114 days, 40 hours, 227 miles

Over the last 120 days, I’ve run at least 2 miles a day for 114 of them, totaling over 227 miles and burning over 32,000 calories. Most days I’ve also made it to the gym for an hour of the elliptical, and some weight training. I’m feeling more and more healthy each day, faster, happier, and it’s just easier to think and get things done than ever before.

Starting off on this journey on January 1st, and looking back almost 5 months in, I thought it might be an impossible task to achieve, but now that I’m almost half way there, I really think I can make it through the entire year.

I made it all the way to 3/22 with daily runs, since then, I’ve missed more than I would have liked on 3/30, 3/31, 4/5, 4/9 and 4/16. But ultimately I feel like I’ve still been faithfully staying on track, the only times I haven’t run is either when I’ve been just too sick to make it, or lately with spending more quality time with my girlfriend and just not having enough time to squeeze a couple miles in those days…

Month Average Pace Low 1st mile High 1st mile Low 2nd mile High 2nd mile
January 11:46 9:11 12:06 10:17 13:05
February 10:54 8:21 12:12 9:32 12:18
March 9:24 7:37 10:52 8:22 12:45
April 9:35 7:29 9:02 9.06 10:38

So here is hopefully to a bunch more runs in 2013, and getting my times down even further!

Jan 01 - April 17 runs

Jan 01 – April 17 runs

Jaxx and Buddy 5K

So I stopped blogging daily because it was just becomming more of a chore than something fun to do. I have still kept up though with my commitment of 2 miles running every day, and I’m still busy as ever. Today was another awesome, although very wet and muddy day at the SPCA! First up this morning was Jaxx a 9 month old male Red Dobermin Pinscher mix, one very cute playful puppy!

Jaxx was brought into the SPCA on 1/20 due to some behavior issues with his previous owner. It was said that he was growling at the kid they had. It seems to me Jaxx just needs a little tender love and care as he seemed very mild-mannered and well behaved for the most part to me. At the beginning of our run he did try to pull hard towards any other dogs or people we past, but by the end of our mile he seemed to “get it” and was content just staying by my side as we ran past others. When I put him back in his kennel he was very loving, and he listened and stayed in and didn’t try to push out when I told him to stay.

Jaxx looking all cute

Jaxx looking all cute

Jaxx looking at other dogs

Jaxx looking at other dogs

Next up there was my lil buddy Buddy, a 11 month old Black and White male Labrador Retriever mix that was brought in on 2/17. His previous owner got military orders to leave the country and gave him to a friend, but that friend already had 2 other dogs and couldn’t afford the extra care for Buddy. You could tell he wasn’t very comfortable yet in the shelter and as we were walking outside he was very skiddish around the other dogs as we passed their cages.

Once I got Buddy outside though, he was very playful and friendly, and a quick lil bugger to boot! I decided to go ahead and do 2 miles with Buddy since he seemed to really be enjoying our time together and I didn’t want to cut that short for him. It was really cute when I stopped to have a photo op with him, as I was squatting down to his level he just kept putting his head into my stomach and pushing up against me, needless to say it was very hard to snap a good picture of him, but he’s such a cutey even in a bad pic he looks good!

Buddy side shot

Buddy side shot

Buddy looking straight ahead

Buddy looking straight ahead

The 3 miles I did today wasn’t at the greatest pace, because both dogs did want to do more than just run. But ultimately I’m not doing this just to excercise, I really like spending some quality time with these awesome dogs.

I also went ahead and hit up the gym aftewards to take advantage of the rest of my weekend hours before I have to start the weekly job grind again. I also went on a date last night which went well, so that was fun, and maybe they’ll be more to report on that aspect of my life in the not too distant future!

37:52 | 3.00 miles | 12:37 pace | 419 cals

37:52 | 3.00 miles | 12:37 pace | 419 cals

Bowser and Riley

Another awesome day at the SPCA complete. Can’t believe it took me this long to start volunteering there, it’s always so rewarding! First up today you better watch out Mario because it’s Bowser! Bowser is a 1 year old male Chocolate Labrador Retriever mix and he’s been at the SPCA since 1/14/2013 after his owner dropped him off because they were moving. So somebody looking for a great companion need not look any further, Bowser is very friendly and one smart cookie as well!

