Archive for the ‘Athletic Events’ Category

I wanted to send you all a quick post to say Happy New Year! I’m spending today bringing you brand new content for the week leading up to my half marathon at Disney on January 7th, 2012. Two weeks later I’m running Warrior Dash on January 21, 2012. While the month will be busy, I will not fail to bring you decent weekly content.

I wanted to start by telling you that I’m raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through my run with Warrior Dash. That gives me 20 days to raise support from all of you. If you have it in your heart to give, please do so before January 21, 2012. Even $1.00 will help get me closer to the goal of $250.00. To donate money, you can visit my St. Jude Donation Page by clicking this image then clicking on the DONATE NOW button!

Thank you in advance! Stop in tomorrow for new posts! Talk to you later!

This past Sunday I went on a 5-mike walk with James. We had originally planned to take a 40-mile bike ride but it’s been raining quite a bit in Orlando lately so we decided to keep our feet planted on the ground.

James and I walked around Crane’s Roost lake. I was decked out in full gear with a drybag for my iPhone and a Camel Bak filled with water. If I’d only known that we would have NO shortage of water that day…

We got about a 1/4 mile and it started to pour.

I’m not talking about some light drizzle. We were completely soaked in a matter of moments but we continued to press on with a smile.

In an effort to start preparing for the Walt Disney 1/2 Marathon, we started adding some jogging intervals. I haven’t jogged since dropping below 300 pounds and noticed the difference right away. My legs are stronger from all the biking and squats. Since my weight is lighter, I felt like I had a better bounce and speed. Maintaining the speed for more than 13 miles will be the real issue.

Going back to our walk/jog. About half way in and I looked down to see that my legs were covered in soap suds. It was all over my shorts and legs. I guess my washing machine could use a tune-up for the rinse cycle.

It was a fun day in the end. We managed over 5.2 miles and I know where I need work before January.

I wound up very tired and sore but still laughing from all the soap suds still coming out of my shorts.

Stay with me for the next few months and let’s see if I can complete this half marathon without getting picked up by the sag wagon!

Yesterday: All My Troubles Seemed So Far Away

I went out twice on the new paddle boards with my dad. Once in the morning and once at night. We went over 1.5 miles each time. It was so nice, especially at sunset. The only thing that was a challenge was the slippery launch ramp. We also met a fair amount of wind resistance on the way back to the dock from the sunset run.

Today: The Minutes Seem Like Hours…

I woke up with soreness in my biceps and legs that won’t quit. My abs are all tight and I know we got an intense core workout yesterday. Three miles of stand up paddling over water. It’s a really fun workout.

Due to the muscle soreness, I’m spending the day taking it easy. I’m writing two posts for the blog today and then I’ve got to finish writing the script for a wedding ceremony I’m performing in September for friends and family. I enjoyed a nice breakfast with my father too. I made each of us a three egg omelet stuffed with zucchini, mushrooms, peppers and onions. No cheese, no meat. It was surprisingly light on the stomach but pleasantly filling. The day just seems to be going by very slowly. I’ll be enjoying a primal smoothie for lunch and then…

Tonight: Tonight, Won’t Be Just Any Night

At 7:00 p.m. tonight I’ll be jogging away from the Jewish Community Center in Maitland, around Lake Sybelia and back to the Jewish Community Center for the 28th Annual Beat the Heat 5k. I’ll be joined by my friend Matt. Also jogging in this event are Alyson and Travis and, new friend, Nava (we met at The Do Life 5k). I’m really looking forward to my third 5k run and hoping to finish in about 45 minutes or less. We shall see! If you’re in the area, come cheer me on at the start/finish line.

Another Day: No Day But Today

I’ll be posting again tonight with pictures and details about the 5k. Stay Tuned.

Talk to you later!

I’m Registered

I added a new event to my fitness goals! As of this morning, I’m registered for the 28th Annual Jewish Community Center Beat the Heat 5k. It’s at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday July, 21st. It starts at the Jewish Community Center in Maitland, goes around Lake Sybelia and ends back at the Jewish Community Center. If you can come out and support, It would be great to see familiar faces!

