Monthly Archives: February 2015

Saturday race – Snoball run

I guess since they call it the Snoball Run it should be snowing when we are running. I knew when I saw them plowing the course that this one was going to be all about staying upright and off my butt.

I managed to slip and slide around the course while still having a good time. I’ve run this course before as there are a number of 5Ks that follow this route, but never in these conditions. After a week of crazy negative windchill it just felt good to get outside and run. I was getting cabin fever from running on the treadmill and in the gym.

My official time was 27:34 with an 8:54 average. That got me 11th out of 21 in my age. Overall I finished 96th out of an entire field of 303. Based on the road condition and snow flying in my face all the way I’m happy with the results.

Decide to dominate!



I didn’t realize how big I was…

One of the great things about this fitness journey is having people support me by saying I’m looking better. It feels good when people say that they can tell a real difference. The truth is it took me a long time to really notice.

The first few pounds, or in my case 20 lbs, I couldn’t personally see a difference. You’d think 20 lbs off of anyone would be significant, but I still looked the same. I felt better, but I still thought I looked the same. When I really started to feel like I was looking different was when I hit 40 lbs. I could say at that point things were looking different to me. After the first 40 the next 30 lbs were a huge adjustment as it seemed like I was constantly getting suits adjusted and new shirts.

Now when I see myself I still think I look the same. There seems to be something inside that says I like who I am and I’ve always had that no matter my size. I’ve always been happy with who I am, something I know others personally struggle with. Yesterday I was looking through a photo album that sits outside of my two sons rooms. I came across some photos from 8 years ago…you can guess what is coming next. The photo in this post is of me 8 years ago and me yesterday morning before I worked out. I can now say I look different, but the significance of how I found the photo sitting in an album outside my sons rooms when I was tucking them into bed is what truly hit me. If I’d have stayed on that path I was on I wouldn’t have been here and able to say, “I love you and I’ll see you in the morning” to my boys and wife.

We are all different. I don’t ask anyone to be like me. I like to inspire others, but it is their choice if they’d like to change something about themselves. We all have demons inside and in my case outside also. I chose to fight not just for me but for those loved ones around me. My work is not done…I’ve changed my focus on this journey from just getting out of bed to competing in races. If I can do this anyone can, but only if you really want to. It will take time, but I guarantee if you stay on the path you set you’ll find a day where an old picture pops up and you’ll say…wow, I look different.

Decide to dominate!


Saturday race – Chili Bowl Classic 5K

I woke up this morning to snow and a lingering head cold. Two things you don’t want to have to deal with on race day. I sucked it up and shoveled the snow before heading out to Cleveland.

As usual the streets of Cleveland were a sloppy mess, but the heavy snow was holding off until later. At the starting line I couldn’t get my TomTom GPS to start, but luckily I had the Fitbit Surge fired up and ready to go. The TomTom did kick in about .2 miles into the race. I just smiled and kept running. I started near the back of the pack so it was all about passing people today and keeping my feet dry. I was keeping a good pace and was ready to pass some people on the hills around FirstEnergy Stadium. I’ve run this course a lot so I know where I can rest and where I have to push.

I didn’t think I’d have it in me to get into the 8 minute miles today, but I was wrong. I finished at 26:38 with an 8:35 average. That was good enough for 22nd in my age group out of 39 and 168th overall out of 605.

Today is an example of a day where I can look back on all those hours in the gym and training runs and be thankful. I’ve put in the hard work and it truly made todays run easier.

Decide to dominate!


Tuesday workout – push, jump, sit…oh my

I’ve focused on working semi-rest days from running into my weekly routine. Essentially I do high intensity training every other day to keep the heart rate up and impact on knees and joints low.

The routine usually looks something like this…walking on treadmill for 1/4 mile at brisk pace then hopping off for 50 jumping jacks. I continue that routine switching out jumping jacks for sit-ups and push-ups. I end up with 3-4 miles on the treadmill and 200 jumping jacks, 200 push-ups and 200 sit-ups. This keeps my heart rate in the cardio zone the full time and I can kick this out in about an hour.

I mix in weight training 2-3 times a week focusing on push, pull and legs. I always get asked about the amount of weight I use…it isn’t heavy. I’ve worked up to a bit heavier weights, but I let my trainer pick the weight and I focus on form and output.

Everything, even workouts, must come in moderation. I’ve learned to listen to my body and know when I can do more vs when I just need to shut it down. The shut down days are few and far between as mixing things up keeps me fresh.

Decide to dominate!

Monday run – 3.2 miles / 7:49 average

Jumped on the treadmill again with the snow. Can’t tell you the last time I did two days in a row on the spinning wheel.

I went for speed to get the heart rate up…did that no problem. I kept the distance shorter and worked on breathing and stride.

I also got a very good workout the last day moving a ton of snow. Lots of steps and lifting. I’ll take running over shoveling any day 🙂

Decide to dominate!