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  • Blog Post: Another Year of Running, Another Year in My Altra’s!

    So I know this is very late, but wow what a year! I had a great year of running in 2013, and all of my runs in my Provision 1.5 by Altra, still the best shoe on the planet. As you can see from my bling board I did a lot of running. One thing I really focused in on was my form this year, and still...
  • Blog Post: Disneyland Dumbo Double Dare Race Recap and Revelations!

    Wow, boy did I need this weekend! What a difference hydration makes! As you may recall I did not have the best of runs in Disney World last January ( 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon: 6 1/2 Hours and 27.3 Miles Worth Race Recap ). So on to Disneyland, I decided to do the Dumbo Double Dare...
  • Blog Post: Walt Disney World Goofy Challenge Training Week 5: Surfing Lake Erie

    What a week!   This week marked a great week of training.  If you recall from last week, 13 was my Sunday run.  Before I get into the run a huge thanks to Kevin for showing me the trail and running early in the morning on Sunday, to get my 13 in.  Great Run Kevin and thanks for...
  • Blog Post: Walt Disney World Goofy Challenge Training Week 18: RACE WEEK is HERE!

    WHOOOO HOOOOO here we go!  This is it!  Race Week! While I certainly do not expect to win, I do expect to have two fun  trips around Disney World Resort with my good friend Jim and my new friend Pearl (even though I think Pearl is going to leave me in her dust).  So as I look back...
  • Blog Post: Walt Disney World Goofy Challenge Training Week 16: Preparing for a Long Run

    Alright so this last week was a GREAT week!  I got my 20 miles in on Sat. and I felt great.  The only bad thing all of it was on the Tread Mill, that is what cold and snowy will do to your training schedule.  It was a good run, and I chatted with several different folks through out my...
  • Blog Post: Walt Disney World Goofy Challenge Training Week 15: Feeling Strong!

    Only 4 weeks to go until race week, and the hardest part of this week is over I woke up on Monday!  :-).  Last weeks training was great!  I think I had my favorite day on Sat. when I got to run with my good friend Jimmy (a bare footing guru).  We were able to run the 5k in the morning...
  • Blog Post: Walt Disney World Goofy Challenge Training Week 4: More Cross Training

    Welcome to another week, and this week was a very good week of running and work outs.  I find myself really enjoying the training, and really enjoying the cooler weather.  I ran on Sunday morning for my 8 miles yesterday, and I think it was low 50’s.  It was a good solid run, and it was...
  • Blog Post: 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Training Week 14: Why I post my schedule?

    I was asked the other day why I post my running schedule to my blog and who do I post for.  I post the schedule for one simple reason, accountability.  I find posting my schedule really helps to keep me accountable to my running plan and allows me to focus on the plan for the week.  This...
  • Blog Post: Walt Disney World Goofy Challenge Training Week 10: Get Back To It

    While last week could be summed in two words, this week is summed up in on 3 letter acronym: DNF For runners you know what that means, did not finish. However, you may be wondering why that is the summary for my week of training. Simple I got a cold and Laryngitis . Now I could have muscled through and...
  • Blog Post: Walt Disney World Goofy Challenge Training Week 6: A Signal From the Body

    This week was a solid week of training, and I feel real good about the runs I had this week.  The 7 miler I did on Wed, was all on a treadmill and I crushed it, I think I was right around 9 minute miles and for me that was rocking.  My 14 miler was well, in a word…different.  I did the...
  • Blog Post: Walt Disney World Goofy Challenge Training Week 13: Ole, Lucky 13

    Well maybe not so lucky this week for me.  Not only do I have my really last hard running week (this is the week I was dreading)  I have to adjust my schedule to allow my lovely wife a vacation over the weekend.  So on the bright side no running on the weekend.  I do have to mention...
  • Blog Post: Heartland IT Pro User Groups

    One of the great aspects of my job is I get to work with a lot of different user groups and meet lots of people from the IT Pro community.  Well I did my best to get a list of all the IT professional  user groups I work with in the Heartland territory (Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee...
  • Blog Post: Walt Disney World Goofy Challenge Training Week 8: A New Week

    Wow what a difference a week makes! I had a really solid week of training and was pleased with the 16 early on Sunday morning.  This was really the first long run I felt like I prepared for not only the morning of, but the the days leading up to the run.  I try to look at each week as a separate...
  • Blog Post: Going Goofy….Again!

