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

Monday, August 14, 2017

Day 42 - See you around the neighborhood

Well, I'm back from a fun and exhausting weekend in Richmond. I was up there for SuperFit Richmond which is a CrossFit event that happened to be two days this year, so it was definitely a lot of fun and not as hot as it was last year! My plan was to wake up around six and go for a run because the forecast last night before I fell asleep said that rain was expected at about eight in the morning. So I thought I would get a run in before the rain and be able to take a nap at some point today (which still may happen) so I'm rested for work tonight. Well I went to bed and woke up around four for no apparent reason, I couldn't get back to sleep so I woke up around 5:15 and figured I might as well get my run over with. So I went outside and for the first time in the past 42 days, I actually tracked my time/pace during the run. You may be asking me, "why in the heck haven't you been doing that the whole time?" Well here's the reason why: I've always been a very competitive person, not just with other but with myself as well. If I don't do something as well as I want, I get upset just like anyone else probably would. If I have a set time I want to run and I go out and I don't do that well, then I get upset and this whole running thing, doesn't become a challenge, it becomes a competition and I don't want that. But today was a little different, I went out and wanted to see where I was and how today's run was going to go and I was pleasantly surprised!

What did I listen to? Jock Jams Radio

Verse of the day (From my Devo): Psalm 25:4-5, "Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day."

Thanks for checking in once again. If you'd like to subscribe to the blog or donate to my new running shoe fund, you can do so on the right of the page. Thank you very much! Talk to you tomorrow!

- Robbie

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Day 41 - Do I really have to wake up?

Today's run was actually a really good one. I did the same route as yesterday, and honestly thought I was going to be bored and wasn't really motivated to get things moving. But I actually think today was one of my best and fastest 1.25mile runs so far. Which is good because in a few days that 1.25 miles becomes 1.5 miles. I started out slow, which was my plan and slowly increased by stride and my pace. I loved running today because there has been so much going on the past 24 hours that running helps distract me from all of it. It's important to know what is going on, but it's also important to make your mind and your body do millions of other things so you don't have to dwell on the acts that may anger or sadden you. I went out for today's run and really didn't want to get it done, I figured I'd be home later tonight and I could knock it out then. But it wouldn't be the same and I can guarantee you I wouldn't feel as good as I do now!

What did I listen to? Thunderstruck Radio on Pandora.

Passage of the Day (from my Devo): God cannot do something through us if He is not doing something in us. If we are not careful, we can get so busy doing good things that we miss out on the best thing. "If the devil can't make you bad, he will make you busy."

Thanks for checking in, it was a fun day to run. Let's do it again tomorrow!

~ Robbie

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Day 40- A Rainy Day in Richmond

This morning was an interesting one. I had to wake up early to get my run in since I have SuperFit Richmond this morning also. So I woke up at 10 til 6, walked outside my hotel room and cue the rain. I couldn't believe that it had started raining while I was out there. But nonetheless it was perfect because one lap around my hotel was exactly a quarter mile, I measured it out last night. So I started and with every lap the rain started to fall harder and harder like Mother Nature was telling me stop and run later. But I said,"Nooooooo!" And I finished the run. Because it was already humid outside and I was already started, so why the heck wouldn't I just finish what I've started? I've learned a lot about myself as all of you know, but I think the biggest thing I've learned is, even when the conditions may not be ideal, even when you feel like a zombie, once you start you have to finish. Whether it's a run, or a CrossFit workout, sometimes just putting your head down and pushing through it is the easiest thing to do! I may not like running, but I enjoy the satisfaction of finishing a run and have enjoyed finishing a run the past 40 days!

What did I listen to? Pop Fitness workout radio on Pandora (I need more suggestions)

Verse of the Day: Mark 12:31, "'The second is: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.'"

Being on the road as much as I am with events makes it hard sometimes to get a run in, but I love that extra challenge! If you'd like to subscribe to this blog or donate to my running shoe fund you can do so on the right side of the screen! Thanks everyone and let's do it again tomorrow.

