Entry #3 #TheLonelyWork

Running is a unique sport because you run as an individual, and at the same time, you are part of a bigger community even if you do not realize it. For me, the lonely work is what allows me to be able to join the community of runners, because you need to understand yourself first. I trained alone for the LA Marathon. I was seeking a true understanding of confronting my biggest competitor: myself. Every training session was done alone. Sometimes in the dark of the morning or under the moonlight of the night’s sky. With all the training runs at marathon pace, fartleks, long runs and gym sessions, the hardest part was something that I doubt I would have figured out if I had not really challenged myself this way.

Before I get into this, you need to understand something first. There are three values that I have identified with that I want to live my life. I call them the Triple Threat: Truthfulness, Thoughtfulness and Toughness. Now, I am not perfect with them. It does allow me to hold myself accountable and I know when I am off because I always have that voice in the back of my head when I am not following them. And in relation, my energy gets low. When I hold true to those values, it’s like my mind and body are on the same page and that helps get my energy up. For me to be the runner I want to be, it is more than simply doing the activities listed above. To be transparent, I did not feel like I was taking care of myself on the recovery portion, and I was not doing the work to be the best I could possibly be. This includes fueling properly and gaining an understanding of what that took.

The last month of training was game changing, not only for my running, but for my life in general. Thanks to a member of my dynamic “Pit Crew,” we made some changes that were revolutionary to the overall process. If you want one takeaway, fuel matters. Although I will say that it is very individualized and different for each person. With renewed energy, I had one of those ah-ha moments during a nightly gym session. I decided to set three goals for my upcoming LA Marathon. Break the 3hr mark, qualify for Boston (again) and finish the race. Going 3 for 3 would be awesome; I’ll be happy to go 2 for 3 and with 1 for 3, I will have something to work with. 0 for 3? Not ideal, but like Gary Vaynerchuk said “learn to love losing,” as that can only help you get better.

 

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Entry #2 “Stuff Your Gonna” ~Gary Vaynerchuk

Earlier this year, I watched a video of Gary Vaynerchuk talking about “Stuff your gonna, and go do it.” Gary Vaynerchuck is one of the world’s leading marketing experts and has a complete understanding of where the market is going. Gary goes on to say, “learn to love losing” and reiterates an important phrase like “let’s talk results.” Essentially it comes down to doing the work! Gary wants to inspire people to get out there and do stuff. Ultimately, he is talking about doing what you love. That is his dream: he is impacting people to produce. This runner loves production. So, thank you Gary for the awesome reminder and call to action.

As an avid runner, I love being agile and bringing others to the party. The 2017 LA Marathon gives me a great opportunity to do what I ultimately love: produce for others and run. Joining Team Playworks, I get to run for an organization that brings structured play to recess. This organization teaches engagement to young students, which has lasting effects in the classroom and in life. I am grateful for being able to take to the streets to engage with the community and be part of something special in the community of Los Angeles. Thank you to all the supporters who have and continue to give to my Foundation page and supported Playworks. By joining the team you made this possible!

I love doing this: Run and do it for peoples’ benefit. So, to anyone out there that has a cause and needs a runner, please reach out. Happy to have a conversation.

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Entry #1: Seeking Freedom

A few years ago, I decided to start something new. At the beginning of a year, I would establish principles that I want to focus on for that entire year. This is a concept that I discovered through conversations with former colleague, Yogi Roth, and author, Jon Gordon. I work on getting these principles to a single word or short phrase. Ultimately, I want it to be something simple that I can remember and has deep meaning. The last few years, I have gotten back into running and in 2015, I was fortunate enough to qualify and finish the 2016 Boston Marathon.

As running is something that is important in my life, the word of the year for 2017 is freedom. Now, I realize that freedom has a lot of meanings and it can be defined differently by people depending on their experiences. Through my following entries I will work on defining how I have sought out freedom and what it ultimately means to me. It starts though by documenting my experiences with running and revealing the "WHY" behind running and the impact that is has on my life.

I believe that I am relatively common, when it comes to the things that I value. This blog is a way to talk about goals, plans, different training ideas, nutrition and other items associated with everyday life. I am not claiming to have any special knowledge, although personally I am always looking to get better and get new ideas. This is a platform for opening the discussion through experiences. Looking forward to having you on a part of this journey with me. 

 

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