Thursday, December 22, 2011
So since I've been had stressful things going on in my life, you may wonder how have I been coping besides prayer etc. I've been coping with stress by doing what I already do on a regular basis; working out, and exercising. I've mentioned this before, but exercise and fitness has become my medicine for stress in my life. It's something about going for a jog when I have a lot on my mind that makes me feel free. It's one of those explainable feelings I guess. Before today I hadn't been running since last Saturday. I made it a priority to go out and do some running this evening. Usually my first jog of the week is a light run but since I had things on my mind, I went a bit harder. The only bad thing that came out of it was that I wasn't able to clock my time. My timer on my phone went out around the 14 minute mark.
I challenge anyone who reads this post to do some form of exercise when you are feeling down about life. I guarantee that you will feel better afterwards. I know I did after I finished up my run. It was cold outside, but my face was dripping with sweat by the time I made it back home. We as a people cope with our problems in different ways. As long as it's a constructive and positive things we're doing, I'm all for it. We don't have to drink and drug our problems away. Exercise will continue to be my medicine when I'm stressed or having things going on in my life. It's gives me the confidence to face my problems head on. Well that's it for this time. I'll be writing soon again. Till then peace, love and blessings to all.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
My day 1 run took place on Tuesday at the park. I knew that I had a 5 minute warm-up walk followed by 30 minutes straight of running. I kept telling myself that I only had two extra minutes to run, since week 8 were 28 minute runs. Day 1 was challenging, but as I progressed into the run I felt stronger. When the podcast told me that I had about a minute left, I picked up the pace to reach the 3 mile marker at the park. It was hard, but I was able to do it. I felt a great sense of accomplishment. The last time I ran three miles straight was in 2008. I was so excited, that I thought I had graduated already. The way the podcast was talking, I thought I was completely done with the program. However, when I got back home and looked on the website, I found out that I had two more days left. I definitely got ahead of myself lol.
Day 2 took place on a Thursday. Instead of running at the park, I decided to run the streets around where I live. This is always challenging because the terrain changes. There are a few small hills involved, which is a good thing since it makes it harder. Now day 2 was a special day. This was the day that I knew for a fact that I was going to graduate. For some reason I felt really good running this day. I didn't feel as winded as day one, my legs felt stronger, and as corny as this may sound; I felt like a superhero. I finished up day 2 strong, and even ran about 30 seconds extra. I was excited knowing that I only had one day left before becoming a graduate of the program.
Now onto the third and final day. Like I mentioned earlier in this post, I done this run yesterday. This day was a bit different since I decided to record various points of my run. If any of you have been following my Youtube channel, you know that I have been documenting my progress on the program. I recorded the beginning of my run, the 15 minute mark, and the final minute. Day 3 was more challenging than day 2, but I finished up, and thus I officially became a graduate of the Couch to 5k running program. There were no words to express the joy that I felt inside. I knew that I could complete the program, but I didn't think that I would be able to do 3 miles in just two months. This program definitely works.
For anyone interested in doing the C25K running program, trust the program. There will be times where you may feel like you can't run the required distance, but you can do it. This program will not put more on you than your body can handle. It's been a journey that I almost hate to see end. However, there was a nice lady on the Couch to 5k Facebook page who told me that graduating from the program is just the beginning of more challenges. I'm definitely going to keep those words in mind. As of right now, I am going to continue running. I don't know if I will be doing three miles on a regular, but I am thinking about writing out my own program. I plan on participating in my first 5k race in March, so I have a few months to get ready for that. The C25K program definitely helped me. It has given me the confidence that I had lost in running. It allowed me to know that I am capable of anything if I push myself. Anything can be overcome with a strong will and mind. That can be applied to life in general.
Well that's it everyone. This will probably be my last post on the Couch to 5k running program. I thank the people who took the time read read and follow my journey. I will keep you all updated on my running ventures, and if I participate in the race that I'm aiming for. I also want to thank everyone on the Couch to 5k Facebook page. There are a lot of inspiring and kind people who gave me much encouragement. Also thanks to anyone on Youtube who posted their journey on the program. That inspired me as well. Well till next time, peace, love and blessings to everyone. I'm out!
