Big Man Runs Fundraiser- Homes For Our Troops

Big Man Runs Fundraiser- Homes For Our Troops

Big Man Runs Fundraiser- Homes For Our Troops

Yup, after much thought I have decided to run the Ridgeline Half-marathon again this year. I am calling this the revenge tour and it includes:

  • Summer Prairie Dog Half-marathon in Castle Rock
  • Fort Carson Spartan Military Sprint
  • Wildcat Ridge 10 Mile in Highlands Ranch (if they have it this year)
  • The infamous Ridgeline half-marathon in Castle Rock.

Hey Mike, looks like Ridgeline has a 50K, why don’t you do that one?

Because the half-marathon damn near killed me. That is why. Listen, this is my revenge tour, not yours.

Let me take care of the half-marathon first and next year maybe we tackle the 50K.

Ridgline half-marathon

Trail running sucks. It is very different than running on pavement. But where else are you going to get views like this!

I hate this race but I am sucked in to her siren song. No matter how much it hurts, I must go.

big man runs fundraiser

Don’t let this fool you. I wish all of the trail was like this!

I remember are endless climbs, rocky, root-filled descents and general pain.

I strained both calves 2 miles into the race and ran 11 miles on two category 2 strained calves. With each step I felt my calves ripping, almost like you were tearing a piece of paper.

A painful day but a great day nonetheless.

 

Big Man Runs Fundraiser- Homes For Our Troops

Maybe this gives you a better perspective of what is going on. Start to your left and climb up, then descend, then go left and go up another hill, then go down…13.2 miles. You get the point.

 

What I am saying is that this is a fantastic race and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into it again.

Maybe this time I will be able to walk back to the car.

Enough about me, Big Man Runs Fundraiser- Homes For Our Troops

 

I couldn’t be part of the military due to asthma. However, my son joined the Army in September and that makes us a military family.

These are brave men and women that want to serve our country and commit to a cause. It is absolutely shameful how little we do for these men and women when they get back, especially when horrific things happen to them. I am dedicating this race to them and would like to think that with each mile, maybe I can make someone’s life a little better.

The goal is to collect $1,000 by October 8. All donations go to Homes for Our Troops. The link below is a fundraising link that goes directly to their site.

If you would like to make a difference, please give what you can. Anything will help and everything is appreciated.

Thanks, and I will give you a report on how the race went Oct 9th. Maybe October 10th, it depends on how beat-up I am.

Click here to go to my donation page

Running Log January 28, 2017

Running Log January 28th, 2017

Operation Enduring Warrior Virtual 10K

So after 2 consecutive weeks of races, I had a weekend off.

So what did I do?

Complete my January virtual run challenge, of course.

This was a 2 part challenge for me.

  1. Run the Operation Enduring Warrior Virtual 10K for charity. (There are still spots open if you want to do this. Click here for details).
  2. Run 60 miles this month. As of January 28th, I am at 78 miles. Not a bad month.

I did the run after a hard speed workout on Friday, so I wanted to take it slow and easy.

By looking at my time, you will see I did just that.

The Course.

January challenge

 

If you know anything about me, you know I don’t shy away from danger, especially when I am running for a great cause like Operation Enduring Warrior. Okay, enough of the brave talk, I just opened my front door and ran west. This is Colorado and we have mountain lions and coyotes. Coyotes I see from time to time but you will never see a mountain lion. They could be 5 feet away from you in the bushes and you would never see it. Plus they are ambush cats so they attack from the back. If I worried about such things I would wear a backpack with punji spikes sticking out of the back for protection.

So why worry? My philosophy about wild animals is pretty basic. If they can take me down, they are welcome to eat me.

Simple as that. At 6’3″ and 245 pounds I have a lot of good meat on me. As they would say in the Lion King, it is the circle of life, hakuna matata.