Talk to you later!

I’m Blessed!

In late June, I asked friends and family if anyone would be willing to donate to help me cover the registration fees for the Walt Disney World 1/2-Marathon in 2012. It was already 50% full and I didn’t want to miss my chance. A PayPal account was set up on June 25th and I received full support from friends, family and fans in just 16 days!


I waited two days on the edge of my seat for the funds to transfer from PayPal to my private bank account so I could register for the event. I woke up this morning to find the funds moved over this morning and immediately went to the ESPN/WDW website to register. I experienced a huge mix of emotions…everything but sadness and anger. I was really happy as I filled out my registration. The thought of crossing that finish line made me very excited! Then the fear came. I’ve finished two 5k runs. That’s just over three miles and the 1/2-marathon will be over 13. I know I can handle three and now I’ve got to be able to prepare for 10 more. The fear of failure will definitely help motivate me through the training.

One More 5k

I’m signed up for Track Shack’s 20th Annual Celebration of Running 5k on 8/13/2011. After that, my focus will be completely on the Disney 1/2-Marathon. My first day of marathon training is July 30, 2011. That training will continue for six months at a minimum of three days per week. I think I’d like to do four to six days of training per week.

Thanks For Your Support

Thanks to all of those who made this possible. I understand that many are in the same financial boat as I am and unable to contribute toward my goals. I’m still thankful that you believe in my mission and support me by sharing my story.

To those that made this possible by financial contribution: Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Divorce, job loss and continued unemployment have made this a difficult season in my life but it’s the season in my life that I’ve changed most for the better. I’ve never had another time in my life with so much difficulty that yielded positive results. This is that time for me and I’m very grateful for all of it.

Stay Tuned

I am going to document as much of my training, feelings, goals and frustrations over the next six months. Stay with me for the story.

Talk to you later!

My Ultimate Goal

I think a lot of you follow me on Facebook and know my situation. On January 29th I finished Warrior Dash. I believe it was just a few days later that James asked “Hey Pal, think you can do the Disney 1/2 Marathon in 2012?” and I told him I believed I could after a substantial weight loss and adequate training. Six months have passed. I’ve lost 89 pounds. There are six more months until the 1/2 Marathon and I have every intention of losing much more before it rolls around. I want to do this more than anything! It’s kind of my big end of the year goal for 2011. I start 2012 with a fitness leap into a 13.1 mile race. I’m not looking to win or finish in a certain amount of time. I’m just looking to finish. The weight loss is still happening and I’ve been exercising non-stop. I’ve found a few 12-week training programs that I’d start prior to the event.

A quick story

I’ve been a vocalist for a few local entertainment companies. One cold January morning, a bunch of us were asked to provide support in the form of standing out in the freezing cold and cheering on the runners during the Disney Marathon weekend. I remember standing there freezing, clapping, shouting, shaking noisemakers and running back and forth to the bus to get warm. Here, in front of me, were so many athletes braving the cold to cross that finish line so they could say “I did it”. Meanwhile, I’m standing there saying “I’ll NEVER do something like that”. That was in 2006. Look at me now! I’m saying “okay…I know I said ‘never’ but I think I really WANT to do that!!!”. It’s funny how a fat, lazy slob of a guy can go from sitting on the couch to turning it around one day and getting outside to get as far from that couch as possible in an effort to take back the years of my life that I lost to obesity. I’m really embracing and loving the change!

What I need

Unemployment is making this difficult. I have been applying for jobs…sometimes I send out 15 to 30 applications each week to possible employers. Until one of them chooses me, I need help to raise support for my fitness events. I need help from you.

How to provide support

At the time of this post, the 1/2 Marathon is already 50% full. I’ve set up a PayPal account for incoming donations. If you believe in me and would like to support me for the Disney 1/2 Marathon or any of my fitness achievements, please donate. I’ve got other events coming up for 2011/2012 and every bit helps. All you need to do is click the button below and give whatever you’re comfortably able to. It’s a secure transaction and you can set the donation to the amount of your choice. Even the smallest amount is greatly appreciated!