Monday, November 28, 2011
Week 8 of C25K had three days of the same length of runs. Like everyday of the program, it had a 5 minute warm-up walk. A 28 minute run followed, followed by a 5 minute cool down walk. Day 1 of Week 8 began for me on Wednesday morning, the day before Thanksgiving. I meant to run that Tuesday before, but I had to go get my sister from college. I was tired from the drive, not to mention it was dark by the time I made it back. Since I was leaving for Thanksgiving Wednesday, I woke up at 6:15 to run. My sister was supposed to go run with me, but she decided to sleep in. I knew that she would sell me out lol. I went to the track and put in my run. This was the first day of the program where I ran in the morning. It was another challenging run, but I was able to complete it. There was a guy out there running as well, so that gave me even more motivation. I came back home, finished packing, ate breakfast, showered up, and then got the highway with the family.
Day 2 took place on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. I was out of town for Thanksgiving for 3 days total. I knew that if I wanted to stay on track with the program, I would have to run at least one day out of the three. I asked my godmother and her husband where there any local tracks or parks. To my delight, they informed me that there was one a few miles from them. The night before I went, my godmother's husband rode with me and showed me where it was. The next morning, my sister and I went to the park he showed me the previous night. The name of the park was Veteran's Park. It's located in Ft. Worth, Texas. There were a few people out there walking, which is always encouraging. My sister did a bit of running, but she walked most of the track. The track was about a mile long in total. I got started on my 28 minute run. It was a cold morning, but the running quickly turned it hot for me. I tried to resist looking at my timer on the podcast, but with about 5 minutes left I did. The reason I don't like to look at the timer is because I feel I will slow down on purpose to make the time go faster. After 28 minutes, I was done. It was a great feeling for me to be able to run even while I'm out of town. It let me know that I am truly dedicated to this program.
The third and final day of week 8 took place yesterday evening. I left the house around 5 p.m., and got my run in. On this day I didn't look down at the timer at all. It seemed to make the run go faster also. Out of the three days of week 8, this felt like the easiest day. After finishing, I felt a great sense of accomplishment. I am officially on the 9th and final week of the Couch to 5k running program. Three more days, and I will become a graduate. The final week is 30 minute runs, which means that I'll be running an extra 2 minutes. After posting my accomplishment on the Couch to 5k Facebook page, a fellow member replied saying; "Week 9 isn't much different than week 8". As much as I'm ready to be done with this program, I almost hate to see it end.
Well that's it for this post everyone. Hopefully next time I write, I will officially be a C25K graduate. I know that I'm capable, and I won't allow myself not to finish, especially after coming this far. Till next time take care everyone, and stay up and stay healthy. Peace, love and blessings to all.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Week 7 was another challenging week. However, unlike the last few weeks, all the runs were the same for each day of the week. Each day started out with a five minute warm-up walk as always. A 25 minute run followed. Again there was no walking during the run. The first day of week 7 was extremely challenging. This was the day that I ran in the neighborhood. The main difference between the neighborhood and the park is that there slight hills in the neighborhood. As you may know, running up hills make running more challenging. I struggled on this day, but I was able to finish and get it done. Upon finishing, I felt very confident that I could complete the rest of the week. My day 2 run took place at the local park. After doing my five minute warm-up walk, I got into the run. It was hard starting out, but I would say 10 minutes into the run I was good. It was also encouraging seeing other people running while I was there running also. I finished up strong, and I was surprised at how good I was feeling following my run.
