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Half Marathon Complete

This past Sunday my wife and I completed our first half marathon. We are both pretty sore from it, but I know that we are both glad that we did it. We were not the first ones to finish the race, but we did not walk a single part of it! That was our main goal, and we did it. It was pretty awesome to go down the finish line with all the people cheering you on, and Delissa and I finished and exactly the same time.

The real point of this post is to tell you how amazing my wife is. She did all of this will a pretty severe muscle strain. She pulls or strains her back quite easily at times, and it happened again on Thursday before the race. She didn’t think it was that bad, and she decided to do a small run before the race to loosen up some. On Saturday morning, she went for a run, and I get a message from her.

Text Message

I immediately run outside, and I see her bent over in a ton of pain. I didn’t think that she would be able to run the half marathon at all, but we did everything that we could think of to try to make it easier for her. We bought a brace for her back, and we had some medicine that she took to try to ease the pain. I guess that it all worked because she ran the whole thing.

I am so proud and amazed by her strength. There are people who can’t run half marathons at all, and she was able to do it with a bad back. She couldn’t walk for half the day on Saturday, and some how she made it 13.1 miles.

People have asked are we going to run another one, and we are not sure yet. I know that a part of me wants to, but I am still too sore to think about the next one. In a week or two, I might be a little more open to it. It was a great experience, and I am glad that Delissa and I can cross it off of our lists of things that we wanted to do. Now we have to get back to running for the 1,000 mile goal this year.

- Drew

Bullying

Over the past few years, bullying has become more and more of a topic of discussion. With the children that are taking their lives because of it, we have been forced to think about the things that we allow children to say to each other, and we have decided to take a stand that we are not going to allow it anymore. In my childhood, there were times that I was bullied, but I don’t think that the level of it was anywhere near the level that children face today. I am sure that some of the things that were said to me changed who I was then, and I don’t know how different I would be without those things.

One of the people who I follow on Twitter posted this video, and it kind of struck a chord with me. There are so many things that you have to worry about as a parent, and you have to add this to the list. A school or playground should be a safe place for a child, but that has changed over the years. I hope that we can shift the world back to the way it used to be. Teasing and name-calling will always be around, but we have to limit the severity of it. We have to take the bite of our youth’s tongues. It is not until you get much older that you realize how much of an impact your words have on other people, and a child will never understand that. We have to teach them kindness and acceptance of all people.

Half-Marathon Registration Complete

Delissa and I signed up for our first half marathon today. I think that is fair to say that we are both slightly nervous. We know that we can run the distance, but we really do not want to walk any amount of the 13.1 miles. If that means that we have to slow down our pace to make sure that we don’t, we are probably going to go that route. The race is April 14th, and it is a generally flat course. I hope that helps!

We will be celebrating with a big plate of fajitas from Pappasito’s. Hopefully, we will be able to move after running that long of a distance. If not, we can get some to push us up to the table!

 

January Resolution Update

Since January is over, I wanted to give an update on my resolutions so far. It is only one month in, but it is better to keep track of them so you know where you need to improve in the next month.

1. Shave more often

I have done pretty well with this so far. Shaving far more than what I would consider normal for me. It is not that bad, but it is not fun when you accidentally cut yourself. What a hassle!

2. Run 1000 miles this year

To carry out this goal, Delissa and I decided that we needed to run 83.33 miles per month. Here is my total for the month. I am pretty proud of it. Now, I gotta do it all over again in February!

January Running Total

 

3. Stop drinking Diet Cokes or Soda

It has been a complete month and I have not had a single carbonated beverage. It has not been easy at times, but I was able to pull through. I just have to make sure that I have tea around, and it is a little easier.

4. Weigh in at 255

I am not there yet, but I have gotten all of my holiday weight off. I am staying steady around 284. Hopefully, I will be in the 270′s at the end of February. It should be doable. I just have to stay focused.

 

2013 Resolutions

I have decided that I would post my resolutions this year so that I can possibly be more accountable for them. I usually always make 3 or 4, but I usually only pick one that I follow through with.

Here they are:

  1. Shave more often
    • I am a little tired of looking scruffy all the time. Just need to clean that up some.
  2. Run 1000 Miles this year
    • This one explains itself. I want to run 1000 miles. I will only include miles that I run. Nothing Else!
  3. Stop drinking Diet Cokes or Soda (depending on what part of the world you are from)
    • This one explains itself, as well. They are bad for you. I will still be having teas and coffee though!
  4. Weigh in at 255
    • This one explains itself also. I haven’t been that size since 12 or 13. It is probably a good idea to get back there again.

These goals are not that difficult to reach, but I know that it will be hard to keep them going after the first few months. The ones that I know will keep my attention are 2 and 4. They go together to some degree, and Delissa is doing the 1000 miles thing as well. It will be a good competition for us to try and beat that number. I know that her running total is going to be higher than mine, and I am not trying to compete with here at all. I just want to beat the 1000!