Free Family Turkey Trot II

 

Oops we did it again!! Last Thanksgiving we had an idea and now it’s annual event. I started receiving emails for all of the local races so I thought I better start spreading the word that we will indeed host our second annual Free Family Turkey Trot this year. Despite the cold weather, last year was a success and great time for all. Here’s a quick look at some of the fun!

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We’ll finalize details in the coming weeks, but I wanted to get the word out as early as possible before you decide to make those payments to another race. We will also again accept canned food donations if you feel led. It’s not a requirement. For all of the latest details, keep an eye on our official facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/FreeFamilyTurkeyTrot

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Columbus Half Marathon Recap.

Early this morning my wife and I were up and out the door to join in with the other crazy folks running in the Columbus Full and Half Marathons. I did my best to recap the days events on the video below. Since I was the guy behind the camera (or iPhone in this case), I didn’t get any footage of my finish of the half marathon. It was a great day. My first four miles were a little rough but I got it going after that and finished with a much better time then I had anticipated (1:53). But … Continue reading Columbus Half Marathon Recap.

Columbus Half Marathon Playlist

It’s been awhile since I created a new playlist from the ground up. It’s LONG overdue. While I love the playlists I have used in the past, they are the same playlists that I listen to every single time I hit the streets for a run. You will note that this list is heavy on the Thousand Foot Krutch. They are my current band of choice and certainly when it comes to running. I tend to like the rhythm of an electric guitar or a strong rap to keep the beat. It also allows my mind to focus on the … Continue reading Columbus Half Marathon Playlist

Have A Cause?

For several months now I have been weighing the opportunity to run in the Columbus Half Marathon on October 17, 2010. I have gone back and forth and have yet to sign up. My wife and are I are running in the Dayton Air Force Half Marathon on September 18th and she has already signed up to run the full marathon in Columbus. We both feel like our days of running in these events are wrapping up so Columbus will most likely be our last race for awhile. There are two things that came to mind the other day as … Continue reading Have A Cause?

Half Marathon Lessons Learned

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I’ve always said that I’m not a runner, I just run. Lately several friends have begun running as well and I’m excited to follow their journey as they begin. After completing our 4 x 4 x 4 (4 half-marathons in 4 cities in 4 straight weekends) recently, I thought I would give an average guys guide to what I have learned. This might offer some suggestions as others look ahead to completing this task too.

1. Enjoy the journey – The key to every half-marathon I have run is to enjoy the run. I have run some of these with a goal time in mind and those are the ones I would tell you were my toughest runs. I didn’t enjoy it as much. I was too focused on that time to see and hear all of the excitement that goes in to race day. It’s good to challenge yourself, but not to the point that you miss the ride. Read the signs! Give the little kids 5 as you run by! See the landmarks! Soak in the cheers! Read other people’s shirts and find the stories of why others are running the race too.

2. Break it up – Before each race, I take a good look at the race map. I get a feel for the long stretches and when we make some important turns (halfway for example). I break down a race into small milestones along the way.

  • Mile 4 = single digits
  • Mile 6 = almost halfway
  • Mile 8 = one hand

It may seem silly but it really helps to make 13.1 miles more “bite sized”. It also gives you something to look forward to. Once I reach mile 8 and hit my watch, I raise my hand with all 5 fingers extended. I do the same at 9, 10, 11 and 12 with a count of how many we have left extended. It’s cheesy, but I started doing that in my first half and have continued the tradition.

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Cleveland Rocked!

What started off as a wild idea just  a few months ago, closed yesterday at roughly 9:54 as I cross the finish line of the Cleveland Half Marathon. This was never really planned, but as it played out, I was finishing my 4th half-marathon in 4 different cities in 4 weeks. Insane. There was no better place for me to wrap up this journey than Cleveland, Ohio. It’s always been home and I love that city. Nashville, Columbus, Indianapolis and Cleveland were the locations for our races. Each one different. Each one special. I still can’t believe it’s over now. … Continue reading Cleveland Rocked!

I’m Coming Home

While it is a little known fact that I was born in Anchorage Alaska, if you ask me where I call “home”, without hesitation I will tell you Cleveland, Ohio. I actually grew up in a little town called Bedford on the east side of the city, but Cleveland is my city. The city is the punchline in many jokes and is often referred to as “the mistake on the lake”. I like to say that it might be a mistake, but it’s our mistake! I love Cleveland. Some of my greatest memories begin and end in Cleveland. That is … Continue reading I’m Coming Home

Indy Mini-Marathon Recap

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And then there was one….On Friday, my wife and I took a late drive over to Indianapolis to meet Matt Nelson for the first time and crash at his house. The alarm went off at 5:30am on Saturday morning and we were up and off to attempt our 3rd Half-Marathon in 3 weeks. This weekend’s task was the Indianapolis Mini-Marathon. I’ll give you the short version of this post right now…I LOVED this half-marathon. The course was flat and the 2 1/2 mile run on the track at the Indy 500 was the perfect middle to 13.1 miles.

As with every half marathon, I get a little sentimental about what shirt I will wear. The truth is that when the time came for Indianapolis, I just wasn’t quite sure. I packed 2 shirts we have received in previous half marathon’s this year….Charlotte (my favorite half marathon) and Nashville. There was something that just felt right about wearing the Nashville shirt in support of our friends and the recovery from flooding. I literally had my number pinned to the Charlotte shirt and was wearing it Saturday morning. But something kept drawing me back to the Nashville shirt. I made the change and I am so glad I did….