- Robbie

Friday, August 11, 2017

Day 39 - Big Dipper on Duty

So this morning I was able to catch up and run with one of my former bosses Molly from The Skinny Dip. She likes to get up early and get her run in, so we decided to open up Oak Grove Lake before the sun had even risen. I will tell you this right now, it is amazing how much 30 minutes of sleep can do for you, I was so tired this morning but that didn't last long as we started running around the lake. It was fun to catch up with her, like I said earlier, we both used to work at Skinny Dip back in the summer of 2011 and it's cool that we've been able to keep in touch ever since. She asked me something during our run about if there was anyone is the Hampton Roads CrossFit Community that I didn't know, and that got me thinking, I'm pretty sure I know the majority of the people in the local CrossFit Community and I love being able to have the outlet to meet many more along the way. I would say that if it wasn't for CrossFit and the Journey it has brought me on, I wouldn't be doing this running challenge, and I certainly would not be emceeing events all around the country. I'm blessed and honored to be able to do what I do and have the outlet I have. Not only has running the past 39 days had a huge impact on my life, but the past 5 years since starting CrossFit has truly been incredible.

What did I listen to: Nothing but the birds waking up

Verse of the Day: Mark 11:22-26, "Jesus replied to them, 'Have Faith in God. I assure you: If anyone says to this mountain, 'Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore, I tell you, all the things you pray and ask for--believe that you have received them, and you will have them. And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, so that you Gather in heaven will also forgive you your wrongdoing. But if you don't forgive neither will your Father in heaven forgive your wrongdoing.'"

Thank you again for checking in, if you'd like to donate to my new running shoe fund or subscribe to the blog you can do so on the right side of this page. Tomorrow and Sunday's runs are going to be interesting. It may be treadmill runs for the rest of the weekend, which means tomorrows blog will probably happen in the evening. Stay tuned!

- Robbie

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Day 38 - "Too Sweet"

This morning was a roller coaster of thoughts as I woke up at 6:30 to see what time it was on my phone. I had a rough workout last night with Ben and Ryan and honestly my legs were feeling a lot less than spectacular all night last night and really when I woke up this morning. So I figured, I would sleep in a little bit, then wake up and see how my legs were feeling and go for a run. Little did I know, that sleeping in a little would only mean that I sleep until 6:30, only 30 minutes more than I normally sleep. I laid in bed and wondered to myself, do I want to try and fall back asleep or do I want to just get up and run, "Maybe my legs will feel better once I do that". Well I decided of course to wake up and drive to the stadium and do 5 laps (or 1.25 miles). Once I got started and loosened up I felt great and it really felt like one of the best runs I've ever had at a track in my life. Just cruising along and listening to some talk radio, I was loving being there and being able to feel comfortable with running on the track, something that has plagued my thoughts so often. But, it's done and another day is in the books. Can you believe I've already ran 40 miles in the past 38 days? Sometimes I have to sit down and think about why I'm doing this, it's because it's helping me be healthier and helping the way I live.

What did I listen to? Busted Open Radio on Sirius XM 93 (Yesterday's show)

Verse of the Day: Mark 10:27, "Looking at them, Jesus said, 'With men it is impossible, but not with God, because all things are possible with God.'"

Don't forget if you'd like to subscribe to the blog and receive all my daily posts directly to your inbox or if you'd like to donate to my new running shoe fund, you can do so at the right side of the page! Thanks again and we'll do it again tomorrow!

- Robbie

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Day 37 - Run Like the Wind Bullseye

Good morning everyone, if you are clicking this link you want to know how today's run went. Well it actually went pretty well. Woke up at 5:50 to get ready and was out on the road by 6:05ish. As much as I'm not "enjoying" the whole part about running, I do enjoy the fact that I can get up and do it. I sometimes complain about having to run and my body sometimes being sore, but at the end of the day I've chosen to take on this challenge and I'm not planning on stopping anytime soon. There are people around me who have been inspired to run since I started running, and I can honestly say I am humbled by the response I've gotten. Never in a million years would I ever think that I could inspire someone to run. I remember back in 8th grade when I was on the middle school track team (shot put), I asked my track coach, Mr. Nieter if I could run the 800m and he said yes. That's not where my "love" for running started, I do remember running some races with my dad when I was a kid, I had these bright red shoes and apparently I actually won some of those races back in the day. But anyway, I may not enjoy running, but I do enjoy hearing other people who have started since. I know it's hard to get into a routine, I know it sucks to run, but wake up, run, and I promise you'll feel a lot better about yourself then if you didn't. 

What did I listen to?  Disney Radio on Pandora 

Verse of the Day: Mark 9:40-41, "'For whoever is not against us is for us. And whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because of My name, since you belong to the Messiah _ I assure you: He will never lose his reward.'"

Thanks again for checking in today, if you want to donate to my new running shoe fund or subscribe to the blog on a daily basis, you can do so on the right side of you screen. Thanks everyone and let's do it again tomorrow! 

