2,000 Miles Later

As the miles have piled on this year and life has been very busy, it appears I have neglected to updated all my loyal followers on the life of Bribritherunguy.  Looking back, I can’t believe my last update was 6 months ago.  I know you have missed me.

For the most part the year in running is complete.  There might be a Turkey run or a Santa run left in these legs but the longer runs are complete for 2015.  I am signed up for the Philadelphia marathon this coming weekend but decided to drop out to let the legs rest and I just wasn’t in the mood for another trip this time of year.

This year consisted of 3 marathons, 7 half marathons, 2 10k’s and 7 5k’s for the year.  New PR’s were achieved in the half marathon and full marathon.  I think I have reached my best on 5k’s and 10k’s.  This runner is not getting any younger.

I ran in Central Park this summer.  Runners paradise.

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One of my goals is to qualify for Boston and I almost got there with the Kansas City Marathon in October.  If any of you have run KC you know that there are lots of hills so that is no easy task.  I was just shy of it by 49 seconds with a time of 3:25:49.  It was an amazing day and I know I can get there now with some hard work and training.  It will happen in 2016….It’s out there now…I am committed to doing it now.

The year finished off with the Gobbler Grind in Kansas City.

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Another one of my goals in 2015 was to expand my coaching for runners and I was lucky enough to become the Team JDRF coach for the Walt Disney Marathon in January 2016.  It’s been a lot of fun meeting 35-40 runners and helping them with their training the past few months.  I can’t wait to meet them all in January and watch them achieve their goals.

Another huge event in October was the 3rd Annual Panera Bread Diabetes Dash For Life 5K which I am the race director.  We had a record year with the number of runners, over 700, and with money raised which was about $35,000.  All towards a cure for type 1 diabetes.

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It’s been a great year in running and to top it all off the Kansas City Royals became the World Series Champions this year which was just the icing on the cake.  2015-10-27 18.45.53Let’s go Royals!  It was a blast attending my very first World Series game with my daughter for Game 1 in KC.  It was a great moment I will always remember.

 

How was your 2015?  Did you achieve your goals?

Where have you been?

I am sure many of you have been asking…Where have you been?  Why haven’t you posted in a month?  Well…the long wait is over, here is what has happened over the last month.

The weekend of April 25th, I drove to Oklahoma City to run the OKC Memorial Marathon.  I had high hopes of qualifying for Boston with a time between 3:20 and 3:25.  Sadly, I was not able to maintain the necessary pace to qualify.  I had it going till mile 17 and then it just didn’t happen.  I slowed down and enjoyed the rest of the run and I was inspired by the firefighters who were in full gear walking the marathon route.  I then told myself to “suck it up buttercup” and I finished the run in 3:43.  It was a great course and lots of support on the marathon route.  Thank goodness my number one fan, my wife, was there with me to talk me out of my pity party and we headed home for the long 5 hour drive.  Getting out of the car after that drive was fun…NOT!!!

My wife finished her 21 Day Fix Beachbody Challenge and she lost 9 pounds and 13 inches in 21 days.  She was very pleased with her results and so far has lost 12 pounds all together.  You want results like this?  Then let me know in the comments.  I can help.

May 2nd, we attended the 20th Annual JDRF Dream Gala.  It was a great event and over 2 Million dollars was raised to fund a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.  On top of the gala, we had dance competition and a Bat Mitzvah party.  It was a crazy weekend to say the least.  I was so proud of my daughter.  Her groups got several Platinum awards and she got 8 place in the top 10 for her Jazz Funk solo.

And just like that it was time to run the Running with the Cows Half Marathon on May 9th.  There was a threat of rain the entire weekend and it held off just enough for us to get the run in.  With just running a marathon 2 weeks prior, I decided to “take this one easy”.  I found a running buddy and he asked me to pace him in at 1:37 and I agreed to keep him going as long as I could.  We pushed the pace till about mile 8 and the hills got me and I sent him on his way with the goal of not letting me pass him.  I eventually caught back up with him and we finished in 1:38.  If you live in the Kansas City area, add this one to your list.  It’s a great race.

The following weekend consisted of the graduation of my niece from high school.  So proud, she is going to be a Jayhawk. We were then proud to attend our neighbors son’s graduation at the University of Kansas.  It was so great to go back to the University of Kansas and experience the college “life” one more time.  I can’t believe it was 23 years since I graduated.

