I'll run 26.2 miles...if you help me stop diabetes...
Gold Level Fundraiser
Fundraising Honor Roll
Diabetes Action Poker Tournament
Marissa & Amelia Moffett
Jonathon & Jaclyn Schmidt
Gina and Brad Angeletti
Mrs. Andi Sullivan
Tim Craft & Family
Mr. Christopher Dodson
Mrs. Katy Maurer
Oak Grove Elementary
The Nardi Family
O'Malley & Docimo
Cheri & Kevin Hagan
Bare Bones CrossFit
Kelly, Kylie & Matt Towler
Viggo & Vada
Mrs. Marilou Sloan
Tracy & Joe Tekiela
Jamie Selig & Family
Mr. Dave Abbott
Morty, Mike, Kailey, and Evan
Kevin & Suzi Berner
Alana & Manny Muniz
Lance and Lindsey Coldren
Mr. Chris Scott
Mr. Robert Dore
Erik & Michele Baise
Angela M. Kale
Mrs. Jayme Molinari
The Janvrin Family
Dear Family and Friends,
After the loss of my father, William "Bill" Moffett in June 2012, I have been on a personal mission and/or journey. With the love and support of my wife, my children, my family and my friends I have lost over 50 lbs and have either completed or I am scheduled to complete 13.1 miles in Champaign, 20 miles in St. Charles, and countless additional runs, crossfit workouts and activities. This is why I have decided why stop there? Many people think I can be a little OCD anyway...
So, I recently accepted the challenge to run the Chicago Marathon this October for the Diabetes Action Team, in memory of "Bill". As part of this team, I will be working towards my goal of running 26.2 miles while raising money for diabetes research through the Diabetes Action Research and Education Foundation (www.diabetesaction.org).
Diabetes is one of the most common and serious chronic diseases in the United States. The incidence of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes is rapidly increasing. 26 million Americans have diabetes, and 1 million more are diagnosed every year. This includes 15,000 children who are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes each year.
You can help!
I have set a personal goal of $6000 in order to be the largest single fundraiser, for Diabetes Action Research and Eduction Foundation, in the Chicago Marathon. All of the money I raise for the Diabetes Action Research and Education Foundation will fund research to prevent, treat, and cure diabetes. Every dollar counts so please donate what you can. Together, we can make a difference.
Thanks so much for your support and encouragement!
My Personal Web Log
6 days...7 hours...39 minutes...
6 days...7 hours...39 minutes...As I type this blog post that's the amount of time that is left before the Chicago Marathon. This journey started for me almost 9 months ago and this will more than likely be my final blog post prior to the race. Today was one of the coolest experiences I have had while on this journey... I reached my goal of $6,000! The people I have in my life are so amazing to me. My family, my friends, the friends of friends... You are all wonderful and I am so thankful to have each of you in my life... Thank you!
Just because I have reached my goal doesn't mean if you haven't donated you can't. I have been told that my web-site will stay open until after the race. So, if you still want to support me and Diabetes Action... Please do so.
This week is "taper" week. I put in 5 miles tonight on the treadmill at a pretty light pace. I'm having some pretty serious issues with my leg and will only do about 3 more miles later this week and continue with physical therapy too.
Some of you have mentioned maybe coming down to the Marathon. If you would like to meet up with me and my family after the race, Diabetes Action has a headquarters set-up for friends and family. It's located at University Center, 525 S. State St. This is only 2 blocks from the starting line and http://Weatherchannel.com has a chance of rain for Sunday. Anyone who wants to join us can...
Again, to all of you...Thank you so much for thinking enough of me to support me in this very important cause.
This is the HOME STRETCH!
Well, what can I say... 13 days and $431. This is what is left. We have 13 days until the marathon. I only have $431 that I still need to raise to reach my goal. All this is truly amazing to me.
