Endurance Magazine

3 Feb

Here is some exciting news! In January Mom and I were featured in Endurance Magazine where they interviewed us on racing in the Ramblin’ Rose Triathlon last October!

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I got these images of the pages off of the online version of the magazine but my parents recently mailed me three copies of the magazine! I’m stoked to be part of Endurance Magazine and share my triathlon story!

Five Things Friday: Motivation

20 Jan

Let’s talk about motivation. Something I always need in my life!In the past I’ve thought about making a motivation wall in my house; a section of the wall in my office where I can put encouraging quotes or photos to motivate me to do the best in my training. It’s in the process of being up as I’m brainstorming how I want it laid out.

Lately I’ve been reminding myself of all the things I have going for me, especially on days when I don’t feel prepared for upcoming races or runs where I feel slower than usual.

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Here are things that keep me motivated to keep moving forward!

  1. My Health

If you had asked me a few years ago if I thought I was healthy, I would have replied, “of course! I eat my fruits and vegetables and rarely eat sweets”. In the past year or so I’ve realized that there is so much more to being healthy than just what you eat. I have worked really hard the past few years to get my body (and mind) to a healthy place and, though some days I struggle, I believe I have made a huge step in the right direction!

2. My Fit Goals

I have some great goals in place for myself in the upcoming year. These include completing my fourth consecutive year of the Rock ‘n Roll Raleigh half marathon in April, get a PR in my 5k time, train for the Ramblin’ Rose Triathlon in October, reach for healthy snacks instead of sweet, sugary candies, among a few other personal goals. These goals motivate me and talk to me everyday so I can be a better person, physically and mentally!

3. Feel Prepared for the Rock ‘n Roll Raleigh races in April

Speaking of training, I REALLY want to go into April feeling prepared to run the Rock ‘n Roll Raleigh 5k and the half marathon, on back-to-back days. Last year was the first year they had the 5k in addition to the half marathon and my parents and I ran them both, which was a little easier than I anticipated. This year I AM going in feeling ready to beast these races and encourage my wife in her first half marathon!!

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The first race my wife came to cheer me on, the Bull Moon Ride & Run 5k in 2014. This was the evening after our first date 🙂

4. Being a Good Role Model

I love encouraging others in their training and race adventures, it’s seriously one of my favorite things! After I cross the finish line at races I will get my bottle of water and a snack and just stand at the finish line cheering on everyone who finishes after me! If you watch carefully you can see the emotion those runners have; my favorite are those who have tears of happiness never thinking they would finish a long 13.1 miles and their face as they take that step over the finish line is unforgettable! Being a good role model to my friends and family is an amazing feeling! I try and be positive in everything I do and share that every chance I get!

5. Summer

I can’t forget about the summer body I strive for every year… a healthy summer body. Like I said, I used to know what a healthy body looked like but now I have more knowledge and more resources to get that real *healthy* summer body! Plus, I live less than an hour from the beach now so I can see a lot of summer day trips to the coast this year!

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I hold onto these things and always keep them in my mind as I’m going through my day-to-day life! This is what keeps me going, this is my encouragement, this is my motivation!

What motivates YOU? Share your most motivating quote!

The Struggle is Real

19 Jan

I don’t like starting off a blog entry confessing something that’s been on my mind, but I feel it’s important today. The pup and I took a mile and a half walk / jog today and I realized that not only do I need to do that more often but it’s about time I find a good exercise routine that works around my job at the hospital.

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Zoey pooped out on our walk this afternoon. 

A few months ago I started a new job where I’m working 12-hr shifts, three nights in a row. In between those nights I find myself sleeping… and only sleeping! I don’t plan on working out between my shifts because I feel that may put too much strain on my body and I can’t afford to go into work from 7pm – 7am feeling exhausted!

My biggest struggle with getting out and running lately has been the weather! (Any one else have problems getting out when it’s cold?). That’s a lousy excuse but very much true. I have found that lately since it’s been a bit warmer here in South Carolina I have been jogging more, but still feel like I need that calendar or schedule in order to get me ready for the Rock ‘n Roll Raleigh half marathon in a little over two months. I’m still doing some research and trying to get something solid together to make me feel good about my upcoming races!

To look at the positive, today’s jog was just what I needed today! It was refreshing and I even found a new trail! There was no one out there and it looked quite deserted so I didn’t go far (I don’t really know that area well yet) but it’s something I would probably feel comfortable exploring by bike one day!

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A lot of the trail looks like it was damaged by Hurricane Matthew back in October!!

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What kind of exercise routine do you have at home? Anyone else work crazy hours and have a hard time finding time to exercise between your work hours?

 

 

Goodbye 2016… Hello 2017!

5 Jan

Another year as come and gone! The last year went by so quickly but I am real excited about what 2017 holds for me! I’ve never been a fan of having new years resolutions. I never stick with them than I would get disappointed with myself if I didn’t complete my list before the end of the year. A few years ago I switched to having New Years Goals, that’s all they were… goals. It made me work harder to accomplish these goals by the end of the year but wouldn’t get disappointed because they were just goals.

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This year I am switching it up a bit! I am picking ONE word to devote this year to. I’ve decided to choose the word POSITIVITY! It any situation that comes my way I want to stay positive!

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I think this will be a good thing for me! I try and look at the positives in every day, even when I have really low days. To go along with my word of the year I am continuing my Jar of Memories for 2017! Throughout the year I write down awesome and amazing things that happen and than open it on New Years Eve and read over each and every note to myself!

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Jar of Memories from 2015

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Jar of Memories from 2016

I also have some amazing running races coming up so keep an eye out! I am back to blogging and sharing my training with you all and I’m excited for this year!

QOTD: What are your goals for the new year?

 

Fall Festivities

18 Oct

It’s definitely beginning to look and feel like Fall here in Florence! A few weeks ago my wife and I went to our local Farmers Market and it was all decked out in Fall pumpkins and beautiful plants!

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You could rent little red wagons for five dollars to carry all your fresh fruits, vegetables, and pumpkins!

Pumpkins everywhere!

There were amazing vendors inside the Farmers Market with anything and everything you would need to decorate for Fall! There were even vendors out in the grass selling yard decorations!

My wife found a beautiful flower for our front porch too!

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What’s your favorite thing about Fall?

Motivational Monday

17 Oct

After getting hit pretty hard by Hurricane Matthew last week I need some motivation to get back out there and run! So here’s some motivation for everyone!

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Let’s get back out there and run!

What’s your favorite motivational quote?

The Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

14 Oct

We got word last week that we would get some rain and wind off of Hurricane Matthew coming up the East coast but I did not picture anything like this! We decided to stay in Florence and beat out the storm at home and I’m blessed to say my family and our house are safe. The most damage we got were three and a half huge trees down in our backyard that we are working on cleaning up. My wife and daughter have been out of work and school for a week  and a half because of city power outages and roads that are still blocked from flooding and trees down! Here are photos of our yard and the damage we have seen around the city.

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One of the trees down in our backyard

Roads blocked from flooded waters and trees

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A neighborhood across the street from us

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Damage to the hospital right behind our house

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  I’ll get back to blogging regularly next week so keep an eye out! I hope everyone else along our coast stayed safe from this Hurricane!

Did you get any damage from Hurricane Matthew? What’s your favorite Hurricane activity to make the time pass calmly?