The miles continue to pile up and I should hit 1,000 by the end of May if not before.  This will be the quickest I have ever hit 1,000 miles in a year.  So…I got that going for me.  I am not really on a training plan at the moment.  I have the annual Hospital Hill half marathon coming up the first weekend of June so I am keeping my endurance built for the race and looking to just finish the race with a smile on face.  This is another MUST RUN race in Kansas City.  I’ll be at the pack pick up expo at the Panera Bread Diabetes Dash 5K/10K booth so come visit if you are in town.

I am working with a few clients on improving their running times and getting back in shape to qualify for Boston in the fall.  I love working with people to help them achieve their goals.  I am a Beachbody Coach now and I started 2 fitness groups on Facebook for a 21 Day Challenge of healthy eating and exercise.  These groups just finished and we had several people who had successful results over the 21 days.  In June, I will be starting some more groups on Facebook to promote healthy living.  If you are interested, message me in the comments.

I also have some exciting news that I will hopefully be able to report soon when I get the contract signed.  Let’s just say it has something to do with running, coaching and the Disney Marathon in January.  More news to come soon.

That brings us to this Memorial Day Weekend which was very relaxing and most of it spent hanging with great friends, picking fresh strawberries and catching up on classic movies with my son.  The real world is back today and back to work.

I know you missed me and I will update a little more frequently over the weeks as I begin to develop strategies for Fall Marathon training.

BeachBody 21 Day Fix, Day 17

Wow, I can’t believe I technically only have 4 more days of the 21 Day Fix!  In a lot of ways the last 17 days have flown by.  So far I’ve survived almost no diet coke (yes, I’ve broken down a few times and gotten a small but for the most part, no diet coke for almost 3 weeks!  I never, ever thought I would be able to say that); I’ve worked out every single day for 17 days, at or before 6am every day; I’ve been to a party and a charity dinner and a dance competition and not gone over my allotment of food for the day; and through it all I feel like I’ve remained positive and focused.  I really haven’t been too tempted by carbs or sweets and although I have bought those few small sodas, for the most part I’ve survived the cravings and am still going.  I WILL go back to having more diet coke most days once the 21 days is done.  Some things, I’ve decided, are just too enjoyable to give up completely.  That is a personal decision and one that I know a lot of people would disagree with.

I’m also starting to really think about what’s next after the 21 Days.  I haven’t decided for sure, but most likely it will be some form of BeachBody workouts and a meal plan.  I just need to work with Bri Bri the Running Guy to figure out what comes next.

4 days more to go and then I weigh and measure and see how much my body has changed.  I do know that my mindset has already changed (carbs aren’t actually as necessary as I used to think, and as I said, diet coke is enjoyable and fabulous tasting but I CAN survive without it, at least for a short time).

Guest Blogger:  Karen Cole

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Runner’s Diary – Week of April 13th – April 19th 2015 (768 Miles YTD)

I have been worrying about this week for months.  This week would definitely take some planning and moving around to fit my busy schedule.  This week included a trip to Wichita for the day and then a 4 day trip to New York City for my son’s school choir trip.  For those that are OCD about their training plans, you will understand how this week pushed me to sheer panic.  I have a marathon in 2 weeks…I MUST get my runs in.  Thank goodness for Karen, she kept me calm and gave me advice on how I could work things out.

MONDAY:
Long run Monday was here and I got 8 miles in during the morning.  I must have had some extra energy cause I got it done in 1 hour and 15 minutes at an 9:16/mile pace.  Felt great though!

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Runner’s Diary – Week of April 6th – April 12th 2015 (716 Miles YTD)

It’s been awhile since I have documented my training so I will do my best to remember the last couple weeks as I prepare for the OKC Memorial Marathon and beyond.  This week was also the week of the Rock the Parkway Half Marathon.  You can read about it by clicking here.

MONDAY:
With the half marathon coming during the weekend I set out for an easy 6 miles during the morning.  I finished with an easy 9:32/mile pace.