Today I woke up in Wisconsin and fall is truly visible. The weather was gorgeous and so was the surrounding area around Lake Como. As I cut back my mileage these last 2 weeks I set out to get in 12 miles. However, I realized that I am still having issues with my leg and with the hills involved decided not to push it. Only did 7.5 miles today, but feel that it was good work. I'm also experimenting with some new "nutrition" that will hopefully help with the cramping that I have been experiencing at 16 miles on my longer runs. Many people who don't run don't realize the strategy involved in completing these longer runs. In order to keep your body functioning for this length of time you have to plan ahead and it's all been trial and error for me. Hopefully I'll get it figured out over the next 2 weeks.
Really looking forward to getting back to the "box" this week and doing some cross training... I miss the people and the intensity of crossfit and haven't been there much with everything else going on...
Thank you to all my family, friends and friends of friends/family that have supported me in my journey.
The end is almost here!
Fox Valley Final 20, St. Charles IL
I'm sitting here thinking about what to tell everyone about today... While I sit here, I can't stop thinking about how mentally and physically exhausted I am and the race ended for me over 9 hours ago. Today was definitely one of the most difficult and painful things I have ever experienced. The first 10 miles went off just as expected, other then having a simple "over hydration" issue. I think the first 10 miles went so well because 1) running with someone takes your mind off things. Thank you Jason Hellar for hanging with for those first 10 miles. 2)In the back of your mind knowing that your going to see your family at a certain point in a race can be very motivational. Thank you to John and Karen for coming out this morning and supporting me. Also for bringing the kids. It was really cool to see them and get a kiss in the middle of a big race/training run. Also, Michelle my wife... What can I say... Michelle is not what you call a morning person. Knowing that she went to bed close to 11pm I have to think that she was not too excited about waking up at 4:30am in order to get out of the house and drive to the race this morning... She surprises me everyday... She never complained or said she was tired, but only encourage me and what I'm doing... Truly amazing and thank you for what you did today and have done each day on my journey. So what happened after 10 miles? Well at the 10 mile mark Jason was running the full marathon. I saw my family and it was great. Now I'm running solo like I have done so many times and always say I am a "anti-social" runner. Miles 11 & 12 go by, things are good. After mile 12 we get into the hills thru the forest that I have done before and my legs are beginning to feel fatigued... Get to mile 13, and I have been here more than once and know what it feels like, but the "hills" are taking a toll on me. I finally get to mile 16 and all out cramping have taken over both my calves and each time I try to run I get this sensation that they are going to pop from the pain... Quads are on fire and I walk to try and subside the pain in my calves, but I can't put out the fire in my quads... I walk/jog to mile 18 and think 2 miles left. I manage to jog most of the final 2 miles in order to see my family and friends (Erik and Michelle Baise) at the finish line. I have just completed my longest run of my life and my final long training run before tapering off for the marathon. Everytime I challenge myself like this I can't help to think... 1 year ago, I was 60 lbs heavier, an entirely different shape and non active. It took losing my father and my wifes own motivation to change that... Now sometimes I feel like I can't stop challenging myself. I have to always be looking forward and setting new goals. Hopefully, for those of you still reading this, I convince at least one of you to set your own goals and try to look forward in your own life... Next up, my ultimate goal for this year... The Chicago Marathon in 20 days!!!!
Raising money for a good cause and Guess what... There's another hill...
This weekend was a good one... I got to spend the entire weekend with my daughter Amelia. Just the two of us without mommy and big sister. I don't think this has ever happened and it was really cool just spending the time with her. Then on top of that, the two of us got to go to my hometown and see my family and run...
Saturday morning my family and I went out to support a long time friend at their annual Macon County Strides for Down Syndrome Buddy Walk. This is a 5k walk/run to help raise money for the organization. It was a beautiful morning and my friend Melinda and her family do so much for this organization because it is so close to their heart it was an honor to be a part of it.
I also got to run with my sister (Abby) her friend (Sara) our cousin (Todd) and a very good and long time buddy of mine (Brian). It was great running in our "Wolf Pack"... Sara and Abby did great and used this run to be even more prepared to accomplish their ultimate goal the next day, but Todd and Brian really suprised us. This was Todd's longest run without stopping and has already set his goals much higher because of what he accomplished today. I love to see the progress because of the work I know he puts in. Brian on the other hand I know HATES running, but he came out today to support our friend. Even though he doesn't necessarily enjoy running, I do think he had a pretty good time and he ran his fastest 5k ever. Pretty cool for a guy that didn't know he could do it.
