June 4th – Newbie Streakers!

Streaking while trail running

Streaking on the Trail!

It occurred to me, and I also posted it in my 30 In 30 Challenge group, that those who take the challenge are “newbie streakers”. As I noted in the group also, that might conjure up images of people in the outfield disrupting a baseball game or perhaps if you thought that I was a streaker, you might find me in an image like this one of a group of men running sans clothing on a gorgeous trail somewhere.  But no, what I am referring to is workout streaks, running streaks, consecutive days of doing what you need to do to get to your goal.

Mark Covert holds the worlds longest running streak

Mark Covert

Ironically, the longest running streak in the U.S., and perhaps the world, is coming to an end on July 23rd.  In fact, an article just appeared yesterday in Runner’s World about it.  Mark Covert has not missed a day of running since July 22, 1968 (I was going into my senior year in high school in September) and he is voluntarily ending his streak because of a foot injury on the 45th anniversary of the streak.

Although I couldn’t find any reference to a consecutive workout streak specifically, I did find an app for that.  It is called Streaks and for $1.99 it says it, “tracks the consecutive days it takes to reach a certain goal. For each day that you accomplish your task, you mark it on the Streaks calendar, motivating yourself to keep the streak going! Miss a single day, and the streak starts over.”  Sounds like a great app to me and the reviews are good, too!

Oh, by the way, I am on Day 4 of my streak…

PS  There is also a website for streaking called Streaking.org.  The Pics section is for pretty Mature Audiences!

June 3 – It is Written…

What was I thinking when I came up with the idea of having a 30 In 30 Challenge group?  Not the idea of 30 workouts in 30 days – that’s pretty doable and I just have to be accountable to the members of the group now.  But what happens when new people join say in a week from now or a month from now?  Does that mean I have to keep going?  Yes, I wrote something about breaking my old record of of consecutive workouts, but I was 12 years younger then and I should be a lot smarter now!

Once it is written, you have a big problem on your hands sometimes because, depending on what you said, you have to stick to that commitment.  Are you ready to write it down and commit?  Are you ready to make me “pay the price” for having written it down?  I dare you!

Today, I did Body Gospel Strength & Spirit as planned and that must mean that I only have 1,500 workouts to go…

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Six Months to the Day (Almost Anyway)

On Tuesday morning January 1, 2013, I was going through Mission Park here in Albuquerque at about 7:20 in the morning and listening to the Book of Exodus from the Bible From 30,000 Feet series by Pastor Skip Heitzig.  He was saying how Moses had spent 40 years trying to be someone, 40 years being a no one and then he would spend another 40 years being someone.

It was about 22 degrees and I had earphones on and a cap over my head covering my ears, but I heard a crack like a snapping branch and I couldn’t take another step.  Eventually, I found out that it was a “complete radial tear through the posterior horn of the medial meniscus at the meniscal root”.  That’s a mouthful and I can sum it up with two words – pain and an inconvenience for sure.

Six months later, I am running every other day and built up to doing 5 miles today.  I can’t say that I really have any pain during the run or after and there is no swelling.  I just know that something feels, and this is the best way that I can put it, “not right”.

How did it get better?  In the beginning, before I had a diagnosis, I had a brace and was on crutches.  At 10 days, when I got the first diagnosis of a radial tear of the medial meniscus, I was already off the crutches and stopped using the brace.  Although I’ve never had a setback, I’ve been cautious and read and researched and basically did what I would with any injury.  The real breakthrough for me was when one of the Dennis Chavez Elementary Running Club dads said that he would look at my scan.  Dr. Meek is a radiologist at Radiology Associates here in Albuquerque and he gave me the long version of the diagnosis (above).  After running a little with him at practice for a few weeks, he finally said, “I’d go for it.  It must be healing.”  That’s all that I needed to hear and thanks to him, I started running every other day and going a little bit farther and faster and got to where I am today.