- Robbie Vogler 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Day 36 - Rain Rain Go Away

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What else can I say about Day 36 other than everyone, DO NOT I repeat DO NOT eat breakfast then run 1.25 miles. I did not realize it would have such a negative affect on my run, but I probably should have figured that it would. It has been raining pretty hard for the past 16 hours, and I honestly was expecting to not run until later in the afternoon after the storm had passed, but I saw an opening and decided to take it while I had it. Overall I'm glad I decided to run this morning because I would have been such a lazy bum all day and really wouldn't have felt too motivated as the day went on. I felt really tired right from the start, and my legs felt like they were bricks, which has happened to me once before and I was not excited to continue the run after that. But since I'm writing this post, I must have finished it no problem and I'm glad to say that I am excited I'm already 36 days into this and still feeling healthy and great!

What did I listen to? Pop Workout Radio on Pandora

Verse of the Day: Mark 8: 34-37, "Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?"

Thanks to everyone for continuing to follow along, you can subscribe to this blog over on the right and also don't forget you can also donate to my new running shoe fund over there as well! Thanks and we'll talk tomorrow! 

- Robbie 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Day 35 - Paper cars, Street Lights and Me, OH MY!

What more can I say about this mornings run other than it was the most humid run I have ever ran before. The past month has brought me many of bad runs, and crappy weather, but today took the cake. So the reason I woke up as early as I did was because it's supposed to rain later on this morning, so I figured what better way to get the longest day of my week started by waking up super early and running. You could definitely tell it was about to rain, because I think I sweat more today than I have and it was the earliest run I've ever done. As I ran, I thought a lot about me running, and really why in the heck am I still continuing after my goal of 30 days is over. I think the biggest factor is I'm still trying to lose weight and be healthier all together, so this just makes things that much easier for me to get up and get moving first thing in the morning. Whether 100 degrees like it feels like in the summer, or whether its freezing like I'm sure I'll have some days like that in the winter. I'm going to keep on keeping on and fighting to whatever goal may come my way. My one goal right now is to lose weight, I've lost 12.8lbs in the past four weeks so something must be working. Other than that, I'm just trying to have fun with it all. (which is easier said than done)

What did I listen to? WWE Themed Music, gets the blood pumpin'

Verse of the Day: Mark 7:6-7 "He answered them, 'Isaiah prophesied correctly about you hypocrites, as it is written: These people honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. They worship Me in cain, teaching as doctrines the commands of men.'"

Today wasn't the best run I've had, but it's in the books and you can chalk up another 1.25 miles for me. I'm proud of what I'm doing and what I have been able to do the past 35 days. Thank you for tracking along with my progress and we'll do it once again tomorrow!

- Robbie

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Day 34 - Just a run around the neighborhood

Day 34

Today was the first time I've run around my neighborhood since starting my 1.25 miles everyday. I honestly started out sooooo fast, but I knew that I did and I still continued to do the same. I really think I need to start running slower, then picking the pace up as I go along. I love to sprint to the finish at the very end, but today I found myself struggling to the finish of the run. It was definitely a beautiful day outside to run, which is why I really think I went out so strong. I was just feeling great, and then all the sudden, that feeling went down in flames. But for the most part, I was happy with how today's run went, I decided to wait until the afternoon to run just so I could get a couple extra minutes of sleep this morning before church.

What did I listen to? Pop Workout Pandora Station

Verse of the Day: Mark 6:49-51, "When they saw Him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; for they all saw Him and were terrified. Immediately He spoke with them and said, 'Have courage! It is I. Don't be afraid.'" Then He got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. They were completely astounded..."

Today's run started quickly and ended slowly. It's supposed to rain tomorrow, so it may be a wet one on Day 35! You'll have to check in tomorrow to find out!

- Robbie

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Day 33 - The Old Proving Grounds

Day 33

It has been a crazy last month or so, starting to run and feeling confident in what my body is actually capable of, but that means it's been a very big time for personal growth. The people I've met, and the people who tell me what I am doing inspires them makes the pain of some of the runs completely worth it. Today's run was such a fun one, I got to catch up with one of my good friends PJ Costanza as he ran with me for today's Mile and a Quarter. We also went back to out old stomping grounds, The Great Bridge High School track to do our run. I was nervous at first, not really being a huge fan of running on the track, but overall I felt pretty good. PJ had his dog Branch out there running with us, and man was he full of energy, I don't think he stopped moving the entire time we ran the 5 laps and walked another one. Running has helped me rekindle friendships and relationships that I hadn't been able to for a long time. Seeing Mr. Nieter last week for the first time in 9-10 months was awesome and being able to hangout and run with PJ was a great time as well. I know I have also said it before, but just being able to run with Katie every once in a while has been such a fun thing for me, we both may hate running, but I'm so thankful she doesn't mind going for a run from time to time.