The next morning my sister, her husband and myself were up bright and early again for another run. You see this morning was the "Shoreline Classic 5k and 15k" in Decatur, IL. (My hometown) This was also the first road race that my sister, her husband and their friend Sara have ever done. My sister and her running buddy Sara, as well as Ben, have been working towards this goal for a while now. Now the day had come and it was time to run. Each of you did wonderful today. I am very proud of the accomplishments you have already made and look forward to seeing what you will achieve in the future. Next weekend they already have the Glow Run that I know you will have a blast at. Then you can focus on what you will conquer next... 10k, 15k, 13.1??? who knows what you can accomplish until you sign up and set the goal. I would also like to recognize our good friend Valerie for coming out this morning and running. You have been a great friend to our family forever and it was great seeing you and your family this morning. I would also like to recognize another huge accomplishment this morning. Our cousin Ty Moffett completed his first 15k. I know this is also a long time goal of yours and you have put in the work and it was really cool to be a part of it and get to see you reach your goal.
I also did the 15k... All I can really say is that this course had more hills than I have ever seen in a race before. Everytime I got a chance to relax on the downhill all I could think about is that if I'm going down, I'm going to have to go back up eventually... Oh and guess what, there's another hill. The weather was perfect for running, but even though the race was around the lake and very beautiful... I was not a big fan of the hills on the course.
Favorite quote of the day... A very small petite woman after completing the race...stated, "I NEED A BUFFET!" My thoughts exactly.
Next week, Fox Valley Final 20 and my last long run before Chicago!
Wisconsin Ironman Volunteering with buddies.
Well this weekend what a great one. Good weather and good friends. It was a great way to spend my last free weekend before moving into the home stretch of my training... I tried running Saturday morning and what I thought was a hamstring issues, I do believe is my IT Band. This is not good, but I am hoping to see some one this week and get their opinion.
Now let's talk about the good stuff. Went up to Wisconsin with Sloan and Nardi to volunteer at the Wisconsin Ironman. Originally, I signed up with the sole intention of getting the automatic in for next years race. However, do to scheduling I am not available to sign up... That's fine because what I got out of it was much more important. I got to spend Saturday night, just chillin' with two of my best friends and then "give back" to a sport that has helped me in so many ways... It was a real eye opener to see what people go thru at these aid stations that have helped me in so many of my races... Plus, I got a chance to be up close with the professional athletes that where competing. The guy who won came thru our aid station and took almost every single cup off the table and still asked Sloan for a bottle. Kind of crazy and really cool...
Gotta take 1 step back to take 2 steps forward...
Well...it's the last day of August and we are officially 42 days away from my ultimate goal for this year... The Chicago Marathon!
With that said, my friend Erik Baise tells me frequently, "you gotta listen to your body." Well my body today told me that I should not have gotten out of bed. I told my body, we gotta get the miles in. Apparently, my body and I have come to a impass.
Earlier this week, after almost taking a month off from crossfit, I got back at it. This was good and bad. My first workout back we started off with max deadlifts. This was good because I PR'd my deadlift by 50 lbs. (*315 to 365) However, that 1 max rep was then followed by "good mornings" all of which working on my hamstrings in my first week back. Well you guessed it... I tweaked something and have been trying to "roll it out" all week. All the way to last night.
If you are needing to roll your muscles the night before a run... You prob should not be running.
Well, I got up this morning about 4:15 for my 6:30am run. Things felt ok, but not great. I had a bowl of cereal (first time for this on a race day...bad move) a protein shake and I was out the door about 5:30am as usual for these training runs. Everything was going good. I got the "movement" that I like on the body, felt hydrated and ready to roll. Also decided to move back to the 10:30 pmpm pace group to see if I could hold off the cramping in my calves I have had the last 2 long runs... This was the beginning of the end.