I Dare You to Pray: Part TwoI don’t know how I am able to run now. Other than being cautious, I only did two things –  I prayed and I started taking Beachbody Joint Support.  This is probably where you stop reading because you want real ways to heal your meniscus, but I prayed and the only thing that I took was the glucosamine, collagen type II, and MSM in Joint Support.  Click here to learn more about Joint Support and if you want to learn more about praying, click here.

Will I be able to run tomorrow?  Probably, but I won’t because I am doing Body Gospel tomorrow and keeping to my 30 In 30 plan.  Let’s see what happens on Tuesday.  Stay tuned!

30 in 30 – That’s the Challenge!

I challenge you to join me in my 30 In 30 That’s the Challenge Facebook accountability group.  Beginning on September 1, 2001, I started a running streak that lasted for 1,502 days.  I am ready to start again, but this time, I want to do it with you.  I am doing a Beachbody hybrid workout plan with a Beachbody workout and running every other day.  I started off the Challenge by doing Body Gospel Power & Praise and tomorrow I will run.  I want you to join me in this 30 day challenge but there are certain requirements that you have to follow.
First, you have to purchase a Beachbody Challenge Pack which starts as low as $140.00.  Next, you have to agree to the 30 In 30 Commitments which are posted in the Challenge group.  Your start date is the day that you receive your Challenge Pack and your end date is 30 days from that date.
What do you get in return?  A Beachbody workout program that is satisfaction guaranteed or your money back.  Shakeology which has a 100% bottom of the bag guarantee.  A 30 day free trial of the Team Beachbody Club membership.  A full time, experienced Team Beachbody coach with over six years of experience who will support and guide you, keep you accountable and help you get through each of the 30 days.  In addition, you have the option of signing up for the Team Beachbody Discount Program and you will get 25% off all future purchases of Beachbody products meaning that you would save $15.00 each month on your Shakeology order, too.
Will it be easy to work out 30 days in a row?  Probably not for most people, but you will develop a habit that will stay with you into the future.  You are guaranteed to be fitter, stronger, healthier and to lose weight if you need to or your money.  The 30 In 30 Challenge is fun, rewarding and you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
To join the 30 In 30 Facebook accountability group, please click here.
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May 31st – Common Sense is Your Best Training Partner

On Wednesday, I had a good run and indications are that as long as my meniscus keeps healing or doing whatever it is doing, that I will be able to keep making progress.  With running, though, you don’t just keep going farther and faster.  You need to have a pattern of training that looks like this image peaks and valleys– improvement and then a period of recovery but without going back to the starting level and then improvement again and going beyond the level of the last peak in distance and/or quality.

When I got to the park where I usually stop to stretch and pray, I asked God whether I should go as long as Wednesday, farther or shorter, as I started out, Common Sense total me to run back home and stick to my (His) plan.

Today’s personal development came from a social media specialist, Mari Smith, and I really got some great tips to implement in my Facebook day.

Then came Chris Widener talking about being an effective leader and I surely need that.  It is a great audio for everyone to listen to and learn from.  Just click here to listen!

May 30th – It Pays Off!

It’s a banner day for my team of coaches, with two coaches, Ayanna and George Penn becoming 1 Star Diamond Coaches!  I just posted in our Top Guns Facebook group that, “your team blows me away with your focus, determination and perseverance. It pays off!”

Like anything else in life, hard work pays off and when you add determination, perseverance and focusing on a goal, you will reach that goal.

Today is Body Gospel day and I did Strength & Spirit and before the workout, I commented in the SuperGym, “What a way to start the day – with a workout in which you pray!”  Normally I listen to Donna Richardson Joyner as she leads the workout, but now I want to use the time while I am working out for personal development.  Since I have downloaded hundreds and hundreds of audios from SUCCESS On Demand Digital in our Team Beachbody Coach office, it is really easy to just push “Shuffle” and I get something different for every workout.

In addition to personal development, I have also downloaded spiritual development audios from the archives of services at Calvary Albuquerque, and today, I got a dose of both.