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Beachbody 21 Day Fix – Moving Along – Week 2

I haven’t posted in a while because, basically, life has been crazy. But it’s been a great several days with BeachBody 21 Day Fix! I have been eating according to plan, even under a bit some days, and have been drinking water like crazy. I have also done my workouts every morning. I realized, as I started my second week and therefore have started repeating the workouts (there are a total of 7 full workouts, so I will do each 3 times during the 21 Day time period). I realized that I have a few favorites and a few that aren’t my favorites. But to be honest, I really do like them all. The fact that all of them are 30 minutes is just a huge bonus. I have been working out, in some form, for the last 23 years. From an all women’s gym with cardio and lots of weight classes (high reps, low weights) to boxing and kickboxing to training for a marathon. I feel like I’ve experienced a LOT of calorie burning options. And I really do like the 21 Day Fix workouts. They are quick and to the point and I always sweat. I’m not a yoga person and that one is my least favorite. My very favorite (I’ve only done it once and ready to do it again tomorrow) is the Dirty 30. It combines upper and lower workouts together. No jumping (my runner’s knees and IT band can’t do that as easily or pain free as I used to be able to) and no crazy moves but all seem very effective and almost fun. Those 30 minutes definitely go fast!

I did add back in a tiny bit of diet coke a few days ago. I was having a rough day, getting frustrated and discouraged. I was sticking to the eating plan and not really even tempted to turn to food, as I often am when I’m stressed, but I really, really wanted a soda. So I got a 12 oz diet coke. And it was pure heaven. I made it last a few hours (which is impressive since I can drink a 44 oz soda in less than an hour normally) and enjoyed every sip of it. I got on the scale the next morning and went down another ½ pound. So I realized that for those of us who just can’t be perfect all the time (can anyone? I honestly don’t know the answer to that question but I know I can’t), a little treat once in a while is ok as long as it’s not excessive and the rest of your choices are smart ones.

My daughter has a weekend-long dance competition coming up this weekend. Downtown (35 minutes away from home), all day Saturday and all day Sunday. Starting with a wake up call on Sunday at 4am. I’m so excited. Sort of. Not really, but I do love to see her dance. I am planning out my food and drinks. I have lots of healthy choices (hummus, veggies, cut up fruit, salad with plain tuna and a sliced hard boiled egg). I also plan to take bottles of water and a few flavored waters that aren’t technically on plan but are better than tons of soda. I know I won’t be perfect (see a theme here) and I will undoubtedly end up with more calories than I’ve had over the last 12 days but I think that if I focus on all healthy foods, lots of water and a workout before I go, I can do it!

Guest Blogger:  Karen Cole

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Beachbody 21 Day Fix, Day 7

Today’s workout was Yoga Fix.  I discovered, which I had sort of already suspected, that I am NOT a “Namaste” kind of girl. I just can’t clear my mind, focus on peace and inner calmness.  Instead I spent the 30 minutes thinking that I should have spent those 30 minutes doing some extra cardio.  But I did it and the stretches were good for my body.  Ever since I started training for my first marathon almost 3 years ago, my hamstrings, quads and IT band don’t like me very much and are always, always tight.  So yoga WAS good for those things.  Then I hopped on the bike for a quick 4 miles, just to get my heart going and a few extra miles.
I spent a little part of today prepping for the week.  I browned some 96% lean hamburger meat to add to pasta, etc this week and currently have chicken breasts baking in the oven, to add to brown rice (which I made a few days ago) or salads.  Oh, speaking of salads.  I was trying to be careful of carbs yesterday since I knew I was going out to eat.  So for lunch I had a Green full of lettuce and cucumber and tomato, a half Red of tuna straight from the can and 1 cut up hard boiled egg.  And drizzled it with the BeachBody salad dressing I had made.  It was a really good salad and filled me up!

Tonight we are going to a charity dinner and I am very nervous.  Heavy appetizers, desserts and cocktails.  I’ve been eating carefully today.  I have plenty of containers left including a Yellow for a glass of wine.  And I plan to drink a Shakeology before we go, hopefully to fill me up.  I skipped my morning Shakeology in order to try this tonight.  We’ll see how I do and how my self control is during the 3 hour event!

**Good news is I succeeded Saturday night!  I had written the blog before we went to the dinner and wanted to update everyone.  I wasn’t very hungry when we left home which is always the best way to get to an event with unknown foods, or if you just want to eat carefully away from home.  Heck, I think!

Guest Blogger: Karen Cole