arise
function: intransitive verb
inflected forms: arose; arisen; arising;
to come into being; originate



"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start."
-John Bingham

I’m a dad…

Filed Under (General Fitness) by Matt on 08-05-2012

So my amazing wife and I were blessed with our son a little over a month ago.  Words cannot describe how happy we are to have him in our lives.  I would be lying if I said I haven’t already imagined him growing up a bit into a little man that runs with his father.  In fact, my wife, who within a couple of weeks looked like she never had a kid (and has received plenty of “joking” comments of “I hate you” from women she knows), has gotten more into running since our son was born.  Maybe we will become a running family…

First, though, I have to get back into running again.  Over the course of my wife’s pregnancy, I got lazy and put on about 20 lbs.  After seeing her lose every single lb she put on within 2-3 weeks after giving birth, I have managed to drop 8 lbs by running a little and trying to watch what I eat.  If I can keep it up, add in at least one more run a week along with hitting the gym at least three times a week, I should have no problem reaching my goal weight. I guess I will give it a month and see how it goes before I pat myself on the back.  Wish me luck!

Signed up for the Polar Bear 5K on January 22

Filed Under (Races, Road Running) by Matt on 07-12-2010

After a long hiatus from running any races, I’ve decided to register for the Polar Bear 5K to be held on January 22, 2011 in Marietta, GA.  I’ve been forced indoors by my schedule and the cold weather, so I needed some new motivation to keep pushing myself with my running.  Now that I’ve spent money, hopefully I’ll stick to my training plan.  We’ll see if $20 is enough to keep me from blowing it off…

Inaugural 13.1 Boston – June 27, 2010

Filed Under (CCFA Team Challenge Boston, Races) by Matt on 01-07-2010

Well, it all led up to this.  16 weeks of training, sometimes religiously, sometimes slacking.  This was THE day I, along with the rest of the CCFA Team Challenge Team Georgia, had been training for.

The weather was amazing.  The scenery was amazing.  The course was safe, smoothly paved.  The only problem was that it was NOT Boston.  It was in Canton, MA.  Close, but no cigar.

The course was quite challenging with tall and long, drawn out hills; and although they ran out of water (mostly just the cups) along the way, I was prepared with my own water bottle and had trained frequently on hills.

That’s my mini review.  All in all, a GREAT weekend.  Everyone I encountered on the course was friendly and Team Challenge camaraderie was out in full force.

Now, to the facts.

Goal: 2 hr 30 min
Distance: 13.1 mi (claimed), 13.3 mi (actual)
Chip Time: 2 hr 17 min 4 sec (PR!)
Avg Page: 10:18/mi

Training Log: June 24 2010

Filed Under (Training Log) by Matt on 24-06-2010

3 days until race…last day of training!

2.07 mi run (10:06/mi avg pace)

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Training Log: June 23 2010

Filed Under (Training Log) by Matt on 23-06-2010

4 days until race…

20 minutes of weight training

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Training Log: June 22 2010

Filed Under (Training Log) by Matt on 23-06-2010

5 days until race…

1 hr of mowing/yard work

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Training Log: June 20 2010

Filed Under (Training Log) by Matt on 23-06-2010

7 days until race…

7.59 mi ride (15 mph avg speed)

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Training Log: June 19 2010

Filed Under (Training Log) by Matt on 19-06-2010

8 days until race…

6.95 mi run (13:18/mi avg pace)

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Training Log: June 18 2010

Filed Under (Cycling, Training Log) by Matt on 19-06-2010

9 days until race…

Quick 10 minutes of weight training.

I’m looking into buying a road bicycle, so I took one for a spin today.  I really enjoyed it and think I’ll be purchasing it on Monday.

7.46 mi ride (13.43 mph avg speed)

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Training Log: June 15 2010

Filed Under (Training Log) by Matt on 15-06-2010

12 days until race…

3.61 mi run (11:10/mi avg pace)

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