From SUCCESS – Mike Vardy talks about being more productive and listening so it couldn’t come at a better time.  It is from the SUCCESS Quick Tips series and he really has some great tips.  You can listen to them by clicking here.

For spiritual development, I listened to Isaiah 40 – 66 from The Bible From 30,000 Feet series.  Last night, Pastor Skip Heitzig was in awesome form as always and you will get to hear him, too, by clicking here.

Focus on Your Dream

Image courtesy of Zach & Jody

May 29th – “I Love to Tell the Story”

Technology having a bit of a meltdown this morning was worth it. First, the Team Beachbody SuperGym wasn’t sharing workouts when I logged my run in and I had to manually share my run on Facebook and Twitter. Then I went to start my run and Nike+ locked and I couldn’t get it to unlock by “sliding up” and had to turn my phone off and back on and restart my workout. The great thing about that is that I had a whole new playlist when the phone came back on and the setbacks were all worth it.

First up was “Go Fish – I Love To Tell The Story / Sweet Song Of Salvation” which was from a VBS CD from last year and I love that song. I’ve posted it below if you want to watch and listen.

Next up was the book summary of “Focal Point” by Brian Tracy which I downloaded from SUCCESS On Demand (we get it for just $1.00 a month as Team Beachbody Coaches). In SUCCESS it says, “Who doesn’t want to earn more money, take more time off, enjoy better relationships and live a more fulfilling life? That’s a lot for any book to promise, but it’s the premise of Brian Tracy’s best-selling book Focal Point. Will reading Tracy’s book instantly make you more successful? No. But applying what you learn from Focal Point very well could.” Click here if you want to listen to the summary.

After Brian Tracy, I listened to Jim Rohn talk about communication, which you can listen to by clicking here.  Finally, and I didn’t finish it, Darren Hardy interviewed Maria Shriver and she talked about taking action and the importance of finding your voice.  Just a great interview and if you click here, you can listen to it.

I could actually run the same route every day and never get bored because what I am listening to is what makes a good run great!  Here’s the Go Fish video that I mentioned above…

May 28th, 2013

For some time, I’ve actually been struggling trying to get my strength workouts in each week.  At the beginning of May, I started doing Body Gospel to coincide with the Fit Families For Christ Meet Up that I have started doing each week.  It is the program that I want to use (along with Shaun T’s Fit Kids Club) for the members of the group and doing it my self was necessary to be able to share it with others.

But as I have been able to run more as my meniscus heals (through prayer and with the glucosamine, collagen type II, and MSM in Beachbody Joint Support), I have wanted to do Body Gospel less.  But last night I had a prompting and it was that if I did Body Gospel first thing in the morning and every other morning without fail, then I would be able to get into the habit that I needed to form.

Instead of auto-scheduling the workouts in the SuperGym, I am going to manually put in that I am running every other day and doing the Body Gospel strength workouts every other day.  When I get it done, I will post it on here.

So yesterday, I ran and today I did Body Gospel Power & Praise around 6:30 am MT and it was a great way to start my day.  If you ever want to join me in the SuperGym, look for me around that time every day!

May 27th, 2013

Day One of my accountability log on my blog.  For most of the last 31 years, I have been keeping a record of all of my runs and workouts and races – in training logs, in notebooks, on small pieces of paper, in spreadsheets and more recently with apps like MapMyRun and Nike+.  The latter is what I am going to use moving forward and it is a great way not only to track my workouts, but also to listen to some great inspiration from the Music option.  When you finish, you also get a pat on the back from a little snippet by a world class runner.

Today I ran 4.02 miles according to Nike+ and I listened to Jim Rohn from Building Your Philosophy Part 13 – Success Is Easy.  Following that came on “The Great I Am” by Phillips, Craig & Dean and then I was blessed to be able to listen to most of the Book of John from The Bible from 30,000 Feet.

The rest of the day, I am going to honor our heroes who have served this country and died giving us the freedoms that we hold so dear.  Let’s all join together in paying tribute.

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The last resting place of our fallen heroes