Introducing Run with Troy 2.0! (A Fresh Start)

Hello, fellow runners! I hope everyone is having a good weekend. It has been over 2.5 years since I have written on this blog so I thought it would be a good idea to resurrect it. So this blog has been renamed Run With Troy 2.0! My goal is to keep this blog active going forward.  I really regret not using this since November 2014 because I had some awesome things happen during my running journey.  However, today is a new day and a fresh start.

Fresh start.  That is going to be my topic today.  From August 2013 to December 2015 I was a dedicated runner that ran at least 4 days a week and participated in races monthly.  However, from January to July 2016, I was deployed overseas.  During my deployment, I tried to stick to a running routine but I found it difficult to do so.  I only logged over 100 miles a running.  When I returned back to the states, I managed to get back in a running routine and was doing good from September till December.  But the first two months of 2017 was difficult.  For some strange reason, I lost my motivation and didn’t feel like running.  However, on March 21st, I decided to get back in the action and started on a half marathon training plan.  As of today, I am almost done with Week 6 and I haven’t missed a workout yet.  I am starting to see results and I am feeling better about myself.

Despite my setback, I am glad to be back in action.  If you feel like giving up or throwing in the towel – don’t.  Sometimes all you need is A FRESH START. Happy running everyone!

 

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One Year Running Anniversary

Hello fellow runners! Hope everyone is having a great week. Today is a very special day for me.  I have been running on a continuous basis since August 21, 2013.  (Learn about how seriously I took running prior here). Since then I have made some significant progress.  Here are some highlights:

Despite all these accomplishments, there are several things that I am thankful for.  First and foremost, I give praise to the Lord.  Because of Him, I wouldn’t be at where I am today – both physically and spiritually.  Second, I have made some great friends through the Run for God – Warner Robins group that are joined in September 2013.  Third, I have networked  some great runners through social media that have provided me with encouragement and support.  And finally, I was finally matched with a running buddy through the I Run 4 program.

How do I celebrate my one year running anniversary? With a run of course! I decided to run the same course I did exactly one year ago.  It was the night I met up Run Fit Sports for their first group run.  Well I did horrible that night.  I remember getting sick to my stomach (probably because I ate right before the run).  I ran 2.88 miles in 32:52 with an average pace of 11:24.  Even if I didn’t get sick, my time would still be horrible. Prior to August 21, 2013, I only ran 50 miles for the year.  After I got off work, I went home and took a nap.  About an hour later, I got up, got dressed and drove to the running location and ran my 3 miles.  This afternoon was a scorcher; the heat index was about 105 degrees. But that didn’t stop me from what I wanted to do.  Even my right leg was hurting a bit but I dressed it in athletic tape.

So how did I do?  Well let’s just say despite the heat and dodging traffic, I blew my previous run out of the water big time! My time was 28:29 with an average pace of 9:18 per mile!!! I was very happy at what I accomplished this afternoon.  

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Thanks for reading (and celebrating) with me the one year anniversary of  the day I made the choice to make running a part of daily life.  Running has definitely changed my life for the good.  I’ll close with the following quote that I found this morning.  It’s funny that I found it on this special day 😉

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Take care friends!

Troy

 

Run with Me on other social media websites!

Good Sunday evening! In addition my WordPress blog, you can “run” with me at the following social media sites:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/troyloves2run

Twitter: https://twitter.com/troyloves2run

RunKeeper: http://runkeeper.com/user/brandankeel

Instagram: http://instagram.com/troyloves2run

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/troyloves2run

If I am not already running with you on the above media, I’ll make sure that I do! Thanks!

Troy

 

 

 

Welcome to my Blog!

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Hello friends and welcome to my blog! This is where I will be documenting my various running activities that I participate in.  My desire is to inspire you as you pursue your running goals.

For those of you that don’t know, I have taken running very seriously around August of last year.  I was going though a difficult time and have turned to running as my therapy and stress reliever. Before that, the only time I would run was for my Air Force PT test, which I had to take every six months.  Many times, I would try to cram training the month prior to testing. 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

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.  Before August 2013, I hated running.  Now I go crazy when I don’t run..LOL.  I feel better, healthier, and have less stress.

Here are some of my goals for 2014: 

  • Complete my first half marathon in April
  • Run 650 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
  • 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!

Until next time,                                                                                                                           Troy