Back to business. Usually I have a couple of courses I run that are outside my front door. This one is an extension of the Sulphur Gulch run. Instead of turning around by the Pace center, I keep heading west and end up on the Cherry Creek trail.

cherry creek trail

It is a nice, flat course with a convenient port-a-potty at the 3 mile mark. Beautiful.

My Time

Note: I was reading an article about runners with asthma and they said we should run everyday. Of all the asthma treatments I have tried, I never tried cardio everyday. Of course with all the things I read in a given week, this one had to stick in my thick brain as a good idea to try. So not only did I do this run after a speed day, this was my 9th consecutive day of cardio for me. Will it help my asthma symptoms? I will keep you posted. After 9 days, my legs still are fresh. They still move slow but they are fresh.

 

runners log January 28th, 2017Nothing special here but a nice easy run on a beautiful January day.

Here are the metrics courtesy of Lumo Run

 

running log january 28th, 2017

The cadence is still low but here is the interesting thing.

Look at the personal records for the run.

running log january 28th, 2017

The braking metric measures how much my speed slows down with each step. If you are over-striding and striking with your heel, this number is going to be high. Even though I was running with less than an optimal cadence, the braking metric tells me my feet were landing under me and I was falling forward. This is exactly what I want to be doing. This is a metric I would have never figured out on my own.

If you want to check out Lumo Run, Click here. Use the code “MMG10” and get $10 off your purchase.

February Virtual Run Challenge

February Virtual Run Challenge

February Virtual Run Challenge

The February Virtual Run Challenge has the coolest medal yet.

Can I play cupid for a moment?

Let me set up the perfect Valentines day for you. Sign yourself and your sweetie up for the Heart of Gold Virtual run.

When you sign up, you can get the finisher’s medal delivered before you complete the run. This is very important. You will see why in a moment.

Pack a nice lunch and head out to a park. Either run or walk your virtual run, head back to the picnic area and present your sweetie with this medal! Is that not thoughtful or what? You can’t buy this at Zales!

Distances

5k, 10k or half-marathon

The Cause

Someone is sexually assaulted every two minutes in the United States, and more than five children die every day as a result of child abuse and neglect. Help spread awareness and raise money for a charity whose vision is a world free of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse by participating in the Heart of Gold virtual 5k/10k/Half Marathon. Run or walk whenever and wherever you want to earn what is without a doubt, the heaviest and most complex virtual race medal we have ever produced.

Sign up here.

The Swag

All registrants will receive a custom digital race bib and a 4″ heart-shaped box of chocolates medal. This medal opens to reveal 11 removable chocolate charms (charms are not edible), including one in the shape of a heart. But that’s not all…

HEART OF GOLD SWEEPSTAKES: When 10 lucky participants open their medals, they will find a GOLD heart-shaped charm and will win a Virtual Strides Prize Package that includes a Virtual Strides medal hanger,  a Virtual Strides visor, and a $25 Gift Card! Winning medals will be randomly distributed throughout the race period, following our standard shipping schedule. For complete contest details, please read the Official Rules.

Found a GOLD Heart inside your medal? Fill out the Heart of Gold Prize Claim Form by 11:59 p.m. EDT on March 31, 2017 in order to claim your prizes!

SHIRTS: During early registration (through 1/31), we have decided to once again run a campaign at Booster where anyone interested can order a matching race shirt in a variety of styles (unisex, ladies, tank top, long sleeve, ladies long sleeve or unisex hoodie). These shirts will be delivered separately from medals in mid-February, and 100% of the additional funds raised through this campaign will be donated to the featured charity in addition to our standard per-medal donation!

The Charity

The Joyful Heart Foundation was founded by Mariska Hargitay in 2004, with the intention of helping sexual assault survivors heal and reclaim a sense of joy in their lives. The vision of the Joyful Heart Foundation is a world free of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. The foundation’s mission is to transform society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, support survivors’ healing, and end this violence forever. The mission is carried out through healing, education and advocacy. The foundation has raised over $32 million to support its programs and has directly served more than 18,500 individuals.

