BENEFITING: CHICAGO FIRE FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: CHICAGO FIRE FOUNDATION
I ran my 1st Marathon in LA 2014. I was 203 lbs when I started to just run for fun, I started to drop in weight and my UFC/MMA buddies said I should run more if I like it so much so I did. I went to a laker game with my good friend Chris Williams and he was mentioning that he was going to run his 4th or 5th marathon in 4 months, I immediately said "I want to do one!" I pulled out my iphone and sighed up then and there. That night after the game I went to Hermosa Beach and ran 15 miles and got a good time on my nike plus app, I ran almost every day and even got the point where i was eating right and lifting. I ran 20 miles in 3:09 and then I knew that I didn't just want to say i signed up.. or I ran it and finished. I said I can do this in 4 hours and under.. so I trained in hills and hot weather.. cold weather, morning, day and night. I get to the final day at 156 lbs loosing almost 50lbs! I start running way to fast as I was so excited to finally give it my all knowing I trained my ass off while working 50+ hours a week. I started way too fast because I was in such good shape.. I stop to pee mile 8.5 and as I started again, I start cramping.. sure enough I experience the worst cramp of my life in both legs 10 feet before crossing mile 10. I fall to the ground and as I was being attended to I begin to cry..not because of the extreme pain but because I knew my game plan for sub 4 was over. He says " walk 6 miles and see how you feel or else you wont finish" I refused as I stood up with his help I begin to lightly jog and I fall to the ground again. I hit my wall mile 10! I get up and walk for 2 miles then I made the mental decision to embrace the pain as if it was an fuel to keep pushing forward. all my friends voices came to me saying don't quit. and remembering that I need to have the desire to win and rather die then quit so I ran until I physically couldn't not,, then do it over and over until I fell to the ground mile 21 and got my legs iced and wrapped.. I see that at this point its just the task to finish as fast as I can regardless of my previous time goal. I took my head phones off and continued to feel pain until I crossed that finish line crying knowing that I dug deep to finish and now I have woken up a new me that has been asking to come out and play with the big boys for a long time. I ran the hollywood half marathon shortly after...and made the decision to run Chicago and redeem myself and CRUSH my previous time of 5:31. I WILL WIN.. I WILL NOT BE DEFEATED! A wise man once said that most people want to win but they are not willing to loose sleep over it.. so they kinda want it.
“When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.”