Thursday, July 27, 2017

A Mile a Day - Day 24

Day 24

Day 24 started super early in the morning when my alarm went off at 5:20am. I woke up and drove to Oak Grove Lake and ran with one of my former coaches Mr. Nieter. It was a lot of fun to be able to catch up with someone who really has had a huge impact on my life over the past 15+ years. It's sort of funny that he was in charge of running club back when I was in middle school and here I am on Day 24 of running a mile a day and he's running with me. I've said it before but it has been so nice to have people to run with the past couple days, and I really want to continue to do that, so if you are out there reading this, and you want to run a mile with me one of these mornings please let me know! We can meet up at Oak Grove Lake or if you know another good place to run (that's not a track) I'm down for that as well. I felt great today, I think I felt that I had to run a little quicker since Mr. Nieter is a very good runner and a mile for him is like nothing. But overall from start to finish it was awesome, I encourage also anyone who is running, to find someone to run with and not listen to music. Have a conversation with the other person, it actually makes the time go by quicker and the mile flies by.

What did I listen to? Nothing but good conversation with Mr. Nieter

Verse of the Day: Matthew 24:32, "'Now learn from this parable from the fig tree: As soon as its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near.'"

I know there have been people who have asked to run with me and I've turned them down, but I think I wanted to see how things would go first by myself before getting other people involved. But I want to expand my reach and would love for someone else to run with me each day! Let me know and I cannot wait to hear from all of you!

- Robbie Vogler

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A Mile a Day - Day 23

Day 23

What a time the past 24 hours have been, yesterday after my run, I spent the day with Katie and we headed up to Richmond to watch WWE Smackdown LIVE at the Richmond Coliseum. It was one of the best times I've ever had at any event and for it be on TV and sitting second row, was even better. (Huge shoutout to Joshy G and Becky Lynch). Fast forward to this mornings run and I ran with Katie around her neighborhood and it was so much fun to change up the scenery a little bit. Was able to run around ghent and the weather was absolutely beautiful for a Day 23 run. As you will read in today's verse of the day, it's easy to be humbled when you run the same distance, the same pace, the same everything over and over. Some runs feel better than others, and some just feel like you never have run a day in your life. Today was definitely a great run, things came together and I loved being able to run with Katie again.

What did I listen to? WWE Pandora Radio Station (Only appropriate after last night)

Verse of the Day: Matthew 23:11-12, "' The greatest among you will be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.'"

Tomorrow I'll be running at Oak Grove park with Mr. Nieter, it's going to be a fun mile tomorrow and I'll make sure to keep you updated! Check back in tomorrow to see how it went, he's fast and loves to run, this could be interesting!

- Robbie Vogler

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A Mile a Day - Day 22

Day 22

You would think that by Day 22 I would have gotten the hang of this whole running thing. I've logged 22 miles so far and have tried to make it as smooth of a run as possible each time. I don't know if I need some encouragement or if I need more motivation, but the first half of my run felt like the worst half mile I've ever run. I felt slow and didn't really feel like I went out the way I should have gone out. If you are thinking of doing this mile a day thing, try and find someone to run with, because the day I ran with Katie was one of the best runs I've had so far because someone was there who can keep my pace steady through the whole entire run. It was about a quarter mile in when I almost stopped walked back and said screw day 22, but I kept my head down and kept plugging along. I hope tomorrow is better, because I really don't want many more days like today.

What did I listen to? Pop and Hip Hop Power Workout Pandora

Verse of the Day: Matthew 22:37-40, "He said to him, 'Love the Lord your God with all your heard, with all your soul, and with all your mind. The is the greatest and most important commandment. The second is like it. Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and Prophets depend on these two commandments.'"

Day 22 didn't really go as well as I would have liked it to, but it's done and now I can focus on the rest of the day! Thanks for following along, I hope this blog gives at least one person out there some inspiration and motivation to keep plugging along no matter how things may feel. We'll do it again tomorrow!

- Robbie Vogler

Monday, July 24, 2017

A Mile a Day - Day 21

Day 21

Today's run was probably the coolest so far, we had a huge storm here in Chesapeake last night that dropped the temperature considerably and it was so much nicer than running yesterday. I still think it is so difficult to run by yourself and establish a decent pace when you don't really know how fast or how slow to run. But I felt like I went out a little too quickly but was able to settle into a pace after a quarter mile or so then at the end of the mile I was able to speed things up a little. I've learned a lot over the past couple weeks and just looking to continue, I'm excited to see what happens and I'd be interested in seeing what happens if I try and run a little longer than a mile, which I think I may do a little later this week, you'll have to stay tuned to find out. But overall, today's run was a success and it was a great way to start the day just like any other day!

