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25 – Mailbox – Write Your Own….We are Runners

May 1st, 2017

You have it within you, I know you do.

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Excuses are used to make doubts seem justified. Don’t let doubts outweigh your confidence -Reist

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Training 2.3 – 2.6 The “Feel Good” Run

June 16th, 2015

The Story

In order to accurately describe the final few runs of the second week of training, I have to take you back to the shortest run of the week. Wednesdays are my dedicated rest day during training and while rest days are annoying, I also look forward to them. But this past Wednesday, there was going to be a short run completed on rest day. A year ago a guy asked me if anyone could run, especially a “big” guy. We talked about how running is possible for anyone, the key is to just start, which he did. He started by walking on the treadmill, 15 minutes left him winded, 15 minutes left him exhausted, 15 minutes is what he could give. He continued to work every day, he began to change his diet, and he began to see new results. We would often talk on the phone about how things were going, then we decided to set goals. At the end of January 2015 he set a goal to run a half marathon in February 2016, and with that decision we were off and “running”, (See what I did there) meanwhile he was still walking, still working. He would update me weekly, 20 minutes, 38 minutes, 45 minutes, he kept getting stronger. The question he would always ask me was, “How will I ever finish 13.1 miles?”image The answer is simple; you just don’t quit. Several weeks ago we talked and he told me that he felt like he had plateaued, both in his weight loss and conditioning. He was now up to 60+ minutes a day walking with no issues, he was definitely getting stronger. Last week, I was working in his area of the world and we met up for what he thought was going to be a Wednesday morning walk, we didn’t walk the whole time. On this Wednesday we RAN 30 seconds and walked 4 minutes, we destroyed a hill that tried to discourage us and finished 2.5 miles of running excellence. He crushed it plain and simple. Several hours later, he looks at me at lunch and says all morning he has been burning up inside, that he was so full of energy and wished he could just go back out for another run. “Welcome to the Runners High, I would like to introduce you to endorphins!”
I run for a lot of reasons. I have goals that I want to achieve, and work hard to chase of them. But as a runner, watching another runner achieve goals so far out of their comfort zone is ultimately one of the most inspiring things to witness.

This Weeks Totals:

This week ended with 4 solid runs, the final run on Sunday with my son was very cool. But my “Rest Day Run”will be the defining moment of this 2nd week of training.
Training 2.3 – Rest Day 2.5 miles
Training 2.4 – 6.15 miles 52:32
Training 2.5 – 6.26 miles 53:40
Training 2.6 – 7.02 miles 59:23
Training 2.7 – 9.04 miles 1:17:59
Week 2 Mileage Total – 46.55 miles
Shoes – Red/Black Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15

Week 2 Training is completed

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TV Reruns and Marathon Training – Intro to the season and the recaps

June 3rd, 2015

I love watching a good TV series.  Spending the time watching a show, seeing the story develop, and getting excited for the finale at the end of the season. What makes this even better, is when the season finale lives up to expectation and leaves you wanting more.  The other side of this scenario, is the off-season, the season of reruns.  Yes, I love the show, but I have already seen these episodes and it just doesn’t have the same effect on me, I struggle and I often don’t watch the rerun, the thrill is gone.  This is how I feel about my training in between marathons.  I love running the marathon, it is my favorite distance, (don’t ask me if it is my favorite at mile 22), and when I am in between races, my running has always felt like TV reruns.  I love the run, but it just doesn’t have that same pizazz as it does when I am training for a race. (I used pizazz in a sentence….solid) I have always thought that everyone needs some sort of motivation or goal to that inspires them to run.  Mine just happens to be, running 26.2 miles, getting a medal and eating all the food.  But this year after running my last marathon in February, I made a choice to look at the “Rerun season” with a different attitude and mindset.  I was going to put a plan together to train for the training.  And I tricked my feeble brain into being excited about my running during this time of no suspense, no new plot line, but what did happen, a new character was being developed for the upcoming season, me.  I started on February 23 with my “train to train” program designed by me.  I increased my runs each week by 1 mile until I got to 9-10 miles a run 4-5x a week.  No pressure, no time goals, just running….and I got stronger.  I started eating better, which means I stopped snacking all day long and lost 15lbs, and most importantly I was engaged and motivated to run.  I can’t wait for the season premier and for the story to unfold, because the finale is going to be EPIC. beepic

Now here we are, starting another cycle of marathon training and I want you all to be a part of it.  I will write a recap for each run, and publish them for you, these recaps will include:

  1. Location of the my run
  2. Short description of the run
  3. Attempt to be humorous
  4. I will go on and on about how much I love running

I will also be doing video blogs, because frankly, I am much better at talking then writing.  I might even be inclined to start a Podcast…I don’t how but it sounds cool.