What did I listen to? Nothing, had a good conversation with PJ about life.

Verse of the Day (From my Devotional): John 14:12-14, "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it."

The next couple of months are going to be busy on the weekends, but I promise I will still get my run in no matter what it takes! Thank you all for the encouragement and well wishes along the way, I'm still going strong and still don't plan on stopping anytime soon! Let's do it again tomorrow!

- Robbie Vogler

Also, Want to send some good lucks to all the athletes competing at The CrossFit Games this weekend, especially to Ben, Alec, Dave and Cody. It's moving day fellas!

Friday, August 4, 2017

A Mile (1/2) a Day - Day 32

So for the longest time, I have always woken up super early because for some reason my body hates me. For the first time I woke up this morning and thought to myself, what if all those months ago, my body just had me wake up at 6am each day because it knew down the road I would be doing some sort of running challenge and would want to wake up and get my run in. This morning I woke up at 6am, I drove to Oak Grove Lake in Chesapeake, and I ran a mile and a quarter. I missed not having Katie there with me this morning, because it's hard to settle into a pace when you are by yourself. I know I've been running for 32 days, but it still is hard for me to find a pace and stick with it the whole time, I'm always either too fast or too slow out of the gate and it affects the remainder of the run. Either way, I felt decent this morning, my legs were so tired right when I got up and I was hoping they weren't going to feel like bricks during the run, but they loosened up and felt great. I know its only been a couple days at this distance, but I'm beginning to become more comfortable in my running abilities, and I'm excited to expand on that in the coming days! 

What did I listen to? Pop Workout Pandora Radio

Verse of the Day: Mark 4:11,12, "He answered them, 'The secret of the kingdom of God has been granted to you, but to those outside, everything comes in parables so that they may look and look, yet not perceive; they may listen and listen, yet not understand; otherwise, they might turn back and be forgiven.'"

I need a new pair of running shoes, I need suggestions. You know what distances I'm running, so I don't need a super long distance pair, just a good comfortable pair of running shoes. Comment below if you have any suggestions! Thank you all, lets do it again tomorrow.

- Robbie 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

A Mile (1/2) a Day - Day 31

Day 31

So today it started, the next progression in my Mile a Day journey. At first I wasn't sure if I was going to go further than 30 days, but over the last month I've learned a lot about myself and what I can do if I just try and do it. So like I've said previously, I'm doing this for the foreseeable future. Today's run was a good one, Katie was able to run with me again and we went to Oak Grove Lake and ran the first 1.25 miles that I have to run each day for the next 15 days. I love going to different places because it is a little better than just waking up and running around the block, makes things a lot better. Even though neither Katie or I really love to run, I am so thankful that she is willing to run with me from time to time, because it truly does make such a huge difference. And sometimes, we can be silly and hop on the swing set to take a picture after our run. But the weather wasn't as bad as it has been and I felt really comfortable with the first day of my new distance. Excited to see how the remained of the 15 days and month play out!

What did I listen to? Imagine Dragons Pandora Station

Verse of the Day: Mark 3:24-26, "'If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan rebels against himself and is divided, he cannot stand but is finished!'"

Today's done, and I'm excited to continue this journey with all of you! And I think I'm going to need to invest in a new pair of running shoes? Any suggestions? Comment below!

- Robbie Vogler

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A Mile a Day - Day 30 Recap

Day 30 (Today's pose inspired by Shawn Michaels)

What a time the past 30 days have been. If I would have told you 31 Days ago that I was going to run every single day for the next 30, I would have told you, "you were crazy." But here I sit, just completing my 30th run over the past 30 days, compiling up a little over than 30 miles total, close to 65,000 steps total over the past month. I started this challenge to really see if I could just do it, I figured once I'm done Day 30, I'll run every once in a while, but I'll take a little time off and see what happens from there. But something strange has happened since day one. I don't know if you would call it a love for running, or if I can just handle the running a little more than I used to be able to, but non the less, the journey doesn't stop at Day 30. As of right now, my journey has no end date, I will keep running. Not only will I keep running, I will add a quarter of a mile every 15 days, until I feel like I physically can't go a certain distance multiple days in a row. 

