tomorrow and I don't know about you, but I am so ready for some cooler weather!
My running story,
As we all know, you either like to run or don’t! I never enjoyed running in any workout or would enjoy going for a daily jog, although I knew it would help me become a better athlete. I would avoid it by all cost, until it was absolute necessary.
I got inspired by watching Robbie, (Big Red Express) who we all have seen at a Crossfit event here or there. Robbie started running a mile a day and kept everyone informed through social media. Some would say this as annoying constantly seeing this but I was truly impressed by his commitment. Running is not fun nor easy for people who don’t like to run.
Because of Big Red I decided to join him starting the month of August, running just a mile a day. I knew that I could run the whole mile without stopping under 10 minutes. My challenge would be, to be consistent and stick to the commit, running every day for the month. I mentally was prepared for this task.
I set in my mind to listen to certain music which I knew was going to end before my mile was done. I chose to run most days at a local track. For me it was easier to be focused on 4 laps and I was done.
After day one, not a problem. Day two, hey that was a PR for me because I never ran a mile in consecutive days in a row. Day five, all I thought was it wasn’t that bad. I was truly shocked I was still running, but I knew I started something and wanted to finish it.
Less than ten minutes a day and its over for me. By day five I knew I wanted to continue to stick with this and hopefully I will see a much better performance in all aspects in the gym
I periodically kept up with my running on social media because some people would give negative feedback. People would say “it’s only a mile”. They were right, it wasn’t that far and I knew I could keep going if I needed to push it. To me though, I didn’t let it bother me because I felt like I was doing exactly what I wanted and it was working. Running wasn’t as bad I as I always complained about it.
By day fifteen of running I felt great and could tell I was starting to even lose some weight. At the end of the running I wasn’t breathing as hard and felt like I could keep going. I started to enjoy it but still knew I wasn’t planning of becoming a marathon runner or anything. I just wanted to tackle a weakness and become better at running.
At day 22 I started to feel have flu like symptoms but hadn’t been diagnosed with anything at this point. I waited until late into this evening to get my run it. This was the most difficult time running for me. First time in the consecutive days running that I didn’t run without stopping. I walked a few times because I was having difficulty breathing. The next day I went to the doctors and had a bad case of strep throat. My tonsils were badly swollen, which made it difficult to breath.
My goal was not reached for the whole month of running but I still accomplished by running a mile a day for 22 days.
I encourage anyone who doesn’t enjoy running or anything to push yourself to be better. You don't have to do anything drastic. Start with small goals, and continue to push yourself and you will surprise yourself. You must get out of the comfort zone to achieve greatness. It’s possible you must be ready mentally. The body can handle the punishment, you just must be ready for the ride. There is no better moment to change your life than now.
Thanks for your inspiration BIG Red
Today's run wasn't as good as last nights run, but I think the main reason for that, is because I ran so late last night and then decided to wake up early this morning and run again. The title of my blog today has little to do with this running challenge, but a lot to do with the daily devotional or Bible Verses of the Day that I add to every blog post. As many of you know I am a very outgoing person, it's not hard for me to go out and meet new people and be friendly to almost anyone I come in contact with, but one of the hardest things for me to do is to consistently share my faith or beliefs with other people. Many of you see me wear shirts that have Bible Verses on them, and you see these posts I blog about and probably think that I'm the most religious/spiritual person in the world. First off let me just clear the air, I'm Not. I have a personal relationships with the Savior of the Universe Jesus Christ and I work hard everyday to do His will for my life, and to try and encourage people to follow suit. It's never been easy for me to just go up to someone randomly and tell them I'm a Christian and then continue to tell them what the Lord has done for me over all the years. I try to use social media very smart, I don't ever want to feel like I'm a different person on Social Media than I am in person. This blog has helped me become a better believer and has done nothing but strengthen my relationship with Christ. You can say all you want that the past 56 days have been solely about running, but it's has been about so much more to me personally, it's been about working hard to read a chapter in the bible every single day. It's been about challenging myself to love others no matter what they have done to me, and it's been about loving others the way Christ has loved me. I'm thankful I'm able to write a blog post almost everyday and have a bible verse or two thrown in and keep myself accountable, and hopefully inspire and motivate anyone else who wants to either start a relationship with Christ, or strengthen it to do that very thing.
What did I listen to? Random Songs from my iTunes Playlist
Verse of the Day: Luke 12:22-23, "Then He said to His disciples: 'Therefore I tell you, don't worry about your life, what you will eat; or about the body, what you will wear. For life is more than food and the body more than clothing.'"
The passage does continue and I challenge you to click THIS LINK, and read the remainder of it. Thank you to everyone who has encouraged me to Shine a Bright Light. My verse yesterday said it perfectly about you don't have a light and hide it under a basket, but you shine it for the world to see. Jesus Christ and my relationship with Him is my light, and I'm going to shine for everyone to see!