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Self-congratulatory? Probably. True? Without a doubt.

You, too, can be a special kind of idiot

This quote from an unknown genius came to me by way of @Big0ak. (Thank you, sir.) Of course, I had to make it my own with a photo taken of me at the pinnacle of my marathon pain, AKA Mile 14. As odd as it may sound, I’m proud to be a special idiot.

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What do you do when the road less traveled is strewn with caution tape? #Running #Motivation

The #10000in365 Project: Running toward (and not away from) greatness

Are you up for joining the 10,000 mile challenge during the 365 days that will make up the year 2013? It’s a Twitter-based initiative concocted by a few of us who love to run and find motivation from feeding off of each other’s positive running vibes, via the technomagic that is social media.

Our goal is plain and simple. We want to cumulatively run a total of (at least) 10,000 miles in 2013. Since a few of us passed the 1,000 mile mark in 2012, we know it can easily be done. What we really want to see, though, is a few more people get motivated by our mileage and commit to their own personal goal. No, this isn’t just for the OCD runners. It’s for everyone and anyone who wants to do more than they’ve done before. Whether your goal is to run 250 miles or 2,500 miles is far less important than the fact that you want to do something to make 2013 one of your best years yet.

Joining #10000in365 is simple. All you need is a Runkeeper account (http://runkeeper.com). Once you have an account set up, you need to add the Runkeeper user “10000in365” as a Street Teammate. You can find the profile here: http://runkeeper.com/user/10000in365/profile

Whether you use the Android or iOS app to track your runs is a matter of personal preference. You can also just manually add your runs after completing them. The important thing is that, when you do log your mileage on Runkeeper, you log it as a “Run” and tag “10000in365” as having completed the activity with you. Doing so will automatically add your mileage to the #10000in365 account and count toward the 10,000 miles in 2013 goal.

That’s all there is to it! Within the next month, we hope to have a running jersey and t-shirt design available somewhere on the Interwebz, so that you can proudly display your affiliation with the #10000in365 project. Wherever it is, you can be sure that it will be available at “cost” and with no profit being made by anyone involved in the project.

So, what are you waiting for? Join us and make #10000in365 a part of your goals in 2013!

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Note: Also, if you’re a FB user who would like some additional motivation, friendly banter and healthy camaraderie, you should join the Facebook Group #IWouldRun500Miles. It’s a great group of people who are guaranteed to make you want to go the extra mile (pun intended): http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/223653097713902/

233 Runs Later: Vini, Cucurri, Vici #OccupyPavement

Eleven months ago, I wrote a post about rediscovering running and simultaneously dealing with me, old-man-me and teenage-me. If you know me, you’ll understand the potential complexity of a situation like that. (Link: http://randomgeekshui.com/running-away-from-the-old-man-me)

In it, I explained that, on November 9, 2011, I set a goal for myself. I wanted to run a 10K (scheduled for February 2012), for the first time in 10+ years. In December 2011, I ran a 5K. Then, in January 2012, I got impatient and ran a 10K. In February, I ran the 10K that was the focus of my initial goal and bettered my previous time by 3 minutes.

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Feeding America: I didn’t do it. You did. And I’m grateful.

Nos venit. Nos donata. Nos esurientes alebat.

The fundraising goal of $1,000 has officially been reached. This is a fact that fills me with an immeasurable sense of pride. As a matter of fact, we surpassed the goal by $33.00. Although I have expressed my gratitude repeatedly both here and on social media platforms, I would be remiss to not say, “Thank you,” one more time.

I am proud to know that there are people out there who recognize the need to help their fellow man (and woman and child). Moreover, I am humbled that of the 41 people who donated, 24 people donated despite never having actually met me in person. Granted, the donations go directly to the charity, via a secure website, but still, joining in the quest of a person whom you’ve never met by donating your hard-earned dollars and spreading the word via Twitter and Facebook say a lot about the character and benevolence of those 24 people.

Of course, my thanks go out to the entire group of 41. The best part is that the donations can keep coming in through race day, August 26, 2012. That means the potential to help more people exists. Whether one donated before or after the goal was achieved is unimportant. Every dollar counts toward helping the lives of Americans around the country. I am also grateful to the people who, despite being in a position in which they could not donate, helped out greatly by simply spreading the word via social media. Their efforts were integral to “our” (no, not “my”) success.

The Latin phrase above translates to: “We came. We donated. We fed the hungry.” Indeed, we did. That means I can now settle in and begin to focus on mentally preparing myself for the longest run of my life to date. I’ll do so with the peace of mind that people helped other people by believing in and sponsoring me. On August 26th, I will, of course, be running the race for my personal satisfaction and pride, but I’ll also be running for every person that chose to give of themselves and, ultimately, helped feed America.

You did it. Thank you again!

Are we Feeding America yet? Yes, we are!

I’m proud to say that, as of today, we’ve reached 89% of the $1,000 goal. The donors at the bottom of this page deserve a huge round of applause for helping me meet the initial $500 goal and nearly completing the much loftier, $1,000 goal. I have the utmost faith that with a few more donations from people who recognize a great cause, we’ll reach the goal well before race day. Thanks again to everyone who has donated so far, and I look forward to seeing the progress bar turn green and read “100%”!

Will you be among the 27.4375?

With a click here and the completion of a secure donation of $16, you’ll earn good karma. More importantly, though, you’ll feed a fellow human being.

Thank you for your support!

We raised $500 for Feeding America. Now what?

I’m proud to say the we successfully reached the initial $500 fundraising goal in less than a week. Now, I’ve raised the bar and am hopeful that, with a little more than a month remaining, we can raise an additional $500. If you haven’t donated $16 (or whatever amount you can afford), please consider doing so. If you already donated, please share the link to this page with your friends, family, followers or anyone else you may know. As this fundraiser spreads farther and wider, via Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other social media platforms, the potential increases to help more and more people.

Thanks again to all those who already donated. Each and every one of you has made a difference in the lives of men, women and children across America!

My self-motivation for the #OccupyPavement movement

Yesterday, I saw a sign in a running store that had the quote below. Today, I took a photograph of my feet before I ran four miles. Tonight, I Photoshopped the photo and included the quote.

Yes, call me weird. I made my own motivational poster. What can I say? Stuff like that keeps my boat afloat. If it happens to float yours as well, feel free to download it for your own, personal use.