Is it going to be easy? Probably not. Am I going to enjoy it even more? I can guarantee you on most days, no. But I am going to continue to push through whatever pain may be there, push through each distance each day. Not because I love running, but I love tracking my journey and hearing people come back to me and tell me I've inspired them to start running everyday. That hits home with me so hard, because I used to be the person who never wanted to run, and now I'm the person who is inspiring people to run. That very thing has motivated me to keep going, past 30 days until I don't want to anymore. I've developed a habit and some habits are tough to break, but I hope this one sticks around for a while.

Another reason I wanted to track my progress and my journey is so I could keep myself accountable as I start reading through the Bible. Reading God's Word is something that I have wanted to work on for so long and sometimes if you don't journal about it or blog about what you read or something you read, then it can be forgotten so quickly. I feel like my relationship with Christ has grown just over the past month and I am excited to continue sharing my verses of the day each day that I run.

What did I listen to today? Pandora Thumbprint Radio

Verse of the Day: Mark 2:15-17, "While He was reclining at the table in Levi's house, many tax collectors and sinners were also guests with Jesus and His disciples, because there were many who were following Him. When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that He was eating with sinners and tax collectors, they asked His disciples, 'Why does He eat with tax collectors and sinners?' When Jesus heard this, He told them, 'Those who are well don't need a doctor, but the sick do need one. I didn't come to call the righteous, but sinners.'"

It's been a fun journey to share with all of you who read this and check in daily, the journey continues tomorrow with 1.25 miles for the next 15 days. If you want to start running a mile a day, and you have questions, feel free to reach out to me, comment below, shoot me a message on Instagram (@Big_Red_Express) or anywhere else. I would love to help you out. Thanks everyone and we'll do it again tomorrow!

- Robbie Vogler

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A Mile a Day - Day 29

Day 29 (Make sure to check out video below)

I seriously cannot believe that tomorrow will be the final day I run a mile every day. Tomorrows blog post will be a little longer and will reflect mainly on the past 30 days and how I have changed and how I am going to be changing things moving forward. As you all know I will be increasing the distance .25 miles every 15 days from now until whenever I feel like stopping. So make sure to stay tuned for that. As for today's run, I love being able to run with someone and a few times over the past 29 runs I've been fortunate enough to have Katie my incredibly amazing girlfriend by my side to run with me. Today we both felt a little off. I need to know from everyone out there, if you have ever had a run where you just felt like your legs were bricks the entire time. From the very beginning of the run to the end we both felt like our legs were just so heavy and it was so strange. Not only were our legs heavy, but the sun was shining and it was HOT HOT HOT! I know it's summer, and I know since we didn't run until a little later in the morning, we were going to run into a little heat, but today was a little bit too much heat if you ask me. I guess thats one of the things about doing a running challenge in the middle of the summer, but Day 29 has been completed and I cannot wait for my "FINAL" mile run tomorrow!

What did I listen to? Jock Jams Pandora Radio

Verse of the Day: Mark 1:15, "'The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe in the good news!'"

One more run tomorrow to finish off A Mile a Day for a month. But then things start picking up, its when things start getting harder, and when I start becoming stronger!

- Robbie Vogler


Monday, July 31, 2017

A Mile a Day - Day 28

Day 28

Something that I've learned over the past 28 days is that no matter how much you want every single run to be perfect. You want it to feel like the best run you've ever had, but the fact is not ever run is going to be a good one. Today I woke up a little later than normal, I figured I would sleep in since I haven't gotten too much sleep over the past week and wake up and just go for a run. I woke up and started my run and from the beginning I could tell it was going to be a rough one, but I've also learned that no matter how hard the run may be to get through, once you get through it, you feel a lot better. The past 28 days haven't been the easiest but they have been in a row, and this is more running I've done in a month in probably over 4 years. I'm thankful that I'm healthy enough to be able to wake up each and every morning and do the same thing.

What did I listen to? Pentatonix Radio switched to Thunderstruck Radio halfway

Verse of the Day: Matthew 28:18-20, "Then Jesus came near and said to them, 'All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, the the end of the age.'"

In a few days, I'll start adding .25 miles every 15 days until I am comfortable with a mileage I can run everyday. Thanks for checking in once again today and we'll talk to you tomorrow!

