Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Day 50 - "You're gonna need a new pair of shoes"

Tuesdays are always tough to wake up in the morning because I normally work the night before and don't get back to my house until around midnight. So having to wake up at 6am and go for a run isn't the easiest thing. Especially over the past couple weeks as we start getting into the hottest and most humid parts of the summer its so hard to stay motivated to wake up and go for a run. I walked outside and it was as humid as ever, I mean I opened the shades in my room and I could barely see outside because it was so hazy. But nonetheless I got out there and ran. The past week or so I have been having some pain on my left leg between my calf and my heel, and I cannot for the life of me understand why it's hurting so bad, but I think there is only one explanation. I need new running shoes. I'm not just talking about a casual pair to run in every once in a while, I'm talking a legit pair of running shoes. After all these years, I've never bought a pair of shoes specifically for running, the ones I currently own, were given to me for free and I have plenty of shoes so buying shoes doesn't really happen on my end that often. But either way, I do plan on heading to a running specialty store within the next couple of weeks and properly get fitted for a pair of running shoes. Today's run wasn't too bad, but it also wasn't my best run I've ever had, tomorrow should be fun, and if you know how to get rid of this pain I'm having, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!

What did I listen to? Busted Open Radio on Sirius XM Rush

Verse of the Day: Luke 6:20-22, "Then looking up at His disciples, He said: 'Blessed are you who are poor, because the kingdom of God is yours. Blessed are you who are hungry now, because you will be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, because you will laugh. Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you, insult you and slander your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! Take note--your reward is great in heaven, because this is the way their ancestors used to treat the prophets.'"

Today's run wasn't the best, but I'm really glad I did it. Wasn't far, but I'm excited to just keep running when I feel like it and continue to build my confidence in running. Thanks for stopping by, lets do it again tomorrow! 

- Robbie 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Day 49 - Buckle Up!

I've gotten a lot of response from my post yesterday and like I mentioned, it wasn't the easiest post to write. Just because it's hard for me to stop doing something consecutively when I've been doing it for almost 7 weeks straight. But it's not like I'm giving up, I'm just going to help my body help itself and rest from time to time. I've got an incredibly busy schedule coming up over the next couple of months and I think my body is going to thank me for resting from time to time. Anyway, I went out and did the same loop I did on Saturday evening, my leg is still continuing to hurt; but not bad enough that I can't run and at least get out there and run. It was also a much different terrain; as I ran around the timeshare I was staying at the past couple days. A lot more hills and rougher road than I'm used to that I could definitely tell the big different. I love trying to new courses and I love trying to change things up with things that may make me uncomfortable. Today's run wasn't the easiest but it's done and I'm happy for that. I'll have a total distance run, at the end of every week. So you can follow along and so I can also!

What did I listen to? Fitness Pop Radio

Verse of the Day: Luke 5:4-7, "When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, 'Putout into deep water and let down your nets for a catch.''Master,' Simon replied, 'we've worked hard all night long and caught nothing! But at Your word, I'll let down the nets.' When they did this, they caught a great number of fish, and their nets began to tear. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them; they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink."

Thank you all for continuing to support me and follow me on this journey. I've learned that it's okay not to be afraid to run often. It's helped me turn my health around and I'm very thankful for that. Vacation is over, these next couple months are going to be hard work! And I'm ready, buckle up!

~ Robbie

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Day 48 - It's time to rest

This is a tough post to write because I've been thinking about what it would be like to take a day off during this "running streak" or "Running Challenge" and I just feel like today is the day. This isn't the end of my running progression I can promise you that. I've just been trying to listen to my body more and more over the past 48 days and I think rest sometimes is actually a really good thing for the body. I went into this running challenge wanting to run a mile a day for 30 days, anything past 30 days was an added bonus. I wanted to try something I could stick with and keep at for a long time. But I think I got so caught up on wanting to keep the "streak" alive, that I almost didn't care if I was hurting, or if I was sore, or how my body was feeling. That isn't a good thing, Rest is very good for your body whether you are running each day, or whether you are working out everyday. Instead of being upset that I won't run more than 48 days straight, I am taking this opportunity to rest just for a day. I will be right back at it tomorrow. But I'm going to do something different. If I want to run a mile tomorrow, I'm going to run a mile, if I want to run 2 miles in a couple days that's what I'm going to do. If I need to take a rest day every couple weeks, then that is exactly what I am going to do. I'm going to listen to myself and my body and not try to push through the pain that could hurt me and make me miss running more days than just a rest day every once in a while.

I'm also going to go and get fitted for a new pair of running shoes this week. It has to be done, and it's way over due. I've had the running shoes I am currently running in for over three years, and if I'm going to keep up this running thing, which I plan to, I need a decent pair of shoes. The past 48 days have shown me that I can go out and somewhat enjoy running. I'm not afraid of it any longer. I don't mind waking up at six in the morning to run, and that is going to continue.

For everyone who has supported me through this time and tracked my journey, thank you for the love and support. This journey isn't even close to being done, I'm still working on losing weight, and I'm still going to do whatever I can to run as much as I can. I'll let you know how tomorrow's run goes, but until next time, Today is for rest. And that is exactly what I am going to do.

- Robbie

Friday, August 18, 2017

Day 46 - I'm bakin' like a toasted cheese-it!