Bowser took directions very well, he could sit, stay, jump, and give me his paw with little effort on my part. You could tell Bowser is full of love and is just looking for that right person to give him a great home. He was very easy to run a mile with, and afterwards we sat down for some slobbering time. Bowser was a treat, didn’t bark once, didn’t try to go after other dogs, and was in general just very well behaved and mild mannered.

Bowser's paw on my hand

Bowser’s paw on my hand

Bowser with his tongue out

Bowser with his tongue out

Riley with her eyes closed

Riley with her eyes closed

Riley tugging on her leash

Riley tugging on her leash

Then there was Riley, a cute 10 month old female White and Black Pit Bull Terrier Mix. Riley has been at the SPCA since 1/25/2013 and her previous owner only had her for 3 days before realizing that Riley was just full of too much energy and playfulness for their type of household. I thought she was awesome though and a ton of fun, as this YouTube video I took of her I think shows off well.

I ended up running 2 miles with Riley, and they weren’t the most fast paced miles, although that’s because we spent a lot of time going in small little circles and playing around since she had so much energy. She had this really fun little game where we’d be jogging along, then I’d bend down and push her butt a little to one side, she’d then turn around and playfully jump up at me and then she’d grab her leash in her mouth and start playing tug of war with me back and forth. Someone really needs to adopt this little cutey, I’d love to see her playing without a leash on because she liked to run back and forth and the leash was limiting her a lot in her playfulness.

Now that I’ve got my 3 miles in for the day, I’m back at home preparing lunch and typing up this blog post before getting ready for the gym. It was a pretty good week all in all, and this was a great way to end it. These dogs are really starting to grow on me, and while it’s sad that I’m seeing the same guys each time I go to the kennel since they haven’t been adopted yet, at the same time I’m glad to get to spend a few minutes with em all. It’s also cool that we’ve got a good sized volunteer group, so I get the chance to keep running with new dogs and don’t have to worry about my past buddies not getting any excercise or loving. Can’t wait to see all these guys and gals get great owners and forever homes!

42:01 | 3.05 miles | 13:46 pace | 435 cals

42:01 | 3.05 miles | 13:46 pace | 435 cals

40 days and nights

Sun over lake @ Mt Trashmore

Sun over lake @ Mt Trashmore

42:39 | 4.02 miles | 10:37 pace | 575 cals

42:39 | 4.02 miles | 10:37 pace | 575 cals

Saturday morning was another beautiful one down at Mt Trashmore, it was really cold especially with the wind, but when you did get in the sunlight just right it was lovely. Yesterday marked day 40 of my journey on here, I added the nights because almost every night I’ve also made it out to the gym for some more miles and some weight lifting. Although I missed a few when I was back home visiting and skipped one or two when I was sick, but 40 days and 36 nights doesn’t have as nice of a ring to it.

After I finished my 4 miles @ Mt Trashmore I came home and had a nice big breakfast, rested a bit, then hit up the gym for another marathon workout. It was great, and by the time I got home close to 5 in the evening I was exhausted, hence the late blog post :)

Anyways don’t have too much to add for yesterday, as I already got a ton of stuff to add for today’s post since it was my dog running day @ the SPCA!

Rain or shine

Oh man what a morning, I got freaking drenched from my head to my toes, especially my toes as there was no avoiding huge puddles today! I also screwed up with my phone’s GPS app and accidentally stopped my workout after the 1st mile while I was checking on my time, so I had to end up doing two 1 mile ones today instead of the normal 2. I probably looked silly with a big Farm Fresh bag hanging out of my pocket, as that’s what I wrapped my phone in so it wouldn’t get all wet.

When I finally got back home I had to immediately strip myself of all the wet clothes and especially my soaked socks and shoes. Threw everything in the dryer and then proceeded to get ready for work. Luckily my shoes had dried up enough by then that I could go ahead and wear them again. I think today was defintely one of the biggest tests for keeping this voyage going, because just about every once of me when I opened the door was just saying stay inside in the nice warm dry apartment, you don’t need to go out there and prove anything.

Raining on my car

Raining on my car

Stripped outta drenched clothes

Stripped outta drenched clothes



But alas I did, and I do, there are other people in this world who have far more severe struggles than my little 1st world problems of temporary discomfort. If I want to someday stand up strong and proud and able to help those in need, I need to first focus on my own personal goals and struggles, and then once I have those conquered I can go on to help others.

