Friday, October 26, 2012

I figured it out!

I'm often asked why I like running, or how I can run so long and I've never had a good answer...until now.

It's so simple.

I'm sitting at my desk, just thinking about running (Nerd Alert!). I'm looking at gear online and wondering why they can't make something that makes running easier.


I enjoy running because it's a struggle. It's the same exact struggle for everyone who tries it - and I love that. It doesn't matter if you're big or small, white or black, American or Ethiopian. Go out and try it, it's not easy at first.

The beauty is in the triumph.

The most meaningful moments in life are born of a challenge. My most memorable races are the ones that forced me to overcome obstacles. I'm willing to bet the most impactful moments in your life saw you triumph over adversity.

Face your challenge - face it today. Run as hard as you can, right towards it.

Find the beauty that lies in the triumph.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Early wake up call

The alarm sounds, but it's dark outside.

You roll over to see your spouse fast asleep and looking oh so comfortable.

There's a light rain outside and you want nothing more than to doze off...but you get up.

Something deep down has motivated you to overcome the seemingly insurmountable obstacles and you shuffle your feet, rub your eyes and brave the bright lights of the bathroom as you prep for your workout. Sounds awful doesn't it?


Over the last few years I've gotten used to early mornings. I still hate them, but they've become something of a necessary evil.

Lately, however, waking up hasn't been such a struggle - because I wake up alone. The beautiful blonde that, by the grace of God, chooses to sleep next to me each night is already out kicking butt with her workout.

She has always motivated me, inspired me and challenged me. Little did she know that a 5 am wake-up call would motivate, inspire and challenge me more than she ever has before.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Off the grid

We have maps to tell us where we're going and odometers to tell us how far we've been.

Time to break away.

All I want is a compass. Point me in the right direction and I will get there. At my own speed, in my own time, with nothing holding me back.


Not long ago I would meticulously log every mile I ran, with time splits and a full-blown recap of how each run went. I was geared up from head to toe with a GPS watch, heart rate monitor, ipod and a microwave oven. Well - maybe it just felt like I was carrying everything but the kitchen sink.

My obsessive personality had taken over and effectively sucked the life right out of my passion for running. It was time to strip it all down.


I ditched the gadgets and went out for a short run. I felt lighter - in more ways than one. I wasn't constantly checking my wrist or fidgeting with a gadget. I was looking around and enjoying the scenery, breathing in the fresh air while I shuffled along.

This is why I run. This feeling right here.


Are you feeling tied down? Maybe working from your phone makes you feel trapped or sitting in front of a computer all day is stifling your creativity.

Get up and move. Leave everything behind. Walk. Jog. Run. Do jumping jacks. Anything.

Break away - you won't regret it.