Run your own race

On Saturday I went out for a 6 mile run. I had a good friend join me for the first half. He’s a very good runner and it was great to have him push my pace.  It was one of my quickest times for 3 miles I’ve ran in while. Yet, I was a little discouraged with myself at first because I knew how hard I was working to push that pace and he was using that as a nice warm up before he sped up. I got lost in the wrong thinking of why can’t I do that instead of being happy for what I just accomplished.

On my way back, I slowed my pace and took it a little easier for the last 3 miles. I passed a lady and said good morning and we talked a little about how the humidity was making it a miserable morning but at least we were out there putting in our miles.  I got back to my car and was doing some stretching when she finished her run. She gave me a nice complement on my run and said she wished she could have made it look as easy as I did this morning. It was just the reminder that I needed that you have to run your own race and be the best me that I can be. There will always be someone who is faster and someone who is slower than you. You have to look at the effort you gave and stop comparing yourself to others.


My Progress and Half-Year’s Resolutions

One of my main goals for 2015 is to run 500 miles this year.  I’m thrilled to report that through 6 months I’m well ahead of schedule as I’m at 306 miles on the year. I’m on pace to hit my goal in October if not sooner. Hopefully I can stay healthy and keep logging the miles.

My other main goal is to run a half marathon in under 2:10.  I hit the goal one time during a training run but wasn’t able to do it during a race. I’ve completed 2 half marathons so far this year. I ran the Lincoln Half Marathon in early May and the Wyoming Medicine Bow Half Marathon in the mountains in late May. I was able to cut time off both of them compared to 2014 but I wasn’t able to hit the 2:10 mark in the Lincoln half like I was hoping. I have 2 more chances planned this fall running a half in Kansas City and then the Good Life Halfsy in Lincoln.

As for my half-year resolutions, I want to complete the 194 more miles needed to round out my goal of 500 ran for the year. I want to hit my goal of 2:10 in a race setting for the half marathon. I need to finally complete Insanity Max 30 all the way through. I’ve started it twice and still use it for cross training but I’ve not worked through the full 60 days. I just have to keep working and keep making progress every month/week/day.

2014 Goal Update – Halfway Point

  • Complete the Lincoln Half Marathon.  UPDATE –  Completed in 2:20:25. About 40 mins faster than my first Lincoln Half Marathon 2 years ago. On top of that, I also completed the Medicine Bow Half Marathon outside Laramie, WY which was extremely challenging for me but I’m so glad I did it. I’ve also signed up for the Good Life Halfsy in Lincoln this fall. 
  • Marathon results
  • Lose 11 lbs. My goal last year was 20 lbs but I fell 6 lbs short of my goal. This year I want to get those 6 lbs plus another 5.  My plan is half marathon training, Focus T25 and Shakeology. UPDATE – Down 6 pounds so I’m still on track. I’m no longer focusing as much on the scale though and more how I feel and how my clothes fit. The scale isn’t a true measure of my progress.  I’m still drinking shakeology and doing T25 occasionally. I’m starting PiYo next week to work on my flexibility. Being a Beachbody coach has really helped my accountability.  
  • Run a 5K in under 28 mins. Current personal best is 29:27. – UPDATE Completed. My new personal best is 27:10
  • Cross train by biking more this year. I didn’t get my bike out much in 2013 and that needs to change this year. UPDATE: sadly I haven’t biked yet this year. I did finally put air in my bike tires the other day. This a great reminder that it’s something I’ve wanted to do this year. 

Have a great 2nd half of the year!


Welcome to A Minert Distraction

I have decided it’s time to start a blog. Take it easy on me as this is my first real attempt at a blog.  I don’t know what direction this will go for sure or how often I will update it.

I would like to thank a twitter friend @RedCladLoon for the name.  The reason I’m starting a blog is, I find them to be interesting whether it’s to keep your friends and family updated, business related or just posting things you find neat and fun. So stay tuned for my attempt at a blog. I’m sure I’ll talk about being a dad and husband, sports, engineering and cars. Hope you enjoy and please feel free to comment.

Until Later,