About a mile into the run my hamstring was so tight I dropped back to 11 min pmpm. Then at 3.5 miles the rains started. If you know me very well, you would know I HATE GETTING WET WIHT MY CLOTHES ON!!!! I must say I am a pretty fair weather runner. The rain and at times down pour would continue thru out the rest of the run. I eventually ended up completing 16 miles today and it was miserable. Almost every single step of it. I found myself getting very emotional in the latter parts of todays run thinking about what I have to still do to accomplish my ultimate goal and how much today hurt. Physically, Mentally and Emotionally. However, I did learn a few things...
-don't do good mornings the week of a long run.
-don't max your deadlift the week of a long run.
-don't eat raisin bran the morning of a long run.
-ALWAYS LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!
I do feel pretty positive about how well I stayed hydrated. Also, how I pushed thru the obvious pain of my hamstring and the discomfort of the rain. I do feel that a run like today will help me physically and mentally for what I still have to do. Unfortunately, these types of races don't get canceled. They go off rain or shine.
I also need to give some very special recognition... First to Emiley Clark and her boyfriend. I was in obvious pain and actually limping towards the end of our run today. They doubled back in their truck to check on me and did offer me a ride to the finish which I declined. Thank you for looking out for another runner. That was pretty cool. Also to my sister, who is fighting this fight with me. She has been awesome in her own fundraising efforts (garage sales and Oak Grove Elementary) in order to help me reach my goal. She will also be doing her first 5k with me in just a few weeks. This is something I am really looking forward to.
Peggy Moffett and Dawn Oakleaf... You two never cease to amaze me. I know you are also fighting this fight with me and I can't express enough how much you two mean to me. Thank you!
Next up... I will be volunteering at this years Madison, WI Ironman on sunday Sept. 8th with the hopes of competing next year. Then home to Decatur, IL to see my family/friends and complete Kiddo's first 5k (Macon County Strides for Down Syndrome "Peanut" Walk) and the Shoreline Classic 15k on Sept 14th and 15th.
18 miles is SERIOUS!
As my buddy Erik says... "18 miles is serious!" I have to agree. As I sit here and type this update, I can tell you that I'm still not normal from todays run. Yes, for the first time in my life I have completed 18 miles in one outing... I must say it was not easy. As many of you know I am a creature of habit. I like to do the same thing each time I go out for a run. At first, "mother nature" was not cooperating before my run. Then because of my last run of 16 miles and the cramping that occured I really wanted to focus on hydration. So, I ended up caring a gatorade bottle for the first 7 miles. I did not like this at all. I was very happy to finally drop it in someone recycle in Batavia, IL. Then just before 11 miles my watch/GPS stopped working. Again, I am a creature of habit and I NEEDED to know what mile and pace I am at. These items of irritation may seem very minor to all of you, but for me these are monumental. On a positive note, the weather was beautiful and the run started promptly at 6:30am. There was a slight chill in the air and perfect for running. By the time I completed the run the temp was pushing 85 degrees, but still bareable. I made it all the way to mile 17 (*I think) before my legs/calves tightened up and didn't want to work anymore. Had to dig deep to finish the last mile. I think it's time to invest in some calf compression sleeves and a new watch. Without my watch I'm not positive, but I think I finished today in just over 3 1/2 hours...
Special thank you to my "coaches" Erik Baise and Jason Heller. You guys are great motivators and I'm glad I got to share today with you. Also, Happy Birthday Jason!
Next up Buffett Weekend 2013!!!
Texas Holdem' Poker Tournament
This weekend I held a poker tournament at my house in order to raise money for Diabetes Action. I must say... It was an "Epic" success. We had a total of 16 players and I think everyone had a great time for a great cause. Plus, I raised $1200 for my cause!
Special thank you's...
Ed Esmao... I know my cause is also very close to your heart. Thank you for helping organize and run this great event. Your expertise helped make sure things ran perfectly.
I am also very fortunate to have the friends that I have. Thank you to all of you for coming out having a good time and raising some serious cash for this great foundation.
Thank you ALL!