A portion of the proceeds from this virtual race (at least $5 from each registration) will be donated to the Joyful Heart Foundation. For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit JoyfulHeartFoundation.org.

Sign up here.

Virtual Run #2 Operation Enduring Warrior

Virtual Run Option #2

Operation Enduring Warrior 5K, 10K or Half marathon.

Virtual Run January

Note:

This was a virtual run scheduled for Veteran’s day. They still have medals available so I thought this would be a good time to help these guys out.

Start the year off right. Set a good fitness goal for yourself and help out a worthwhile charity.

Virtual runs are scheduled for a set period of time but if they still have spots open, you can do the run anytime. Just sign up now to reserve your spot.

6 solid reasons you should do a virtual run.

You need a goal with a deadline.

Yes the holidays are over but it is cold and dark in most of the country. Force yourself to get moving again.

Long Slow Cardio Burns Fat

I realize High Intensity interval training (HIIT) is all the rage these days. Long slow cardio is under attack even though it shouldn’t be.

This is pure marketing. Anytime someone can sell you faster results in less time, it will get attention.

I am not saying high intensity exercise doesn’t produce results but consider this:

  • Long slow cardio is more relaxing.
  • It works on the oxidative energy pathway that relies on fat rather than carbs for fuel.
  • You can do it everyday.

You can inspire a friend to join you.

We all know somebody who is waiting for a reason to get in shape.

This virtual run challenge is the perfect opportunity because almost anyone can walk a 5K if they have a month to train.

Get in a habit

A question I get asked most often is, “How often should I work out?”

Then whoever asked the question regrets asking because the answer is “everyday”.

If you have something planned everyday, chances are you are going to miss one or 2 workouts in a given week. That is still 5 or 6 you got in.

Pretty good. Actually, very good.

Contrast that with planning 3 workouts a week.

Miss 1 or 2 and what do you have? Jack Squat.

You don’t have to set the world on fire every day. In fact, that would be a very bad idea.

Cycle your intensity of workouts. A classic way to do this is to alternate hard and easy days. Follow a hard workout with an easy run.

Support a great charity

Why pay money for a virtual run? I can do this anytime on my own for free.

Let me be blunt. No you won’t.

Once you sign up, you put skin in the game.

Once you state to the world what you are going to do, you have accountability.

I gladly sign up for these events because I know that once I sign up, I am forced to do it.

I like the idea that at the end of the month I will be in better shape and that I am helping a charity.

I will help you

If you sign up for the run and have any training questions, I will be happy to answer them for you.

  • nutrition questions
  • training questions
  • rehab questions

Where else are you going to get this?

So what are you waiting for? Sign up now and start the new year off right!

Operation Enduring Warrior

In honor of Veterans Day, support our nation’s wounded veterans by participating in the Operation Enduring Warrior virtual 5k/10k/Half Marathon. Run or walk your selected distance whenever and wherever you want to spread awareness and support the cause. All participants will receive a digital race bib and a 4″ bottle opener medal (the ribbon is detachable) in the shape of the charity’s logo, featuring a 3D-molded gas mask in honor of their Masked Athlete Team.

 

The Charity

Operation Enduring Warrior (OEW) is a veteran-founded charity whose mission is to honor, empower, and motivate our nation’s wounded veterans through physical, mental and emotional rehabilitation. OEW’s programs help participants overcome adversity and hardship through innovation, teamwork, and perseverance. This ultimately enables the lives of wounded veterans to go in directions they may have once thought were impossible. OEW is a 100% volunteer-run organization. Donations go directly towards operational support of the organization and its various programs such as Skydive Licenses, SCUBA Certifications, Athletic events (obstacle course and road/trail races, handcycle races, etc.), Public Speaking, Adventure Trips, Veteran Outreach and more. OEW’s “Warrior Christmas” event is coming up, which facilitates a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to spread encouragement and hand-deliver brimming Christmas stockings to recovering wounded veterans.

virtual run january

About the Mask:

OEW’s Masked Athlete Team are specially trained volunteers who support our wounded veterans with the physical and mental adversity of extreme athletic challenges. The MAT spends countless hours preparing and researching ways to successfully assist our wounded veterans in negotiating extreme athletic challenges. Past events have included obstacle course races, hand-cycling, 5k and 10k races, and half/full Marathons.