    If you have read my blog for the last few years you are probably thinking, Matt has really lost it, to go through all the training again.  Well I kinda have lost it, but that is what Goofy is all about losing yourself.  For those of you new to the blog, maybe wondering what in the heck am I...
  • Blog Post: 2011 Walt Disney World® Marathon Medal Revealed!

    This was just announced  There were over 50,000 votes cast, the 2011 Marathon medal will be the first Mickey Mouse medal selected by you, the runner. At the completion a truly magical 26.2 mile journey at the 2011 Walt Disney World Marathon, you will celebrate your accomplishment with this one-of...
  • Blog Post: Walt Disney World Goofy Challenge Training Week 2: How I train

    Happy Monday 1 week done and 17 to go!  This was a great week of training but I have to admit, it was weird week of training.  The family schedule took this week over and had to adjust my schedule and make some adjustments.  So my cross training on Monday was not done in the gym. ...
  • Blog Post: Walt Disney World Goofy Challenge Training Week 3: Cross Training and a Bonus!

    Wow what a good week, and man it felt good to get that 11 miler our of the road yesterday, and it was tough, I was right at 1:49, so not too bad.  I have figured out a trick, to making long runs more bearable.  Run early, early in the morning.  Why you might ask, 3 reasons: It is Cooler...
  • Blog Post: Walt Disney World Goofy Challenge Training Week 12: Starting to Taper

    This weeks starts the on and off taper of training, and I only have 6 more weeks.  The weeks of training now will be filled with shorter mileage followed by longer miles, pretty much right up until the marathon.  I have to tell you I getting: EXCITED! I am looking forward to the run, and good...
  • Blog Post: Walt Disney World Goofy Challenge Training Week 7: More Training Tips From Jeff Galloway

    Last week is summed up in two words: Tough Week. While my running on the road was really good, even ran a 3.8 mile race on Thursday, the weekend runs did not go well at all. Just did not have it, I think I was mostly dehydrated and did not eat right.  I know it was not the distances, so not sure...
  • Blog Post: Walt Disney World Goofy Challenge Training Week 14: Are we there Yet!!!!!!

    That was the theme of running last week: Are we there yet! If you are a parent you hear this approximately 3.2 seconds after the garage door closes, and that is normally followed up by I have to go Potty.  So why am I using it, I am ready for the runs, and I am ready for Disney to hurry up and get...
  • Blog Post: VOTE NOW: Peoples Choice Awards for Imagine Cup

    Make a difference and vote for your favorite today:  VOTE NOW  
  • Blog Post: A Year of Recovery and A Year of Altra

    To start I am runner trapped in a big guy’s body. I am 6’2” and well over 250lbs, and this year that will change! Why do I mention this? Simply because I want you to realize I switched to Altras and I am not planning on switching back. If you are a big guy or gal, I bet one of the first...
  • Blog Post: Podcast: Episode 6 of The Tri-Athlete and the Fat Guy: Excuses

    This podcast speaks for itself. -->
  • Blog Post: Walt Disney World Goofy Challenge Training Week 1: Going Goofy Round 2!

    Well since I have already paid my money for the run, my brother-in-law is coming, and my wonderful wife has booked a family vacation around the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend , I think it time I start training for the run.  It is 18 weeks away, and it is time to get started (officially starts...
  • Blog Post: Altra Helping Boston to Keep Running

    As lot of you know I love to run, and know what it takes to complete a marathon.  As you might imagine my thoughts just go out to everyone affected by the events in Boston.  You also may have seen I fell in love with my new shoes from a great company called Altra .  It was even my honor...