- Robbie Vogler

Sunday, July 30, 2017

A Mile a Day - Day 27

Day 27

To say today's run was a struggle would be the biggest understatement of the year. I didn't get much sleep last night which made today's run that much more difficult. I will say that I have ben enjoying running and getting my day started with a run even though it's only been a mile throughout the past 27 days. That is why I'm going to change things up after my month is completed. I know I said this announcement was going to come a little later, but the cats out of the bag. Starting on Day 31, I am going to be increasing my distance by .25 miles every 15 days. So every month I'm going to be running a half mile extra. I did a lot of thinking on what distance I should go to next, and even if I should continue trying to run everyday for the foreseeable future and that answer is YES! I am going to continue to run every single day no matter what it takes. As I get longer in distance, yes my body probably isn't going to be as "excited" to run and as ready to run as the past month has been, but my goal is to continue to up the distance until I feel I've reached a distance I can handle each day. I'm excited to keep going with running everyday, it feels like it is paying off and I feel great!

What did I listen to today? Jock Jams Radio on Pandora

Verse of the Day: Matthew 27:50-53, "Jesus shouted again with a loud voice and gave up His spirit. Suddenly, the curtain of the sanctuary was split in two from top to bottom; the earth quaked and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened and many bodies of the saints who has done to their rest were raised. And they came out of the tombs after His resurrection, entered the holy city, and appeared to many."

I'm really excited to continue tracking my journey each day and I couldn't be more thankful to all of you who have joined with me! Thank you so much and here is to many more days of running many more mile! Cheers!

- Robbie Vogler


Saturday, July 29, 2017

A Mile a Day - Day 26

Day 26

What a past couple of runs it has been. This morning was probably one of the hardest runs to actually get through for the reason being it was raining and storming outside. I woke up about 6am and got out and ran about the same route as I did yesterday morning, I tried my best not to wake up everyone in the house as I got going, so I got outside and started running, and I would have to say this was the second time in the past 3 days that I didn't listen to any music. Since it was raining outside, I didn't feel like taking my phone out knowing that it was going to get wet, so I just decided to take the silence and go finish my mile before the rain got even worse. At the beginning of this challenge, I knew there would be a day I would wake up and it would be raining and I would have to go get my run in anyway, and to be completely honest I was dreading that day. But once it actually came, it wasn't too bad, it was a cool start and a very humid finish but all in all, I got it done! 4 more days left until I switch things up a little bit, but I'll still continue to run, check in on Monday to see how things are going to be a little different!

What did I listen to? As stated above, nothing other than the raindrops and my footsteps along the road.

Verse of the Day: Matthew 26:26-30, "As they were eating, Jesus took the bread, blessed and broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, 'Take and eat it; this is My body.' Then He took a cup, and after giving thanks, He gave it to them and said, 'Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood the covenant; it is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins. But I tell you, from this moment I will not drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it in a new way in My Father's kingdom with you." After singing psalms, they went our to the Mount of Olives."

Thank you for checking in once again today, I know sometimes these posts can sound the same, but it means a lot to me that you check in and see how the progress is going and see how maybe today was different from the last. I continue to become a better more efficient runner and I love tracking my progress. Until tomorrow...

- Robbie Vogler

Friday, July 28, 2017

A Mile a Day - Day 25

Day 25

Today's run was definitely a fun one, was able to run with Katie and her sister Audrey down here in the Outer Banks. We woke up around 6ish and finally started our run around 6:15, it was about to rain so we had to fly through our run today, which was a blast. It's always so much fun running with other people and also running through a new place you aren't sure how the conditions are going to be. I love being able to go around and try different places and run all over. That's what I think the coolest thing has been, just waking up and starting my day off with a run, especially when the weather may be bad the rest of the day (like it is currently as I write this). I've learned a lot about myself the past 25 days and I am excited to continue this journey! 

What did I listen to?  WWE music on iTunes 

Verse of the Day: Matthew‬ ‭25:29‬ ‭NIV “For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”
Today's run is in the books and I'll be down here one more day running for Day 26. Thanks for checking in and we'll do it again tomorrow! 

- Robbie Vogler 

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

Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Mile a Day - Day 17

Day 17

Before I write about today's run I have to dedicate this blog post, and really every blog post that I do to my incredible girlfriend Katie. Two year ago I asked her if she would be my girlfriend and she said yes. It has been the most amazing past two years of my life and I wouldn't have wanted anyone else right by my side the entire way. I love you Katie!

Today's Run
You know what I love about running day after day? The fact that you could have one really bad day (just like yesterday) but then the next day you have a chance to erase whatever bad happened and start a new day with a new run. And that is exactly what I did, I woke up and started my music and the rest is history. I felt better, I felt faster, I felt like I kept a decent pace throughout the entire run. It was super cool outside this morning which obviously changed to it being humid about halfway through the run. As much as I love to sleep and love getting my sleep in, it has been a blast waking up at 6am to go for a run. It's the best way to start the day especially if you have a lot going on, and you beat the heat. Which in the summer is crucial. Today I can honestly say it was my best run yet, My mind was in it, my body was in it, and I felt amazing!

