The Start of a New Journey

Who in the hell runs for fun?

This is going to be a long ass post so prepare yourselves…

On June 6th I participated in my 2nd half marathon. Hospital Hill in Kansas City Missouri. 

 

Gotta love the race day photos… Anyways it was a tough race. Obviously the hills were difficult, the fact that I worked the night before and had ZERO sleep before the race was tough and the fact that it started raining at around mile 8 or 9. It was hard as hell but I still finished with a time of 2 hours and 17 minutes. There were thousands of people there and the scene was amazing. 

     

After the race it was a struggle but with all of the soreness I still felt great that I could run as far as I did again.  

 

Whenever I first started “training” for my first half marathon in April, this idea of running for distance was mind boggling to me. As time goes on, I have learned to like the idea of running long distances. I’m starting to like how my friends envy me and my ability to run for long distances. 

Of course I have people who think that I’m crazy and it’s cool to be a lil crazy/psycho. Especially if it’s something that I’m passionate about. I love the idea of staying in shape and being healthy but I still gotta change some eating habits…

Long story short, I’ve been thinking of running a full marathon. I’ve looked at a marathon in December that’s in Honolulu, Hawaii. I’m thinking that’s the one that I’m going to sign up for. I’m killing what seems like many birds with one stone. One of my bucket list goals is to run a full marathon, another would be to travel to a tropical place and I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii, so…fuck it! I think that I’m going to sign up for that one! Yup! I signed up for it! 26.2 miles in Honolulu!

I still have many questions that need to be answered…

  1. How would I run and lift weights during my training? Obviously running is the main priority, but lifting some weights can help with building strong muscles that are needed to run such a long distance. At least that’s what I’ve been told…
  2. How will I be able to train while working full time and going to school? I’m pretty sure I’ll figure that out.
  3. What type of training regimen would I need to follow? Anywhere from 3-5 days a week I’m guessing, with one of those days bring the long run. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
  4. How will I eat/drink and run at the same time?
  5. What type of diet would best fit a potential marathon runner? Are specific nutrients needed more than others? All of them are needed but I’m still curious.
  6. I’m sure there’s more but I’ll think of them at a later date…

To go along with this training for running a full marathon, I’ve also partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to raise some money for a child along the way. For every mile that I run, I’ll donate a dollar to my personal fundraiser. I’ve even created a personal Facebook page that describes this fundraiser even more which you can hopefully check out here

Recently I got the chance to meet Savannah, a Make-A-Wish child who got her chance to go to Disneysorld and meet Cinderella! She has battled and fought against leukemia and is now winning the fight.  


Feel free to invite your friends to come look at he page! 

That’s all I have for now! I’ll be sure to update you guys as I cross off something on my bucket list soon! Take care! 


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    Take Me Out to the Ballgame! ⚾️

    Jordan Year #16 Part 1

    This past weekend I had the opportunity to go to a couple of baseball games and I thoroughly enjoyed myself on both occasions. I went to a couple of Kansas City Royals games and I can’t wait to go back to watch some more games. 

    For those who aren’t aware, the Royals are my team. I love them to death and I always will. I do my best to represent my team as much as possible. For the longest time though the Royals were one of the worst teams in baseball. The only time that there was any buzz around this team was when they were on a massive losing streak it seemed like. 

    Ever since about 2013, the team has gotten better and better. Last year, the Royals made an appearance in the World Series (the championship series that the final 2 teams who are left standing to see who’s the best). Although they lost the World Series, they’ve gotten off to a good start this season. As I’m writing this I think their 25-14 or something like that. 

    Since this is the first time that they’ve been good in my lifetime, I had to check them out in person. It just so happened that they were playing the New York Yankees so it was a win all around. 

    On Saturday night I decided to take my dad to the game. I’ll never forget the moment that I asked him to go. His eyes lit up with excitement! I think his exact words whenever I asked him were “hell yeah!”, haha!

    This was the view from my seat.

     
    Here’s my dad. Crazy ass! Haha!

      
    This was his first Royals game in years as well as my first game in a while. Unfortunately the Royals lost by the score of 5-1. My dad even called a home run that was hit by Alex Rodriguez in the 9th inning. The fans that were next to us were not pleased at all…haha.

    Not even gonna lie, it was cool seeing one of the greatest players in baseball history in person although he did cheat…

     

    Sunday afternoon I took a dear friend of mine by the name of Hillary to the game.  This was the view from my seat. iPhone panorama shots FTW!
      
    Sunday had better results due to the fact that the Royals won 6-0. It was a good game, it was hot as hell. I had on jeans and a shirt and Hillary got sunburnt. If there’s one benefit to being black, that’s it. I’m so glad that I don’t get hurt being sunburnt. We were both sweaty and nasty, haha. 

    It was a good chance to hang out with her considering the fact that she’s getting ready to join the peace corps in early July. Since this is probably gonna be her last time in KC for a couple years or so I had to treat her to something nice like this.

    Here’s a picture of us together. 