16 miles and a Triathlon
Well everyone I've done it. I have ran farther than I ever have, at one time, and completed my first Triathlon. To many this won't seem like much... But again in an attempt to push myself. I did both these events in back to back days. I've been running with friends (and strangers/other runners) the last few weeks in St. Charles as part of the training runs for the Fox Valley Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, and Final 20 race on September 22. (I'm doing the 20 mile race this year.) I must say these have really been great opportunities to push myself and have a committment to train for my end goal. These folks have been great providing pacers, water/gatorade stations, and goodies after each training run. (who doesn't like a flavor ice after running for 3 straight hours.) Anyone who is looking for a group and wants to run with over 100 people every two weeks come out and join us. Each week I run with this group (and my buddy Erik) I learn something about running and myself. This week it was hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. The weather was beautiful for running. I had taken off a few days due to other committments and fealt good/healthy/refreshed. I ran my first 13 miles faster than I had in Chicago at the Rock N Roll... Then, 14 miles came and I began to cramp in my calfs and had to literally walk from 14 to 14 1/2 miles. At 14 1/2 I was able to walk/run but at a much slower pace to the finish. After making it to the finish, I continued to cramp and had to get fluids and "walk it out" for quite a while before getting in the car. Moral of the story, finish before worrying about time and always hydrate if needed.
With the encouragement of my good friend Patrick Nardi, I completed my first Triathlon on Sunday too. Now I will admit, this race was a "Mini" which means it is about as small/short of a triatholon as you will find, but I did it. (250 yd swim, 6.5 mile bike, 2.1 mile run) I was actually very nervous about the swim part. However, with multiple rests and some determination I made it thru the swim. Then to the bike. This was also something I was a little nervous about. I have not actively rode a bike since ISU and did not really know how this was going to go after being winded on the swim. Trasition ok, but definitely some mental notes for next time. (YES, I said next time.) Then the run, which I was the most confident about, but not confident after doing 16 miles the day before. Surprisingly, after the swim and the bike I was actually pretty loose and ready to roll. Even though I was tired fromt he previous two events and the day before I still manged a 8:30 minute mile avg and finished the race 37th overall. All and all not to bad for my first outing and not really knowing what I was doing. I also decided to do this race with no headphones. I hate running without headphones, but if I'm going to do triathlons I'm going to have to get used to it.
Special thanks this week... Erik Baise, Jason Heller, Abby Kerr Berry and Emily Clark for coming out to St. Charles this week to run.
Patrick Nardi and Clare Cermak for doing the Triatholon with me.
Marijke Shaffer, Michelle and my girls for being my biggest cheerleaders this weekend!
Rock N Roll 1/2 Marathon
Well folks it was a hot one today in Chicago. (By the time the race was over, it was just over 80 degrees and I had completely sweat thru every item of clothing I had on.) Today I ran the Rock N Roll 1/2 Marathon with my new running buddy, Clare Cermak. We both had high hopes. Ever since running the Christie Clinic 1/2 this year in Champaign I've added to my list of goals to go under 2 hours in the 1/2 marathon. Clare has the same goal. However, the heat today was not going to allow either of us to set any PR's. Between miles 5-6 the 2 hour pace team pulled away from me gradually. I realize that today is not going to be my PR day and I just started to focus on finishing this thing (with a respectable time). I am however very excited about how I feel almost 10 hours after completing the race this morning. In the past I have been almost immobile after these long runs/races. Today, beside some tightness in my left calf I feel pretty good. Today I also experience yet another "thing" that we have no control over and just need to deal with in the middle of a race. At mile 6.15 my watch lost it's GPS signal and I could no longer keep track of my pace or distance. The only thing that worked was the stop watch continued to track my time because it does not need the GPS connection. It's amazing to me how we develop these "crutches" and don't even realize it. Next up my longest run ever... 16 mile training run in 2 weeks in St. Charles, IL.
I also want to say thank you today to all of those that sent kind words to me before, during and after my race. Your words and thoughts of encouragement really mean the world to me. I also want to say thank you to Clare Cermak for getting out there with me today. Also, to my beautiful wife... Your support is what has allowed me to stay on this crazy journey!
