Little Miami Half-Marathon Review

Ohio Running puts on great events.  They don’t put on many, but the ones they do put on, they give you quite a bit of bang for your buck! The Little Miami Half-Marathon and 10k is their “main event”.  This is the race that they put the most effort into, and it’s the race with the best turnout.  This is my review of the race.

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World-Championship-A-Frame[1]For those of you looking for a little more of a challenge than just running, I recommend the SPARTAN races.  These are pretty grueling – I gave away a race entry on my personal blog, and the guy who got it sent some pretty cool pictures.  We’re giving away another entry to a Spartan Race of your choice here.  To enter,  simply share this blog post and leave us a note in the comments.  I’ll do the drawing on the 31st of August for the winner – sponored by #TeamBadass – spread the word!  If you don’t win the free race entry, you can still use this special code: SPARTANBLOGGER – that will get you 10% off registration for any Spartan Race.  The entry we are giving away here is ALSO for any race of your choice.  You can find all the races and details at SPARTANMEDIA.COM

Also, you can win :

A trip for 2 including airfare and a 4 day cruise to the Bahamas with a Spartan Sprint on a private island. I will also be picking an additional winner of the same prize out of anyone who blogs about the Spartan Cruise and the World Championship race (and sends me the link). The winners will be picked on Sept. 22.


Here are a couple of pictures of the winner from my personal blog and his wife at one of the Spartan Sprints:

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Technology is a Fickle Mistress


GPS technology and running go hand in hand.  For years these little devices that we wear on our wrists have been able to help us figure out how fast we are going, how far we are going, and elevation changes in the road or trail we are running.  All this from a piece of equipment 12,000 miles away and traveling at over 7,000 miles an hour beaming a signal to something the size of a dollar bill, right on your wrist.   Continue reading Technology is a Fickle Mistress

My First Blog Post

cmxmanHi! This is my very first blog post ever. I am excited to share with you my experiences, pains and running/weight stresses.

A little bit about myself: I am a Marine which automatically makes me a runner right? NOT! When I was younger (<10 yrs old),  I  used to wake up early in the morning to sit at the top of the stairs, looking outside waiting for my dad to come back from his morning run. I tried to run with him maybe once or twice, and I didn’t like it. Then I joined the Marine Corps, and I did run, mostly out of obligation and just to get it over with. I went through a stage where I liked it and then that stage also disappeared.

What is different this time then? Well at this stage in my life, I feel like I NEED it, when I run it is my alone time, my thinking time 🙂 I have set milestones such as losing weight, increasing my competitiveness at work and competing and that drives me. Not only that but I have “met” a group of people who run like me and they push me to be better, I will always treasure their friendship which wouldn’t have happened if running had not brought is together… Well this is it for now, talk to you soon

A Fartlek by Any Other Name…

2014-06-04 07.54.32So, lately I have been fighting that age-old runner’s urge to run, and then walk, and then run.  I know there are people out there who advocate this as a method of running, and I am glad that it works for them, but for me it’s discouraging and not helpful.  If I am going to run…that’s what I expect to do.

Today I tried something different, and, as it turns out it’s just a modified version of something other runners have been doing for a long time – a “Fartlek”.  This is something developed by a Swedish running coach – random shifts in speed throughout a workout – not planned, like interval training, but more spontaneous.  What I did was slightly different, and yet, very much the same.

When the urge hit to walk, I did the opposite – I sped up.  Not to a sprint, but noticeably, letting myself go.  As soon as I started to tire, or my mood shifted, I eased back to my normal lunch-run pace.  Every time that walking urge returned, I lit out.

I don’t know if this is exactly a Fartlek, but here’s what happened.  By about 1.5 miles, I knew I’d better keep going or I’d hate myself. The reason?  I was really moving.  My pace increased almost dramatically overall.  By the time I hit 3.1 miles, I’d managed a 27:16 – only 9 seconds slower than my personal best (which was motivated by a young kid about to beat me).  This will bear more thinking, I know, but for now it felt great.  Finished off a very slow, almost leisurely 2.4 or so more miles… great workout.

I will call it  (instead of run /  walk)  Run / Run Faster.

It’s a thing.

What if Everyone Ran? The Mizuno Baton

mizuno Okay, I just finished a long week of running.  When I got home from a convention last week, I registered for “The Mizuno Baton,” and activated it, going for an evening run.  Over the course of the week, every time I ran, I activated the “baton” and it clocked my miles, counting down toward today.

