As I went to bed last night, I thought to myself, I’ll get up early, go for a little run, maybe do some crunches/sit ups/push ups, etc. After that, I’ll write my blog post, and hit the road for New Hampshire.
Well, after hitting snooze a few times, I woke up around my usual time, got a shower, packed up, and hit the road, all without doing any type of workout. I thought about writing the post throughout the day, know I was going to anyways, but something inside really wanted me to get a solid workout in today before posting.
Hitting the Hotel Fitness Center
The good news about traveling is that I usually choose hotels with a fitness center, for the sole purpose that if I put my mind to it, I have a place to get to. After driving 4 hours to get to our PC in Gilford and working there all day, I hit the road to Concord for my 2 night stay. I knew there was only one chance for me to get the workout in I wanted to, and with a late lunch, I knew I had the strength.
I did a nice 10 minute warmup on the elliptical, then did an upper body workout with some free weights. It felt good, but I have a lot of work to get back to where I was last year. I couldn’t do my full grouping in a row, but split it up to 2 exercises in a row. I finished in about 30 minutes and felt great.
Champion the Cure 10K
As I wrote about last week, I signed up for the Champion the Cure 10K for this past Saturday with the Gilman Sparks, a team put together by a close friend and wife of my Division Manager. The whole Gilman Sparks crew is pictured right, and it was great to be a part of an awesome team.
Champion the Cure is a local fundraiser for cancer research that keeps 100% of the proceeds within Eastern Maine supporting local research and the Eastern Maine Medical Center’s fight against Cancer. Cancer has touched many people, and I am no stranger to it.
I have had friends and family that have seen it in various forms, and recently lost my uncle to cancer. I dedicated my run to him and his family, to all of my family members that have had cancer in one form or another, and for everyone that is currently fighting the good fight.
Running a 10K may not have a significant impact on cancer, its research or myself, but it was important for me to be there to support those that currently are fighting or have fought, both personally known or unknown to me. I felt pride being able to help and give back.
While I was running, I listened to an awesome podcast from Lewis Howes over at the School of Greatness on Personality Matrix with Chris Lee. Let me just say, wow. It was such a great episode, I had to share it with Missy, so we listened afterwards on a drive. It helped me put into perspective some things, and help refocus my mind.
The podcast also helped keep me going. With 3000 people registered, there were a lot of people on the course. After a slow start maneuvering, I started making my way to open spots. I started at an 8:45 pace, and thought perfect. I had set the goal of success by beating a 9 minute pace.
The second mile, I got a little rambunctious though. I dropped to the 8:00 minute pace I set as true success. I knew better than to keep that up, so I promptly slowed down.
I kept my 8:45 pace for most of the race, slowed down on an uphill 4th mile, but finished strong to have run 6.21 miles in 54:37, an 8:47 pace. That’s better than my first 10K when I ran back in France and did it in 55:06.
I was proud to race, happy with my finish, and ecstatic to support those that needed it.
Ultimate and Weight
Between my one run last Monday and the race, I donated blood one night, and only played Ultimate one night. Didn’t have a strong “training week” as I wanted, but I still think I did well.
Weigh in this morning came in at 200lbs, so I have 20 pounds to go to get to my goal weight of 180. I think I’ll have that in by Twaddle’s wedding in October. Just have to keep going strong while I travel, and when I get home.