Happy Sunday guys!!! Today i am featuring a run-aholic and a fashionista all in one.
Tell me about yourself
I’m an enigmatic figure who is filled with so many idiosyncrasies. I am very competitive. Make it a competition and I will win; not because I’m cocky but because I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
How did you get into running?
I went into a depressed malaise and became very reclusive; I needed something exciting that will get me out of my comfort zone. So I signed up for the 5k Team at work. I’m glad I didn’t know beforehand how hard it was going to be because if I did, I wouldn’t have done it. However, I made a promise to myself that whatever it is that I face while running, I will never ever quit a race.
What races have you done? What was your experience?
I’ve done about 7 official 5k races since May 2013; I ran few more on my own. Every single one of them was different than the other but they were all memorable to me because of the work that was actually put into it. My best memory was seeing a 94 year old man finish a race.
How did you train for them?
I just went out and started running. I started by running 1 ½ miles every two days just so I can get a feel for it. My goal was to never stop during a race; I didn’t want to walk even for one second. So, I pushed myself really hard.
What are your future plans?
I want to do a 10k before it gets too cold. I also want to run a half marathon, but my ultimate goal is to run in the New York marathon and beat Oprah’s time. I believe that beating Oprah’s time will get me on the Oprah show, and at the end of the interview I will have Dr. Phil give me a hug and tell me how much I inspired him.
How often do you Work out?
I try to run at least 3 times a week which totals of about 6-10 miles. That’s on a good week!
What is your Routine like?
I usually don’t do much other than running. I play a little bit of soccer on the weekend, but lately I’ve added weight lifting to my routine. I do low weights and high reps which helps me tone my body and gives me endurance. I like to look good in a suit.
What nutrition advice do you have for people starting their fitness journey?
My answer is more like this:
Ice cream = once a month; Burger = once a month; Rice = Twice a week; Chicken, steak, or Fish= Everyday
Yeah I won’t sit here and tell you all that scientific stuff about calories and carbs and all. You just have to control yourself. I love French fries but I know I can’t eat it every day. Whatever it is that you love to eat, you just have to control yourself and not stuff your face with grease all the time. Sorry but that’s my philosophy on diet. I’m sure you will be able to teach a little bit about that!
How do you set fitness goals and how do you measure success?
To me, when it comes to running, I feel like I really run against myself. I try to beat my time every time I’m out there running either a 5k or 1 mile. That’s what keeps me going. Success to me is crossing the finish line. I do not take anything for granted; I know that it’s a blessing to have two legs and to be running, so I just really enjoy myself every time I’m out there running. I thank God each time when I’m done with a race.
My Advice to anybody trying to get into running.
Find yourself a good pair of running shoes and just get out there, even if you run or walk 1 mile a week, get out there and push yourself. It may not be easy at first, but it’s one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself. It’s a great way to clear your mind and look good too! Also having a running partner helps a whole lot. I’m part of this gang called the Fun Committee. We do all kind of fun activities; it doesn’t necessarily involve running a whole lot, but we do fun stuff like hiking and such. You really just have to get out and get active.