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Well…

It has been a long long time since I have posted anything to the blog.  So much has been going on, working two jobs, trying to get my running in, fixing up the new house, and other things that come up in life.  However, with all that going on, I am extremely happy.  It has been a while since I have been this happy, actually I have never been this happy.  I have the best girlfriend anyone could ask for, a house that I can call home, a little family in that house, my girlfriend and our 3 dogs, my running has decreased but running with new and old friends is what makes me happy with running.  Being happy says a lot. It has been a long time coming and now that it is here, it will stay forever.  Actually I got a new tattoo a couple weeks ago to remind me of the old days and how you have to push through to get to where you are today, for me it is endless happiness!

So the new house… I found the house on the way to work one day. I called my real estate agent, who is the best one ever, and we checked it out.  I walked in the door and it felt like home.  It is a 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath with a bonus room for football watching and all the toys we have, we meaning me and my girlfriend (and yes we did move in together!).  The main selling point, the huge fenced in backyard! And to make it even better, I have friends that live on the street and I didn’t even know it until we moved in.  It has been a lot of work but Holly has painted every room except for 2 and I can’t thank her enough for the work she has done!

So, this is rapping up for the past couple of months of not posting.  I am still raising money for the Jack McGovern Coats Disease Foundation so click on the link to the right to help find a cure! Keep pledging and help the foundation out!

Time

Well yet again, it has been a long time since I have posted.  Working two jobs and getting all my workouts in is making for some long days and leading to less and less time on the internet.  With that being said, everything is going good, fantastic in fact.  Time has a way of showing what we really need and want in our lives.  I have been busy but at the same time spending more time with my girls, my bee, and doing things outside since the winter has not come yet.  I have been super busy and running a lot but while running a lot I spend more time with my puppy who can now run 8 miles with me, my bee who rides her bike while I run my night runs, and with Maui who has figured out that she loves massages… I started massaging her legs one night and ever since then she will not let me just pet her, she puts my hand where I massaged her.  This is something that my dad has always said and I think it is true when it comes to me as well,” If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it”.  That is so true!

With so much time being spent out and about, running, living life, I have been going through something that is something I thought would not happen for years.  I can’t say much about it but all I can say right now is that I am moving after my lease is up, don’t worry, not moving away from Wilmington, but to a new house.  A place where I feel at home, I feel like I could have a family and raise some little ones (one day), a place where my dogs can run around a fenced in yard and have a ball… Get the idea…

I have also been working full on with the Coats Disease Foundation.  I went to California a couple weekends ago to meet everyone helping with the foundation, met all the doctors that will be doing research, and finding a way that I can raise more money this year so someone else does not have to be blind in one like I have been, and will remain for the rest of my life.  If you want to help donate, click the link to the side.  I will send over the documentary of the weekend when I get it, don’t worry.  It was an amazing weekend and one that I wish could have lasted a lot longer.

Well it is Monday again and it’s time to work and get a busy week started right.  Have a great week everyone… A hui hou.

First week of ultra training

It is underway, the training plan and the coach that I have for this year as I am entering the ultra year in full force.  I have never had a coach before so this is something that I thought would be hard to get use to.  As it turns out it is a huge help and knowing what I have to do when and the paces, where in the past I had to come up with all that.  The first week is always different, not just in training but with anything new, a new job, a new dog, a new anything, the first week is hard.  As with training the first week was hard.  I had to figure out when I would get my runs in, where they would occur and the overall new idea of a coach.

I could not be more stoked with the plan, the coach, and the road (or trail) ahead.  I am sore, and tired, but not due to training.  Wouldn’t you know that the first week I would get sick.  The weather here is crazy, February and the highs are in the upper 60′s one day then in the 40′s the next day.  This makes my sinuses hate me and make my nose run, sneeze, and the eyes water.  Hopefully it will be gone soon.

So in the grand scheme of things, the first week was great, around 35 miles on the legs with one day of rest and one cross training day.  Looking forward to more running next week with my long run being in a different environment, I am heading to San Francisco on Friday so I will get to do my long run with actual hills there!

