Running and Challenge

I’ve decided to take it upon myself to put another 15 or 20 years onto my lifespan by becoming a runner. I’ve been saying it to myself for the past couple weeks and honestly I’ve only been on a couple runs. I’m serious though, I want to be a runner. I want to be my own cure for the disease so many of us bring upon ourselves. I want to have runners legs and a runners mind. So here’s the challenge I’m challenging myself to slowly get up to 30 minutes of running without stopping…

Week 1: Run 1 minute, Walk 1 minute *Repeat 30 times =1 hr of running

Week 2: Run 2 minute, Walk 2 minute *Repeat 15 times =1 hr of running

Week 3: Run 3 minute, Walk 3 minute *Repeat 10 times =1 hr of running

Week 4: Run 4 minute, Walk 4 minute *Repeat 8 times =1 hr of running

Week 5: Run 5 minute, Walk 5 minute *Repeat you reach 1 hr of running

Week 6: Run 6 minute, Walk 6 minute *Repeat you reach 1 hr of running

Week 7: Run 7 minute, Walk 7 minute *Repeat you reach 1 hr of running

Week 8: Run 8 minute, Walk 8 minute *Repeat you reach 1 hr of running

Week 9: Run 9 minute, Walk 9 minute *Repeat you reach 1 hr of running

Week 10: Run 10 minute, Walk 10 minute *Repeat you reach 1 hr of running

Week 11: Run 11 minute, Walk 11 minute *Repeat you reach 1 hr of running

Week 12: Run 12 minute, Walk 12 minute *Repeat you reach 1 hr of running

Week 13: Run 13 minute, Walk 13 minute *Repeat you reach 1 hr of running

Week 14: Run 14 minute, Walk 14 minute *Repeat you reach 1 hr of running

Week 15: Run 15 minute, Walk 15 minute *Repeat you reach 1 hr of running

Week 16: Run 16 minute, Walk 16 minute *Repeat you reach 1 hr of running

Week 17: Run 17 minute, Walk 17 minute *Repeat you reach 1 hr of running

Week 18: Run 18 minute, Walk 18 minute *Repeat you reach 1 hr of running

Week 19: Run 19 minute, Walk 19 minute *Repeat you reach 1 hr of running

Week 20: Run 20 minute, Walk 20 minute *Repeat you reach 1 hr of running

Week 21: Run 21 minute, Walk 21 minute *Repeat you reach 1 hr of running

Week 22: Run 22 minute, Walk 22 minute *Repeat you reach 1 hr of running

Week 23: Run 23 minute, Walk 23 minute *Repeat you reach 1 hr of running

Week 24: Run 24 minute, Walk 24 minute *Repeat you reach 1 hr of running

Week 25: Run 25 minute, Walk 25 minute *Repeat you reach 1 hr of running

Week 26: Run 26 minute, Walk 26 minute *Repeat you reach 1 hr of running

Week 27: Run 27 minute, Walk 27 minute *Repeat you reach 1 hr of running

Week 28: Run 28 minute, Walk 28 minute *Repeat you reach 1 hr of running

Week 29: Run 29 minute, Walk 29 minute *Repeat you reach 1 hr of running

Week 30: Run 30 minute, Walk 30 minute * =1 hr of running

I’ll be living in Virginia by the end of this challenge. My goal weight is 108, hopefully at the end of this running challenge, I’ll reach my goal weight too. Starting tomorrow, Christmas, I’ll start my first day of this running challenge! 🙂

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Nurse Poem

Holding your hand and curing pain
Helping you when your going insane
When your alone with feet on linoleum floors
I’ll be there to help like before

For you my patients I’ll be there with medicine
For you my people I’ll be there with bandages
For you my town I’ll be there in morning
When the sheep are still sleeping

You’ll never go cold
You’ll never go hurt
You’ll never go hungry
You’ll go loved, blessed, and happy

I’m dressed in white and on my feet
I am diagnosing someone’s disease
I’ll tell you stories and pray for you
Give you extra red jello for two

I’ll be your knight from the shining lights in your eyes
I’ll be holding your hands and pushing the hair from your face
I’ll listen to what you have to say

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TOMS Shoes?

I emailed TOMS Shoes and asked what kind of shoes the Argentinian children are receiving after we are paying 50-79$ for a pair of really awesome looking shoes. Soon after I thought of where exactly the factories were located. How sad would it be if the shoes we were buying to help support Argentinian barefoot children were actually being made in sweat shops by those same kids?

Come to find, the TOMS shoe-making factories are not located in the United States. They are located in Argentina and China. Blake Mycoskie (founder of  the TOMS company) has plans to expand factories to Brazil and Ethiopia. The start of the company began with Mycoskie volunteering in Argentina which sparked a desire in him to give barefoot children some shoes.

Why would Mycoskie choose to have the facorties outside of the United States if his ultimate goal is not to produce a raging profit margin? In this article: http://blog.bizlightenment.com/2009/04/04/conscious-shoes-for-conscious-consumers-toms-shoes/ Mycoskie (founder of TOMS) states that he produces a smaller margin than most other shoe companies. Wouldn’t he want to help his fellow country’s blue collar workers? Was his initial thought that he wanted to help Argentinian people with factory jobs as well? Though we don’t have to worry about the labor law conditions for the shoe-factory workers at TOMS factories (due to strictly instilled labor laws), should we be frustrated at the fact that the shoe-factories aren’t striving to give jobs to the 9% of unemployed US Americans? Or should we be glad that some one is helping out an impoverished country who is at an unemployment rate of 7.5%?

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Blog

The plan is to show what’s happening in my life through photos and words. My other blog just took too long to upload the photos, so hopefully word press is going to be a bit quicker! -mer

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