What did I listen to? Thunderstruck Radio on Pandora (So good)

Verse of the Day: Matthew 17:20, "'Because of your little faith,' He told them. 'For I assure you: If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, Move from here to there, and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.'"

Today was great, and tomorrow is going to be great because after I run I'll be on the road to Charlotte for Team SuperFit Charlotte! Thank you for checking in, we'll do it again tomorrow! Also, I need some ideas for another pose to do in these post run pictures...

- Robbie Vogler

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Mile a Day - Day 16

Day 16

Between all the dog walkers who wanted to take up the entire street, to the people who didn't want to move out of the way when I was running on the sidewalk, today was by far the worst I've ever felt during the past 16 runs. I woke up and right away my body was telling me not to run, my back was sore and I really just didn't feel well. But I reminded myself of what I said yesterday, if the you can convince the mind to do something, the body won't be too far behind. So I started my run and right away ran into people who didn't have the decency to clear a little lane for me in the road and that got the run started off very poorly mentally. My music, was the complete opposite of yesterday, I could not find a good song to listen to while I ran, I don't think I listened to an entire song the whole run, which was annoying in itself. My body was aching, my mind wasn't focused, I went out too hard and couldn't finish how I wanted to. But all in all, the run is over and tomorrow is a new day. I have a feeling Day 17 is going to be much better.

What did I listen to? What didn't I listen to this morning, started with Country Pandora then skipped around a lot.

Verse of the Day: Matthew 16:24-27, "Then Jesus said to His disciples, 'If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will find it. What will it benefit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his life? Or what will a man give in exchange for his life? For the Son of Man is going to come with His angels in the glory of His Father, and then He will reward each according to what he has done.'"

While day 16 may not have been a good one, It's over with and that now 16 miles completed in the past 16 days. I'm proud of myself, I'm over halfway to my goal of running everyday for a month. What will I do after a month? I guess you'll have to keep coming back to find out. Let's do it again tomorrow!

- Robbie Vogler

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A Mile a Day - Day 15

Day 15

Today was a race, and when I say that I mean I was racing the street lights, I woke up at 5:30 this morning to run, never have I ever woken up that early to run before and here I was working on 5 hours of sleep about to run my 15th mile in as many days. I felt great, the music I was listening was on point this morning and I was just plugging along singing the songs and trying to stay at a decent pace. I've learned a lot about myself and about how much I can push myself at certain points of my run, and today was no different I feel like I normally go out so hard and after a quarter of a mile I'm already exhausted, but I started slower today so I could finish faster at the end. It was a very good (yet humid) morning to run. But it was one of my better runs, I'm starting to kind of like waking up early and starting my day off with a run. Who would have ever thought?

What did I listen to? Spice Girls Pandora Radio (I know you're judging right now, but that station didn't play a bad song the entire time.)

Verse of the Day: Matthew 15:15-18, "Peter said, 'Explain the parable to us.' 'Are you still so dull?' Jesus asked them. 'Don't you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? But the things that come out a person's mouth come from the heart and these defile them..."

This morning was a great day, and I'm excited to wake up and actually run tomorrow. Hopefully the weather cooperates and isn't too bad in the coming days. Thanks for checking in, lets do it again tomorrow!

- Robbie Vogler

Monday, July 17, 2017

A Mile a Day - Day 14

Day 14

Another day started as just your ordinary Monday, my alarm went off, I didn't want to wake up to go run, so I got up and I ran. Today was honestly the best run I've had so far in the past two weeks. I felt great from the beginning and tried to stay at a decent pace throughout the rest of the run. I've been learning that a lot of a mile run, as is a lot in general with life is mostly mental. You can go out and run a mile no problem physically, but sometimes mentally you just don't want to do anything, whether it's run a mile or even wake up in the morning. You have to tell yourself before you get started that no matter what may get in your way, you will start that task, and in my case the mile run. I've had a lot of people ask me what am I going to do after the 30 days of running a mile is over, am I going to increase the distance or keep it the same? I honestly don't know, I didn't start this run a mile a day challenge to train for a half marathon or even a 5k. I am doing it because I wanted to lose weight (I'm down 5.2lbs so far in the last week), and I wanted to see if I could actually run consecutive days for a long time. I can promise you this though, I WILL NOT be stopping after 30 days. So don't worry, these blog posts you love reading aren't going anywhere anytime soon 😉

What did I listen to? Volbeat "A Warriors Call" on repeat

Verse of the Day: Matthew 14:17-21, "'But we only have five loaves and two fish here,' they said to Him. 'Bring them here to Me,' He said. Then He commanded the crowds to sit down on the grass. He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to the heaven, He blessed them. He broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. Everyone ate and was filled. Then they picked up 12 baskets full of leftover pieces! Now those who ate were about 5,000 men, besides women and children."

