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24 minutes | Sep 19, 2015
Week 8 Training Recap [Running for Dad #8]
Wow. Only one week of training left. It has been a slog physically and mentally lately, but I’ve still managed to accomplish amazing things. The Results Week 8 goal: Doing more speed than distance work. Race day is only two weeks away, and I’ve already gone a further distance than needed. Week 8 results: Tuesday, September 8: 1.02 miles, 8:56 minutes total, 8:34 minute first mile Wednesday, September 9: 3.02 miles, 32:43 minutes total, 9:48 minute first mile, 10:04 minute second mile, 12:30 minute third mile Friday, September 11: 6.08 miles, 1:10:44 minutes total, 10:47 minute first mile, 11:25 minute second mile, 11:54 minute third mile, 11:37 minute fourth mile, 12:02 minute fifth mile, 11:49 minute sixth mile Daily Recap Tuesday, I simply wanted to go for speed and not distance. I broke my previous mile record by several seconds. I was very happy about that. Wednesday, I went for speed again. I had previously done two of three miles in under ten minutes each. This time, I wanted to do that for all three miles. I only did the first mile in under ten minutes, but not the second or third ones. Wednesday’s run was a slog. I don’t know why, so that makes it ok 🙂 Friday, I just went for it. I slowed down the pace and just went for it to see how far I could go. I did six miles, and it didn’t hurt too much. Jogging felt like walking. It was an amazing feeling. Dad’s Corner Here’s a funny story that I told at his funeral: I played on my school basketball team in middle school. In seventh grade, I was on the second string team, also known as the B team. We only had a three game season and lost all three games. The last game we got blown out. The score was about a bajillion to two. After the game, Dad took me home and could see how dejected I looked. He wanted so badly to help me. He told me that he would help me become a better basketball player. He told me that he would help me with my dribbling, passing, shooting, etc. This coming from a man who had even less athletic ability than I did and probably never played a game of basketball in his life. I was surprised that he said that, and I had no idea how he would actually keep to that promise. In the end, I never held him to it, and I thought it was sweet that he wanted to help. The post Week 8 Training Recap [Running for Dad #8] appeared first on Andy Stitt.
32 minutes | Sep 9, 2015
Week 7 Training Recap [Running for Dad #7]
Only two more weeks of training left. Can’t believe I’ve made it this far. This week had a bit of a rocky start but ended with a bang. Let’s see how I did: The Results Week 7 goal: 3.5 miles Week 7 results: Monday, August 31: 4.20 miles, 52:46 minutes total, 10:14 minute first mile, 11:32 minute second mile, 12:50 minute third mile, 15:11 minute fourth mile Wednesday, September 2: 3.55 miles, 36:39 minutes total, 9:50 minute first mile, 9:39 minute second mile, 10:51 minute third mile Friday, September 4: 1.01 miles, 8:41 minutes total Saturday, September 5: 5.02 miles, 57:15 minutes total, 10:06 minute first mile, 10:27 minute second mile, 11:04 minute third mile, 12:11 minute fourth mile, 12:58 minute fifth mile Daily Recap Monday’s run was difficult, and I didn’t perform as well as I would’ve liked. I didn’t have to make any excuses; people made all kinds of excuses for me, such as how humidity can sap your energy like nothing else. I wasn’t upset about it; just not happy with the result, but happy that I got out there and finished. Wednesday, I simply wanted to do a 3.5 mile run. Instead, I wound up setting a personal record by completing each of the first two miles in under ten minutes. Friday, I wanted to do a mile in under nine minutes for the first time. I succeeded. Saturday, I was exhausted from a grueling driving day the day before. However, my mind kept telling me that I should go for five miles. I went for it, and I did it. Dad’s Corner I felt the need to talk about this, I guess for the therapeutic value: Life experience has made me mentally stronger, and running has accelerated that process. When I was 18, Dad had quadruple bypass surgery. It was the first major health problem he had that precipitated a series of health problems over the last 17 years of his life before he passed away. It took him about a month and a half to really heal. During that time, he looked skinny, weak, and gray. I couldn’t stand seeing him like that. He was my hero, my idol, the man I called “the strongest man in the world”. It killed me to see him like that, and that’s why I wasn’t nearly as helpful to him as I could’ve been. I just couldn’t handle it. I’m not mad at my 18-year-old self. I just wish I would’ve been more helpful. Fast-forward to my 34-year-old self, and taking care of my father for the last three weeks of his life…..that experience was 100 times harder than watching him heal from bypass surgery. However, I actually rose to the occasion and helped out wherever I could. Ma still tells people that I was a rock during that time and that I did way more than was expected of me. I don’t think I was intentionally trying to make up for not being helpful during his bypass surgery recovery, but I’m glad I succeeded anyway. I just did what I felt I had to do. The post Week 7 Training Recap [Running for Dad #7] appeared first on Andy Stitt.
