Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Move more, but have fun doing it!

2 years ago I started my journey of healthy living.  It’s really been down to 2 things – 1) Eat Less and 2) Move More.  With eating less, I’ve chosen to eat healthier foods that taste good.  They have to taste good, darn it!

With moving more, I’ve got to enjoy it.  Yes, contrary to the belief of some of my co-workers, running is fun!  It’s an awesome activity that has given me a freedom and pride that I’ve never felt before.  Yes, it’s hard work, but it gets easier as you build up miles and strength.  This is a sport that just about anyone can do.

When I run, I like to have fun! I joke, when I can.  I high five spectators at races.  I yell back to them and interact with them.  Am I using extra energy? Yes, but I’m having fun.

With whatever you choose to Move More, make sure to have fun!  You’ll want to do it and want to do it more often!  Check out this video which had people using the stairs instead of the escalator because it was fun!

Move More and have fun!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas from the Lindsleys

Christmas Eve 001Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas from Mark, Ursula, Briana & Cairo.  Here’s a picture of us from last night’s Christmas Eve service.  It’s pretty awesome having a white Christmas.  Very unexpected for us here in Texas!

I hope you have a wonderfully blessed day.  Be blessed by knowing that God gave us the best gift ever, his son Jesus Christ!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Committed to My Next Marathon!

cleveland marathon I’m locked and loaded for my next marathon – Cleveland Marathon!  It’s scheduled for Sunday, May 16th, 2010.  I’ve registered with an early bird price and a discount code from following the marathon on FaceBook.  Cannot beat a marathon for $55.

I’ve also booked my flight this morning.  Using up the last of my frequent flyer miles from my travelling days.

As for training, I’ll be training with the Dallas Running Club through their Spring Training program which is sold out.  Awesome program!

It’ll be great to be running a marathon in the city that I was born in.  Cannot wait to see family and run a like a fool!

Christmas Gift – New Blog Header

A huge thanks to Nathan Smith for my Christmas gift of a new blog header.  I love it!  It’s a wonder what some people can do in such a short amount of time.  Nathan is one of the UX Developers at Fellowship Technologies that I get the pleasure to work with.  Check out more of his work at

I remember working on that blog header about 18 months ago.  Some hard work put into that simple graphic.  That old header was long overdue for a facelift.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

What Did I Learn From Running a Marathon?

Finish-2 Chris Risen always has the best questions!  On our carpool ride into the office this morning, he wanted to know what was the biggest thing that I learned from this whole Marathon experience.

Simply put – never say never! 

2 years ago, ask me…

  • if I’d run a marathon, I’d say never. 
  • if I’d run a 5K, I’d say never.
  • if I’d run a mile, I’d say never.

If you ask me these questions today, of course, I can answer, Yes!  But, not only that, but other things that I thought that were totally out of reach are now possibilities.  I keep hearing about triathlons.  My knee jerk reaction is NEVER!  However, I can do it, I just have to choose to do so.  This doesn’t mean that I’m going to start training for triathlons.  What it does mean is that it is a possibility.

Nothing is out of reach anymore.  It wasn’t before either, I just chose not to realize it.  Get out of your comfort zone and go for it!  You’ll be so thankful that you did!

Dallas White Rock Marathon race photos are up at  Check out my race photos online.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

My First Marathon

Marathon 062-compressedWhere do I even start!?! The Dallas White Rock Marathon was the most physically challenging and emotionally stretching event of my life.  I loved every minute of it.  I couldn’t dream of a more rewarding experience possible.

Thank Yous

First of all, I want to give all the glory to God.  Without the courage and strength that God provided I would have never been able to accomplish this huge goal.  I count myself blessed being able to participate in this sport when others many not be able to.

There are so many to thank in support of me being able to do this. I definitely couldn’t have it done it without the Dallas Running Club. They have the best pace leaders and it’s probably the most affordable training program around.

Thank you to Ursula for listening to all of my training run stories and then following me around on race day.  I know it’s not your thing and I cherish your attentiveness.

Thank you to Denise for inspiring me to run.  Your infectious smile and love for running was what got me into this sport.  I cannot believe that it was 2 years ago that you came and ran White Rock.  I didn’t know anything about running and actually didn’t want to.  You turned that around and created a running addict.  Thanks!

Thank you to my DRC friends – Felix, Roger, Hari, Heather, Kristin, Karen, Luis, Chris, and so many others.  Your encouragement was incredible and needed.

Thank you to Chris Risen for being the icing on the cake!  It was incredible to see him at the Finish Line.  Read below for more details.

