Thursday, August 31, 2017

Day 59 - The Home of Superman

Today I decided to go do my run at CrossFit Krypton, which is one of my favorite places to be, with some of my good friends and able to catch up with people I haven't seen for a little while. It was perfect because I was having Christian Becker on my podcast (The Big Red Express), and it was a good chance to get my run in before our chat. It felt like a really quick run, which made it a little bit better, I felt great and since I hadn't run that route since Memorial Day, felt good to switch things up and have a little change of scenery. I gotta do that more often. 

I wanted to say something about running, I recently read an article on Runner's World, about a lady who has been running for over 250 days in a row. I look at that number and I'm like HOLY COW, how do you run for that many days in a row? But then I look at my streak so far, and I'm thinking that exact thing. How have I been able to run at least a mile everyday for the past 59 days. Along with this article that was posted on Facebook, people started leaving comments about how bad running is for you, and is for your body and that you shouldn't run day after day after day. And in some cases I agree with that, but to comment about that on a post that is praising someone who has changed her life and that has made her life better by running each day I think is a pretty low move. Why can't we just congratulate people for doing something that is hard to do, for sticking with something that isn't easy. I don't want to ramble too much, but I wanted to personally send a congratulations to April Rueb for continuing to run for 250+ days. I hope the streak is still going and I hope it continues for a long time! If you want to check out the article you can CLICK HERE.

Anyway, today's run was a good one and I'm glad I decided to head to CrossFit Krypton and knock it out! 

What did I listen to? Jock Jams radio on Pandora

Passage of the Day: Luke 14:8-10, "'When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, don't recline at the best place, because a more distinguished person than you may have been invited by your host. The one who invited both of you may come and say to you, Give you pace to this man, and then in humiliation, you will proceed to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and recline in the lowest place, so that when the one who incited you comes, he will say to you, Friend move up higher. You will then be honored in the presence of all the other guests. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.'"

Thank you for checking in to today's blog and as always, I couldn't do this without the outpour of love and support along the way. We'll do it again tomorrow and I don't know about you, but I am so ready for some cooler weather! 

- Robbie 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Day 58 - Breathe Easy My Friend

 I woke up this morning thinking that today's run would be one for the ages, and boy was I wrong. I walked out the door and automatically was filled with the smell of pollen and just that air that you know it's going to be a long run. Not in terms of distance, but just in terms of the way I was going to feel along the way. It rained here in Hampton Roads pretty much the entire day yesterday, so I had an idea it was going to be humid outside but I didn't think the air would be as thick as it ended up being. As you can see from my picture, I had on a long sleeve shirt, and I actually had on a beanie as well. Why you ask? Well I checked my phone and it said it was 65 degrees outside. It may have been 65 but it felt like it was 80, which is never a good thing. But nonetheless I went and got the run in and I am certainly glad I did. I haven't been feeling 100% recently, so I don't think that helped during today's run, it was hard to breathe throughout the entire thing but I was able to push through and get it done! Hopefully tomorrow will be better! 

What did I listen to? Pretty Much Every 90's,00's group music (Backstreet Boys, N'Sync, Spice Girls, etc.)

Verse of the Day: Luke 13:18-19, "He said therefore, 'What is the kingdom of God like, and what can I compare it to? It's like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the sky nested in its branches.'"

Make sure you head over to yesterday blog and check out our Guest Blogger. Today wasn't the best run, but they all can't be the best run! See you tomorrow! 

- Robbie

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Day 57 - Guest Blogger, Justin Langley

My running story,

As we all know, you either like to run or don’t! I never enjoyed running in any workout or would enjoy going for a daily jog, although I knew it would help me become a better athlete. I would avoid it by all cost, until it was absolute necessary.  

I got inspired by watching Robbie, (Big Red Express) who we all have seen at a Crossfit event here or there.  Robbie started running a mile a day and kept everyone informed through social media. Some would say this as annoying constantly seeing this but I was truly impressed by his commitment. Running is not fun nor easy for people who don’t like to run.

Because of Big Red I decided to join him starting the month of August, running just a mile a day. I knew that I could run the whole mile without stopping under 10 minutes. My challenge would be, to be consistent and stick to the commit, running every day for the month.  I mentally was prepared for this task.

I set in my mind to listen to certain music which I knew was going to end before my mile was done. I chose to run most days at a local track. For me it was easier to be focused on 4 laps and I was done.

After day one, not a problem. Day two, hey that was a PR for me because I never ran a mile in consecutive days in a row. Day five, all I thought was it wasn’t that bad. I was truly shocked I was still running, but I knew I started something and wanted to finish it.

Less than ten minutes a day and its over for me. By day five I knew I wanted to continue to stick with this and hopefully I will see a much better performance in all aspects in the gym.

I periodically kept up with my running on social media because some people would give negative feedback. People would say “it’s only a mile”. They were right, it wasn’t that far and I knew I could keep going if I needed to push it. To me though, I didn’t let it bother me because I felt like I was doing exactly what I wanted and it was working. Running wasn’t as bad I as I always complained about it.

By day fifteen of running I felt great and could tell I was starting to even lose some weight. At the end of the running I wasn’t breathing as hard and felt like I could keep going.  I started to enjoy it but still knew I wasn’t planning of becoming a marathon runner or anything. I just wanted to tackle a weakness and become better at running.

At day 22 I started to feel have flu like symptoms but hadn’t been diagnosed with anything at this point. I waited until late into this evening to get my run it. This was the most difficult time running for me. First time in the consecutive days running that I didn’t run without stopping. I walked a few times because I was having difficulty breathing. The next day I went to the doctors and had a bad case of strep throat. My tonsils were badly swollen, which made it difficult to breath. 

