Fall 2015 was a combination of being exhilarated, terrified, happy, and overwhelmed . . . and I wouldn't trade the experience for anything.
Despite the suicidal pace of my life at times, I realized this fall that if you're afraid of how fast you're going, you know the journey is a good one.
With that said, I can't thank my friends, family, teachers, and classmates enough for being a part of this insane journey that is law school, ROTC and my personal life. And on the fitness front, I have SOS Rehydrate to thank for keeping me and my teammates hydrated while training for and competing in two fun, challenging events: the Army Ten-Miler race and my second Army ROTC Ranger Challenge competition.
So here's a recap of my fast-paced fall. More to come in 2016 about journeys in running, racing, competing, fueling and life as a officer candidate and law student. :)
My 2-mile time in August was 15:50. After a season of training and racing, my time is currently around 14:30, give or take a few seconds based on the day. Stay tuned for more on the simple program I used to shave those 80 or so seconds off my time.
Long training runs in Florida heat and humidity are awesomely awful. Give me my IV drip of mango electrolytes stat.
SO MUCH FUN. The energy of the thousands of runners during the Army Ten-Miler race was insane. Racing through our nation's capital was one of the best moments of my life . . . and I came in 7.5 minutes under my projected finishing time! Here are my stats (out of about 30,000 runners):
More fun trip photos!
Photo cred to our awesome UF Army ROTC cadre members.
Every day, but especially today, I thank those who've served before me, those who serve beside me now, and those who will serve in the future. Thank you to all military members, past, present, and future, for being my family, my friends, my confidants, and my defenders in challenging environments. You all are truly the best.
This photo was taken somewhere in of the middle of the 10-mile ruck, which was the final event at the Ranger Challenge competition. Other events for the competition (which started at 3am!!!) included 1,000 ruck lifts & 1,000 sit-ups (total for the team of 9), a triage lane, a rope bridge lane, a shuttle run and a 5-mile relay run. Needless to say, we were TOAST by the end.
Army-Navy ROTC annual football game! I have no idea why my tongue is out. Maybe I was focusing? I've been told I do this when studying intensly. . .
Here's to 2016 and all of the hope, excitement, challenges and fun it will bring. I wish you and your family the best in the new year! :)
Note: SOS Rehydrate provided me and my teammates with electrolyte packets in return for me writing this post, promoting their products and wearing their gear. However, all opinions are my own.