Here are some facts about me and my running you may or may not care about.

  1. Shoes – Brooks Adrenaline GTS15 Size 12 / I have 5 pairs, all different colors. 3 are in rotation now, with the other 2 being moved in during the summer as the others mileage out.  (usually at 350 miles)image1
  2. I wear a belt for my phone. It is the same belt I have run with for the last 4 years.
  3. I rarely listen to music anymore. No reason, I just stopped one day.  I do like to listen to books or podcasts on really long runs.  But every so often, I can be found jamming along roads of the U.S.A.
  4. Favorite Artist to listen to while running – Andy Mineo
  5. 5489781D-DF60-47B5-99D8-27B8B5EC70A3GPS – Garmin 10…..for now
  6. Training plan – based on the Hanson
  7. Wednesday will be my rest day
  8. If you have questions, just ask

And finally:

Where/When: 10/5/2015 MO’Cowbell Marathon – Saint Charles, Missouri

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Goal:  BQ (it is a stretch, but hey I am a dreamer) It is a stretch because my PR in the marathon is 3:41:42, my BQ is 3:25:00…stretch.  But I am up for a challenge, and I know my running family will cheer me on.

If you see I am running in your town, please let me know if you want to go for a run!

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Let’s get started.

Reist

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It’s A Family Affair

November 13th, 2011

Until two years ago, no one in my family would have been labeled a runner. We are a sports family, but running was not on the menu for any of us. When talking to my brother Cody, (who is also a Clydesdale 6’5”) we figured the only time we ran was when he missed a tackle or when I missed a lay-up. Even then, the running consisted of only wind sprints, which in their own right, resemble a hill at the end of a 5k. This all changed with a single decision by my sister in law, Kristina, to run the 26.2 for Donna – Finish Breast Cancer Marathon in 2010. She trained and trained, we all were supportive but only to the point of leaving positive messages on her iPod for her to listen to while she ran. She asked but there was no way I was joining her. She ran hard and she finished that marathon. And, as we sat around the table listening to the story of her race, how she felt as she crossed the finish line, I found myself hanging on every word. Six months later, I found myself out running and preparing for the same marathon.

To take the family affair to another level, at the 2011 26.2 with Donna – Finish Breast Cancer Marathon, there were ten people comprised of friends and family running either the full marathon, the ½ marathon, or the relay. Now, this year the roster for the 2012 26.2 with Donna – Finish Breast Cancer Marathon on 2/12/12 is as follows:

Reist (me) – Full

Cody (brother) – Full

Stephanie (sister) – Full

Andrea (my wife) – Half

Maya (niece) – Half or Full (still undecided)

Glenice (my mom) – 5k

Mia (niece) – 5k

Anna (niece) – 5k

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We are a family of runners, we call and text and ask how each other’s runs went that day. We are constantly checking Facebook and Endomondo looking at each other’s times and sending pep talks as we run. We are spread out all over the country, yet running has kept us connected. Cody and Andrea both have dealt with injuries and they likened it to having a toy and not being able to play with it (both are back and ready to train). It has been a revolution in our family and I love it.

It all started with that decision by Kristina to just get out and run in honor of her mother, a breast cancer survivor. And, the fever has spread throughout the family. If you are wondering why you do not see Kristina on the family roster of runners, she has a good reason. She brought her baby girl Michelle into the world on 10/25/11 this year and they are going to be our cheerleaders in Jacksonville. I am not sure what it is going to feel like to stand at that starting line with my family (or better yet crossing the finish line with them), but it gives me chills thinking about it. I want to hold my finishers medal up with all them and take a picture. I am going to frame it and put a caption on it “It’s a Family Affair”

“If you want to be the best runner you can be, start now. Don’t spend the rest of your life wondering if you can do it.” – Priscilla Welch, NY Marathon Winner

Run Hard – Always Finish

Reist Mummau

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