18 minutes | Aug 31, 2015
Week 6 Training Recap [Running for Dad #6]
Wow. More amazingness this week. Distance records were broken once again. The Results Week 6 goal: 3 miles Week 6 results: Monday, August 24: 3.77 miles, 44:09 minutes total, 10:57 minute first mile, 11:43 minute second mile, 11:58 minute third mile Wednesday, August 26: 3.17 miles, 35.59 minutes total, 10:49 minute first mile, 11:09 minute second mile, 11:57 minute third mile Friday, August 28: 4.07 miles, 44:55 minutes total, 10:23 minute first mile, 11:02 minute second mile, 11:14 minute third mile, 11:22 minute fourth mile Daily Recap Monday I did interval work: eight minutes straight of running with one minute walk breaks. I did a total of 40 minutes of running with four minutes of walking. Since I ran for 35 minutes on Saturday, August 22, I figured I would try for 40 minutes just to make a bit of progress. Wednesday, I didn’t set out to make progress, only to maintain what I have. I decided to simply run the 5K distance and succeeded. On Tuesday, I saw my nutritionist. She is available to me as part of the corporate wellness program at work. I told her I started running, and she told me that I needed to add more carbs to my diet so that I had good fuel levels for running. I started adding more carbs Wednesday and Thursday. During Friday’s run, my legs felt awesome. Usually my legs feel tired or sore or some other version of “not good” for a good portion of the run. This time, my legs felt absolutely great. I only wanted to run 3.25 miles, but once I realized how good my legs felt after mile two, I decided to run another two miles. So, for the first time, I did over four miles without stopping. It felt amazing. Dad’s Corner I just miss him. That’s all. I really miss him. It’s coming up on three months that he’s been gone. Every now and then, I can still hear his voice in my head saying “hi son”. That’s what I hear most clearly. I also hear things like “ya done good” whenever he was happy with something that I did. It’s what I told him after he died, right as they wheeled him out of the room in the body bag. Life is unfair. I’m just glad that I can keep my connection with him alive by improving my health and fitness. It’s a great outlet for my grief. The post Week 6 Training Recap [Running for Dad #6] appeared first on Andy Stitt.
27 minutes | Aug 24, 2015
Week 5 training recap [Running for Dad #5]
Oh man. What an amazing week this turned out to be. All kinds of records busted through and shattered. Not so much speed, but everything else. First…. The Results Week 5 goal: 2.5 miles Week 5 results: Sunday, August 16: 1.01 miles, 10:24 minutes total, 10:16 minute mile Monday, August 17: 3.17 miles, 41:11 minutes total, 12:56 minute first mile, 11:45 minute second mile, 12:54 minute third mile Wednesday, August 19: 4.56 miles, 53.54 minutes total, 11:09 minute first mile, 11:41 minute second mile, 11:09 minute third mile, 12:11 minute fourth mile Saturday, August 22: 3.12 miles, 35:40 minutes total, 10:45 minute first mile, 11:18 minute second mile, 11:55 minute third mile As I mentioned, I’m not setting any speed records, but man, am I finishing! Daily Recap Sunday wasn’t even supposed to be a training day. I just didn’t feel good about not running. So, I busted out a quick mile. Monday, I decided to do some interval training. Five minute walking warmup, five minute walking cool down. Seven minutes of running, one minute of walking, then repeat that sequence three more times. My previous time spent running record was 25 minutes. This time, I wanted to see what happened when I ran for 28 minutes. It was exhausting, but I got through it. Wednesday, I ran with a meet-up group in Philly. It was a planned 4.3 mile loop around the city. I knew I was running with experienced runners, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to just get out there with other people and see what happened. I got smoked by everybody. I