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Support my race and your donation will be doubled today!

Bobbytbd race jpgThe holiday’s are definitely upon us.  I’ve already began living in a state of holiday frenzy with holiday party, after holiday part, after holiday brunches, after holiday work events, and gearing up for travel. That’s really left me little time to write unfortunately.

With that said I can’t help but take a moment to make a few announcements about the 2014 LA Marathon, which I am running with my mom and now my Aunt and boyfriend as well, to raise money for a wonderful cause focused on providing a year-round medical specialty camp for children with chronic illness.

With added members to our team our team goal as risen from $2,000 to $3,000!  We have raised $830 so far, but still have a ways to go! The good news is that a donor of the organization has offered an exciting matching grant opportunity. Every donation made will be doubled. That means:

You Give We Get Picture UPDATED 12.16.13

If you don’t know much about the camp please take a moment to watch the brief and amazing American Milestones video below.  Every dollar will go directly to helping a child experience the magic of camp and to reclaim their childhood.

An update on my running progress will follow!

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It’s getting dark way too early! #RunnerProblems

DonateI’m sitting at my desk with the large glass windows behind me as they flood in ligh…. oh wait, it’s 4:53 pm.  The windows aren’t flooding in light! All the windows are doing is showing me how the day is coming to an end.  The sun is setting early thanks to the fact that it’s almost winter.  All the large glass windows are doing is reminding me that I need to figure out how the heck I am supposed to train for the LA Marathon.

Step one of my training is to get in shape for the Turkey Boogie 1/2 Marathon which will be held in Santa Monica, CA on November 30th.  My boyfriend Blair and I are committed to running this race. With just a few weeks left to train I have to say, I’m in for a rude awakening!

Because the sun is setting before I even leave my office I realized the other day that I have to figure out a new routine.  Gone are the days of leaving my office at the end of the day, throwing on some running clothes in my car and taking a nice long run in the sun along the beach. Finding a new routine isn’t easy though.  The only three options that I have come up with so far include:

  1. Run in the dark – My mother would not be happy with this option!
  2. Wake up early and run in the mornings before work – We will get back to this one.
  3. Join a gym – Which was my mode of operation when I lived in New York City.

Running in the dark is just not an option. It’s not safe, my mother (yes I am 27-years-old, but I will still listen to her) is against this.  Obviously I didn’t even need to explain that since all I have written about is how the sun setting early is causing me issues when it comes to running.  Let’s move on, shall we?

Waking up early has never been my strength.  Some people are morning people, some people are night people and some people are a mixture of the two.  I am notoriously a night owl. When the alarm goes off in the morning you can count on me to hit the snooze button a few times. What to do?

Should I join a gym? Well that has it’s downsides too.  The closest gym to my office is a YMCA or Equinox.  The YMCA is a family YMCA and is always swamped with children.  The Equinox is expensive and out of my budget.  That leaves me with LA Fitness which is over a mile away from both my job and my home.

With all those factors laid out I realized quickly that I had only one viable option to attempt and that is to wake up before work and run in the mornings.  Knowing that this would not be a challenge that I would excel at right away I decided it was time to make more than one change.  Not only am I increasing my running, obviously a must for training for a marathon or 1/2 marathon.  Not only am I waking up early, which we established is the best option out of those I presented.  I will also be adjusting one other thing in my life.  Alcohol.

November will not see a detox to the extent of which I did in May of 2012. Nope, I won’t be cutting alcohol out of my diet completely, but I have decided to restrict my intact.  I will no longer have a single drink unless it is at a social or work function on the weekends.  That way my body and mind will be easier to rouse in the mornings.

This morning was one of those mornings. It was easier to wake than it has been in the past, by my first morning run was none-the-less a struggle. As humiliated as I am to post this I still have to admit that I only hit 2.3 miles this morning.

It’s a start! One way to motivate me is by making a donation toward my efforts to raise funds for this wonderful organization that provides a year-round medical specialty camp for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses which you can learn more about by clicking on the graphic link above that says DONATE!

Why a marathon and not a 5k?

Why a marathon and not a 5k?

Why run a marathon?  People ask me why I feel the need to run a marathon all the time.  They follow that question up with comments like, “why not run a 5k or 10k?”  A lot of people see the sheer distance of a marathon as ridiculous and many view them as unhealthy in the end.  That much running can cause joint issues or damage to your knees.

Yes, I have heard all this, but what the people who say these things don’t take into account are the positive things training and running a marathon can do for an individual.  Running is a lifestyle for some people, not just an exercise.

I grew up in a running family.  Before I could walk I was in a stroller going along on group runs with the Hash House Harriers.  The Hash is an international running group that mixes exercising and socializing into one event.  Even though the Hash is probably not the most appropriate group for children to hang around with, in large part because it is a group that circles around drinking and crude humor, it is a great experience that I highly recommend to all.  The group, and every hash is a bit different, is a game really.  One person, the hare, sets out before the group and marks a trail as s/he goes.  At points along the trail the hare will make misleading markings on the trail to send the runners, or hounds, in the wrong direction.  The point is for the runners to find the end by following the hare’s trail and not falling for the misleading markings that might be found.  The end of the run is always at a bar or pub of some sort.  Running to most of the people in these groups is both fun and a lifestyle.  They integrate running into their socializing.  This was my first lesson in living life as a runner.

With this being my first introduction to running you might be able to see why running is a part of who I am today and a part of what makes running a part of my lifestyle.  If that weren’t enough then you should know that my parents weren’t just hashers as I grew up, nope, they were racers.  I can’t tell you how many marathons, including the Boston Marathon, my mom and dad ran because they ran in so many!  To top it off they also have both run 50 mile races and Ultra Marathons (which is a 100 mile race).  I can’t close my eyes and remember a time when my family wasn’t running.  It became a part of me and is in my blood.

With that explained you probably are asking, what does running a marathon do for me personally in a positive way?  You get that running in general is a part of me at this point, but why not a 5k or a shorter race?  Well for me running a marathon, as oppose to a shorter race, gives me a long-term goal to focus on.  I can run a 5k in my sleep with no preparation.  A marathon though, that’s a challenge.  I live for challenges.  A marathon takes 16 – 18 weeks of dedicated training.  It’s a test of determination, organization and dedication.  Running a marathon is not about just going out for runs until you are ready for race day. Marathons take strictly calculated running calendars to be successful.  You can’t allow yourself to over sleep or go to happy hour instead of train.  You must train.

This need to keep on track keeps me from getting off track in life.  It proves to me that I can accomplish my goals.  Completing a marathon shows me that I can do anything I want to do in life.  It may sound crazy, but I do need to prove to myself from time to time that I am more than a gay guy drinking on the scene every night of the week, not that I have been accused of that or anything, but it gives me a personal goal outside of work and the bar scene.

On a different level, training for a marathon allows me to connect with my mother who lives hundreds of miles away.  If we were running a 5K we would sign up for it and not talk about it again until race day.  With a marathon we track our progress together, we motivate each other, we support each other and then we run the race together.  It gives me a way to feel like, even while living far away from home, home is still a part of me.

Basically running makes me feel free.  Work disappears for a moment.  Family and friend drama melts away.  Bills take a side step.  Life, for the moment, is nothing but my feet hitting the ground and carrying me forward.  Running is a lifestyle and huge part of me.

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