Get More Out of Your Running

I recently wrote a post on ITS Tactical titled ‘How to Use Technology and Get More Out of Your Running.’ In short, there are some real world rewards you can get for doing your usual run. But I also list a few of my favorite run tracking apps (I’m a bit iPhone biased). Take a look at the article and see what you think!

When There Is No Line

What do you do when you’re in a race challenge and there’s no defined finish line? 

On May 7th, I completed the GORUCK Challenge (class 031) in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and will be forever changed. If you aren’t familiar with the Challenge, it’s billed as a team event that lasts 15-20 miles and around 8-10 hours. Although, the cadre loves to under promise and over deliver.

Straight from their site, here is the Challenge in a nutshell:

You and your fellow Challenge takers all wear GORUCK backpacks throughout the Challenge.  Yes, your bags will be weighted down with bricks, but if the Challenge were easy you wouldn’t sign up. In fact, the greatest hurdle is signing up.  We are proud that the pass rate is over 98%.

You won’t know the route but it showcases the best of every city. Think of it as a guided tour.  The miles don’t disappear on their own, and 8 to 10 hours can feel like a lifetime.  Welcome to our version of good livin’.

Click HERE to read the full report. I hope you’ll be inspired to sign up for the Challenge.

Run Like A Dog

I was reading this great little article called “A Few Rules To Run By" and something jumped out at me. It was the part about running like a dog.

[Oh, this doesn’t really apply to lazy dogs. I’ve never had a lazy dog but this is geared toward normally happy energetic dogs.]

Dogs are simple. They don’t care when they run. It could be night or day, rain or shine. They are just happy to run.

I’ve also never seen a dog check his heart rate or his pace every half mile. He just runs. He doesn’t upload his runs or brags about his PR’s. He runs for the joy of running.

I feel like more people need to run like this. I understand there is a time for training and keeping track or monitoring specific stats but sometimes you just need to bust out.

I’ve slowly been adopting this idea. I’ve cut out headphones with music, checking my pace, and monitoring my distance. Maybe it’s just because I’ve gotten pretty good at knowing my own body. But still, there something freeing about not caring. Just run.

50K In A Day

Well, I signed up for another race. It seems my eyes are bigger than my stomach, or in this case my shoes bigger than my legs. Well, that still doesn’t make sense but you know what I mean!

I saw a tweet the other morning and I’m not sure why but I was intrigued. I followed up and saw that some of the Daily Mile crew was going to be there. I just signed up for Daily Mile so I haven’t done much but it looks pretty cool.

Anyway, as I was looking over the race website (HAT Run) I saw that it was near my parents and in-laws. A race near family is always a bonus (potential support crew!).

Some may think that I shouldn’t have signed up for this race but I still felt “called” to do it. I mean, how am I ever going to get better if I don’t stretch myself? And if I’m always reaching my goals, maybe they aren’t set high enough?

Then some motivational quotes popped in my head:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
- Mark Twain

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
- Ronald Osborn

Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t - you’re right.
- Henry Ford

So I called my wife to get her opinion and she told me to go for it. I knew she would say that but I just wanted to gauge her tone. If she says I can do it then I know I can do it.

After signing up, I told some of my coworkers. I usually keep these things secret but I think that by making it more public, I would have more motivation. Support is always welcome, I just don’t ever want to come off as boasting, especially when I’ve only signed up and haven’t actually run it yet!

So here I am. 6 months away from the biggest run of my life. It’s 31 miles and the most I’ve done is 14. Yeah, it’s gonna be fun.

I joke a little but honestly, it truly is going to be fun! Others may be going there to podium, I’m going there to finish. I’m totally content with that.

Oh, some of you may be interested in my training plan. Well, I don’t really have one. I tend to do better when I just play it by ear but I’m sure I’ll be doing some research on techniques, I’m not totally naive! My running progress is all online but it’s split on Nike+/DailyMile and RunKeeper so feel free to check them out. Do you have my tips for me?

I’ll Just Have Half For Now - First Race Recap

SHORT VERSION

I finally completed my first race. It just so happened to be a half marathon. I didn’t set any specific goal except to finish strong and I did just that. I truly enjoyed the run and had a blast the entire time. Drinking from a cup while running turns out to be super tricky, the Powerade in my eye is proof of that! I’m really looking forward to more races and just racking up my mileage in general! There was no better way to kick off my ‘running career’ than doing that half marathon!

LONG VERSION

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Pics from my first race! The Woodrow Wilson Half Marathon.

Why “That Damn Line?”

I’m not one to swear often. Actually I’m not one to swear at all. So why is the name of my new blog, “That Damn Line?” 

The easy answer is that I really just got the idea from another blog post. You could tell by the way it was used that it wasn’t just for the sake of swearing. It was showing how brutal and tiring that line can be. The phrase, “that damn line” was a description birthed out of exhaustion. That’s the simple explanation.

To me, the [finish] line is no simple concept. It’s not just a line in the sand, a point on a map, some spray paint on the pavement… it’s a living breathing thing. Actually, I think it’s more of a monster.

I don’t know, maybe I’m rambling but I still think it’s just the perfect name for a running blog. As any racer in any sport will attest to, their goal is ultimately “that” line. It’s the time you allot for yourself or the distance which you place it that it transforms from “that line” to “that damn line.”

What do you think of all this?

High School Cross Country

I’m hoping to dig through my personal archives to find some old XC stuff from high school. Should be funny and I bet there are some old time records in there!

I ran for Newark High School back in the early 00’s (makes me feel old when I say that!) and while I never lettered, I did have tons of fun.

Even though it was so long ago, I feel that my legs and my mind still have the ‘running mentality’. Just had to find where I put them! Getting back into the feel of running hasn’t been a problem at all.

Did you used to run in high school?

Here’s a pic from tonights run. It would be a nice night if it weren’t so humid!

Here’s a pic from tonights run. It would be a nice night if it weren’t so humid!

I’m still waiting on my official pics from my first race but check this one out! I ran in the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon and loved every minute of it! I’m working on a full post but in the mean time, check out my Run Keeper info from that race.

I’m still waiting on my official pics from my first race but check this one out! I ran in the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon and loved every minute of it! I’m working on a full post but in the mean time, check out my Run Keeper info from that race.

Obligatory First Post

Well, I’m starting a new blog. I’ve been a runner on and off since high school and just recently made a more serious venture out of it.

What am I looking to accomplish through running? - A feeling of self accomplishment - Weight loss - To do run some fast and long races

I really just enjoy running but I think it’s time to make some real goals. I don’t mind running with people to just have fun, but sometimes it’s best to release the hounds!

Stay tuned for updates here and on Twitter (twitter.com/gyronova).

I look forward to running together and meeting at that damn line!