came in dead last. I expected that, and thankfully I was competing with myself and not with them. I had to stop several times because of busy intersections. I also had to stop because I suddenly felt tightness in my left calf within the first mile (don’t forget to stretch, people!). So, out of the 4.56 miles I completed, I probably ran for about 4.3 or 4.4 of them. Though it wasn’t continuous and had plenty of stops, I had never run that far before. I finally stopped running and started walking once I felt tingling in my hands. I figured that I had nothing left to prove and no reason to have more tingling and lose more feeling in my hands and elsewhere. Boxing on Friday evening was fine as always. My trainer taught me a new core workout: going from plank position to push-up position. OMG, that is hard! Saturday, I made it a beach day and drove out to Long Beach Island on the Jersey shore. All I wanted to do was run a 5K distance without stopping. And I did. Dad’s Corner At my bar mitzvah in September 1993, I remember being so proud of myself for learning how to read all of those passages in Hebrew. Reading from the Torah, making the Friday night blessing over the wine (I had grape juice), and everything else I learned. I remember sitting near the pulpit with my parents. I don’t remember too many details from that day, but Dad made a rare speech about me and the whole bar mitzvah experience. I remember him saying that his main goal was teaching me the difference between right and wrong and that he succeeded. He didn’t mention anything about reading all that Hebrew or reaching a Jewish milestone or anything like that. Only that I succeeded in learning the difference between right and wrong. I mean…..what else is there??? The post Week 5 training recap [Running for Dad #5] appeared first on Andy Stitt.
18 minutes | Aug 16, 2015
Week 4 training recap [Running for Dad #4]
I really wanted to hit the two mile mark on Friday of week 3. I failed. I REALLY REALLY wanted to hit the two mile mark on Monday of this week. Did I? Well….. Week 4 goal: 2 miles Week 4 results: Monday, August 10: 2.03 miles, 20:36 minutes total, 9:42 minute first mile, 10:25 minute second mile Wednesday, August 12: 2.21 miles, 23:56 minutes total, 10:35 minute first mile, 10:54 minute second mile Friday, August 14: 2.52 miles, 25:46 minutes total, 9:23 minute first mile, 10:32 minute second mile My boxing training this week didn’t leave me completely sore all over. It was much more intense than the first week, but I was better prepared for it. I was worried that my morning exercises would leave me tired and affect my distance. I decided to test this worry and do my morning exercises before running. It actually gave me energy to go 2.21 miles on Wednesday and then 2.52 on Friday. So, I worried for nothing. If you’re interested in getting an energy boost in the morning, check out the Five Tibetan Rites. Interesting thing to note: Dad would be laughing at me if he knew that I was doing this. Not because he’s mean-spirited, but because he’s an engineer and is only concerned with efficiency. He never saw the point in people running, walking, or otherwise doing physical activity for charity. He found it highly inefficient and thought that people should just write a check. He’s an engineer who was never a big fan of physical activity. At least until he started walking more after his bypass surgery. Therefore, it’s funny that this is called “Running for Dad” since he would laugh at me if he were still alive. Though I wouldn’t do this for him if he were still alive, so I guess it’s a moot point. 🙂 Please excuse some of the audio quality in this episode. No more than a few minutes in the middle of it is somewhat subpar. My earbuds mic malfunctioned after I sweated all over it, so I did what I could to make it sound ok and at least intelligible. The post Week 4 training recap [Running for Dad #4] appeared first on Andy Stitt.