And you better believe there will be plenty of pictures to come.  Have a great week and until next time, Aloha!

The year so far

Wow, it has been a while since I have last post and I am sorry for everyone who checks regularly.  It has been a busy year so far but a good kind of busy!   The toe is FINALLY healed and I am back to running over 30 miles a week and I am now gearing up to start my ultra training which begins February 1st.  It is coming soon and I can’t wait!  I have already signed up for all the races I am doing this year, 2 trail ultra’s in Colorado, a 50 miler then a 100 miler.  I know I am crazy but I love the woods and running and to be able so spend that much time doing two things I love is perfect!

On a different note, things are going well.  A lot has happened in the past couple of weeks and I can honestly say that I am the happiest I have ever been!  For those of you who know me personally, it has been a rough couple of years, bad times seemed to be happening all the time.  Well this year, it is the exact opposite.  More to come on the reason soon… And belive me they are well worth the wait.  I feel all grown up like now!  Grown up and happy is where I have been wanting to be for so long and now I am.

Okay I will be back on early next week for more updates and until then, have a great Aloha Friday everyone!

It’s Game Time

So, the past couple of weeks I have been slowly getting back into the running life.  It has been hard, going from being able to run 20 miles no problem to cutting the workouts to 5 miles.  I could still run 20 miles but don’t want to hurt my toe again.  It is something that I have learned over the past year, listen to your body.  So this past week  I have been building up the miles and getting ready for my coaching months that start February 1st.  Sign up is this weekend for the 50 mile out in Colorado that I am running so I am itching to get back to it.  Not much to say in this post, but wanted everyone to know to watch out, I am back at it, and back at it hard.  Gym time, run time, and rest time= game time.

Here are some pictures that I had to take for a photo needed for NOW Energy Bar.  Check out their site, it is a great bar and one that I will be supporting all year long!!!!

UNCW Trails

 

Lunch Time trail runs make the day go by great.

Day 2- Gerard Martinez

For a lot of people in this world weight is a major issue in their lives.  Tv and print have made our lifestyle revolve around weight loss, weight gain, and what we should and should not look like.  Todays guest post if by a person who decided that they needed a change in their life.  Gerard Martinez took matters into his own hands and turned his life around and today he is an ultra marathoner!

 

“Every New Year for the past three years, I jot down the same resolution: to stay positive about food and to maintain a healthy relationship with exercise.  This may seem like an odd resolution, but for me, it is an important one.  When a person loses a lot of weight, as I have, he runs the risk of developing an unhealthy relationship with food and exercise.  Taking a healthy, balanced approach to food and exercise is a challenge for me because for most of my life, I was overweight and I came to fear food and feel guilty when I indulged in it.  Those feelings of fear and guilt, while they may have lessened over the years, have never fully gone away.  I don’t know if they ever will.  Allow me to explain:

 

Three years ago, I weighed over 340 pounds.  My waist size was 56 inches.  I was clinically obese, on the cusp of becoming diabetic and endangering my life.  Then, I made the decision of a lifetime: to alter my lifestyle habits of eating and exercising.  I started making healthy food choices and walking everyday.  Before long, the weight was coming off.  I was shedding pounds in much the same way a pupa sheds its embalmment to become a butterfly.  In three years, I lost 180 pounds.  It was wonderful.

 

People often ask me how I managed to lose so much weight.  And I always hesitate to answer such a question only because I know they are looking for some sort of method that they can then borrow and apply to their own weight situation.  But, weight loss is not a precise science.  Human psychology guarantees that.  And autobiography doesn’t transfer.  What worked for me will not necessarily work for you.  Still, I try to recall what methods I used, what philosophies I adapted to turn my life around. It’s sometimes difficult to recall what I did exactly.

 

Memory is a funny thing.  Looking back on the past three years, my recollections are of slow and steady progress.  The movie of my mind depicts the process of my weight loss as a gradual but assured phenomenon, like a montage of betterment.  One moment I’m fat, the next, I’m thin.  But, this is not the way things really were.  There were setbacks.  There were moments where I genuinely questioned myself and what I was doing.