I’m getting ready to hop in the shower now and then go hang out at my friend Scotty’s house for the night, and I’ve got a busy week-end with another run @ Mt Trashmore tomorrow morning, some work to wrap up, and also running dogs @ the SPCA on Sunday. It’s nice sometimes to not have a spare moment to sit down and think about things too much, just jumping from one ladder rung to the next until I’m finally at the top.

10:30 | 1.02 miles | 10:19 pace | 145 cals

10:30 | 1.02 miles | 10:19 pace | 145 cals

12:02 | 1.05 miles | 11:29 pace | 148 cals

12:02 | 1.05 miles | 11:29 pace | 148 cals

Working smarter, not harder

So this morning I came to the realization that I’ve been making my life a lot harder and more complex than it really needs to be. I’ve been consistently spending less and less time thinking about work after hours, and more and more time thinking about my life and goals. Funny enough I’m actually being more productive while I am at work now, because I’m not letting it get to the point where I feel burned out. I’ve always been told that I’m a perfectionist and a procrastinator and that can be a bad mix sometimes, although I usually am not delaying things because of laziness but because I want them to be awesome.

Although taking a step back and looking at the work that others around me and just other people in general in my industry do, I can see that even when things aren’t as polished as I would like for them to be, they’re still more helpful than a lot of the other stuff out there. So I just need to focus on not wasting so much time worrying about things being absolutely immaculate, but just get the info out there and see what happens, as I can always go back and pour more time into something that becomes popular.

So while I continue to ramp up my focus and concentrate more on quality time spent on stuff, instead of just the quantity of time spent on it, I’m also taking the same approach to my runs and work outs. I’m really hoping that by this October when I finally turn 30 I’ll have a much better grasp on achieving a great quality of life and being able to do and accomplish all the things I’ve always wanted to.

21:54 | 2.03 miles | 10:46 pace | 291 cals

21:54 | 2.03 miles | 10:46 pace | 291 cals

Hump day

21:49 | 2.05 miles | 10:40 pace | 285 cals

21:49 | 2.05 miles | 10:40 pace | 285 cals

Logging this one in right at the end of the night, the middle of the week is finally here, work hasn’t been too bad, and I’m not feeling sore at all anymore. It was nice enough outside this morning that I ran without my beanie, still a bit chilly, but the cool air felt good on my lungs. I ended up being able to get off work an hour early today, and I had an awesome massage before going to the gym, so I was loosend up and ready to go extra hard. Now it’s time for some rest so this will be a short post tonight, gotta have some energy for another 2 miles in the morning.

Don’t be hating

Don't be hatin :P

Don’t be hatin :P

Woke up this morning feeling great, I wasn’t sore, a bit tired, but ready to go! Proceeded to clock my 2 miles in, and then after that I got cleaned up, put on my new “Don’t hate me just because I’m a little cooler” T-shirt and headed off to work. I like to wear goofy shirts because I think most people take themselves too serious, they worry too much about trying to be “professional”, instead of worrying about just being proficient at what they do, and being comfortable, happy, and relaxed.

I’m really starting to feel drained lately not with my workouts or life in general, but just by some other people. I guess I’ve always been a very self sufficient, keep to myself, deep thinking kinda guy, and because of that I tend to think outside of the box on a lot of topics. Which is great if you want to debate something, or provide some insight on a technical problem or procedure, but when you have to constantly deal with people that are so far in the box with their thinking, that it litterally shocks you to realize someone is that naive, it’s a just a very draining experience.

Suffice to say, I need to really focus more on just doing me, and let the haters hate. I find solace in the fact that most people on this earth that changed it for the better before they left, weren’t the typical in the box thinking person, they saw life and the things around them not for what they are this very moment, but for the potential to be something greater. I don’t want to just aim for good enough or greatness in my life and impact on this planet, I want to shoot for the impossible, infeasible, unimaginable potential in not only myself but the world around me.

22:37 | 2.04 miles | 11:05 pace | 284 cals

22:37 | 2.04 miles | 11:05 pace | 284 cals

Sore but keep coming for more

22:50 | 2.06 miles | 11:05 pace | 295 cals

22:50 | 2.06 miles | 11:05 pace | 295 cals

Oh man when I shot awake this morning for some reason around 6:30, the first thing I thought was oh boy do I need a great stretch. My body was so stiff all over, but especially my legs and abs. Makes sense I suppose after a 4 mile run on Saturday morning, followed by over an hour of intense Ultimate Frisbee around Noon, and some ab work that night, then on Sunday running another 3 miles with 2 dogs from the SPCA and then hitting up the gym afterwards for a full body workout. I pushed through my 2 miles this morning though and by the end of it I was starting to feel great again.