What did I listen to? Thunderstruck Radio Pandora

Verse of the Day: Matthew 21:42, "Jesus said to them, 'Have you never read int he Scriptures: The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This came from the Lord and is wonderful in out eyes? Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation producing its fruit.'"

Day 21 is in the books, can you believe its been three weeks already! I've lost another 4.4 lbs this week bringing my total to 9.6lbs overall. Things are looking great and I'm feeling better than ever! Thank you all for following along and I will talk to you all again tomorrow!

- Robbie Vogler

Sunday, July 23, 2017

A Mile a Day - Day 20

Day 20

If I learned any lesson from today's run it's this: Running at 8am is a lot hotter and a lot harder than running at 6am. But after an incredible long day yesterday being up since 5 o'clock in the morning to run on the treadmill before my event, and then driving back 6 hours from Charlotte, it was good to get back into the swing of things running on the road. I was tired, I was a little sore from being on my feet all day yesterday, but overall it felt good to knock it out early. I honestly thought to myself if I don't get this mile done at this very moment, I'm not going to feel motivated enough to do it either later in the morning or after I get off work later this afternoon. So I had to do it right after I woke up. I started out probably a little too fast, but I think it was just because I was ready to get out of the heat and humidity that was starting to rise early in the morning. I'm glad it's over with and its crazy that I only have a week and a half left of this challenge. I've run 20 miles over the past 20 days and I'm still not in love with running, but it's not as bad as it was on Day 1, so it's been a good time so far.

What did I listen to? Queen Pandora Radio

Verse of the Day: Today's verse comes from Matthew 20:16, and is the last verse of "The Parable of the Vineyard Workers" it reads, "'So the last will be first, and the first last.'"

Thank you all for checking in for Day 20, I'll be announcing what I'm going to do next sometime this week, so make sure you stay tuned for all that. Have a great Sunday and we'll talk again tomorrow!

- Robbie Vogler

Saturday, July 22, 2017

A Mile a Day - Day 19

Day 19

Man, what a day this mornings run was. So I'm on the road for an event in Charlotte and I'm staying at a hotel, but unfortunately there is no real "road area" around to go for a run around the hotel. So I was stuck on a treadmill, now this is the first time I've been on a treadmill during this challenge, and running on a treadmill is so much more difficult. So I had to go off the pace set by the treadmill speed. So I did some Run/Walk intervals since it was something different. So I went with the 10:00/ mile pace for 2.5 minutes (essentially a 400m) then walk 2.5 minutes. Repeat that one time. Then I increased the speed to have a 9:18 mile pace, so I did that for 2.5 minutes and rested 2.5 minutes, and repeated that. I know, what I just wrote is extremely confusing and it took me a while to figure out how I was going to write that out, but hopefully you get the idea. I probably ran over a mile today, but the concept still remained the same, I wanted to get in a mile at a decent pace, and that is exactly what I did.

What did I listen to? Thunderstruck Radio on Pandora. (Haven't found a better one, open for suggestions)

Verse of the Day: Matthew 19:23,24 "Then Jesus said to His disciples, 'I assure you: It will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven! Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God.'"

Today was a good day. A different type of run, but different is good. I had to go outside my comfort zone to finish today's run and that's what I did. Thanks for checking in and we'll do it again tomorrow!

- Robbie Vogler

Friday, July 21, 2017

A Mile a Day - Day 18

Day 18

Day 18 was such a great run. I wasn't sure how it was going to be after a big dinner last night and having the most amazing day with Katie celebrating our 2 year anniversary. We went and saw this really cool art exhibit at the Chrysler Art Museum then we went on a Dinner Dance cruise on the Spirit of Norfolk last night. So she decided to come and run Day 18 with me. It was so nice to have someone to run with and just pace with throughout the whole mile. You never realize how nice it is to run with someone until you actually do it, and to be able to run with someone I love is even better. The weather actually started out really cool and sort of a nice breeze outside, then that cool whether shifted into hot and humid once we got to the later parts of the run. It was such a nice delight to be able to run with Katie. Today's run was an amazing run, and it had all to do with the amazing girl I ran with.

What did I listen to? Thunderstruck Radio on Pandora (It's just so great)

Verse of the Day:  Today's verse is actually from my devo and it's one of my favorite verses. Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

It was a great way to start the weekend. I'm heading to Charlotte for Team SuperFit Charlotte, but don't worry, I'll still be running early in the morning. But the blog post may not happen until later in the evening, or I may do a video blog post tomorrow to change things up. Thank you for checking in, and hopefully tomorrow goes well, that run will be on treadmill. Talk to you tomorrow!

- Robbie Vogler