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Next Up – Indy Mini

If you have been following the journey, you probably already know that on Friday my wife and I are headed 2 hours west to Indianapolis, Indiana. Long before “4 in 4 weeks” was ever a dream, the Indianapolis Mini-Marathon was on the schedule. There are several reasons why this one will be special: 1. Our Corporate Headquarters are based in Indianapolis 2. Indy is like my second home due to the extended time I have spent there 3. I finally get to meet Matt Nelson. He and his wife were kind enough to open their home to us. 4. You … Continue reading Next Up – Indy Mini

Columbus 1/2 Marathon Recap

Two down…two to go!  As promised, we met at the house around 6:00am before pushing off to the Capital City Half Marathon in downtown Columbus, Ohio on Saturday morning. The hour was again very early, but the spirits were high as we anticipated another great half marathon. Due to the Women of Faith conference being held at Nationwide Arena, the directors for this years half-marathon had to re-route the course and believe me when I say it was TOTALLY different than in years past. I didn’t realize that Columbus had inclines. The race was overall pretty good. We ran together, … Continue reading Columbus 1/2 Marathon Recap

Nashville Half Marathon Recap

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What a weekend! I am not sure where to even start this post. As anticipated, our weekend in Nashville was incredible. The events and fun of the weekend were interrupted by a 13.1 mile half marathon on Saturday morning but took nothing away from the weekend! Let me say it like this:

1. Nashville is NOT flat

2. A BUNCH of people run in this race (30,000 or something like that)

3. David Schroeder and his wife are about the nicest people on the face of the planet.

4. Nashville, Tennessee has vaulted to the top on my list of 5 best places in the United States

Imagine a city that brings all of your favorite things in this world into one place. Music, lyrics, entertainment, authors, publishers and everything deep fried in something. THAT is Nashville, Tennessee. Our journey started Friday at packet pickup where we met up with Matt and Rachel Wojnarowski. After some pictures and fun, it was off to finally meet Dave Schroeder and his family for the first time in person. The rest of the evening we spent filling up on carbs and catching up with one another.

Way too early Saturday morning we were up and out the door. The Weather Channel was broadcasting threats of severe thunderstorms, hail and the Doppler radar was one massive mess. It looked like something out of the movie “Independence Day” hanging over the city of Nashville. We made our way to the race and jumped in to the stream of people already going through the starting gate. 13.1 miles later, not a single drop of rain touched down! We had made it through another memorable half marathon. The course was full (and I mean FULL) of long, slow, steady inclines. These were not hills, they were inclines. The personal highlight for me came around mile 11 where I was able to high five Sock Monkey as he stood on the side of the road cheering. It doesn’t take much…honestly….

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Nashville Half Marathon Playlist

This has become a bit of a custom of mine the last year or so. Without further ado, I give you the music which will be ringing through my ears as I run the streets of Nashville this weekend for the Country Music Half Marathon. I decided to mix it up a bit for this one. I actually finished this playlist about a month ago, but since I have been listening to it throughout my training, I got a little tired of it. Today I did something I don’t normally do and changed it up without previewing it first. This could get scary.

It might sound crazy, but more times than not, the song pumping through my headset gets me through another half mile. More than once I have been about ready to quit and a song comes on that gets me through the “wall”. So blindly adding some tunes without “road testing” them is something I don’t usually do. I also try to add in a little something for the city I am running in. I went with a little country (Kenny Chesney), a little Southern Voice (Tim McGraw) and some Tennessee Line by Daughtry. After Monday’s video, I went a little heavy on the TobyMac too. It was the least I could do.

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TobyMac Sends Us a Shout Out!

Last night I received a very special message from my good friend Dave Schroeder and none other than TobyMac! This is just wicked cool. David was with Toby, Max Lucado and Third Day yesterday to prepare for the upcoming Make a Difference Tour. They took time out of their busy schedule to send Heather and I a quick note about the Country Music Half Marathon this weekend. We will all be hitting the streets for 13.1 miles and cannot wait! Special thank you to Toby and Dave for taking the time to do this. The kids now think Heather and … Continue reading TobyMac Sends Us a Shout Out!

Saturday's Lineup

On Saturday morning my wife and I will all toe the starting line for the Country Music Half Marathon in Nashville, Tennessee. We originally signed up for this race as a way to connect with our friends at Thomas Nelson and specifically, Dave Schroeder. As the weeks and months leading up to race have come and gone, the list of people running or attending the race continues to grow. With every name, the excitement and anticipation of this weekend builds to a fever pitch. Some of these names may not mean much to those reading this, but to me, they all represent friendship and admiration. The people we will meet in Nashville are CEO’s, Publishers, Artists, Authors, family and friends. I told Heather yesterday that it was going to be tough for me to focus on running when there were so many people I wanted to meet. Check it out:

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Saturday’s Lineup

On Saturday morning my wife and I will all toe the starting line for the Country Music Half Marathon in Nashville, Tennessee. We originally signed up for this race as a way to connect with our friends at Thomas Nelson and specifically, Dave Schroeder. As the weeks and months leading up to race have come and gone, the list of people running or attending the race continues to grow. With every name, the excitement and anticipation of this weekend builds to a fever pitch. Some of these names may not mean much to those reading this, but to me, they all represent friendship and admiration. The people we will meet in Nashville are CEO’s, Publishers, Artists, Authors, family and friends. I told Heather yesterday that it was going to be tough for me to focus on running when there were so many people I wanted to meet. Check it out:

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