Why I Run, and a Contest!


I haven’t really made it clear on the site, so I’ll take the opportunity now. I run, a lot in fact.  Up until February of this year I couldn’t run a mile without feeling like I was going to die.  Something changed for me mentally in addition to the physical change of the weight loss. I had become addicted to challenging myself. I wanted to see what I could get away with to a degree, see how hard I could push myself before I broke.  This is where the running idea came from.  I wanted to become a runner, so I did.

I have always been awful at running, part due to being overweight, the other due to having asthma, I used it as an excuse to never really push myself.  But like I said I had this new addiction to challenges, first up was to train for a 5k, I gave myself 3 months to do this. To make it extra official I even signed up for a 5K before I even started running. Having this on my calendar was the ultimate motivation, I didnt want to waste the $50 I put down to sign up, nor did I want to feel the shame of not following through with something I committed to. I ran on the treadmill as much as I could, since it was February it was pretty much always too cold to run outside.  At this time I was pushing myself hard to run 2 miles nonstop on the tread mill but I stuck with it and slowly progressed each week.  Next thing you know I was at the finish line with a medal hanging out with my sister who decided to run with me.

At that moment I thought I had reached the pinnacle of achievements, I had done it, I trained for and ran a 5k!  No one told me that with in a few hours I’d have an insatiable appetite for more!  I wanted to be out there running another 5k that day, I was ready for whatever the roads could put before my feet.  Thus is began my addiction to running.  It has now been 6 months since I started running, 2 weeks ago I ran my first half marathon, here is a picture of me look all exhausted crossing the finish line.

Then like I said at the beginning of this post I’ve got the BIG ONE coming the end of October.  Meaning if all goes according to plans I will have gone from not being able to run one mile to running 26.2 of them in a matter of 9 months.  I didn’t tell this story to brag, although I am really proud of myself, I am telling this to show you that it is possible to achieve your goals as long as you’re willing to work hard and give it your all, even if you’re awful at things at first stick with it and don’t accept anything less than exactly what you’ve set out to achieve.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way lets get to the fun part of the post! I’ve got all sorts of Tanka goodies to give away to you!  Why Tanka? Because they’re one of my favorite post run snacks to eat, see how I tied things together like that? haha I’ve already featured Tanka on the site before but I’ll reiterate that these buffalo meat snacks are so awesome and delicious.  They’ve got just enough sugar carbs and protein to feed those tired muscles.  Rest assured I’d never give anything away that I don’t fully endorse!  So yeah goodies to give away! I’ll keep it simple, I’ll just randomly select from people that comment on this post, let’s talk about inspiring things. Once I get enough comments I’ll contact people and send them their prizes!

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  • eatingtheweek

    I capital H Hated running for most of my life, even when relatively fit. But I also had a sea-change in my opinion & ability starting maybe 3 years ago. Giving birth to a 9-pound behemoth baby probably helped put running into perspective; I haven't yet needed an epidural for my halfathon training runs.

    Now? Loves it. Get antsy going a couple days without. Might need an intervention.

    Tanka bars sound incredibly weird, but I do like buffalo meat (usually as a burger), so I'd love to give them a try.

    • http://www.battlemouth.com Mike

      Seems like most runners have a similar story, where something "clicks" and suddenly what was previously a hated activity is now an escape that they look forward to. I too was skeptical about Tanka Bars at first, but after trying them I was hooked, they're really quite delicious, I think the trick is the addition of cranberries to their recipe, gives it that little kick of tart. Mmm I'm going to have to hide these prizes from myself or else I'll eat them all! haha

  • Beth

    You're truly an inspiration, Mike. I keep starting and then stopping my couch to 5k program… heck, I bought new shoes, new socks, and running clothes, and unfortunately they're all still in pristine condition. :/ At least I have your delicious recipes to make me feel a little less guilty. ;)

    • http://www.battlemouth.com Mike

      Keep trying, it'll stick eventually = ) At the very least you've got nice running gear for when you're ready right? Thanks for the compliments!

  • http://twitter.com/dreamyeyed @dreamyeyed

    You look awesome! :D

    • http://www.battlemouth.com Mike

      Thanks!!

  • sharon

    awesome testimonial…keep it up! i disliked running for a long time but….something happened when i started running for fun, with friends. it became more of a game…then a habit, now if i don't run for longer than a few days (and i'm not hurting anywhere) i get antsy too. also, i'm familiar with tanka bars, they're great! i'm lakota, from south dakota so…i know they're good. i'll occasionally put an order in, but haven't lately. this reminds me how much i love them and think i need some on hand. now i'm craving them so…think i'll place an online order, it's so easy! :) thanks for telling your story, good luck on the marathon!! :) (ps i've run three half marathons and i have another one coming up in october…yup, i can relate. i'm addicted!)

  • Kim

    I can only dream of being a runner as my body simply won't comply, but I do believe in the importance of daily exercise and the Tanka Bar is perfect for any level. This is the first time visiting your blog, but I'm always looking for good material on the web and this site looks like a winner!

    • http://www.battlemouth.com Mike

      It's all about making it work for your lifestyle and physical abilities as long as you're doing SOMETHING you're doing it right, thanks for checking out the site!

  • John

    4 years ago i was sent to the emergency room with my blood sugar at 477. After 4 days in the ICU the doctors finally had my body back under control. I weighed 420 pounds and had to change my life. Today i weighed 202 pounds and i run 4.5 miles every day. I can play a round of golf walking and carrying my bag, and I have my diabetes under control through my diet. It has completely changed my life.

    • http://www.battlemouth.com Mike

      That right there sums it up, life sometimes kicks you in the butt to get you on the right track, so awesome that you were able to lose the weight! I've lost 115 since life "kicked me in the butt" Thanks for checking out the site!

  • http://twitter.com/AnittaGreenkard @AnittaGreenkard

    You are truly the personification of "if you set your mind to it, you can accomplish anything."

    • http://www.battlemouth.com Mike

      Thanks : ]

  • Suzanne

    My most favorite Mike quote (and there are several) "I'm just going to keep finding things I can't do and do them until I can".

    • http://www.battlemouth.com Mike

      haha Im flattered that you find my rambling quotable!

  • Lauren

    I've been eating a lot better recently, and wanting to start running. I think it would feel amazing to train for and finish a marathon! Loved reading this. Would love to read more articles on your physical journey!

  • http://www.ritualsofhealing.com Regina Huelsenbeck

    I just heard about the Tanka bites today from everyday paleo. I was researching paleo friendly lunches to pack for my kids & they suggested Tanka Bites…
    Keep Running ;)

    • http://www.battlemouth.com Mike

      They are definitely a great simple paleo snack, I love packing some to bring along on hikes or to have as a snack at work. I'll definitely keep running = )

  • Tricon

    Very inspiring, Mike.

    I've never cared for running myself, but lately I've been considering it again. I've been into jumping rope off and on over the past few years, but that has waned greatly as well.

    Thanks for inspiring me to start, to start small.

    • http://www.battlemouth.com Mike

      Thanks for the kind words, it means a lot to know that something which was initially just for me has influence other people as well.