 

I would come home to my one-bedroom apartment after long stretch of morning law school classes and I would set about preparing my lunch.  My friends at the law school all ate at the cafeteria, which sold an assortment of unhealthy food choices: burritos, fries, tacos, nachos, and chips.  I abstained from eating on campus and opted to wait until I could go back to my apartment to cook my lunch.  In the meantime, throughout the day I would snack on something light, like an apple or a bunch of grapes.  My friends didn’t understand this behavior.  They knew I was trying to lose weight; so when they saw me refuse to order lunch with them at the cafeteria, they didn’t hesitate to say I was starving myself.  They called me anorexic.  There were times when I thought perhaps they were right.

 

After all, I was cutting back considerably on my calorie intake.  Reading the pages of my food journal from back then, I see I was consuming anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000 calories a day.  All of those calories were coming from whole foods – fruits, vegetables, lots of beans and lentils.  I think that is a healthy way to lose weight.  But, hearing my friends accuse me of being anorexic was poison to my psyche.  I was already afraid of eating too much food.  Now I had to be afraid of eating too little.  It was a confounding predicament.

 

Aside from eating, people also told me I was running excessively, and that I had exercise bulimia.  In truth, I became very passionate about running.  I fell in love with it.  Every morning and evening, I would run around my college campus.  Between classes, I would run the length of the parking lot, just to get the blood flowing.  The sheer joy of movement was intoxicating.  I couldn’t get enough of it.  I became a runner, and eventually, an ultramarathon runner.  I became an athlete.  But, to my law school friends, from whom I had no support, I was just weird and excessive.

 

Still, their taunts at the time rang true in my ears because I partly was running to lose weight.  I’m not sure when precisely I stopped running to lose weight and started just because I enjoyed it. Maybe that transition never happened.  Maybe I still run to this day to manage my weight.  If that’s the case, is there something wrong with that mentality?  Should I not run to balance out my eating?  At what point does it become unhealthy to do so?  These, too, are issues that challenge and intrigue me.

 

So where do I go from here?  I am at the start of another year, along with you and the rest of the world.  It’s a brand new day.  My New Year’s resolutions are firm in hand.  Determination is in my heart.  What now?  How will I confront issues surrounding food and exercise when I still have so many unanswered questions?  It’s not a science.  There are no definite answers.

 

I’ve decided that love should be the presiding determinant in all my choices, food and exercise related, or otherwise.  You should eat well and plenty because you love good food and, more importantly, because you love yourself.  You should exercise, whether that means running or cycling or whatever, because you love to do it and you love what it gives you on a physical, psychological, and spiritual level.  It’s a tremendous task to love yourself.  The entire self-help industry is devoted to teaching people exactly how to do it.  But, the desire and willpower to change must come from within.  I, for one, will continue to try and lead a healthy life.  Perhaps you will join me.  And even if we struggle today, tomorrow is another day.”

Guest posting by Gerard Martinez.

Check out his blog to follow him through a year of fun, running, and life: http://theboywholovestorun.blogspot.com/

Thank you Gerard for sharing your story! It is truly and inspiration to start off the new year!

Day 1 of Guest Posting

This is from my old co-worker, the GM of Soccer American.  Steve and his family are amazing people who have been through a lot.  Enjoy day 1 of guest posting week.

 

“The end of 2010 and start of 2011 saw our family go from the edge of a dissolved marriage and loss of a son to drugs….to total and complete reconciliation of a marriage, a rebirth as a family, and the supernatural return of our son from the abyss.

 

In 2012, we look optimistically to the future.  While problems will, of course, continue to arise, we look to God as a partner in our lives and relationships.

 

The things we find ourselves thankful are beyond count.

In total:  Thanks be to God for His Son.  Without His sacrifice, I and everything in my life…past, present, and future, would be dead.”

Thank you Steve!

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