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My training and general rant blog. This is my first blog so let's see how it goes. I will post data on the individuals I assist with training and nutrition. I do not know everything and love continuing my education.
As an introduction to me-
27 YOA male who is currently Active Duty Army. I have 8 years of federal service and expect to end that career within the next two years or so. I am prepping for a trip overseas in a few months so my competitive career will be closing as quickly as it began. It is not closing really but taking a short break. When I return home to Maine I expect to set into a very demanding race schedule of Duathlons and Triathlons. I will compete at the sprint and olympic levels my first year back. My 3 year goal includes a half iron, and 5 year goal a full iron. We will see how things go.
I have a B.S. in Kinesiology and Physical Education. I spent time as a Master Fitness Planner for the Army and worked in Athletic Rehab during college. I have 3 years as a full time Firefighter and 3 as a Police Officer. The last of the later was as an SRT Operator. I have always been fitness conscience as it has been a requirement of my employment since 1999. Prior to 1999 I only thought you should run if being chased, or chasing. Running for fun was a concept that struck me later as I matured.
I have run numerous 5Ks and 10Ks in different states across the country. I have endless miles of running without proper focus or training goals. It is so liberating and such a good feeling to run by choice and for fun rather than as something I had to do or was required to do as a physical fitness. As I explained it to my father who I don't think can run, I'd rather Embrace the Pain than fight it. Sounds really cheesy but I got great comfort on my last hard run(a 5K at the end of my first duathlon) telling myself to embrace the pain. As others around me looked as miserable as I was feeling I grinned from ear to ear repeating embrace the pain! Endorphins? -perhaps. Insanity? -perhaps. Fun?- 100% After my first multisport race I can honestly say I am hooked. I have a very addictive personality and multisport events seem like a great way for me to focus my energy. I'll need something to maintain my sanity when I get sent away from my family again this winter.
As a "coach," and I use the term loosely, I have one "client." My client is a buddy of mine in the Army who is struggling to keep a healthy weight and to pass is fitness test. His motivation is his job, good motivation no doubt, but not the same as a desire to improve one's own self. I'll try and keep him motivated but it is going to be a challenge. He currently is killing himself to run an 8:30 mile. My goal is to get him to a 7:30 mile before his next APFT, which could be January. Very doable even with the lack of true commitment.
This is enough rambling for now, I'll post some photos for your viewing pleasure or displeasure. My next post will likely be some more of my goals for the future. Just because I am headed into a combat theater does not mean I cannot keep my fitness dreams alive. Peace, and while you are hurting on your next swim, ride run, remember to Embrace the Pain!
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