Sunday, September 11, 2011
Sorry for the tease but I had to work today and I just got home. I have some really exciting news! I have posted before about the virtual 5K run that I was working on organizing to raise funds to build a well in Uganda, Africa. As the summer went on I was struggling with getting the pieces to fall together and I didn't know if I was going to be able to pull it off.
A few weeks ago I finally found the solution but it was going to take the cooperation of multiple people and organizations to get it working. It took a few weeks but everything fell into place.
So here it is. We have a fully automated website that people can find out more about our 5K, sign up to run or walk, and each participant gets their own webpage that will help them tell their friends and collect sponsors for the race. I am so excited about the possibility. Our goal is to raise $11,000 to build a well.
I need your help! The vision I have for this is to get as many people from all over the US walking or running and raising funds for this project. And our new system is really going to help this happen, but what I really need is you. You are what is going to make this happen.
Here's how you can help:
1. Sign up to walk or run
2. If you can not run then please consider sponsoring me.
3. Help get the word out. On my fundraising page and the main race page you will see links that will post to your Facebook wall or Twitter account, as well as many other social networks. You can email your contacts, blog about your involvement or about our project. Tell friends and family, your church, run clubs and co-workers. And please do this often. The more we can get the word out the better.
With our new system we can also have anyone participate; not just Sparkpeople members. I love how this idea has grown well beyond me and is going to make a huge change in so many people's lives.
Here are my goals and I need you to help me get there.
> I want to have 1,000 walker/runners involved in the 5K
> I want 100,000 visitors to our website.
> I want to raise at least $11,000 to build our well in Uganda.
Can you help me?
Here are some important links:
Here's where you can find out more about the 5K and sign up.
Here's the link to my personal fundraising page.
Thank you so much for the support I have received so far. Please take a few minutes and look at our website and consider getting involved. I truly believe that if we all do our part we will not only be able to build our sponsored well, but we will be able to build multiple wells.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
This Sunday I ran my first 5K, the Warrior Dash here in Minnesota. What a blast! I was really impressed with how well it was organized. With over 24,000 runners plus spectators, I never found myself waiting for anything. Need a shuttle to or from parking? Get on here. Need to get your race gear? Come right here. Want to eat or drink something? Step right up. The staff was great. High energy and very eager to help you.
My sister-in-law and her boyfriend came up from Chicago to run with me. I'm glad they did. It would have still been fun, but the "team" feel did add to the excitement. So we left the house about 5:30am. Got to the race site at about 7:00am. We got our bibs and chips, and checked our stuff in the gear check tent.
Here we are ready for battle!
At about 7:45 they called the first wave to the starting area. We all piled in tot he shoot. It seemed to take forever to start.
8:00! The fire goes! And we're off! The start was a bit acquired. It took awhile for the "herd" to thin out. The first part wasn't bad. Nice green field to run through and then we come around the first corner and we're running straight up the ski slope! These hills were killer. After getting up to the top of the first hill you wrapped around and found yourself going down the slope now and at an angle. Once I reached the bottom I took another turn. And, oh good, another ski slope to climb. At the top we get into the first major obstetrical. The junk yard. Then right away in to the hurricane, which is snow making machines blasting you from both sides. This was a tough one because you suddenly can't see and its blowing so hard you can't breath. Then I was off running again. More hills! My favorite... This went on for the next couple of miles. Obstacle then hills, obstacle then hills... Someone wore a ProCam and put together this video of our course. Enjoy!
Here's me at the finish.
I had a great time. I'm so glad I signed up for this. Thank you Coach Nicole for your inspiration. It was your post about your run that made me want to do this.
I'm also pretty happy with my finish. 57:28. Not bad for a guy that still needs to lose 80lbs.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
I found a documentary on Netflix this week. "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead". It's about this Australian that goes on a 60 day fast drinking only water and fresh vegetable and fruit juice, from a juicing machine. A bit extreme I think. But he did loose a lot of weight and his disease went into complete remission. I was curious and started looking up some more on juicing. There is a lot of support out there for it. Although most are suggesting 5-15 days at a time, and most of them are not suggesting any more than 5 days of juice only.