Thank you all!!!!
Humidity is a BEAST to deal with!
Well we had a very active weekend... Today (7/8) is Amelia's 5th birthday and we had her party for her friends on Saturday. Most of my family came up on Friday for the party on Saturday and I love having them around.
On Sunday morning I went with my buddy Erik Baise for my longest training run to date... 12 miles! This is only 1 mile short of my longest run, 13.1 miles or a 1/2 marathon which I have done 2xs. It's amazing to me that I stated out this year with 13.1 miles being my goal and now I am basicly doing this and more as "training runs". Anyway, as expected the humidity is still a beast to deal with. If you are not careful and plan out hydration and energy it will zap you and your "dead in the water"... This is all a learning experience for me, but cool all at the same time.
I also signed up for the Shoreline Classic this morning which is a race in my home town in September. This will also be a very big weekend for me. I'm excited that My sister Abby has accepted my challenge and is now going to do her first (and 2nd) Couch to 5k. We as a family are planning to head out to support my friend Melinda Dereak on Satuday, September 14th where I will run 5k with my sister and my wife as well as other family and friends to support Melinda and her son "Peanut". My sister is going to then not only run her first 5k, but also her second 5k on Sunday at the Shoreline Classic in Decatur. I am very proud of my sister as she works down the path to a healthier lifestyle with her own family.
I am also very appreciative of her own efforts to help me raise money for Diabetes Action in the memory of our father... Next up! Rock N Roll 1/2 Marathon July 21st.
Marathon Training Has Started!
Well I definitely got back in action this weekend. This weekend was both the Galt Games and the first week of my Marathon Training, which I was supposed to complete 10 miles. What I can tell you is this... I love crossfit and I have regained my passion for running. However, like two girlfriends that know about it other... It can be difficult. Yesterday, I competed in my second crossfit games (which I found out I was the second oldest competitor) and then woke up this morning and also completed my 10 mile training run. It wasn't a good run, but I got the miles in... However that was only the start to my day. My sister has accepted my challenge to do her first 5k this year and we also got out and completed her training run together. This was a really cool for me. I am really happy that my family got to come visit this weekend. Even if I didn't get much time to spend with them, I love watching the kids play together and the "little" moments we get to share together...
I would like to say Congratulations to Suzi Berner for completing her first IRON MAN today in 13:11.07 and also to Molly Hayworth for taking 3rd in her first Crossfit competion at the Galt Games. (favorite training run song today...Molly by Tyga)
Also ran into a long time dear friend of mine Jayme LeMaster-Molinari... It was wonderful talking with you today, hope to see you again soon.
3 weeks until the Rock-N-Roll 1/2 Marathon. Back to the paleo lifestyle with Michelle to also support her in the Bfit for Life Contest at Bare Bones.
Talk to you all again soon!
Warrior Dash and Fathers Day...
Well I can't say that today has been easy for me mentally. Michelle and my buddy Jeff did a pretty good job at trying to keep my mind off of losing my dad. We went out to Channahon, IL and did our first Warrior Dash today. Warrior Dash is a little over 3 miles thru mud and over/under obstacles. We even got to hangout with an old friend and his family, Scott "Chooch" Rubicz. We really had a good time and got in a little bit of "messy" exercise. I know I have not posted since the Soldier Field 10 Miler. That was a rough couple of weeks completing 4 races for a total of 33 miles within a 2 week span. Since then I have been back at Crossfit on a regular basis and trying to let my "running legs" rest. This will continue for 1 more week. Next week I will compete in my 2nd crossfit competition at Atlas Crossfit in Lincolnpark, Chicago IL next Saturday. This week I will hit the box (Bare Bones) and get my mind focused back on the diet. Once we get passed next weekend we will continue to focus on the diet and also looking into the future weeks to come with the Rock-N-Roll Half Marathon in just a few weeks. This will be the start of my actual Marathon training as I will continue to build up my miles week over week to prepare for the Chicago Marathon.
