Confession time

I have to apologize. I was away on business in Atlanta all last week and had grand intentions in writing a post, but time flew. I also had grand intentions of running every day, but time flew. My excuse reason behind not running was that almost every time I went to the hotel gym the treadmill was busy. I ran the first day there on a treadmill that originally came with the hotel back in the 1930s left a lot to be desired. I did run stairs on Wednesday. My ambitions were really too high. The hotel had 9 floors and I figured 5 sets, ya no. I hit a wall at three sets and had to hold my legs to walk down to my floor. Thankfully I was on the 5th floor. Plus the rain and tornado warnings didnt help my outlook on running outside. You take your life in your hands driving int Atl let alone running the streets around my hotel.

One thing I did do was read a bunch of blogs (Mommy Run Fast, The Happy Runner,Racing Alzheimers,Shut up and Run,& Marathon Mom) on my free time about running. That boosted my drive to get out and run. Here were these folks running in snow and freezing cold to gain mileage. I could do this. I could run a 5K sooner that my first scheduled race. Why not? I run 5Ks for my daily runs. So I signed up for a Virtual 5K.

Yesterday, I ran my first “official” 5K of the year. It’s the #TackletheMiles virtual 5K. I wrote about Virtual races a couple weeks ago and decided I needed to get one race out of the way to help with the jitters my goal not seeming to overwhelming. I ran/walked a 5K loop around my neighborhood that I trained on a couple years ago. Running outside is COMPLETELY different than pounding out 3 miles on a treadmill. The cold, pavement, lure of the couch, no TV to watch are all factors to consider when running outside.

Tackle The Miles 5KTackle The Miles

But, after I checked this race off the list I felt better about getting 13 of these done in the next 11 months. By the time February is over I’ll have 3 5Ks completed and that much closer to my goal. My next race is this Sunday, I’ll be running the Run for the Roses in Raleigh,NC. Come join me. The proceeds go to a great cause: Canines for Service Canines for Service is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities to achieve greater independence and enhanced quality of life and to improving people’s lives through the services of specially trained dogs.

See you on the Road.


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About rifflewader

I'm running 13 5Ks in 2013 to raise money and awareness of Alzheimer's.
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11 Responses to Confession time

  1. Danielle says:

    Hurrah!!! First one down!!! I’m proud of you!!! And, we’re glad you’re back from Atlanta! I think a virtual race is the perfect way to break into the whole year of 5K’s. Smart! Keep it up!!!!

  2. Kelly Metz says:

    Mike, you are so inspiring! You are honoring your mother and the gazillions of others who are affected by this terrible disease! And I am honored to call you and Dani my friends! I am excited for your journey!

    • rifflewader says:

      Thanks Kelly! This disease doesnt discriminate.You also know first hand what this disease does, not only to the patient but the family as well. You and your story has helped me more than youll know.It is a privilege to call you my friend. Some day soon I hope we can get the families together.

    • Danielle says:

      Kel, you are so sweet! Thank you for your encouragement!

  3. Mandie Wolfe says:

    Great job!!! See ya Sunday at Run for the Roses!!!!

  4. Sharon Ours says:

    Mike we are so proud of you. Keep up the good work and you will make it in no time. You are a great person and you have a great family that you can be proud of. Love all of you.
    Sharon 304 472 4094

  5. Kasey Barr says:

    Love your blogs. I’m impressed with your three sets of stair climbs! Congrats on running your first virtual race!!! Go Mike!!!

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