Race Report

We, (my wife, sister, and 2 teenage kids) got to the American Airlines Center at about 6:10am.  In plenty of time to beat the crowds.  We met up with friends from the Dallas Running Club inside of American Airlines Center.  It was so great to be able to be inside of the AAC instead of sitting outside.

Felix, Steve, and I lined up behind the 4:15 pace group. Positive thinking there.  :)  The bummer is that it was hard to spot the 4:15 pace group after 2-3 miles because they pitched their sign and balloons.

Check out this video of the start.  I'm such a goof… I had to ham it up for the cameras.  No high stepping at miles 20-26.2!

I did pretty well with keeping an even pace in the first 7 miles because of the crowd, but picked it up on miles 8-14.  I really think this is where I went wrong.  I should have backed off the pace and kept it closer to 9:45 or so.  Fortunately or unfortunately, I was feeling no pain and ran faster than I should have.   Lesson learned: Just because I can doesn’t mean that I should.

To help my family keep up with me throughout the race, I texted them at each mile marker.  It actually gave me something to look forward to.  I got to see my family at mile 7 which was great to see them early in the race.  A visit from them at mile 15/16 was definitely a welcome sight.  I was starting to feel some pain at this point.  Below is a video of when Felix and I caught up with the family at mile 15/16.

<Skip this paragraph if you don’t want some dirty details.>  From about mile 12-15, I really had to go to the bathroom, ya know #2.  I had to stop as you really cannot pinch for too many miles.  In the video above, my sister asks me if I need anything, I gestured to the houses on the left and said that I needed to use the restroom there.  I was able to go in a port-a-potty which isn’t my favorite, but it was highly needed.

Mark-ScottI was surprised to see my boss and his boss, Scott & Kingsley at mile 18!  It was such a great surprise.  Scott did mention that he’d try to come out, but there were so many people.  I stopped and chatted with them for a little bit.  I secretly enjoyed the break.  :)

Once I got to miles 20 & 21, it felt like my legs were on fire.  I text my sister asking when was I going to see them next.  She said mile 22, so I had a goal of pushing through the pain to get to them at mile 22.  I got pretty emotional at this point and gave Ursula a big long hug.  I could have stayed in that comforting hug forever, but as she normally does she pushed me on!  :)  Just kidding, she doesn’t always push me away.

Miles 23 through the Finish, I walked a bunch of times.  At the time, I was pretty disappointed.  However, any disappointment that I experienced from my self-imposed targeted time was squelched, by the entire marathon experience!

A great decision I made was putting my name on my shirt.  It was very uplifting to have people cheering you on and calling out your name.  This really kept me going especially toward the end.

At about mile 25, Felix texted me urging to press on and encouraged me.  Check, check!  Thanks, Felix!

Like I mentioned earlier, Chris Risen was the icing on the cake for the whole marathon experience.  I was heading down the finish and was being urged on by all of the onlookers.  There was a huge sea of faces on the left and right of me.  When I got about 100 feet from the Finish Line, I thought I was hallucinating, I saw Chris Risen!  I really couldn’t believe that he was there! I ran or hobbled over to him. I gave him the biggest hug I could and was bawling like a baby.  Again, I couldn’t believe he was there.  I told him so, and he told me to get going and finish.  I hugged him again while tearing up and he told me to finish the race.  Again, Chris was the icing on the cake.  I cannot believe that he did this for me.  His picture is at the top of the screen.  Love that guy!

I finished in 4 hours and 37 minutes.  I was hoping for 4 hours and 20 minutes or less, but again, this time goal is at the bottom of my needs.

After I crossed the finish line, Felix and I met and embraced.  I was an emotional wreck! I got my mylar blanket, finisher’s medal, & finisher’s tech shirt.  I then met up with Ursula, Denise, Briana, Cairo, & Adam.  I grabbed some free food and headed into the AAC to meet up with Chris.  We chatted for a good while and headed home.

I couldn’t walk without moaning & groaning on Sunday and then some on Monday.

Above are some pictures that we took on the weekend.

I cannot wait to run another marathon!  I know that I can do better.  I have learned a lot and am looking forward to running in the Cleveland Marathon in May.

Please remember that 2 years ago, I said that I would never be able to do a marathon.  You, might be saying the same thing right now, however, I’m hear to tell you, that YOU CAN!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Running a Marathon – Anticipation!

In a few more days, I’ll be running my first marathon! I cannot wait, I cannot wait, I cannot wait!  OK, I can wait, but I’m just so excited.  There are very few things that I’ve anticipated as much as running this marathon.  Here are a few of them…

  1. Enlisting in the Air Force
  2. Marrying Ursula
  3. The birth of both of my children
  4. Heart surgery back in January
  5. and now running my first marathon!

