I am exactly two weeks away from the race I have been training for all summer.  The Iron Warrior Dash is a 15.6 mile assault on my body and I think I'm ready.  There's only one thing missing, pledges to make it to my $1,000 goal for the American Heart Association.

I've come a long way and have run some fun races along the way.  When I first started, I could barely run half of a mile.  I've come far enough to conquer the Crim and a few other races.  I was even able to beat my time goals on all of them.

It's been tough, but I keep the fact that I'm raising money for a great organization in the back of my head.  My whole family has been effected by heart disease.  So having the chance to raise money for such a great organization like the American Heart Association has been awesome.  So if you are in the position to make a donation, I would greatly appreciate it and I thank you very much!!!

I've gained a lot of support along the way and have been able to run some cool events this summer.  Check out the list below.

  • Kegs 'N K's in Lapeer.  This was my first official race of the summer and we had a blast.  We were served beer at the beginning, middle and end of the race.  With all that carbonated goodness in my stomach, I still managed to finish that 4K in 36 minutes and 36 seconds.
  • The Diplodash 5K in Flint.  While not the first official race of the year, it was my first serious race I ran in.  It also marked the first time in my life that I have ever run 3+ miles without stopping for an official time of 31 minutes and 20 seconds.
  • The Warrior Dash (5K).  This was just a warm up for what is in store for me in two weeks.  The little brother of the Iron Warrior Dash.  Several co-workers and I took on this one for a bit of fun and finished in 56 minutes.
  • Bauman's Charity 5K Race.  30 minutes and 16 seconds, a much improved time from early 5K's.  My co-worker Jason Cooper and I ran this race down near the Kettering Campus.  It was a great time and I have to say a very special thank you to the crew at Bauman's Running Shop.  Not only did they support my goals in running these races, they hooked me up with some awesome running gear and covered some of the registration fees for the races!
  • The Crim 10 Miler.  Definitely one of the harder races I've run and the longest so far.  I set my goal at 2 hours to cross the finish line and ended up finishing with a time of 1 hour 53 minutes and 56 seconds.  George and the crew at Jesters were great sponsors for this race and I picked up some great running "secrets" from George's wife Genie.
  • The Merrell Down & Dirty 10K Mud Run in Milford.  A great race but a tough one to pull off the day after the Crim.  It was just under 6.5 miles and I finished with a time of 1 hour 26 minutes and 34 seconds.  If you are into the mud/obstacle runs be sure to check that one out next year, it's a good time.

Next up, The Iron Warrior Dash.  Special thank you to Buddha's Bar & Grill in Fenton for jumping on board right from the beginning and making this race happen!  Check out the photo gallery below to see the course map for this one.

If you would like to donate to help me reach my goal of $1,000 for the American Heart Association, click here or on the widget below the photo gallery.