The Marine's Mindset

We all have it in us to do amazing things. This is my journey to awesome.

dempseyliveswell:

http://covercontest.runnersworld.com/entry/1220/

http://covercontest.runnersworld.com/entry/1220/

A lot of you know I love to run, but most of you don’t know the story behind why I am so passionate about it.  Check out my entry for the Runner’s World Cover Contest and you will learn why.  Running helped me battle back from a potentially life-threatening stomach condition. Running is the reason I am healthy today.  Please check out my submission and if you feel so inclined vote!  I would love to be one of the finalists for this amazing contest.  Read my running story below…

I began running as a sophomore in college as a way to mentally and physically cope with a potentially life-threatening stomach condition.  Toward the end of my senior year of high school, I was diagnosed with a rare medical condition called gastroparesis.  The affliction paralyzed my stomach, left me unable to eat solid food, and landed me at Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic.  After months of medical tests and experimental treatments, I turned to healthy living and exercise (running in particular) in hopes of battling back from this disease.

I entered the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in 2011, as a 19-year-old college student.   My father was a life-long runner and suggested running as a way to cope with my stomach ailments.  I had signed up for this race the previous year, but my training ended abruptly due to a lack of physical strength.  When I began training the second time, I could not run more than 5 minutes without having to stop and walk.   After ten months of training, I crossed the finish line of the Nike Women’s Half Marathon and I did so without walking once.

Running is not only tied to the joy in my life, it is also a necessity to maintain my health.  In the midst of my illness, there were mornings where I was too weak to get out of bed.  I slept up to 15 hours a day.  I hated my body for betraying me so young in life and I hated the doctors who told me I would never be able to eat solid food again.  Running is what healed me mentally and physically.  Though I still struggle with stomach problems, running has helped me battle back from this crippling disease.

http://covercontest.runnersworld.com/entry/1220/

http://covercontest.runnersworld.com/entry/1220/

 

Incase you were wondering what she was doing!

(via dempseyliveswell)

How awesome is this?!? 

You go Dempsey!!!

How awesome is this?!?

You go Dempsey!!!

So excited

For my wife. There was a job that she interviewed for that would be perfect for her and our family. It would be the box office manager for the theatre that I am involved with.

She got it!!!!

You have no idea how excited I am for her. She will get to work in an industry that we both love. How awesome is that??

Proud of you babe!

Yawn

So, I felt that sleep was more important than an early run today. Honestly it wasn’t even a debate. Alarm went off, knee was sore, shoulder was sore, humidity 98%, and I actually thought lolznope.

Now I’m fully rested and ready to tackle the day. I’ll either try to tackle the run later today or just push it off until tomorrow.

Movie time with my favorite bug!

Movie time with my favorite bug!

Ugh

97% humidity sucks ass.

With that being said, 3.1 miles knocked out before 5am.

That’s how you Monday!

Canada wins.

Canada wins.

Touché!

The train would be the weight loss train. 

Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Touché!

The train would be the weight loss train.

Ain’t nobody got time for that.

I have my course work done for a Masters of Science in International Relations. I am switching to a Masters of Public Administration with a focus on Government Contracts.

I have my course work done for a Masters of Science in International Relations. I am switching to a Masters of Public Administration with a focus on Government Contracts.

Coffee time…

-Doughnuts at work again. Im on the train again and there is a weight limit. Doughnuts are not part of the plan. 

-This week has been hard. I hate when people play games. Be an adult and own it. Grrr. 

-I need this weekend. I can’t wait to relax. 

-Weight is going down… This makes me feel great. 

-I’m trying to change my Masters Program. Classes that satisfied one program won’t fill another? A little crazy. 

-Sorry this is boring. I just really like my coffee mug. 

This has been a post.

Coffee time…

-Doughnuts at work again. Im on the train again and there is a weight limit. Doughnuts are not part of the plan.

-This week has been hard. I hate when people play games. Be an adult and own it. Grrr.

-I need this weekend. I can’t wait to relax.

-Weight is going down… This makes me feel great.

-I’m trying to change my Masters Program. Classes that satisfied one program won’t fill another? A little crazy.

-Sorry this is boring. I just really like my coffee mug.

This has been a post.