This reminds me of the old Heinz Ketchup commercial in the early 80’s with the Carly Simon song – Anticipation.  I cannot seem to get that song out of my head.

I also cannot wait until I see my sister and nephew tomorrow morning.  Her excitement is contagious!

If You’re Coming to See Me Sunday…

THANK YOU! If not, thank you anyway as I’m sure you’ll be rooting for me from a far!  :)  Just in case, you didn’t know, I’m running my very first marathon on Sunday in the Dallas White Rock Marathon

runner_trackingEither way, in person or not, you can receive text messages on how well I’m doing.  You can sign up for them by clicking on the Runner Tracking Sign-Up image.  You’ll get a text when I pass certain locations on the course.

If you’re coming to see me, here’s the course map.  You might want to plan on hanging out at a location that has a band, there’ll be plenty to choose from.  I recommend the School of Rock.  Great to see teenagers rocking it out!

So… how do you figure out where I’m going to be at?  I’m planning on running about a 9:45 pace for the race.  The race starts at 8:00am, but I won’t be starting immediately at 8:00am.  There are 19,999 others crossing that starting line.  Add about 10 minutes for me to cross the starting line.  You can call Ursula to find out where I’m at, because I’ll probably be texting her as I pass each mile marker.  Shhh… don’t tell anyone, we’re not suppose to use cell phones.

I’m so ready for Sunday!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Dads – Create the Christmas Experience

As fathers we have the responsibility to lead our fathers.  We have the role of spiritual leaders.  With Christmas Season upon us, we have the opportunity to create a Christmas Experience.  If we take a passive role, a Christmas Experience will happen, it just may not be the one that we would have ultimately liked to have for ourselves or for our children.

I’m sure all of us can think back to good and not so pleasant experiences of Christmas Pasts.  We have an opportunity to make a great Christmas Experience for our families.  One of my favorite pastors, Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle blogged 16 Ways that you can create the Christmas Experience.  Below is the blog post…

’Tis the season for Dad to drop the holiday ball, stress out as the money is being spent for presents, and miss yet another providential opportunity to lovingly lead his family. So, this blog is intended to help dads not fall into the same old rut of holiday humdrum, sitting on the couch watching football and eating carbs, but rather intentionally plan out the upcoming holiday season. Our children grow quickly and if we miss the sacred moments God opens up for us to connect with and bless our families, everyone suffers and we set in motion generations of missed opportunity.

#1 – Dad needs a plan for the holidays to ensure his family is loved and memories are made. Dad, what’s your plan?

#2 – Dad needs to check the local guides for what’s going on to make fun holiday plans for the family. In Seattle it’s here.

#3 – Dad needs to carve out time for sacred events and experiences to build family traditions that are fun and point to Jesus. Dad, is your calendar ready for December?

#4 – Dad needs to not let the stress of the holidays, including money, cause him to be grumpy with Mom or the kids. Dad, how’s your joy?

#5 – Dad needs to give experiences and not just gifts. Dad, what special memories can you make this holiday season?

#6 – Dad needs to manage the extended family and friends during the holidays. Dad, who or what do you need to say “no” to?

#7 – Dad needs to ensure his family is giving generously during the holidays. Dad, who in need is your family going to adopt and bless?

#8 – Dad needs to schedule a big Christmas daddy date with his daughter. Dad, what’s your big plan for the fancy daddy date?

#9 – Dad needs to schedule guy time with his son. Dad, what are you and your son going to do that is active, outdoors, and fun?

#10 – Dad needs to help Mom get the house decorated. Dad, are you really a big help to Mom with getting things ready?

#11 – Dad needs to ensure some holiday smells and sounds. Dad, is Christmas music on the iPod, is the tree up, and can you smell cookies and cider in your house?

#12 – Dad needs to snuggle up and watch some fun shows with the kids, especially the little ones. Dad, is the DVR set?

#13 – Dad needs to take the family on a drive to see Christmas lights while listening to music and sipping cider. Dad, is it mapped out?

#14 – Dad needs to help Mom get the kids’ rooms decorated. Dad, do the little kids get lights or a small tree in their room?

#15 – Dad needs to read about Jesus and pray over his kids. Dad, how’s your pastoral work going with each of your kids?

#16 – Dad needs to repent of being lazy, selfish, grumpy, or just dumping the holidays on Mom. Dad, are you a servant like Jesus to your family?

Dads – this is our opportunity to make Christmas something special.  I know that our heavenly Father would be beaming a big old smile at our efforts.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

12 Mores Day Until White Rock Marathon

Cannot wait! Another 12 days until the White Rock Marathon!  I’m hoping that I’m going to be feeling like these babies.  Maybe I should fill my Nathan water bottles with Evian.