One year later and I have the numbers to prove it!

By Skip

It seems like just yesterday I was lacing up my brand new running shoes and inserting my Nike foot pod in them.  Little did I know where I would be at the end of the year.

I have run close to 800 miles, biked over 1,000 miles and swam close to 50 miles.  I have spent numerous hours of training and burned more calories than I can count.  Actually, I could probably calculate the calories I have burned and the hours I have trained but I have not figured out how to do that yet with the software I have so I guess you could say I have still some things to learn.

I remember my first day out on the trail very well as I struggled my first day out.  Here is what I wrote after that first day of training: Couch to 5K Week 1, Day 1.

Throughout the year, I have inspired countless numbers of people (from what they have told me) to get out there and change their lifestyles or their nutrition or their exercise regime. Over Christmas I even convinced my sister (or she convinced herself) to jump on the couch to 5k program. I really hope she sees it out. The timing would be perfect to finish the program on her birthday, which would be an awesome present to herself.

Most importantly, I have helped raise thousands of dollars for charities and non-profits across the country, which is the ULTIMATE feel good experience.

Today, on the one year anniversary, I set out to run 7.71 miles to commemorate the 771 miles that I have completed this year. The other day in Wisconsin I wanted to squeeze in enough miles to hit the big 800. However, giving in to some very wise advice, I avoided injury so I could write this article today injury free. 800 was not my goal to begin with so why try to over-do it? I am smarter than that, or so I hope.  The action of not going for that 800 mile distance, last minute, showed me that I have learned restraint when it comes to my training and thinking things through….. Not just jumping in and giving in to impulse, only to regret it later.

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This run was a tough run for me. Could it be I acclimated to the cold weather while I was in Wisconsin? I seemed out of breath and overheated. I had to work for every step I took and felt a little pain in my feet and knee. I have a feeling that this is what I am up against for the start of the new year. This completes exactly 365 days of running and a “new me.”

The start of the new year also starts a whole new level of training.  I plan on doing things that I never planned to do a year ago at this time.  My times have proven that I have some fast legs and I want to increase the speed and distance on those legs so I turn heads.  God has given me a previously unknown talent and I can’t wait to see where it takes me.  Remember, it was not until May of this year that I took on the concept of triathlons, thanks to my friend Hoy, whom I am forever grateful.  If it were not for his encouragement ALONE, I would not be where I am today.  His push and his own personal drive to compete in an Ironman competition is inspiration enough, let alone all the things he has done for me to get me where I am today.  I could pick up the phone right now and say I needed to meet a certain goal and he would be out the door to help me out.

It has been EXACTLY one year ago today I began this journey and started writing a whole new chapter in my life. I still do now know how this book will end but I wake up every day waiting to read the next chapter….

Please be safe tonight, this New Year’s Eve and may God bless you and your family with health and happiness throughout the year.  We all have big things to accomplish, let’s see them through so we can write about the amazing journeys one year from now.

Thank you to all of you that have followed me throughout the year and have supported the causes I have swam, biked and run for.  YOU help make the difference in what I do and what effects others.  Also, a special thank you to my wife who has had to endure early mornings getting to races and being my biggest supporter.  More than anything, YOU have made the difference in my life.

If you liked that post, then try these...

The Quest for Boston on March 7th, 2013

Lack of cardio is killing me! on September 28th, 2011

Holy Boucing Belly, Batman! on September 27th, 2011

An athlete, deconstructed on September 26th, 2011

RSR 38 - The start of the trilogy races on June 18th, 2011


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Labor Day Duathlon
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10/26/13, Tuscon / Oro Valley, Arizona
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11/28/13, Coconut Creek, FL
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12/14/13, Naples, FL
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Ragnar Relay, Florida Keys (Ultra)
January 4-5, 2013, Miami to Key West, FL
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Disney Family 5k
Orlando, FL, 1/11/13
Results: 18:41
Disney 1/2 Marathon
(Goofy Challenge)
Orlando, FL, 1/12/13
Results: 01:32.02
Disney 20th Anniversary Marathon
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Orlando, FL, 1/13/13
Results: 03:30:41
A1A Marathon
2/17/13, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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A1A Marathon
2/16/14, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Boston Marathon, Boston, MA
4/21/14, Boston, MA
Cellcom Green Bay Marathon
5/18/14, Green Bay, WI
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World Championships
TBA, Pontevedra, Spain
Ironman Wisconsin, Madison, WI
September, 2014
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So if you have read any of the blog thus far you know a little bit about me… I can not be told what to do and I push myself about as far as I can be pushed!

But how did I get here and why? Well, that is what this page is about.

I was never really the athletic type. Sure, I played tennis in high school (and quite well, mind you) but running CERTAINLY was never my thing!

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