I earned $42.92

The idea is, what if Everyone Ran? What if it could make a difference?  Mizuno is donating $1 per mile to “Back on My Feet,” an organization created to help homeless men and women and families get back on their feet… You can be a part of this.  Let your miles count.  Download the MIzuno Baton app to your iPhone or Android and get started. Find out more about the Baton at : THE MIZUNO BATON Find out more about Back on My Feet…

Mind Over Matter, Not


I run 4 miles everyday.  Not really.  I have never run 4 consecutive miles without stopping in my entire life.  In fact, I can probably count on one hand the number of times I have run 3 consecutive miles without stopping.  I did it a couple times two years ago when I was using “Couch 2 5K”.  It was hard.  And after I knew it was possible, I started convincing myself during my runs that I didn’t really need to push myself to run the whole thing anymore because I had already proven that I could do it when needed.  Here it is two years later and I still have the same mindset.  I bust out of the gate.  8:02 for the first mile.   4 minutes for the next half mile.   Eh, I think I’ll walk now.  Catch my breath for 15 or 20 seconds.  OK, I’ll run for 120 paces now.  Hmm.  I think I’ll walk now.  OK, now I am going to run to the next fire hydrant.  On and on it goes.  I have this internal struggle with myself.  And I always lose.  I am amazed that I can run 5K in under 27 minutes considering that I must walk for half a mile.  Earlier this month, I decided to up my runs to 4 miles.  I am hoping to build endurance.  But more importantly, I am hoping that by stretching to 4 miles, I will actually stretch the length of my initial run before I start walking.  No luck yet.  I still start walking somewhere between 1.5 and 1.75 miles.  It doesn’t matter what route I run.  I am not out of breath.  I am not cramping.  My mind just decides its time to walk.



A New Beginning


In June of 2011, I moved to southern Arizona. I arrived weighing in at 315 lbs, a 2 pack a day smoker and an every weekend drinker (drunk). However, within 1 month of arriving, I quit drinking and smoking and between April 1st 2012 and Oct 1st 2013 I lost 100 lbs.

Having turned my life around I have come to realize one important thing: anything is possible if you are willing to work hard and believe in yourself. With this in mind, I have set my sights on the goal of running a marathon. I was NOT a runner when I was younger. In fact the farthest I have ever ran in my life were some 5k “fun runs” while I was in the Navy. For the most part, I only ran 1.5 miles twice a year during my Navy physical readiness tests.

When people ask me why I want to run a marathon, the only response I have is, “Because I can.” For me it is all about the challenge, being able to accomplish something less than 1% of the American population has done. And of course it goes without saying that the health benefits of running are also of major importance to me as well.

I am currently at the beginning of week 3 of a 30 week marathon training plan and I will be posting about my progress, tips, tricks, general health, nutrition, observations, products and other things that I come across during my journey. So stay tuned and follow my journey all the way to the Phoenix Marathon on Feb 28th 2015…and beyond!

Smitticus Rex

Aut viam inveniam aut faciam
“I’ll either find a way or make one”

The Nutribullet – A Review

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For Father’s Day this year, I got a Nutribullet blender.  It was one of the things I most wanted, so I went in with high expectations.  This is an unbiased review.  I’ve been using this appliance for a while now – heavy use – and I have good, and bad to say.

First off, my daily meals include two smoothies from this machine almost daily.  Sometimes on the weekend I only end up with one, but I take two to work with me.  One is usually all fruit, with spinach or greens packed in.  The other is often tomatoes, garlic, and things that make a V-8 like concoction.  Also with greens.  The smoothies – I love.  They have enhanced and improved my diet, and my daily health.  They have helped me continue my weight loss.  All of this is good.  Almost anything with enough fruit, or a spoon of honey, tastes good.

The downside.  Within a couple of weeks we started having problems getting the machine to shut off.  The switches stick.  I have been able to overcome this by being patient, whacking the side of it, and not removing the cup from the top until it stops, but this is (apparently) a fairly common thing.  There are some issues.  Still, it’s proven to me that the fruit or vegetable smoothie is a perfectly good way to substitute a meal and get all the vitamins and benefits of a full meal…

I give this a 4 of 5 stars, with the caveat that you may have to be willing to deal with a few mechanical issues… I would not go back to the diet I had before… so I count this machine as an asset and a friend.


Miles to go before we sleep