Weekly Weigh-In

I’m down to 298. Not much but I’m perfectly okay with that and, with the amount of biking and jogging I’ve got lined up, I expect to see some results next week.

Next Week: Front Running Sports

Stop back next week to read my review of Central Florida’s Specialty Run, Walk and Triathlon Store.

Talk to you later!

Don’t forget to check out my fellow Primal blogger and friend, Primal Toad! Each Friday he features a blog carnival where you can add links to your blog in exchange for linking back to his. It’s a great way to find other Primal/Paleo bloggers out there! Toad also makes some incredible smoothies!

Another Three Miles, Another Milestone

This July 4th weekend saw me finish another 5k event. Take a look at my banner up there and you’ll see another check mark added to the events I’ve planned to complete. That Disney 1/2 Marathon is still six months away so I’m taking suggestions on more events to work toward before January 2012.

The 20th Annual Watermelon 5k

Just one day after my first 5k with Ben Davis from, I signed up for another 5k. I had six days to get ready and I was feeling pretty good. I thought I’d figured out how to complete the 5k in 40-45 minutes this time. Then…then I got lined up to start and my plan changed dramatically.

Yeah…so you’re looking at a picture of the starting line from where I stood. You can’t see it. I couldn’t see it either but it’s up there. The highest numbered race bib I saw was 3549. By the time I made it over to the starting area, I was crammed in with the walkers. I wanted to get into the 10+ minute mile group but we were packed in and there was no moving up. I thought I might make my way through the walkers at the start and get to jogging.

So the run starts and it takes more than three minutes just to get from the point of this picture to the actual starting line. I was wrong about making my way through the walkers to start jogging for several reasons:

  1. When you’ve got more than 3500 people around you, it takes about 1.5 miles of walking for the crowd to thin out unless you’re one of the front runners.
  2. Many of the walkers were walking as fast or faster than I can jog.

Not As Fast As I’d Hoped

I finally got to a point where I could jog but I was already sore and tired from walking fast enough to be able to get around the “walkers”. At this point, I may as well have given in to being a walker. I devised a plan. I hydrated well before the event so as I approached the first water station, I took off to the left and started to jog. While others moved right to grab water, I took off past them. I did not get water, I did not pass GO, I did not collect $200. I jogged off and continued to jog for about 1.25 miles (same as the Do Life 5k). That’s about as far as I could go and I had to go back to walking. It’s okay. I was at the second water station when I stopped and I did grab some water this time. After passing the second mile I was about 45 minutes in to the event. I finished up the third mile and approached the gate to enter back into Mead Garden for my final approach to the finish line.

Making My Attack Run

As I got close to the gate, I realized my RunKeeper app said I was at 55 minutes and I wanted to finish this thing in under an hour. I took off at the fastest walking pace I could muster up and got through the park entrance. Right around this time, my friend Alyson came walking up beside me and said “I wanted to meet you here and finish with you so I could say I did a 5k with Pat”. To me, it was the equivalent of Han pulling the Falcon up behind Luke’s X-Wing and shouting “You’re all clear, kid, now let’s blow this thing and go home!”.

So I finished. According to the event clock in this picture, I did it in 1:02:43. Keep in mind that it took over three minutes for me to get from my start point to the actual starting line. I started RunKeeper just as I passed the start line so I could have an accurate finish time at the end. According to RunKeeper, I finished this 5k in 59 minutes and 56 seconds. 4 seconds short of an hour. I still did it under an hour. Not by much but within the time range I wanted. Here are some finish line pictures of me and Alyson crossing over. The last one is me reaching out to take my daughter’s hand since she waited patiently for an hour to see her daddy finish.





What’s Next

If you’ll take another look at the banner up top, you’ll notice a new log. As I complete the writing of this post, I have just signed up for the Track Shack Celebration of Running 5k presented by Florida Hospital. I’m ready to do it again! It takes place on Saturday, August 13th at 7:30 a.m. Who wants to join me?

Talk to you later!