      

    It was awesome to see the large crowds at both games. The only times that we ever got crowds like this to show up were when specific players/teams would be in town. It’d never be because the Royals were good. Now that they’re pretty good, people want to show up and support the team. Even though these ticket prices are a bit steep…

    These Royals games were fun and I’m definitely looking forward to going back in the near future. Thanks for reading! ✌🏿️

    K’s Tips to a Better You

    Progress to a healthier “K” Ep. 2 

     Thanks for taking time out of your day to read this post, it means a lot to me. For those who are new to my blog, I’ve been trying to document my bucket list (K’s Bucket List) and a challenge That I’ve created for myself that I’d like to call the Jordan Year

    Now I’d like to document my journey to improving my body and hopefully getting to where I would like to be. So far I’ve lost 110-115 pounds and you could read about that here: K’s Weight Loss Transformation.  

     By documenting my journey I’ll be crossing a few things off of my bucket list, holding myself accountable for my words and hopefully inspiring some of you to improve upon yourselves in whichever way you see fit. 

    Yesterday, I made a post called Go Hard or Go Home which introduces this new idea of documenting my journey to improve my body. Now I’d like to share a few ideas that have helped myself in my weight loss with hopes that it helps you with whatever goal you may have. 

    Tip #1 Come up with a plan

    With whatever you’re doing, try to outline a plan and establish goals that you’d like to achieve. Write it down somewhere, put it on your phone, do whatever you gotta do. I’d recommend having the plan easily accessible to you so you can use it as motivation to keep you on track to achieve your goals. 

    Last December, I set goals for myself to achieve. I have accomplished two of my three goals. I have ran My First Half Marathon and I completed the Warrior Dash. In early June I’ll be running another half marathon.

    Tip #2 Be realistic with your goals

    Whenever I came up with these goals, I knew that I needed time to get acclimated to running for distance. I had never ran more than a couple miles in my life. I knew that I had to stick to a training plan and I knew that this is a marathon and not a sprint. Most goals in life take time and dedication to achieve. It’s one thing to want to lose 20 pounds, it’s another thing to set an unreasonable goal such as losing it in a month.

    Tip #3 Hold yourself accountable for your goals

    Tell your friends, tell your family, blog about it! Whatever you gotta do to make sure you have others to hold you accountable for your actions. Whenever I started training for my first half marathon I posted about it on my Facebook and Instagram. I had friends asking me how many miles I was going to run each day and it really helped me stay on track. I did the same thing with my bucket list and so far I have somewhat kept to it. Now people are expecting me to do more things on my list as well as asking about what I may be doing next.

    These are just a few tips that I have and I’m sure that I can go on all day but my fingers are getting tired and I really wanna watch the NBA Playoffs. Go Bulls! Feel free to comment below with suggestions or whatever else you might wanna say! Thanks for reading! Have a great day! ✌🏿️

      


    Go Hard or Go Home

    Progress to a healthier “K” Ep. 1

    I think that I’ll try to fill those who may be interested about my progress to getting healthier on here. I’m not sure how often I’ll update my progress, maybe once a week, maybe once every couple weeks or so, maybe whenever I feel like it. For those who are new, I’ve been trying to blog about my bucket list and that is slowly starting to come along. You can look at my previous posts to see what I’ve done.

    I think that this is a great platform to share my progress with hopes to hold myself accountable as well as maybe inspiring others to lead on healthier lives as well. 

    I’ll give a summary of what I’ve been doing with regards to getting healthier. This will help me potentially cross off a few items off of my bucket list and my “Jordan year” list as well.

    Today I went to run on the treadmill and I ended up running 13.1 miles (half marathon).  

          

    For whatever reason I felt the need to keep going and to push myself. The last 3-4 miles were difficult. I wanted to stop and I probably should’ve. Overtraining your body can have some very serious consequences. I’ll be sure to take it easy over the next few days. 

     

    Might as well show a progress picture for those who may be curious as to what I look like. I weigh around 208 pounds for those who are curious. I want to get leaner but I’m not sure about how much I’d like to weigh. 200 pounds? 190 pounds? I’m not sure.

    I would like to get an opinion about my saggy stomach skin/fat. It’s an eyesore but I’m happy about being where I’m at as opposed to weighing 315-320 pounds like I was back in the day. I might even make a video about my skin, we’ll see…

    Of course I still need to eat healthier. Fast food is my drug, specifically Subway sandwiches. They are too good! I think I’ll start looking at recipes and snacks on Pinterest to get some inspiration. I’ve also started using MyFitnessPal again, so I’ll be able to stay on track with some dedication.

    I would also like to get back into lifting weights but since I’m training for a half marathon in early June plus a potential full marathon in the future. I’m not sure how to exactly lift weights and run at the same time. I’ll gather some opinions and try to come up with a solution. 