The primary reason for the all fruit and veggie juice diet is that they say it gives the body's digestive system a break, while still providing needed micro-nutrients. Its a fast that helps detox and they say "resets" the body. Many suggested doing this for 5-10 days every 3-4 months as a regular fasting regiment.
So I didn't want to spend money right now on a juicer, but I do have a smoothy maker. I wanted to try it and see. I blended some fruit first; strawberries, apple, and banana. Then I had to try some veggies; tomato, carrot and cucumber. (I didn't have any leafy veggies that most regular juice recipes call for.) It wasn't juice exactly. Due to the machine it doesn't strain out the chunks. More like a thin shake. I drank it, but I'm not sure I could do the juicing thing. The added veggies changed the taste quite a bit. And most juice recipes call for mostly or all veggies. I think I would have a really hard time with it. Not to mention the cost. Which most say is about $15 - $25 a day. Plus the machine which runs from $30 - $200.
So what do you think? Is juicing, as a meal supplement or fasting, something that should be part of a healthy eating plan? I certainly found a lot of pros on the topic and I really can't say I found any cons. Well, except for the flavor that is. :)
Here are some links to the documentary and to a doctor that was in the documentary, a Dr. Fuhrman (How neat is that?). He has some interesting ideas on nutrition and his own food pyramid.
Food for thought
Thursday, July 07, 2011
It's been a month since I last blogged. Where does the time go? Between the switch to summer schedules, out of town trips and the usual duties of being a husband and dad I have been really busy. So I thought I'd update on my progress and share a lesson I have been learning too.
FIrst the lesson. Sparking, it takes so much time. This creates a problem when time is limited. I think a lot of people here can agree sometimes it just is another thing to do on a list that has a lot of other things on it. So due to my business I have not been as active as I should have been. I haven't blogged, I've post very minimal message posts, I usually start tracking my food for the day, but by the end of the day I just let it go. This has had a huge effect on me. I have virtually sat stationary with my weight. I've gone back to some of my old habits, like late night snacking, and there not good snacks.
I was doing so well, what happened? I stopped Sparking. Well, not completely but a lot less than I should have. Sparking is so important. I was talking with JMERLAU a couple of months ago and he was talking about how at the beginning of the year, after reaching his goal weight, he cut back on sparking to put more time into his family. The result? He actually saw some weight gain. Not a lot but enough to grab his attention. He started sparking more regularly again and he has stayed strong. I wish I would have taken his advise before having to learn for myself.
We make time for what is important to us. I have learned that sparking is important and I need to make it a higher priority in my life. Sure there are a lot of things much higher on my list, but it is necessary if I want to achieve my goal of healthier living.
Now for the update. I'm sure you're all on the edge of your seat :) A lot has happened this month and even though I have had some set backs I have also made some great progress else where. I have been doing the 5K Your Way training. I am finishing the last week this week. I am really happy with my progress. As I've mentioned before I couldn't run for even a minute when I started and just today I ran for almost 50! That is huge. I'm so glad that I decided to start. I also have added a new (well... used) tool to my arsenal against fat. I got a Cross Bow (the competition for Bowflex). If I were buying one I would go for the Bowflex, but when the price is free you don't look a gift horse in the month. A co-worker who has been seeing my progress gave it to me. She didn't want it sitting around taking up space anymore. All I had to do was go get it. How neat is that?
Now back to the running. I have been doing better. My pace is still slow, between 12:00 and 15:00 /min, mostly because the training is having me do the interval run/walk. As I improve my stamina and I can cut the walks out my pace will jump up considerably.
I have signed up for my fist race. I am doing the Warrior Dash in a couple of weeks on 7/24. I'm a little nervous and a lot excited. It may have not been the best choice for a beginners first race ever, but it looks like fun. My sister in-law and her boyfriend are coming up from Chicago to run with me. I can't wait.
I plan to run a 5K in August and September and then by October I want to do a 10K. We'll see how it goes if I get to the 10K. :)
Other than that I feel stronger and healthier. I'm more confident and happier, and I am so glad I started this journey.
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