I took some Ibuprofen and that seemed to get me through the entire rest of the day, it was a pretty easy Monday at work, got 3 articles published and a lot of research done for the rest of the week. When I came home from work, I had that about 15 minute or so lull where I was debating on just sitting on the couch and resting, or going to the gym again. Well the gym won out like it usually does these days, a half hour on the elliptical and then about 40 minutes of weight lifting and ab work. I’m really starting to love the ab bars where you kinda just dangle over them and then straighten yourself out backwards, I’ve been holding a 45 pound weight while doing it and I can really feel my back muscles and abs getting stronger. The best part though is when you turn around and lean backwards, I just let my arms dangle and just hold that extended bent back position for awhile because it feels so good, then start doing sets of 20 of situps, each time ending again dangling backwards and letting my back stretch out.

Unfortunately my friend Cyleste had one thing pop-up after another so she hasn’t been able to give me my massage yet, so Wednesday it’ll be a nice treat to finally have her work on me and get all the way loosened up again. I’m going to Catch 31 Fish House and Bar tomorrow after work for a date, so I’ll be giving my body a little bit of rest that evening by not going to the gym, it’s a break I can live with though since I’ll be missing it for hopefully a better cause :)

Gunny and Rocky

Well it was another awesome day at the SPCA! The weather wasn’t too bad, a litte muddy and some puddles, but they were fun obstacles to run around with the dogs. I did another 3 miles today, but this time split it up just between two dogs. First was Gunny, an awesome 4 year old black and white Pit Bull Terrier mix. He came in on 1/21 due to a family moving out of the country, he’s supposedly good around kids and I can attest he is full of energy, and a beast, who I had fun wrestingly around with.

Me and Gunny did 2 miles, and I am not exagerating that a good portion of that running was him trying to drag me forward as fast as I’d possibly allow him to, and sometimes like when going down hills, he made me feel like I was roller blading almost, not having to push my body forward hardly at all since he was just pulling me along almost as if I was skating across the grass..

Gunny with tongue out in kennel

Gunny with tongue out in kennel

Gunny side shot out in parkling lot

Gunny side shot out in parkling lot

Rocky side shot over water

Rocky side shot over water

Rocky looking around in woods

Rocky looking around in woods

Next up was my good buddy Rocky, an 8 year old black male Great Dane mix brought in just last Thursday 1/31. His owner had to move back in with their parents and there wasn’t room for Rocky. He’s supposed to be great with kids and other dogs, and he was a lot of fun to take out as well, and I got a very friendly and loyal vibe from him.

Me and Rocky did a mile, and the Great Dane in him I could tell really let him keep up easily with me. I felt like even when I was sprinting fast he was just trotting along happily on his way. When we got back behind the lake in the woods Rocky was a really fun trail dog to run with, I loosened up my hold on the leash and I could tell if I had just dropped it completely he would have just kept on running right behind me keeping pace. Everytime I said his name he was very alert and listening to me, if I get to spend some more time with him I hope I can teach this old dog some new tricks.

Another amazing time at the SPCA, another great time at the gym afterwards, and a crazy good lunch and dinner today before the super bowl. It was an entertaining game while it was going on, and now there is a power outage, so I thought I’d captilize on the time and get this post up.

I had a great time over the last week or so with my friends Chase and Courtney being back visiting from Colorado. Chase stuck around longer to hang out some more and work at the office for the company we both work for. We ended his time here with a game of Ultimate Frisbee that had us all moaning like old men by the end as it ended up being a few miles, and then we got together for some great tacos and to hang out before he had to get some sleep for his flight.

35:18 | 2.87 miles | 12:19 pace | 417 cals

35:18 | 2.87 miles | 12:19 pace | 417 cals

I’m suppose to be going out tonight to meet some other friends and I’m hoping I don’t stay out too late so during my morning run I’m not regretting it. I still haven’t decided 100% yet if I’m going to keep up with 2 miles at least every morning, so far I think I’ll keep at it, but I am a bit worried that at some point I should give my body at least a little rest to recover all the way. For now though, only way to go is up!

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