    This is all I have for now. I’m not exactly sure when I’ll update you guys but I’ll be sure to update in the future. Any comments/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 

    Thanks for reading! Hope everyone is doing well! ✌🏿️


    Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

    Sports Goal #45

      

    I was glad to be able to watch the fight and experience history. Although it was at home and it wasn’t out with some friends (they were all at work…), I like millions of other people have been waiting for this fight for 5 years and I’m glad to have seen it finally happen. 

    I thought this would be a dream, I thought that this was never going to happen, but I’m glad that it did. I feel like that it ended too quickly. The moment was just here and now it’s gone. I wish it was longer but I’ll take it nonetheless. I must admit that I fell victim to the hype. The fight really wasn’t all that, more hype than anything.

    I was pulling for Manny, but Floyd showed why he is one of the greatest of all time. As much as I don’t like to admit it, it is the truth. 

    Now what? It felt like time stopped for the almost hour that the fight was on. Now, It’s time to move on and hope for a round 2 between these guys, I doubt it’ll happen though. I honestly don’t believe anybody has a chance against Mayweather, maybe someone will prove me wrong. I thought it was going to be Manny, but I was wrong.

    I think the discussion is now where Mayweather ranks among the greatest of all time although he has one more fight in September. Floyd has nothing more to prove, all he’s doing now is cementing his legacy as one of the greatest boxers ever. I do wish that we could’ve gotten this fight years ago when both fighters were in their prime instead of waiting so far past their prime.

      

    First Warrior Dash!

    Athletic Goal # 13

    I’ve been waiting for this to come for the past few months. My friend Jared has been waiting to do this for the past few years apparently and I was excited to complete this race with him. 

    We also had a couple of friends by the names of Amber and Kelcie join the dash with us. Jared and I ran the race together while Amber and Kelcie ran the race together.  

     Amber and Kelcie decided to make us shirts for the dash. At first I thought, what’s the point of wearing the shirt if we’re just going to get them dirty anyways. We’re going to be sliding down mud slides, crawling through mud, swimming through water, so why make the shirts? However they did a great job with the design, to my surprise and I was happy with the finished product. My name on the back said “sexual chocolate”. I will never refer to myself in that way in a video again…haha. 

     Unlike my half marathon, I wasn’t as nervous for the race. I’d figure that if I could run 13.1 miles without stopping, I can run 3.1 miles with some obstacles in the way. I was going on 2 hours of sleep, still managed to complete it though.

    Don’t get me wrong, the obstacle known as Alcatraz had me pretty nervous. The reason is because it has to do with water and I don’t know how to swim just yet. Jared and I even held hands as we were crossing the water, haha.  We could barely touch the bottom and we were worried but we ended up making it. I will learn how to swim sooner than later, trust me on that. 

    There were 12 obstacles in total throughout the 3.1 miles. We were crawling through mud, climbing on ropes and over walls. I even scraped my leg but it was worth it, not really… The hardest one was climbing over this huge wall, but we managed to do it.  

        For me, this felt good to face potential fears like heights and the water. I was nervous about it but we managed to accomplish our goal of doing every obstacle. For the most part we ran the whole thing, all 3 miles.

    Completing the dash was a great feeling. It’s always nice to accomplish a goal that you set yourself out to achieve. The best part about this experience was running this race with my good friend Jared. He has been dying to do this race for a couple of years now and it feels good to be apart of something that someone else wants to accomplish as well. 

    I would highly recommend anyone that wants to give something like this a try to go ahead and do it! I had my nervous moments but it’s also nice to know that thousands of other people are there for the same reason I was, to have fun and complete the race. There were people of all shapes and sizes completing the dash to have fun so give it a shot!

    On a side note, all 4 of us joined the St. Jude foundation wave of people to enter the dash. We all made a small donation to the St. Jude Foundation. Due to many reasons, we ended up signing up for this St. Jude wave (waiting until the last minute and not knowing if I was gonna work overtime or not…). It’s also nice to know that money is going to kids that could use it and overall just a good cause all together. We also donated our sneakers for those who could use them. Mine were the black Jordan’s in the middle if your curious.

     I will definitely participate in this event next year as I hope that I can get more of my friends to join along with us.

    Unfortunately, no footage could be captured due to the fact that cell phones now seem more valuable than people now-a-days…smh… I’m thinking of investing in a gopro to capture moments like these without having too much worry about the camera. I think a first person perspective would have been awesome to see, but not this time. Maybe next year. Thanks for reading! 

        

    Tipping a Drive Thru Worker Ep. 2

    Pay it Forward #28

    Jordan Year #3 Part 1 of 10

    Today is my birthday and to celebrate the beginning of my 23rd year of living I’ve decided to make someone else’s day a little bit better. I can’t really celebrate since I have to go into work tonight. This time I’ve turned the camera around so that you can actually see the reaction this time. 

    I’m starting to think that I like to see other people happy more than making myself happy if that makes sense. I’m not exactly sure what to feel about that but it does feel good at the moment.

    Thanks for watching the video! Enjoy your day!

    http://youtu.be/nPG0-X-VGgU