I also wanted to take a minute in this weeks blog and talk about Fathers Day. I miss my father everyday and because of him have found some peace with running again. I look forward to the challenge of honoring him by completing 26.2 miles in October while WE listen to music together... With this said, I don't want today to be a sad day. Although today is difficult for me personally, I am proud to have my two beautiful girls. I love them both very much...and love being their daddy. I also want everyone to know I am very grateful to have another man in my life for over 25 years now. He has been a roll model, trusted advisor and friend. Thank you David, I love you and Happy Fathers Day.
Chase Corporate Challenge and Soldier Field 10 Miler
Well my 2 weeks of testing myself is over... Over the last 2 weeks I have done the Susan G. Komen 10k, Chicagoland Spring 1/2 Marathon, Chase Corporate Challenge and Soldier Field 10 miler. It truly was a test for me to see how my body would handle putting on this much mileage in a short amount of time, which I have never done before. I was very surprised at the result. In order to help with recovery I have also attempted a few ice baths, which in my opinion really help... At the same time they are actually kind of painful. (Atleast for the first 30 seconds or so.)
The Chase Corporate Challenge is a event help each year in Grant Park, Chicago IL where more than 30,000 people run 3.5 miles. Last year,I believe this was my first race I had attempted since high school. Last year I completed the course in over 44 minutes. As a showing of the progress I have made, I ran this years course in just over 27 minutes. Thank you to Paylocity for making this a wonderful event for our employees each year.
The Soldier Field 10 Miler is a race I was really looking forward to. As a huge Bears Fan and a former football player it was really cool to think about running thru the tunnel and out on the field as the finish line was on the 50 yard line. As expected, the last 75 yards of this race was a dream come true and gave me goose bumps to experience just that. Running out fo the tunnel, on the grass to the Fifty... Then to look up into the stands and see my biggest "fans" was a very seriel moment for me...
Next... Warrior Dash with Michelle on Fathers Day and then the Crossfit Galt Games June 22nd. After the Galt Games I will also officially start my "Marathon Training"...
Looking forward to all the miles and telling you all about them along the way.
Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
Chicagoland Spring Marathon & 1/2 Marathon
So... I signed up for this 1/2 marathon last week... Might have not been the best idea, but definitely a learning experience.
I learned that
-weather does matter...
-diet does matter...
-preparation does matter...
-no matter how much you want to do better than the last time, sometimes it's just out of your control...
-Walking is ok...sometimes racing just becomes survival!
This was the warmest race I have done since starting on this journey. It was 75 degrees in Schaumburg, IL by the time I was done with my 2 hour and 8 minute "survival" run. This was slower than the IL 1/2, but like I said... "Warm Weather Running is a different Monster than Cold Weather Running"... By the time I was done all of my clothes where soaked in sweat. I actually took off my shirt after the race and rung it out next to my car.
My legs aren't as bad as after the IL 1/2, but my feet are just as bad. I have also started experimenting with Ice Baths... This is just as painful as the run, maybe even more so, atleast for the first 30 seconds... So far they seem to help with recovery...
I also came up with this idea of letting people know what goes thru someones mind while running for 2 hours straight... Here we go...
10. Warm Weather Running is definitely different than Cold Weather Running
9. I prob. shouldn't have mowed the lawn last night.
8. I wonder if 4 hours of sleep is enough to get me thru this today.
7. I do not like Blue Gatorade.
6. You don't have to Personal Record (PR) every race.
5. They said this course was flat...
4. Sometimes "racing"becomes SURVIVAL!
3. Sometimes pain just hurts.
2. Where did the pace team go.......
1. It's softball you can't cry, right?
I think I might cry...
Also, a special Thank you to one of my biggest supporters... Jamie Sloan who road his bike out to the race today to support me. Thank you Brother!
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
Well...we got the girls up at 5am, loaded up the car and headed to Chicago for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure today. It was a beautiful day, although a little chilly, the sun was out and everyone was excited to run/walk for Breast Cancer. The girls had never actually "raced" before and they were excited because it was their first time... They got their shirts and numbers then got to walk 1 mile in memory of Amy Dahly (Michelle's cousin) who we lost last year and to support one of our dearest friends, "Aunt" Jaime Sloan who is currently fighting the fight.