I done day 3 of week 7 on yesterday, which was a Sunday. It was again another tough day. It took me a few minutes to get started up and into my groove. It was also a bit warmer this day than previous days, so that definitely played a factor. Again I was able to push through it and get it done. I felt a lot of relief when the guy on the podcast said I only had a minute left to go. I dug deep and continued to push. My face was covered in sweat afterwards, but once again it was a great feeling finishing. We are officially on week 8 now. I don't know what this week will include since I have yet to download the podcast. I know it's going to be tough, but I'm ready for the challenge. The only issue this week for me will be that I'm going out of town for Thanksgiving. I will be gone 3 days, so I will need to find somewhere to run on one of those days. Hopefully I will be able to find somewhere to do that. Well that's it for tonight's post. If you don't hear back from me before Thanksgiving, I want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you all enjoy, and I hope to be writing you again soon. Till then peace love and blessings to all.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Day 2 of week 6 was another cold and challenging day of running. It consisted of a 5 minute warm-up walk. Then there were two 10 minute runs with a 3 minute walk in between them. Those were followed up by a 5 minute cool down. After putting in the work and effort, I was able to finish this day up strong. One thing I want to point out is that I like running in the cool compared to the heat. However, the cool air always gives me a running nose while I'm running. I never had that problem when I was breathing entirely through my mouth back in the day. When I run now, I breathe entirely through my nose. I'm going to have to do some research on breathing techniques that would suit me.
Finally, there was day 3 of week 6. I knew for a fact that this was going to be the most challenging day of all the weeks up to this point. This day had the usual 5 minute warm-up walk, followed by a 25 minute run. NO WALKING! I almost didn't go running on this day. I left the house and started my warm-up walk, but I noticed dark clouds in the sky. I figured I could beat the rain, but I started feeling sprinkles coming down. I decided to head back to the house. While heading back, the guy on the podcast announced it was time to run. I said to myself I might as well go for it. I mean what's the worst that can happen other than getting a bit of rain on me? So I got into the run, and a few minutes into it I knew that it was going to be tough. I had to reach deep inside of my spirit and soul to continue going. When the guy announced that I 4 minutes left, I was relieved. I kept pushing forward at a comfortable pace, and I was able to finish the 25 minutes of nonstop running. Definitely a great feeling afterwards.
So now that I'm done with week 6, we are onto week 7 now. I'm going to do day 1 of week 7 later on today. I believe that week 7 is 25 minute runs the entire week. I haven't downloaded the podcast yet, so I'll know for sure then. I know it's going to be challenging, but I'm up for the challenge. Another thing I want to mention. If you are interested in following my journey, check out my Youtube channel. I can be found at http://www.youtube.com/user/prospectboy?feature=mhee. I've been making videos on my progress, so that's another way to see my journey. Well that's it for now. I will definitely be writing soon on my C25K journey. Hope you all keep staying tuned. Till then, peace love and blessings.
Monday, November 7, 2011
I went to the local park with my younger sister. She started out running with me, and after a mile she stopped. After she stopped, I still had 10 minutes left to go in my run. I had to dig deep and really push myself to continue going. When the podcast told me that I had finished up my 20 minutes of running, I was relieved and happy that I accomplished this goal. So now we are onto week 6 of the program. I have yet to download the podcast for this week, so I'm not sure what to expect as of yet.
I am learning much through this journey of the C25k program. I already knew and believed that exercise and fitness is mental, but now I'm living it. When I feel myself getting tired, I have to tap into that mental energy to get me through. It can definitely be hard work, but it's well worth it. Well that's all for this time. I hope to be writing on my week 6 progress in the next couple of days. Till that time comes, peace and blessings to everyone.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
I first want to start out by saying that I am on week 5 of the Couch to 5k program. I just finished up day two of week five, and I will discuss that in a bit. For those of you are are interested, I'm going to give a brief background on my running history. I was an athlete all throughout high school. When I graduated in 2000, I like many other people in general became less active. This inactivity lead to weight gain. In 2006, I started back running. I slowly built up my stamina, and in a few months I was able to run two to 3 miles nonstop. This lasted up until around 2009. Between 09 and 2010, I went through some changes in life that lead to me not being as active running. I was still running, but not with the same regularity, or intensity.
I had planned on running in a local "Turkey Trot" race on Thanksgiving Day of this year, so I done some research on the Couch to 5k running routine. It claims to get you ready to run 3 miles in two months. To keep myself from pushing too hard, I started out with the program. The first week was very easy. It was eight 60 seconds runs, with a 90 second walk in between them. Week two was almost the same, and was easy for me as well. Week 3 got into the 3 minute runs, and the first day was a bit rough, but after the first day it was fairly easy also. Week 4 got into the 5 minute runs, and got through it ok. I'm now on week five of the program. I just completed day 2 this evening. Day 2 consisted of a five minute warm up walk, followed by an 8 minute run. Then another 5 minute walk, and another 8 minute run before cooling down for 5 minutes.