So I know I've said on previous days, that there have been runs that have been the worst ever. Well, it's going to take a lot for me to say that on any other run after today. I don't know what it was about today's run that made it so awful, I went to the track (which was probably my first mistake) and I had to run 6 laps, because it was my first run of 1.5 miles. I think I went into today's run really having a negative feeling about the run itself. The past few days I've said multiple times how nervous I was about going up in distance and how much I was NOT looking forward to running long distances and i think that is truly what got the best of me in the end. After the first mile when I had two more laps remaining, I almost stopped and left. It was the closest to stopping this running everyday challenge that I've had in the past 46 days. I say that because this hasn't been easy for me. I do HATE running with a passion, I don't know if I will ever get to a point where I actually enjoy the act of running. But I LOVE the feeling after it's done. I love the satisfaction I have after I complete a run for the 46th day in a row, knowing just how hard I've worked and how tough it truly has been. That's what makes it worth it, and that's what makes me know that I'm going to keep doing it. I don't have a goal to shoot for anymore. I'm just going until I don't want to anymore, and I'm okay with that. Today's run was the worst, but it's done and tomorrow's run will be happening in the evening. So we'll see how it goes!

What did I listen to? Thunderstruck Radio

Verse of the Day - Luke 2: 13,14 "Suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people He favors!"

Day 46 is in the books, and while it may have been the worst run I've had so far, I'm ready to attack day 47 with a vengeance and make it the best I've had so far! Thank you for checking in, we'll do it again tomorrow night!

- Robbie

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Day 45 - Foggy Sky, Run Wild

Always fun to be able to go for a run with someone, and try and keep up with them or at least stay at a decent pace. I was able to wake up this morning and run with my sister and it was a very good run. I wasn't sure at first how it was going to go, since I know how good of a runner she is, and how not good of a runner I am. But for the most part it was a good run, she just wanted something to get up and get moving in the morning and so I think I was a good pace setter for her this morning. Started the run pretty smoothly and it was extremely foggy outside, it was almost hard to see the next street I wanted to turn on, but it wasn't as humid as it was a few days ago, and not a bad day/morning to finish my final 1.25 mile run. Tomorrow we kick things up just slightly, and increase another quarter of a mile. For the next 15 days we run 1.5 miles. Excited about increasing the distance, but nervous that it's a completely different animal!

What did I listen to today? Thunderstruck Radio

Verse of the day: Luke 1:35, "The angel replied to her: The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the holy One to be born will be called the Son of God."

Today felt very good, and its crazy that I've been running for 45 straight days, and ready for Day 46! Thanks for checking in and we'll do it again tomorrow!

- Robbie

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Day 44: Red Light, Green Light, Lunch Money

Can I first off just say how much better today's run was compared to yesterdays run. It was still extremely humid, but I feel like even being 5-7 degrees cooler made all the difference when the humidity was at 97%. I don't think I talk about how much music helps my run enough, but today was one of the best runs I've had just in terms of music that was playing the whole time. Started off with "Despacito", which got me into a great pace to start things off, then what would a great run be with asking the important questions, "What does the Fox Say?" From there, we transition into WWE music, John Cena's theme song, "The Time is Now" and finishing off the run with Fin Balor's Entrance music, "Catch Your Breath". Now I've linked all these files with the youtube videos they go to, but man, it is always so much fun to run when the music you are listening to gels perfectly to your run. But it didn't stop there, I felt like I could have run even further when, "The Rising Sun" came on and finished walking back to my house with, "Greenlight". Today's music took me literally on the ultimate thrill ride of hypeness and some of the best running music in a row that I've ever had. Today was a very good run! Crazy that tomorrow, we wake up and run our final 1.25 miles until we switch to 1.5 miles. What should I listen to tomorrow?

What did I listen to? Look up above

Verse of the Day: Mark 16:17-18, "'And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages; they will pick up snakes; if they should drink anything deadly, it will never harm them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will get well.'"

Thank you for checking in today and tomorrow is going to be a good one!

- Robbie Vogler

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Day 43 - Rule 1: Never Sleep In

Today's run happened around 8 o'clock this morning. I work til midnight on Monday nights so I don't get home till late, so I figured I would sleep in a little bit and wake up and run. Well it was a really bad idea! It felt like all the humidity was just a big ball that trapped me throughout the entire 1.25 miles. My legs felt like bricks, my breathing was off, and I'm pretty sure I sweat more this morning than I have in the past week combined! Right as I walked out the door I could tell that today's run was going to be a rough one. Maybe that's where I went wrong right from the start, I've heard the statement that running or working out in general is 70% mental and the rest physical. So I wonder if I walked outside and told myself, "Today is going to be the BEST RUN EVER!" if it truly would have been the best run ever. I guess we will never find out. Nonetheless, I'm glad I woke up and ran this morning when I did, because I can guarantee I would not have felt like doing anything later on as the day rolled on. On Friday, I up the distance. I've gotta make the next few runs good ones!

What did I listen to? A lot of Queen songs - On Pandora

Verse of the day: Mark 15:38-39, "Then the curtain of the sanctuary was split in two from top to bottom. When the centurion, who was standing opposite Him, saw the way He breathed His last, he said, 'This man really was God's Son!'"

Thank you all for checking in once again on an extremely difficult run. The humidity was completely against me, but that is making me push harder than I ever thought I could before. If you'd like to subscribe to the blog or donate to my running shoe fund, check out out the links on the right. Thanks again and we'll chat again tomorrow!

- Robbie