A portion of the proceeds from this virtual race (at least $5 from each registration) will be donated to Operation Enduring Warrior. For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit EnduringWarrior.org.

Virtual run January 2017: She Believed She Could So She Did

Virtual Run January 2017

She Believed She Could So She Did.

 Virtual Run January

Ever do a virtual run?

This one is for the ladies… New Year, New You! Join the She Believed She Could So She Did virtual run 5k/10k/Half Marathon and run or walk your chosen distance anytime and anywhere you want to earn this inspirational framed mirror medal.

Yes, the 4″ medal is a real mirror with a fold-out stand on the back, so you can display it on your desk as a daily reminder that you can achieve anything you put your mind to.

The Charity

Left unchecked, tobacco will kill one billion people in the 21st century. Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) has a long history of taking action against tobacco use and its devastating health and economic impact on people and communities around the globe. For more than 40 years, ASH’s goal of a tobacco-free world has remained constant. The tobacco epidemic is global and so must be the solutions. From advocating for bans on cigarette advertising and smoking in public spaces to challenging the influence of the multinational tobacco industry—ASH takes action on a global scale.

A portion of the proceeds from this virtual race (at least $5 from each registration) will be donated to ASH. For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit Ash.org.

 The Run

  1. If you like the idea, click and sign up here. Your choices are for a 5K, 10K or Half-marathon.
  2. You are now committing yourself to doing the run sometime in January. Congratulations!
  3. Once you complete the run (remember that you can run, walk, bike, skate or swim), log back into Virtual Strides and record your result.
  4. Wait for your finisher’s medal.

6 Solid Reasons You Should Do This Virtual Run.

You need a goal with a deadline.

Yes the holidays are over but it is cold and dark in most of the country. Force yourself to get moving again.

Long Slow Cardio Burns Fat

I realize High Intensity interval training (HIIT) is all the rage these days. But most people can’t and don’t want to do it.

And that is actually okay.

The case for Long, slow cardio.

  • Long slow cardio is more relaxing.
  • It works on the oxidative energy pathway that relies on fat rather than carbs for fuel.
  • You can do it everyday.

You can inspire a friend to join you.

We all know somebody who is waiting for a reason to get in shape.

This virtual run challenge is the perfect opportunity because almost anyone can walk a 5K if they have a month to train.

Get in a habit

A question I get asked most often is, “How often should I work out?”

Then whoever asked the question regrets asking because the answer is “everyday”.

If you have something planned everyday, chances are you are going to miss one or 2 workouts in a given week. That is still 5 or 6 you got in.

Pretty good. Actually, very good.

Contrast that with planning 3 workouts a week.

Miss 1 or 2 and what do you have? Jack Squat.

You don’t have to set the world on fire every day. In fact, that would be a very bad idea.

Cycle your intensity of workouts. A classic way to do this is to alternate hard and easy days. Follow a hard workout with an easy run.

Support a great charity

Why pay money for a virtual run? I can do this anytime on my own for free.

Let me be blunt. No you won’t.

Once you sign up, you put skin in the game.

Once you state to the world what you are going to do, you have accountability.

I gladly sign up for these events because I know that once I sign up, I am forced to do it.

I like the idea that at the end of the month I will be in better shape and that I am helping a charity.

I will help you

If you sign up for the run and have any training questions, I will be happy to answer them for you.

  • nutrition questions
  • training questions
  • rehab questions

Where else are you going to get this?

So what are you waiting for? Sign up now and start the new year off right!