Hello everyone and welcome to my running blog! This is where I will be posting my daily running activities and journey towards accomplishing my fitness goals.
My name is Brandan Keel but I go by my middle name Troy. I currently reside in Warner Robins Georgia which is about 90 minutes south of Atlanta. I am currently serving my country in the Air Force Reserve as an Air Reserve Technician (ART). As an ART, I work in a dual status capacity . Monday through Friday, I am a full-time federal civil service employee and one weekend a month/15 days a year, I perform the same duties but in military status. My occupation is Military Personnel. I have been enlisted for 17 years (5 active, 12 reserve). I enjoy what I do and very proud to serve my country.
Some of my hobbies include photography, technology, travel and history. I never thought I would say this but my favorite hobby is running. Before August 2013, I hated running and the only reason I would run was to pass my Air Force Physical Fitness test. I am required to test every six months and I admit, I was never really prepared for it. I would wait to the last minute to get my running in and it showed. There was several instances where I failed the running portion of the test because I failed to prepare.
The following statistics will give you an idea on how serious I took running prior to August 2013:
- 2011: 83.1 miles, 15 hours and 57 minutes
- 2012: 96.9 miles, 16 hours and 53 minutes
- January – July 2013: 51.1 miles, 8 hours and 59 minutes
After I (barely) passed my PT Test in August 2013, I decided to make running a part of my daily routine. I figured that if I stick to a dedicated running schedule, then passing my next PT test shouldn’t be an issue. Also, I was going through a difficult situation at the time and needed an activity to help me relieve stress.
Here are some running stats from 2013:
- 354.7 miles
- 64 hours and 40 minutes
- 41,561 calories burned
- Passed my Air Force PT test 2x
- 5K PR time: 26:20 (My first 5K time was 32:29 which was May 2012)
- Participated in Eight 5Ks, One 4 Mile, and One 11K race
- Completed Run for God 5K Challenge
- Made some great friends in the various running groups I have joined
As you can see, I really kicked it in high gear starting in August. I remember when I would find any excuse in the book not to run but today, I go crazy when I can’t run. I’ll do what ever I can to rearrange my schedule to get a run in if possible. Since running is now a part of my daily agenda, I feel better, healthier, and have less stress.
Here are some of my goals for 2014:
- Complete my first half marathon in April
- Run 1000 Miles
- Run the Macon Mud Run in March
- Participate in my first Triathlon in July
- Run at least one race per month (5K, 10K, 4 mile, etc)
- Improve my 5K PR time
- Place in the top 3 of my age group in at least 4 races
- Complete my first marathon in November
- And finally: Motivate and encourage my fellow runners
One of the greatest blessings I have encountered since I have started running on a regular basis was the many new friends I have made. The first running group I have joined was the Warner Robins Run Fit Sports Group. I happened to find out about them while I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed and saw a post that they were starting a Wednesday night group run. After that, I signed up for the Run For God 5K challenge in September. In addition to help improve my 5K time, I joined to network with other runners. In October, I joined the Macon Run Fits Sports Group run on Monday nights. I am thankful to have met some great friends that have encouraged and supported me.
While my friends have played a great part in encouraging me to succeed I have to give praise and glory to the Lord. Without Him, I wouldn’t have been able to to accomplish anything. Here are some scriptures I would like to share:
Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Well that’s about it. I look forward to sharing my running journey with you in 2014. I hope it will encourage and inspire you! Happy running 😉
Brandan Troy Keel