The Best of the Best

The theme of tonight’s #BibChat is “The Best of the Best”. I really liked that topic and decided to write a little about it. What does the best of the best mean? Well, that depends…

Being the Best of the best means being the best of your best

If you’re like me, you probably like having high quality things, but being the best doesn’t always equate to being of quality. If I finish a race last, I am technically the best loser. When I started running, I thought it was a competition with the other runners. What I didn’t realize until my first race was over, the biggest competition was me vs me.

No, I’m not talking about everyone being the winner and honorable mentions, I mean that the purpose of running for me, was quite simply to make a better me. A person more focused on being healthy, fit, and strong. After running that first half, I gave up caring what my times were in relations to others, I am not Meb or Galen Rupp, I am a 2:03:11 half marathoner and a 5:08:22 marathoner. I will not run a time to qualify for the Olympic trials and honestly, I doubt I will actually qualify for Boston. BUT, that is where I push myself to compete against my previous times and my own mind.

Running is meant to be more than just exercise, it is a release. Remember that the entire objective is to be “The Best of YOUR best”.

The Reason Why I Left


I am just returning from a long term sabbatical from this blog and social media related to my fitness account. I just needed some time away. That’s not a good excuse, but it is the reason.

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Back in 2013, I was up to 209 pounds on my 5’11” frame. My fitness was subpar at best and I had very little motivation to do much of anything. One day in October 2013 I got the bright idea to run a half marathon. Two weeks later, I ran my first half marathon with no training. Wait, there’s more! 15 days later I ran a second half and destroyed my knee.

Although my knee couldn’t support any weight for a few days, I was addicted and dove in head first to running. In November of 2015, I ran my first full marathon at the Indy Monumental Marathon (Check out my review). I loved the full, but it destroyed me in a way I wasn’t prepared for.


The farthest I had ever ran before race day was 13.1. I had barely ran any training and was to hard headed to do it right. I had a near mental break down at mile 17 when I wanted to quit. My body was quitting, my soul was missing, and my desire was extinguished.

Texting my wife while squatted behind a parked car near the 17 mile marker, she wouldn’t let me quit. Let me tell you, the encouragement she gave me in those moments were CRUCIAL to getting me over the wall.

Pushing hard, I finished the race. With tears in my eyes as I turned down the last 0.2 mile stretch, I crossed the finish in a personal best 5:08:22 (the first one always has that freebie). I finished, I ran a marathon.

I thought the hard part was over…I wasn’t ready for the coming days, weeks, and months. That race took more of a toll on me than I thought at the finish line. It beat me up emotionally and mentally, ironically I wasn’t hurting physically that much at first.

I took a couple weeks off my running, fitness, and diet. Then Thanksgiving dinner came and went. Soon it was Christmas time and I would get back on the wagon for the New Year. Let me fast forward and tell you but July 1, 2016, I weighed in at 206 pounds and considered myself a loser in my personal fitness journey.

Living Forward

In July, I took a strict approach to a Ketogenic aka Keto diet that was extremely low carb, high fat and protein diet. I was able to leave for vacation August 1 at 186 and feeling amazing. Let’s just say I was not on diet for vacation. Although I am not fully back on keto yet, I am doing well and motivated for the coming fall racing season.

In October, I’m running the Urban Bourbon as a representative of BibRave. Then in November, I’m tackling the Indy Monumental Marathon again. This time, going in with a stronger mindset and understanding of the process.

Ok, I’ve rambled enough. I took some time away, because I needed it for me and my family. But I’m back. Thanks for reading.

Question: Have you ever had to take a break from fitness? You can leave a comment by clicking here.



Well, it is approaching mid February so I wanted to post how my resolutions were going and ask about yours. 


Summed up, not well. I am way off track for my 2016 goal of mileage. Between weather and health it has been quite a battle. I had bronchitis after Christmas and am still having lung issues from it. 

Here is my plan to change that

  • Set an alarm
  • Take it day by day
  • Break it down by week instead of long term
  • Crush it!


Enough about me, how are your resolutions going? 

Tell me here or on Twitter at @JoshGoRun

Don’t forget to join us on #bibchat every Tuesday at 9PM ET.  

Review: Fitbit Force

In February my wife purchased a Fitbit Force for my birthday present. I immediately liked the functions of the watch and the automatic syncing it did with my Humana Vitality insurance rewards program.

Overall, the Fitbit Force worked as intended. My daily steps were tracked and it encouraged me to be more “active”.

My complaint. The Force is not rugged enough. After only six months it was falling apart, the back was crumbling apart and the “seal” around the display was lose and exposed.

Overall – 3 stars. Room for improvement. Not with $100.

New Years 2014: Day 1

Happy New Year! It’s 2014 and I cannot believe how fast 2013 went. I am proud of 2013 and sad to see it go but I am also looking forward to the opportunities and goals that 2014 will present. My first triathlon is less than a month away along with the packed winter and spring of the Shelbyville Triathlon Series, Louisville Triple Crown of Running, Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon, and the Derby Festivals’s Inaugural Tour de Lou, a 35 mile bike ride through the home city of the world famous Kentucky Derby.


2013 brought more miles my way than any other in my life, but that was cut drastically short after a debilitating knee injury in November that reduced my mileage to near zero from Nov 10 through the end of the year. The worst part was the lost opportunity to be coached by Scott Fishman due to the injury, one that has me bummed still to this day.

So 2014 has a lot of big plans and goals, first Tri, first race series, my 3rd half marathon and the plan for my first half Ironman in Muncie, IN in June. Here’s to 2014 and the memories she will bring. I hope everyone exceeds their goals and makes the best of 2014. I look forward to reading and interacting with each of you this year.


Quick Run

Well, I went for a quick run this am, and by quick, I mean a half mile. I haven’t ran since the LSC Half Marathon on November 10 due to pain in my right knee. It felt ok but not great, but moving forward. We’ll see what the rest of the day holds in terms of the knee.


I did get part of my #runchathunt taken care of. 20131201-121909.jpg

Pain free

Well, I don’t want to jinx it but I’m two days pain free in my knee. I bought a patella tendon brace and wore it for 3 days. The difference it made is remarkable. It cost $19.99 at Dick’s Sporting Goods and was well worth the $20 invested.

It has been 17 days since my knee was pain free. There were days that any weight on my right leg was unbearable and felt like my leg was going to go out at anytime. Now the question is , how do I entering training into the mix so not to aggravate it all over again?