Will Run For Swag! 

Sporting a t-shirt from from the 2017 NYC Half Marathon!

Many of my friends will likely telll you that when they see me running on the streets or working out in the gym there is a very high possibility that they will see me sporting a t-shirt or some article of clothing from an event I have participated in. I can’t help it that I’m a walking billboard but I love it! Hey if you have taken the time to train for a race and complete it, why not be proud of it. You SHOULD be proud of it! 
On Monday night though I realized that I have taken my swag madness to another level. When I run on the road, I always use Under Armour’s Mapy My Run Application. It works for me. Gives me detailed mile splits and tells me in my ears what my overall pace is each mile and what pace my last mile was. 

A sample screen shot of the “Map My Fitness” app


Last week I noticed an email from Under Armour that said “$40 off any order of $100 or more on the Under Armour website”. Apprently the coupon was sent to me because I accumulated a lot of miles on the app. So I figured I would give it a try and order some items that I had been looking to buy anyways. Low and behold, I received my items Monday in the mail! All brand new, all fit fine! I was able to get a pair of tapered sweats ($40 list price) , cold weather compression running pants ($50 list price)  and 6 pairs of socks ($30 list price) for $70 with free shipping! If this isn’t another reason to run then I don’t know what is! Needless to say, I think I will keep using their app to track my runs! 

Under Armour swag in the mail thanks to App discount!

Pushing Thru The Pain For The Euphoria

Each and every time I start to get dressed for a run, I utter to myself, “Man I don’t want to go on this run”. Even once I am stretched out and start hitting the pavement, I still harbor the same resentment for pretty much the entire first mile. But somewhere along the way, those feelings of angst start to dissipate. Maybe it’s the thoughts of every day life that start running thru my head, or perhaps it’s the song on my headphones, or the surroundings I pass that make me forget that I am running. And even in the rarest of occasions, if I am just having a bad day of running and I feel crappy the entire run, there is one thing that has never failed to happen – the sense of accomplishment that I have when I am done!

For some of us that do we run because we “think we have to”. While running is a great way to stay fit, ever try approaching it as a way to set goals for yourself? For me, it’s been a new way to push yourself and the fun thing is that you can set new goals for yourself every day whether they or short term or long term goals. No matter what it is in life, achieving any type of goal is extremely gratifying isn’t it? The next time you run, don’t just hop on a treadmill or run around the block, set a goal instead. Set a mile as an initial goal. Then change it next time to either be longer or faster. For folks that have been running a while, set a calendar for yourself and mix your running experiences up.

Goal crushing is EUPHORIC! To look back and see what you’ve done and feel the euphoria is tremendous! To have run a bit while you were crushing goals is not only a benefit to your mind and self esteem but to that body of yours as well!

So what are my goals? Well 4 years ago, I just wanted to lose weight. After a year, running was helping me to lose weight but I started to fall in love with running again because of the gratifying feelings I felt after my runs. So I signed up for the NYC Marathon lotteries for a couple of years. Last year I got tired of being rejected for entry to the race. So I signed up for the NYC Half Marathon lottery and got accepted into that. Now my goal became training for that half marathon. From then, I’ve kept scheduling races for myself and they have served as my goals on a consistent basis.

Now back to you guys. Looking at yourself and I am sure you are all busy with day to day responsibilities, maybe races are not achievable goals right now but focus perhaps on setting aside time for you to workout and run just a little. Build on your goals from there . You can do it. The EUPHORIA awaits you. Don’t let others enjoy it while you cling to the same hapless feelings of the everyday monotony!

Get out there, put one front in front of the other and RUN!

Taking The First Steps…

RUNNING.

Go ahead, say it, ”Uggh I hate it!”

I know a lot of us do and even those of us like me who have learned to like it still struggle with the very first step. So do not feel alone! In today’s society we have been forced to juggle so many things that many times, we neglect ourselves. 40% of adults in the United States and 19% of youth in the United States are obese. About four years ago my job held a complimentary wellness fair and guess what; I was told that I was obese.

At the time, I was a 38 year old male. I weighed 195 pounds but I have always been short, standing at 5’5”. BMI standards said I was obese. I went home to my family and did what I normally did with them. Had a rather unhealthy meal, sat on the couch, maybe dozed off and finally, logged into work at night once everyone was asleep only to look at my calendar and realize that for the next 4 weeks, my weekends were jammed.

That’s where I stopped and I took my first running steps. Well I really didn’t because I was sitting on the couch but it donned on me that something needed to be change. Time for me to change needed to happen otherwise I was going to spiral out of control.

Today, in looking back on that day, I am thirty-five pounds lighter and my lifestyle has changed thanks to running. Over the course of the last year dating back to October of 2016, I have increased my running but I have done so because in speaking with my friends and posting about it on social media, I have found that I have inspired a lot of my friends. I know that there are MANY of you out there who are in the same position that I was four years ago. Its ok. It is normal to be bogged down. However I want you to walk away from reading this blog today and maybe tomorrow and many other days and start to implement some time for you!

And just maybe, I will see you somewhere around New York City doing this thing that I love but for your personal benefit, RUNNING!