My goal was not reached for the whole month of running but I still accomplished by running a mile a day for 22 days.

I encourage anyone who doesn’t enjoy running or anything to push yourself to be better. You don't have to do anything drastic. Start with small goals, and continue to push yourself and you will surprise yourself. You must get out of the comfort zone to achieve greatness. It’s possible you must be ready mentally. The body can handle the punishment, you just must be ready for the ride.  There is no better moment to change your life than now.

Thanks for your inspiration BIG Red

Monday, August 28, 2017

Day 56 - Shining a Bright Light

Today's run wasn't as good as last nights run, but I think the main reason for that, is because I ran so late last night and then decided to wake up early this morning and run again. The title of my blog today has little to do with this running challenge, but a lot to do with the daily devotional or Bible Verses of the Day that I add to every blog post. As many of you know I am a very outgoing person, it's not hard for me to go out and meet new people and be friendly to almost anyone I come in contact with, but one of the hardest things for me to do is to consistently share my faith or beliefs with other people. Many of you see me wear shirts that have Bible Verses on them, and you see these posts I blog about and probably think that I'm the most religious/spiritual person in the world. First off let me just clear the air, I'm Not. I have a personal relationships with the Savior of the Universe Jesus Christ and I work hard everyday to do His will for my life, and to try and encourage people to follow suit. It's never been easy for me to just go up to someone randomly and tell them I'm a Christian and then continue to tell them what the Lord has done for me over all the years. I try to use social media very smart, I don't ever want to feel like I'm a different person on Social Media than I am in person. This blog has helped me become a better believer and has done nothing but strengthen my relationship with Christ. You can say all you want that the past 56 days have been solely about running, but it's has been about so much more to me personally, it's been about working hard to read a chapter in the bible every single day. It's been about challenging myself to love others no matter what they have done to me, and it's been about loving others the way Christ has loved me. I'm thankful I'm able to write a blog post almost everyday and have a bible verse or two thrown in and keep myself accountable, and hopefully inspire and motivate anyone else who wants to either start a relationship with Christ, or strengthen it to do that very thing.

What did I listen to? Random Songs from my iTunes Playlist

Verse of the Day: Luke 12:22-23, "Then He said to His disciples: 'Therefore I tell you, don't worry about your life, what you will eat; or about the body, what you will wear. For life is more than food and the body more than clothing.'"

The passage does continue and I challenge you to click THIS LINK, and read the remainder of it. Thank you to everyone who has encouraged me to Shine a Bright Light. My verse yesterday said it perfectly about you don't have a light and hide it under a basket, but you shine it for the world to see. Jesus Christ and my relationship with Him is my light, and I'm going to shine for everyone to see!


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Day 55 - And You Thought I Forgot...

Day 55 is in the books and let me tell something to you! It was amazing! If you have been following along, whether on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or just right here on the blog, you have realized by now that great runs are few and far between. I know I haven't posted in a few days (and I'm sorry about that) but you know when life gets going full speed, it's hard to stop. Anyway, between my last post and this post, I've bought a new pair of running shoes (Nike LunarGlide 9's) and the past couple runs have been great. Yesterday morning I got up early to run since I had the Fit Kid Classic the rest of the day, and only ran a mile in my new shoes. Today I woke up, went to church, then went to work for 8 hours, but got home just in time to run 1.6 miles! My furthest run so far, and it felt really awesome. I want to say it took me just under 16 minutes, which I was extremely happy about, and the best part about all that is, NO PAIN! My calf has been bothering me recently, but Katie's sister Audrey (Shoutout to her) gave me a calf massage a few days back, and as much as it hurt during (the worst pain ever), and as much as it hurt the couple days after, it feels much better today and I'm glad she was able to help. I don't know if it was her, or the new running shoes, but whatever it was it is working and I'm feeling great! Less than two weeks until I head West to Colorado for the weekend, and I am feeling great! 55 Days in a Row, should I go for Triple Digits, comment below if you think so. But for now, lets focus on Day 56!

What did I listen to? These Tracks in Order: What does the Fox Say?, GreenLight, WWE: Catch Your Breath, WWE: The Rising Sun

Verse of the Day: I'm currently reading Luke, and today's scripture is from Luke 11, but I want to encourage all of you to read the entire chapter, its packed with incredible passages.

Luke 11:33-36, "No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you."

We'll talk to you tomorrow!

- Robbie

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Day 51 - Trueform is my worst enemy

Well, today's run was a surprise. I wasn't planning on getting a run in today, since I wanted to rest my leg until I got my new pair of running shoes, but I ended up going over to Ben's house to workout tonight and he asked if I had ran today and I hadn't. So of course he programmed a mile run into the workout on the Trueform, mixed with some burpees and dumbbell cleans. It has been a long time since I have run on that Trueform treadmill and if you haven't experienced it, I would suggest finding one and trying it out. It is unlike anything you have ever ran on before. But I was able to get it done and make Day 51 count! I was also talking to Ben and he asked if I was still running everyday, and I mentioned that I didn't run a mile on Sunday. But I did walk around the timeshare with Katie, so I definitely did get at least a mile in on Sunday. So the Streak is STILL alive! Whether I rest some days or I don't, I think the important thing is just getting out and moving around, whether its a mile or more, walking a mile counts just the same as running a mile. Today was a good day, and I'm excited to continue things tomorrow! 

What did I listen to? Whatever music Ben had playing on the speakers

Verse of the Day: (From my Devo) - Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, "Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up."

I ordered my new running shoes today, so fingers crossed they will help and I'll start feeling better when I run! Thank you to everyone who has continued to support myself and check in daily with this blog! We'll do it again tomorrow! 

- Robbie 

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

PSA:  If you would like to donate to my new running shoe fund, please click the DONATE button to the right of this post! Thank you!

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