Labor Day Challenge – Day 7- Run

September 12th, 2011

Welcome back again! I am finishing up my first week with my Labor Day Challenge. Things are going well, even though my gym decided to give away tons of free pizza right next to the free weights. (Kudos to you Planet Fitness, for creating such a secure and sound business plan…let’s get them to workout by giving away pizza. Genius!)

In the past week I have already sensing a change in my behavior, my attitude and my enthusiasm (not to mention my waistline!).
Today I want to talk about one of my favorite parts of the Labor Day Challenge…running. I am a marathoner. I have completed 4 full marathons on two continents and watching football.
That is all about to change. I have dedicated myself to follow my training for 6 weeks. I know that I am not training for a race in particular, and running has given it to me before.
As long as I can remember, I have been a gifted runner. Not an elite runner, but pretty dang fast and everyone else was at least a half mile behind.
My freshman year of high school I found my best races, the 400 and earned a trip to state…the only kid from my entire school to go to state in any sport that year (we weren’t known for athletic prowess).
As I lined up at the state track meet to run my race, I noticed that I was the only freshmen in the 800. There were also no sophomores. Only juniors and ability, hard work will take you the rest of the way.

(I’m the skinny one on the left)

In the beginning of my sophomore year, in basketball offseason, Coach Daniels had us run timed 400s. He was going to work us out all offseason and then it all changed.
A week later I was coming back to Muskogee from my high school girlfriend’s house in Haskell, OK with two friends. It was after midnight when we were hit head on. A drunk man passed out while driving and to run again. I transitioned from wheelchair to crutches to a cane. I had to work harder than I had in my entire life just to do the things I took for granted in life.

(In the hospital, wearing my state track and field shirt)

The wreck was in the end of August, I was released from the hospital in October, I was finally in crutches in November, a cane in February, and never give up, ever.
Throughout the rest of high school I came nearly close to 100% and I have not looked back.
I signed up with Fleet Feet Sports Tulsa to train for my first marathon at the OKC Memorial Marathon in April of 2009. I started out knowing no one, in M4 a group primarily of women who were certainly social runners, and finally elation. Ten years after my wreck I had run a full marathon, something the doctors would have never guessed.

(Crossing the finish line at OKC)

(Loyd, Jessie, Myself, Tiffany and Jake)

I moved on to run 3 more marathons, and confidence in myself that will never be shaken.

(In the Olympic stadium after the Beijing International Marathon)

This is why I run. This is why it is important for me to consistently run during my Labor Day Challenge. I will follow my training plan like I am supposed to and I hope it inspires you to do more.
I encourage you to start running. If you can’t run, walk, then eventually run. I am absolutely convinced that every person in the USA should aspire to run a marathon. Anyone can do it if they are willing to throw away all negative connotations about themselves, forget what others say they can’t do, and actually head out the door, putting one foot in front of the other. Feel free to contact me if you want to run but have no idea where to start.

(With all my medals!)

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