Spartan Sprint

Went to Concord NC and ran in the Spartan Sprint with some buddies. It was a most epic day. 

The race was supposed to be a 5k but ended up being 5 miles… big difference from 3.5 miles to 5! But we made it and while I was disappointed in certain aspects of my abilities I was most proud to find myself getting stronger as the race wore on. I felt as if I was building power instead of losing it.

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SGT John P. Phillips

Today is March 7th. John P. Phillips my friend (we all called him John Paul) was injured gravely in Iraq 8 years ago today. He later died from those wounds on August 16h, just 5 months later. He was an honorable man, a good friend and a US Marine.

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New @convergese ad in the latest Net Magazine issue. Hope this helps spread the word! (at SOCO - The Columbia Cowork)

New @convergese ad in the latest Net Magazine issue. Hope this helps spread the word! (at SOCO - The Columbia Cowork)

12K Trail Run “Achievement Unlocked”

Today was the Half-Moon Outfitters “Make My Day” 12K race that i’ve been training for the past couple of months. It wound up being a beautiful day weather wise considering it snowed just two days ago. The trail on the other hand…

The trails were very muddy and in many places still pretty snowy. I thought it was tough to run on the beach but buddy let me tell you running in the mud is damn near impossible. People were slipping and busting the whole way at one point I helped a lady who fell flat on her face. 

Things started off pretty well, I felt good about my pace and had practiced keeping it going for the last 2-3 long runs on the same trails in previous practice. I quickly realized that I was wasting too much energy trying to avoid the slop, run/jumping takes it out of you. The trick is to just buck up and tread through the mud and snow when it’s in front of you. It’s miserable to run with cold wet feet but you can keep your cadence better.

I finished the race, which wound up being 7.93 miles, in about 1:40. That’s slower than I wanted but travel on the course slowed down because of conditions in a big way, there were times when we were literally wading through water.

This was probably one of the toughest physical challenges i’ve taken on. I ran my race and didn’t quit so I’m proud to have finished it. One of the things that kept me going near the end was thinking of Sensei saying “Don’t quit” and “Very nice” in my head, it sort of became my personal mantra.

I’d put down a 12k trail race as one of my goals to accomplish for 2014 and i’m happy to check it off my list. Next up: the Spartan Race in March.

Subject or Object?

I was having one of “those days”, you know the type, a day where things are weird and not going exactly as you thought they would. On this particular day there were forces out of my control that put pressure on me. I had multiple people causing me stress for things that in the end really weren’t a big deal but at the time really felt invasive to my mental state. As i’m writing this now and thinking back to some of the details, I can’t even remember exactly why I was feeling so much stress at the time. No one was personally attacking me and I wasn’t even the focus of the day’s events.

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Do you get to meet your heroes?

Do you get to meet your heroes? I do. I not only get to meet them, I spend as much time as they are willing to give me doing things with them. I talk with them, work with them, practice with them, go get them coffee - whatever it takes.

I don’t think i’m special though.

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1/2 Tomato based + 1/2 Mustard based = Heaven

1/2 Tomato based + 1/2 Mustard based = Heaven

Good Saturday morning. Dinner will be better!

Good Saturday morning. Dinner will be better!

Today’s Low Country WOD…

Today’s Low Country WOD…

This workout is about to get real…

This workout is about to get real…

Watching @carlsmith freestyling it at @aigasc tonight.  (at Blue Ion)

Watching @carlsmith freestyling it at @aigasc tonight. (at Blue Ion)

Something kinda badass that we’ve been cooking up for a while @unmatchedstyle (at SOCO - The Columbia Cowork)

Something kinda badass that we’ve been cooking up for a while @unmatchedstyle (at SOCO - The Columbia Cowork)

#coworking in full force @socowork today. Come out and join us. (at SOCO - The Columbia Cowork)

#coworking in full force @socowork today. Come out and join us. (at SOCO - The Columbia Cowork)

Do not forget that Karate-do begins and ends with Rei

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I was recently talking to a friend of mine over lunch about how we each approached life. Specifically how we approach business and how that effects our lives. Often when I find myself confronted by a tough situation I try really hard to take a step back and see things from the other person’s perspective and try to empathize with them as much as I can. Perspective and empathy are huge elements in a relationship of any level. I’ve come to understand that I expect to find it in relationships in the business world I spend a lot of time in and in personal non-business relationships. It’s kind of what defines some of my closest relationships with people and drives me to want to get to know them more. I also enjoy being generous and helpful when I can, but like most people I don’t want to open myself up for a let down. I feel like I’ve only been able to think through this about myself recently, like in the past 10 months or so, which directly corresponds with me starting to study Karate under my Sensei. There are many lessons the Martial Arts teaches, but I’ve found that translating the literal physical stuff into the emotional is where the best parts of it lie.

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Take that all other dads. #remindsmeofaseinfeldepisode

Take that all other dads. #remindsmeofaseinfeldepisode

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