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Join Me at Orlando’s Walk for Air May 12, 2012

2012 FFA Walk Stacked 247x232 Join Me at Orlandos Walk for Air May 12, 2012

Hey Adventurers,

Brian from Central Florida Top 5 (a fantastic Central Florida Events Blog), asked if I’d like to participate in this year’s American Lung Association 5k Walk for Air. So I’ve put together a team and would love for you to join me!

Join my Team

You can join my team by clicking on this Walk For Air link. Then, find my team “The Adventurers” (you can also scroll until you see my company name – adventures with ben LLC).

The entry fee is $25 and goes directly to the American Lung Association (nothing goes to me).

Running Through Canada: Snapshots of a Tiny Town in Quebec

 Running Through Canada: Snapshots of a Tiny Town in Quebec

Hey Adventurers,

I have a confessional to make, since my half marathon in October, I haven’t been running much anymore.  Between the holidays and the colder weather of winter, I’ve found plenty of excuses not to run. But as my dad said when he saw me over Christmas,

“You’re looking… healthy…,”

I’ve been trying to return to the routine. My pants have been getting a bit more snug. So this afternoon, while I was in Canada, I decided to take advantage of the unseasonably warm weather and go for a run. I’m staying in Shawville, which is a tiny town in Quebec. How tiny? There’s only one street light in town.

The Victoria Falls Bungee Jump Accident: An Opinion About Extreme Sports

 The Victoria Falls Bungee Jump Accident: An Opinion About Extreme Sports

[UPDATE 1/10/11 8:30 A.M. EST - There is a twitter account (possibly) established by Safari Par Excellence. Follow them at @SafParZambia Their name has been in the news, attached to the accident, but they book all kinds of African Tours, don't operate any of them. I think if they had a Facebook and Twitter account ahead of time, they could have minimized the press they are getting. A lesson to all companies out there - if you don't engage in social media, you'll regret it later when you need it.]

Merry Christmas from a Condom’d Santa

 Merry Christmas from a Condomd Santa

I discovered this Santa, made entirely out of condoms at the Birds & Bees Resort in Pattaya, Thailand. I was going to publish this on Christmas Day, but the fact that he’s made entirely out of multi-colored, unwrapped (but unused) condoms made me cringe. It just seemed wrong – even I have a line!

So now that Christmas has come and gone, enjoy this strangely-made Santa.

What do you think of the Condom Santa Statue? Share by commenting.

I’ll see you out there…!

A Mile-By-Mile Recap of the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon: Everything I Discovered

 A Mile By Mile Recap of the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon: Everything I Discovered

Done.

That’s really all I could say at the end of the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon last week. Running 13.1 miles takes a lot out of you. With just over a week to recouperate, I’m ready to share everything I discovered about running, marathons, myself and more.

A Mile-by-Mile Half Marathon Video

I decided to take a camera with me and film a mile-by-mile editorial of my race progress. You can view by clicking on the YouTube video link below, but be warned… it’s a horrible video. Really bad. It’ dark, shaky, long and features me topless. I’m sure only race fanatics and Disney fans would have the patience to watch the whole thing.

Track my Race Progress: the Half Marathon is Tomorrow

Well Adventurers,

Tomorrow is the big day. Months of training since my initial announcement that I’ll be training for a half-marathon have come to a conclusion. Tomorrow I run the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon. And there’s nothing more to say.

Track my Race Progress in Real-Time

If you’re interested in following my progress during the race, you can sign-up here. As I pass certain milestones, you’ll receive texts, tweets or facebook comments (your choice in which how you receive them). Search my name “Ben Reed”. Note, the race begins in the evening.

Wish me luck.

3 Reasons Why You Need to Get Help

By now, you should know that I’m training for my half-marathon. It’s not something that I’m taking lightly. In fact, I recently attended a ChiRunning Workshop by our sole intent (courtesy of lululemon). During my day-long session I discovered a better way to run. See what I mean below…

Before

Notice how my heal strikes the ground when I run. Not good!

 3 Reasons Why You Need to Get Help

After

Notice now that my foot lands flat, instead of on the heel.

 3 Reasons Why You Need to Get Help

So What?

Whatever your goal may be (and for ideas, check out my adventure list), you shouldn’t go at it alone. Here are 3 reasons why…

9 Thoughts About Running after 2 Weeks Training

 9 Thoughts About Running after 2 Weeks Training

Hey Adventurers,

I’ve been training for my half marathon for one month now and thought it was time for an update. Here’s a list of 9 thoughts that I have about running so far…

  1. I Think Running is a Mental Sport - I’m still not in love with running. I started this endeavor hating the sport. I’m warming up to it, but it can be monotonous, time-consuming and wears you out.
  2. So Choose Your Attitude - I use my running time to be productive. I enjoy the opportunity to clear my head and develop business plans, story ideas and household to do lists.While running isn’t “fun” per se, the act of getting away, even for a brief time, is refreshing.

Training for a Half Marathon – This is the Beginning

 Training for a Half Marathon   This is the Beginning

Hey Adventurers,

I’m embarking on something I never thought I would – I’m running a half marathon. You should know I don’t run. But at the encouragement of a friend, I’m going to try it. Running a marathon is on my adventure list, so starting with a half is a good place to begin.

I’ll be participating in the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Saturday, October 1st, 2011. With only three months left to train, there’s much to be done. I’ll be documenting my progress along the way in this blog. And I’ll let you know now, you’re encouragement is highly needed. I can currently run 2 miles comfortably – 11 more to go!