While the girls, kids and rest of the family were walking the 1 mile, James and I are off for the 10k. Well kind of... For the first time ever, I showed up late to the race. So James and I did not start with the 10k runners, but instead started with the 5k runners. This was not a bad thing until at about the 2 mile mark I realized that Jamie was no longer running the 10k, but was running the 5k route instead. Apparently, we had a miscommunication at the start of the race. This never fails when Jamie and I get togher, but that's part of the reason why I love the guy and our friendship has lasted for all these years. "Just about finding the right balance in life."
I did complete the 10k, in personal record time. I PR'd my 1 mile, 5k and 10k all in the same race. I averaged a 8:28 mile pace and completed the course in just over 53 minutes... I like to see the progress because my journey continues in the next few weeks when I do the Chase Corporate Challenge 5k and then just a few days later the Soldier Field 10 mile...
Bare Bones Cinco De Mile-O
For those of you who don't know, Crossfit has been a large part of my journey over the last few months. (Michelle has been with me every step of the way and the girls can't wait until they are old enough to start classes.) This weekend Bare Bones Crossfit hosted their 3rd annual Cinco De Mile-O event at their new location. They had a record turnout of over 150 on a beautiful day in downtown Yorkville, IL.
Cinco De Mile-O consists of the following, while doing a 1 mile run:
100 air squats
sprints with 45 lbs weight
I completed the course in just over 26 minutes... One of the "longest miles" I have ever ran.
It was a great event and just another step towards my goal!
First step towards my goal...Illinois 1/2
Well this weekend we all went down to Champaign for the Illinois 1/2 marathon and Marathon. This race has only been going on now for 5 years and it is absolutely a wonderful race...
Specail thanks to my friends Erik and Michelle Baise for getting me started on this race. Also, a special thanks to Gina Jenero for giving us a place to crash.
Weather and race conditions were perfect. I even ran into an old friend (Katie Kennedy, Crossfit Oswego) in the starting coral. She was with her dad and I ran most of my race with them pacing off of them... I had originally decided to run with the 2:00 hour "joe pacer" but latched onto Katie and her Dad until the marathon/ half marathon split. This was a great learning experience for me. Shortly before the split Katie and her dad pulled away and the the Joe Pacer group caught me... and then passed me.... I hit "the wall" for the first time and my legs didn't want to work anymore! The pain in my feet also became difficult, but I kept moving...
I finished the race in 2:01.26 which was only short of my goal of 2 hours...
For my first 1/2 marathon it was a great overall experience and I would highly recommend this race to anyone who is interested in running there first 1/2 marathon. I know it is early in the season, but you have to start some where and this is a great/flat place to do it...
Congratulations to my sister and her family on the arrival of my beautiful niece Laney Rhyan Steele! We are so happy we got to see everyone this weekend. We love you all!
The week before the Illinois 1/2 Marathon
As the weather begins to turn and I prepare myself for the Illinois Half Marathon this weekend in Champaign, I am amazed that my initial goal has now become just another training run. Although I am excited, nervous and a little scared it is just another step in my final goal in October.
This weekend I ran 6.4miles (10k) on the Gillman trail. This is a beautiful trail, thanks for the info Erik, and great for running.
Wish me luck this weekend!
What I have done so far...
I will do my best to update this page on what I have done and will do to reach my goal. I will also use it to reflect on how my training is going... So far I have completed 2 10k runs this year in Highland Park, IL and Lisle, IL. Neither of them where very warm in the early part of the year... However, I continue to PR each of my runs. I have also completed the Shamrock Shuffle with a few friends which is only a 8k, but a lot of fun. My allergies got the best of me so the run it's self was not very enjoyable, but another PR. I have also competed in my first Crossfit competition. I wasn't last which was a small moral victory and something to grow from... Next step Illinois 1/2 marathon in Champaign, IL... Looking forward to seeing family and completing the longest run I've ever done to date...
Come back soon and check my progress and what I'm up to in my training and fundraising...
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