Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Counting Down The Days

It's so close to the race: 10 days!  I'm really, really excited for that morning.

There has been a lot of exciting stuff that has gone on lately with my fundraiser.  First of all, I reached my $2,000 goal!! Thank you to everyone who supported me and donated toward the cause.  It means so much to me and I can't thank you enough!  Thank you for all of the love and support!


Also, I was asked to be on WSMV Channel 4 in Nashville to talk about my story!  I will be filming for it next week (around the 24th or 25th) and it will be aired sometime before the half marathon.  I want to give a shout out to my buddy Tim Zollner for hooking this up for me.  Thank you Tim!!


Running is going great.  It's been a really busy week with class projects, tests, and studio work, but I feel pretty good for the race!

Have a blessed week!

"I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 3:14 (ESV)

Matt

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A Fast Mile

Today I did not have a lot of time do a long run, so I decided to sprint a mile.  I finished in 6 minutes and 50 seconds, which was awesome for me.  I finished the mile then just jogged back to my house another half mile or so.  


I'm on a water drinking diet (with some juices here and there) up until the race.  It's amazing how good you feel by only drinking water and cutting out sodas.  You all should try it sometime...


Race is in 17 DAYS!!


"But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness." - Psalm 86:15 (ESV)


Matt


Monday, April 9, 2012

Crunch time

It's crunch time! Ready to rock the half marathon in a few weeks! I went out and bought new "ironman" socks and wow how it makes a difference. I didn't even feel my blisters when running and they didn't irritate them at all. It was a good investment I must say. Here's the short run I did today... I felt great.

Monday, April 2, 2012

4 weeks until the race

Starting the countdown.  It's 4 weeks until the race.  I can't wait for it!  I ran a little bit of the route today and it was kind of rough.  I haven't run in a couple of days because I have been out of town, but I ended up running about 7 miles today.  Didn't get to time it or anything but it took about an hour or so.  My blisters started flaring up again which was a bummer, and I had to walk a couple times, but overall it was a pretty good run with my friend Mary Claire.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CA9vSfNqbZk&feature=youtu.be&fb_source=message

Matt

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The race is in sight!

It is now less than a month away from the half marathon.  I have raised over 3/4 of my goal and I'm on the rise to reach it in a few weeks.  This training and fundraising has been such an amazing experience for me.  It has taught me a lot of things about myself, and it has also allowed me to meet a ton of new people. Everyone has showed me so much support through this, and I can't thank all of you enough!  I can't wait until the race on April 28th.  It's also one week before my college graduation.  There is a lot of exciting stuff coming up in my life.

My fundraising video is in the final stages of production.  We're putting the background music to it now, and it should be ready by the end of the week for you all to see.  It has turned out amazing and I want to thank my friend Kirk for doing all the video production for it.  I also want to thank my buddy Rudd for driving his truck up and down the street so many times just to get the shots we needed.  I want to thank Landon for taking great pictures during it!  And last but not least, my buddy Daniel for scoring all the music for it.  I'm so excited for you all to see it!

After my 11 miler a week and a half ago, I haven't ran a whole lot.  I had really bad blisters on the bottom of my feet so I have been taking it easy.  I did however run the past 2 days in which I was really happy with my times.

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I hope everyone has a great day!  I'm headed to West Virginia to run sound for a show.  Hoping to doing some running in the early mornings!

Matt

Friday, March 23, 2012

A busy week!

This past week has been extremely busy for me, but it has been awesome.  As said in my last post, RESULTS Fitness put on a fundraiser event for me last Saturday to help me raise money for the CCFA.  I got the final amount back yesterday and they helped me raise $358!  Thank you so much RESULTS Fitness for putting this event on for me!


On Tuesday of this week I finished filming the 2nd part of my fundraiser video.  I did a lot of running in a street with different camera angles to we can edit in between my speaking parts.  I'm really excited to see how the video turns out.  It'll be a chance for you to hear my story from me speaking it instead of reading it on the computer.  Stay tuned for it!  It should be out before April.  



I ran for the first time since Saturday on Thursday (yesterday).  My blisters finally were healed enough for me to put back on my running shoes and go for a run.  I ran with my friend Kelsie and we just ran a little loop around Belmont.  It was a nice, short run.  Training is going great!  Only a little over a month until the race!

"Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer."  - Romans 12:12 (ESV)

Matt


Monday, March 19, 2012

RESULTS Fitness Fundraiser

So this past weekend was an amazing weekend.  RESULTS Fitness (www.resultsfitness.me) held a charity event for me where all of their classes that day were donation only classes.  All the proceeds went to my fundraiser for the CCFA.  It was awesome!  We raised about $350 and that's not counting some of the donations that might happen early this week!  How awesome is that?! I'll be getting the final amount on Thursday.  It meant so much to me that they were willing to put this event on for me.

I got there around 7:30AM and ran with the running group.  We ran 11 miles.  I can't tell you how good I felt running it.  Yeah, my feet are killing me now with big blisters, but it was totally worth it.  It's about 5-6 weeks from the race and I have ran 11 miles.  I'm definitely going to be ready by it.  I just have to keep working hard and pushing through.  All of your support helps me do that every single day.



I will be updating every day this week with the workout I did!  I'll have the final amount raised from the fundraiser on Thursday! Stay tuned.

http://www.active.com/donate/TN12VIRGINIA/Longworth

http://www.facebook.com/longworth

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you."  - Psalm 32:8 (ESV)

Matt