I struggled the first few minutes into the first 8 minute run. Maybe it was because I took an extra day off. However, after getting through the first 8 minute run, the second one was fairly easy. I'm planning on completing day 3 on Saturday. Day 3 is the day where the program requires a 20 minute run nonstop, so I gotta rest up for that. I know I will be able to get it done though. So far I'm enjoying the program, and I see progress as well. I'm following the podcasts that I downloaded online. Here is the website is anyone is interested: http://www.c25k.com/podcasts.htm. The guy name is Robert, and he tells you when to run, and walk. He also has music on there to listen to while running.
Well that's it for this time folks. I hope to be back writing you all on Saturday when I complete day 3 of week 5. I encourage anyone who is interested in doing this program to do your own research online. Well take care everyone, and peace, love, and blessings to all.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Hello once again. I go by the name of Brad H., and I thank you for taking the time to read my post. Hope all is well with anyone who takes out the time to read this. Tonight I want to write about something that has been on my mind the last week or so. Well first I want to ask as question. How many of us are really living for ourselves? What do I mean when I say living for ourselves? Are you, or have you been in a situation where you felt pressured by someone else to do something you really didn't want? Maybe it was a family member, a spouse, or someone you consider a friend. I'm willing to be that almost all of us have been in this situation at one point or another.
I know that we sometimes have to do things we don't like. That is just life in general. However, it's important to remember that we must live for ourselves. We only get one opportunity, and one shot at this thing called life. We must make OURSELVES as happy as we possibly can. When it's over, it's over with. Some of my family members probably wonder why I am so defiant about certain things they ask of me. It's because I want to do things on my own terms. Not because I'm conforming to what someone else wants. There's a song by a hip hop artist named Buff1 called "Once". One of the lines in the song goes; "They call it your life, cause it's yours to live". That right there sums it all up. I challenge anyone who reads this who feels like they are living for others and not themselves, to take the challenge and rise up and do YOU! I struggle with this sometimes myself. I'm challenging myself as well to do this. My posts are not just about talking to other people, but myself as well. Lets focus on being better people, and living OUR lives to the fullest. Well I'm going to sign off for now. I hope you enjoyed this, and I hope someone can relate to what I'm saying.
I'll be back soon with more topics to discuss. Again I hope all is well with everyone. Peace, love, and blessings to all.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Has Attorney General Eric Holder Committed Perjury?
Hey everyone. This is another article I wrote regarding the scandal behind the ATF "gunwalker" scandal known as "Fast and Furious". Details have recently come out regarding Attorney General Eric Holder, and how much he knew about this operation. Click the link and find out more. Hope you enjoy. I'll be back soon. Peace.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
R.i.p. Troy Davis
What's up everyone? It's Brad H. once again. Just thought I would share another article that I wrote on Triond regarding the execution of Troy Davis. I wrote this a day after the execution took place. Please feel free to click the link and read it. I am still upset about how this case turned out, but there isn't anything that I can do about it. My thoughts and prayers are still with Troy Davis's family and supporters. Well just wanted to share that. Hope everyone has a great night, and I'll be back soon. Take care everyone Peace.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
The way I see it, the only way a person is truly guilty is if there is beyond reasonable doubt that they are guilty. In my opinion with all the new information that came up regarding this case, it should have been looked into more. From what I understand Troy Davis was willing to take a polygraph test, and they wouldn't let him. The United States Supreme court denied Davis's final plea earlier tonight, and the execution was carried out around. Davis was pronounced dead at 11:08 P.M. Of course I didn't know Troy Davis personally, but I'm not for anyone who may be innocent spending the rest of their life in prison, or facing the death penalty. Today just proved again that the justice system in the United States is flawed. I saw CNN analyst Roland Martin mention that people shouldn't complain about having to serve on jury duty. I will admit that I'm not a fan of jury duty, but from here on I will not complain about serving in the future.