17 minutes | Aug 15, 2015
Week 3 training recap [Running for Dad #3]
This podcast is now more than just a dry recap of my training for the week. It is now a real audio journal. I have been recording myself right before I run and then right after I run each day. I tell you what my thoughts and feelings are during each segment, and of course, my goals and what the results were. And I bought new shoes. And they feel amazing and were incredibly helpful in alleviating ankle and shin pain. I started boxing training on Thursday night, and it left me completely sore and exhausted for my Friday morning run. It showed in the results. Week 3 goal: 1.5 miles Week 3 results: Monday, August 3: 1.5 miles, 15:30 minutes total, 10:11 minute mile Wednesday, August 5: 1.62 miles, 16:13 minutes total, 9:52 minute mile Friday, August 7: 1.26 miles, 12:47 minutes total, 9:59 minute mile Dad once told me a story of when I was an infant. Ma left her job to stay home with me. Becoming a single-income household was tough. Their credit cards were maxed out, and they had $200 to their name. I can still hear Dad saying: “we went out and bought $200 worth of baby food. We can starve, but the baby cannot.” This is the kind of man I am honoring, and I am proud to do so. Ma deserves to be honored for that too. The post Week 3 training recap [Running for Dad #3] appeared first on Andy Stitt.
9 minutes | Aug 14, 2015
Week 2 training recap [Running for Dad #2]
Week 2 was tough. I managed to get over a mile each day of the week, but my legs were always left aching. I think I need new shoes since I’m currently using crappy ones with lots of miles on them. Week 1 goal: 1 mile Week 2 results: Monday, July 27: 1.06 miles, 12:05 minutes total, 11:01 minute mile Wednesday, July 29: 1.42 miles, 16:18 minutes total, 11:18 minute mile Friday, July 31: 1.04 miles, 11:05 minutes total, 10:26 minute mile I’m excited to start boxing training next week. This 5K mud run does come with bootcamp-style obstacles, so I want to do some cross-training to make sure that my full body is being worked out. Dad’s leadership style: he always asked his people who worked in the warehouse when he wanted to know more about their processes: “what are we doing here?” Not “what are you doing here?”, but “what are we doing here?”. He wanted them to know that he was on the same team that they were. The only answer that was unacceptable to him was “oh, we do that because that’s how we’ve always done things.” The post Week 2 training recap [Running for Dad #2] appeared first on Andy Stitt.
15 minutes | Aug 13, 2015
Week 1 training recap [Running for Dad #1]
This episode of Running for Dad gives the back story of my 2015, which has included: My wife leaving me and us agreeing to file for divorce My dear friend of almost 20 years dying due to complications from childbirth My father falling ill with leukemia and dying on June 2 after three weeks of doing hospice at home I’m grateful that I was able to be by his side during those three weeks. I had been wanting to take my exercising to the next level since I was getting bored of walking. My friend Kendra pointed me towards a 5K mud run in Middletown, Delaware. This mud run is a fundraiser for leukemia. That’s what gave Dad his death sentence. How perfect is that? So, I started training for it. Week 1 goal: 0.5 miles Week 1 results: Monday, July 20: 0.52 miles, 11:40 minutes Wednesday, July 22: 0.66 miles, 11:06 minutes Friday, July 24: 1.06 miles, 12:07 minutes total, 11:04 minute mile Not bad for my first week. Dad’s favorite quote and best piece of advice: “do whatever makes you happy as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else or yourself.” The post Week 1 training recap [Running for Dad #1] appeared first on Andy Stitt.
12 minutes | Mar 26, 2015
Tell better stories [Build Your Platform #9]
When you talk about who you are and what you do, what story do you tell? I started my entrepreneurial project with a good story: building software using agile product management principles makes for a better customer experience and more profitable company. Once I didn’t think I had anything more to give to that space, I went to the next story: entrepreneurs should use online marketing because….online marketing. See the difference between those two stories? Listen to how I’ve started telling a better story and how you can too. The post Tell better stories [Build Your Platform #9] appeared first on Andy Stitt.
18 minutes | Mar 13, 2015
Adam Clark on finding your voice [Build Your Platform #8]
Adam Clark, host of the Gently Mad podcast, is one of my favorite podcasters currently on the scene. He’s a supporter of this show, and he sent me an audio response to a previous episode I did about finding your voice. Tune in to find out what he had to say about his own struggles with finding his voice and how he ultimately found an audience by being his authentic self. Resources Check out the Gently Mad podcast Adam just launched a new course called Irresistible Podcasting An awesome podcast that we both referenced: Entrepreneur on Fire The iPad app I’m now using to do recording and live mixing for my podcast: bossjock studio The post Adam Clark on finding your voice [Build Your Platform #8] appeared first on Andy Stitt.
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