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New Territory

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 19, 2015 by Hikernik

Running on untrodden soil makes the path rocky and rough, far tougher than any trail previously trodden.  A new kind of challenge set before us, with more to carry uphill.  For on this trail, it is no longer just one.  Together, we start at the bottom, working our way up.   Our path will provide new views, new problems, and new joys.  Our climb a struggle to test our abilities, patience and most importantly our dedication.  Dedication to lengthen our stride, to quicken our pace, to trod upward, and go the distance.  Our success is built upon this dedication.  The dedication to always moving forward and to never losing ground.  We have much to prove and unlimited potential, our path leading us to what we will become!  And so we stride with knowledge that we will never run alone.  As we stay on the narrow path with faith and vigour, we stride together.  We are in it for the long haul, progressing to the top, to our destination, helping each other along the way.  No matter the difficulties, on we will go.  For, the hardest and longest trails make for the most rewarding with the best views.  And I couldn’t see myself running with anyone else.

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Excuse the Dead

Posted in Races, Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 21, 2014 by Hikernik

I’ve been sick for a month.  It’s awful.  I can’t breath, I’m congested, and I have a hacking cough that will not go away.  I haven’t felt like doing anything, especially running.  Yet, I signed up for a little Halloween 5k  more than a month ago.  The Night of the Running Dead! I ran this a few years ago as a human and won a hundred bucks.  This year I planned to win as a zombie.  But being sick, I had to make a decision whether I wanted to run or not.  Since I paid for it, I didn’t intend to waste my money.  But because I was sick I decided not to train for it at all.  After all it’s just a 5k right?  I had an excuse, I didn’t feel well…  And the dead, they don’t run fast.

In PE I have many students who make up excuses about why they can’t run.  They’re sick, they stubbed their toe, their finger hurts… Seriously.  They decide not to try.  After all it’s just PE Right?  PE isn’t seen as such a huge deal these days, but those excuses from students are not only exaggerated, but also hold them back from so many opportunities.  They miss out on accomplishment.  On improvement, hard work, and success. Not to mention a good grade.  But most of all, they miss out on performing to their potential.

I didn’t train for my race and in consequence I didn’t perform well.  I was disappointed in myself.  Yes, It was a for fun Zombie race, not a huge deal.  And, I felt I did relatively well considering my illness, but that is just a cop out, an excuse.   “I did pretty well considering I didn’t train at all!”  What does that even mean?  What? You would have done better had training taken place?  Well no kidding!  Anyone can say that.  But now all you have is the feeling of falling short, of not going where you could have, had you tried.  Excuses keep you from seeing results, they keep you from trying and that’s no way to run. That’s no way to live!  And if you are excusing yourself from living at your full potential, you aren’t living.  And the dead, they don’t go anywhere.


Fun Run! Although I wish I would have trained. I can’t just run for fun… I don’t know why, I just can’t. I wanna wiiiiin!


Posted in Races with tags , , on January 19, 2013 by Hikernik

According to Webster’s Dictionary, to Endure means to remain firm under suffering or misfortune without yielding.  You must develop that quality if you want to become a successful distance runner.  But endurance does not just pertain to running.  You must have endurance through out life.   This gift isn’t something you are just born with.  One thing I’ve learned from running is that Endurance is built gradually, you’ve just got to keep running.

Most people can’t just wake up one day and decide to run a marathon.  At least I don’t know of any.  It takes months of training, especially if you want to do well.  To take on a long distance race, you need rigorous training.  Sometimes you’ve got to suffer in order to get better.  If it’s easy, there is no improvement.  But after a few weeks of difficult training, the next few weeks become easier and easier.  And when that happens, you know you are improving.  But the suffering never ends.  If you continue running, you will continue to face challenges; hills, injuries, set backs, etc.  But you’ll continue to improve as long as you remain firm.

Life is the longest distance race we’ll ever have to endure.  It takes years and years to find success and before that happens we have to go through many trials, misfortunes, and failures.  But moments of clarity come at certain points in the race and you remember what you are running for.  Thats why its important you run for something worth while.  We may start down one path only to turn around and start another.  We may choose paths that lead to dead ends, but we must keep running.  The only way to build endurance is to keep going, You’ll get there slowly but surely.  Life is after all an endurance race.

Foam Fest

Posted in Races with tags , , , on August 9, 2012 by Hikernik

I ran the Foam Fest on Saturday.  I love these races.  The Foam Fest, Color Me Rad, And Dirty Dash provide a good break from plain old running in the street trying to put your daily miles in.  This is the Foam Fest!  These races are really just for fun.  I don’t even know if they time you or not.  I do know that they give out good quality t-shirts that fit better than any other race I’ve competed in and that is including the Ragnar.  My Ragnar t shirt is short and boxy… very unflattering and you’d think they would be better quality considering the race cost 120 bucks.  These Races are always well organized, put together and not to mention a heck of a lot cheaper, although they can get pricey if you don’t sign up early.

This run we dressed up like GI Joes… Our Team name… Sloppy GI Joes.  I thought it was clever.  there wasn’t as much mud as I thought there was going to be so we didn’t get as sloppy as I thought we would.



But we look good in any condition… even when covered in foam.  Just so you know the foam did not taste very good, nor were you allowed to breathe it in.  We were told to hold our breath while going through it, which proved to be very difficult because the foam tends to get all up in your business including  your eyeballs, nose, and mouth.  I couldn’t see anything and had trouble wiping it away with hands also covered in foam.  I enjoyed this race and am getting excited for ones in the future.  One of these days I’ll sign up for a tough mudder or something a little more competitive.