I want to say that my prayers and thoughts are with Troy Davis and his family. May his soul rest in peace. Also today Russell Brewer was executed here in Texas for the 1998 killing of James Byrd Jr. Some of you may know, but I'm from the city where all of this occurred in 1998. My thoughts and prayers are with the Byrd family as well. Well I'm ending this post for tonight. Everyone stay up, maintain, and keep fighting the good fight. Peace.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Tonight I want to ask something that has been on my mind recently. Why is it that people don't listen, and take us seriously at times? Do you ever find yourself becoming frustrated when you are speaking about something passionate to you, only to find out that others don't take you seriously. It's almost like they look at you as a joke, or like someone who doesn't know anything. I'm sure most of you who reads this has encountered people like this at sometime in your life. Now I don't claim to know everything by any means. However, I tend to think that when I speak about certain things or topics I know what I'm talking about. For one, I do my research on things that are passionate to me. I try to be well informed on things that I speak about with others. I give others respect when it comes to their thoughts and opinions, even though I don't receive that respect back at times. Basically I try to do unto others as I would like done to me. However, some people still tend to block out and ignore things on my mind.
I was told earlier today by a close family member that they couldn't take me seriously when it came to a certain topic we were discussing. It kinda upset me, but I kept my cool. That's one thing that I enjoy about this blogging thing. I'm able to get things off my mind regardless as to whether people choose to read or not. I don't intend to sound arrogant when I say this, but I'm pretty sure some of these people who don't listen to me or take me seriously, they will someday. It makes me think about something my grandmother has told me several times before. She says the Bible says; "take your enemy and make them your footstool". A lot of people treat mistreat and disrespect others, but these are the same people you may end up needing someday. I haven't seen it fail yet. That's definitely something to think about. Well that's my post for tonight. Hope anyone who reads enjoys, and feel free to leave thoughts or feedback. Well take care everyone, and I'll be back soon. I'm out!
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Is The United States of America Becoming a Food Stamp Nation?
What's up everyone? It's Brad H. once again. Hope everyone is doing well. Tonight I'm sharing with you another article I recently wrote for Triond. It's titled "Is the United States of America becoming a food stamp nation?" I wrote this after watching a video on Youtube where a guy that I subscribe to asked this question. I felt like it was a good topic to write about, especially with all the Americans who are now receiving food stamp benefits. Anyway I'm going to end this post. Please read the article, and tell me what you think. I hope you all enjoy. Until next time, take care.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Why Does Ron Paul Receive Limited Media Coverage?
Hello once again. It's me Brad H. checking back in again. Hope everyone is doing well. Tonight I'm posting an article that I wrote a few days ago about Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul. I try to follow the news and keep up with what's going on in the world. I'm not a Republican, but I try to see all sides when it comes to debates and political issues. I've been aware of Ron Paul since 2008. Sometime in 2009, I started doing more research on him. I found that he was different from most politicians in general, both Democrats and Republicans. He has some very different views, and he is often criticized by mainstream news for his views. The subject of his lack of media coverage has been talked about recently, so I thought I would write about it. If you are interested in my article, click the link and read my thoughts about this subject. Well that's it for this time. I'll be writing again soon. Till then, everyone take care, maintain, and stay up.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Anyway, I decided to go jogging, and I found myself feeling much better. Think about it, has there ever been a time where you exercised and felt bad afterwards? I'm willing to bet the answer is no. For some reason being active and working out gives us confidence and improves our overall well being. Making time to exercise is important not only physically, but mentally as well. I didn't do any running today as I was enjoying football, but I did pump the weights for a bit. I'm feeling much better, and much more confident due to me exercising. The main thing I want anyone who reads this to come away with, is to make time to exercise even when things are going bad for you. I guarantee you that it will take a huge load off of you. I plan on getting my run on again tomorrow. Well I hope you enjoyed this post. I'll be writing again soon. Till then, peace love, and blessings to all.
Thursday, August 11, 2011