Today was my best run yet, and I think I'm up for doing it again tomorrow! I hope you'll join me either running a mile a day, or continue to follow along here with my blog. Thanks everyone!

- Robbie Vogler

Sunday, July 16, 2017

A Mile a Day - Day 13

Day 13

I started today's run not wanting to wake up and go. But I have to tell you, once I got up and started running I felt great! It was still really humid this morning, but I don't think that is going to change anytime soon so I'm going to get used to it. Anyway, you would think by Day 13 I would have gotten into a rhythm with my runs and learned how to go out and run the "perfect mile", well spoiler alert that hasn't happened yet and I don't think it's going to happen anytime soon. Which is fine by me, even though one of these days I'm going to go out there and run from start to finish and feel better than ever. I woke up around 6ish since I wanted to get the run in before I went to church, and I'm glad I decided to do it early in the morning. Over the last 13 days, I've run in the morning, afternoon and evening, and I would have to say that the morning bright and early is the best time to run, it's "cooler" and it is definitely a great way to start your day.

What did I listen to? Volbeat - A Warrior's Call and Heaven nor Hell (Thanks Brandon for the suggestion)

Verse of the Day - Matthew 13: 31-32, "He presented another parable to them:'The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It's the smallest of all the seeds, but when grown, it's taller than the vegetables and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the sky come and nest in its branches.'"

Day 13 was a great day to run and has been a great day so far overall. Thanks for stopping by and we'll do this again tomorrow! If you want to give me some suggestions on what to listen to, COMMENT BELOW!

- Robbie Vogler

Saturday, July 15, 2017

A Mile a Day - Day 12

Day 12

Today was a lot cooler outside since it stormed pretty violently last night. But that made the beginning of the run great, but the second half of the run extremely humid. I went out and hoped the whole run was going to cooperate but, right as I passed the halfway mark it was extremely tough to just keep plugging on. You may ask (or you may not) what goes through my mind during these runs, what is the process of when I run or how fast I run, or even what kind of motivates me to run everyday. I think some people get in habits from time to time and most of the time, people break those habits after a certain amount of time. Like it said in my very first post, I hate running. And that still hasn't changed, but I'm getting used to waking up and making it apart of my day whether its early in the morning, or another time during the day. I may not enjoy running too much, but I'm not going to stop doing it because it's uncomfortable. If something makes you uncomfortable you should do it more often to become more comfortable in that skill or that certain aspect. And that is what I'm doing by running a mile a day.

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

Verse of the Day: Matthew 12:33, "'Either make the tree good and its fruits good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.'"

Today was a good run, and I'm excited to continue to run each day and always update all of you daily. Continue to check in and I'll continue to update you! Thanks again for checking in and we'll do it again tomorrow!

-Robbie Vogler

Friday, July 14, 2017

A Mile a Day - Day 11

Day 11

What a day it was for a run, I decided to sleep in a little bit and go for my run around 7:30am. That may have been a little too late. I think this run was more difficult than the past ten runs because of the turnaround from yesterdays run. I ran last night around 8:30 so I think my body wasn't used getting up early right after I ran when I did last night. But you know what, I went out and got the run completed. I've wondered to myself why in the world did I start this challenge during the hottest time of the year, the answer is pretty simple, because if I can get through these days, then I can get through any days. Think about that, if you can go out and run a mile a day when it feels like 100 degrees outside, then in the fall, winter and summer months its going to feel like a breeze. I love doing this challenge since that's exactly what it is, a challenge. I'm not planning on giving up anytime soon on this, and I hope you won't give up on reading these blog posts either.

What did I listen to? Thumbprint Radio on Pandora (Just the songs I've given the thumbs up to recently)

Verse of the Day: Matthew 11:28, "'Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.'"

Day 11 was by far the toughest run yet, but I'll learn from it, and attack the rest of my runs. Keep hydrated everyone, it's hot out there! Talk to you all tomorrow!

- Robbie Vogler