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October 19, 2014, 11:24 pm
Bishop's Half-Marathon Blog Archives for 2013-04

I got the penny!

I got the coveted penny! I ran 13.1 miles Saturday for the Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon!


Even though I wasn't nearly the "winner" of the race or of my class, I feel as if I have accomplished something amazing! You can see my actual time online at


What a rush! This whole journey has been eye opening.

Bishop with his post half-marathon penny!
Bishop with his post half-marathon penny!
Team Checkers!
Team Checkers!


I went from hating running to fully embracing the important health impacts of taking to the streets for a jog. Plus, I think I may have inspired several other people to take the initiative and get ready for long runs in the future!


I lost 40 lbs, quit smoking, gained a new appreciation for making the right nutrition choices and also ignited a new found sense of overcoming adversity and accomplishment.


I have to send out some mad props to a few people.


Firstly, big thanks has to go to my girlfriend Meghan for all the support she gave me in the months of training. She put up with quite a bit of me complaining of aching knees and also being tolerant of my crazy training schedule.


I also have to thank my general manager Mark Birch. He didn't have to, but he ran with me for the entire 13.1 miles Saturday. I know he could have made the race in well under 2 hours, but he kept with me for the race and gave me the real-time support! Thanks Mark!


Big props go to Team Checkers: Tiffany, Jaxon, Meesa, Adrienne, Paul, Siona, Cameron, Biz and others--Seeing you all early before the race and at mile 11 was a total morale booster!


Also, mad props to my mom who miraculously appeared at three different parts of the race AND the finish line! Wow!


Special thanks to AthletiCare and The Springfield Running Center for the training info and running equipment.  Without the knowledge you guys passed on, I wouldn't have been able to do what I did!


And, I can't go any further without thanking all of the amazing organizers and volunteers. You guys really made the race possible. I could have just gotten up and ran around for 13.1 miles ... but the experience was much bigger than the run. Seeing the smiling, clapping, and cheering volunteers at every intersection, at the water stops, at the finish line, was an absolute thrill!


Thank you all for your support! Here's to next year's 50th Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon!

I hope to inspire ...

See all jog blog posts here

Training for the Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon is almost done.  I've got one, ten-minute run.  


This entire process has been really exhilarating!  


I'm here in between shifts and thinking about how amazing it's going to be tomorrow, running with over 1700 people on the streets of Springfield.  


We're all going to run 13.1 miles past all of the President Lincoln sites!  Our friends and family will be there to cheer us on!  Makes me smile.  I'm cheesy. 


Anyways ... I did this because I want to make right choices.  I also hope to inspire others.  I think I may have!  At least a couple!


At this link you can watch the News Channel 20 segments from this morning where I'm interviewed by Alicia Lewis!


And, I also show up as b-roll in the story about traffic around town tomorrow.


And, trust me, all your encouragement and support is genuinely felt deep down.  Thanks, and hopefully I inspired some of you.  


Now, let's dominate this 13.1 mile jaunt through Lincoln history in Springfield!

Last minute supplies ...

I just finished up a 3-mile run.  


The first mile was great!  Probably the fastest mile ever, at least for me!  But I definitely felt a bit of a lag into my second and third mile ... maybe I should stay clear of coffee the next 48 hours.  


Tomorrow, it's just a ten-minute run.


Sleep ... gotta get that sleep tonight and early tomorrow.  


What else am I missing?  Oh yeah!  Running gear!  


The Springfield Running Center
A visor and some chew-able electrolytes

I gotta get those last minute supplies and to do that, I'm back at The Springfield Running Center.  A while back, I stopped in to test some products.  


I found what I really needed was something to keep the sweat out of my eyes.  


Typically I have been running with a beanie on because it's cold ... I also found it keeps the sweat out of my face.  


The crew at The Springfield Running Center said I should probably stay away from the beanie because it may be a bit warm this Saturday.  The forecast for central Illinois is sunny, breezy (25 mph winds) and a high of 70.  The Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon is going to gorgeous! 


I also picked up some GU Chomps that have electrolytes and vitamins.  "They have electrolytes!"  I'll be able to chew on some of those midway through to give me mid-run energy boost.  


They've got everything there, by the way.  The Springfield Running Center has everything else you need from tights, to jackets, and even some defensive spray (for those creepers [and maybe vicious unleashed dogs]) that could get too close.  If you think you need it on a long run, The Springfield Running Center has you covered! 


Also, if I had TV, I'd be watching News Channel 20's Alicia Lewis Friday morning.  




And yes, I'm nervous!  


Read more about my half-marathon training here!

It's almost go time!

Can I just say "wow" ... I can't believe that the Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon is this Saturday. 


It's been a long process and you can read all about my transformation at this link.


Here are a series of important tips from Jason at AthletiCare:




Taking it easy!



Don't over train!



Accomplish your routine!



A couple more runs before the big day. More post workout tips!



Don't change anything up!



Now, I'm off to The Springfield Running Center to get some running gear (like a head band for sweat, some new tights and some chewable electrolytes). 


I'll see everyone this Saturday!  Here comes 13.1 miles!


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