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About Alexander

My passion in life is to live free and to learn; thus, I approach life living in the moment and enjoying the ride. Not to say I don’t get caught up with goals from time to time as applying a strategy for our future is vital, yet I constantly strive to detach from any expectations as the future is unknown and being built by the present. My present strategy is to live an impeccable life of an elite runner and pursue high levels of fitness. What I have learned in my life through sport is that it is very easy to get caught up on the goal. It wasn’t until recently that I developed sufficient enough wisdom to truly realize the destructive manner in which I approached sports which caused all types of injuries. Having to coach myself, I had to learn to temper this and find a balance through my training regimens lest I end up regularly damaged physically, mentally, emotionally and, deep down inside, spiritually. Once I came to terms with my destructive behavior I found the peace and calmness I was always searching for. I still have my ups and downs, as we all do, but instead of fighting the down portions of my life I search for understanding like a soul surfer experiences the troughs of waves - feeling for a way to get back up.

Racing for the win

 

Raced my second 800m this past Friday. Decided upon racing for the win of my heat rather than an all out for time. With this in mind, made the event much more enjoyable and allowed me to relax into the process. Didn’t win, such is the way at times, but fought an impeccable battle coming in second place of my heat.

I’m looking at a string of races to compete in around Florida and maybe a little farther. I want to get race sharp by working on my placement in the pack and my timing for driving home.

I’m going to say this right here, my focus is to go sub 1:55 and I feel this season it can be done. But I also recognise the outcome isn’t in my hands, all I can do is fight an impeccable battle, enjoy the process and follow my heart. If the time is within my grasp I’ll run it one way or another. 🙂

Time to make haste slowly. 😉

 

Ryan Mccall Invite University of Tampa 800m

Yesterday I opened up my season running the 800m at the Ryan Mccall invite which was hosted at the University of Tampa. It was a fun race!

I decided to temper myself off the gun as I usually go out hard and hold on for dear life. LOL But the 800m is a new beast for me at the level I am searching, so a prudent approach is warranted to gather what will work best for me in respects to race strategy. As you can see from the video I sat in the back cruising until about 500m where I had to run around two stragglers and then make a move inside as a hole opened up. From there my pace quickened and figured might as well start my kick with 250 to go. Ran out of real estate in the end running a personal record of 1:59.98. About time I got under 2 minutes!

Lots to improve upon. Time to get back to business, attain more fitness and prepare for the next race on the schedule. Faster times on the way!!

 

Armory 800m 2017

 

This is a very late post. Life has a way of moving very fast leaving things undone if not done early enough. This is especially the case if you’re a entrepreneur working on many different tasks on the edge pioneering ways without any guidelines to assist the process. Oh well! This is what makes life fun if you’re following your passion. Anyways, my first ever indoor race was at the Armory taking part with Team Arete. I competed in the 800m off of very little training – with a road mile race on Turkey day a few weeks prior.  I posted the race video on my youtube channel:

I came in second in the heat and ninth over all with a time of 2:03.10. I have built much since then and now looking forward to my next race. Many adventures and experiences in the city of NY.  Like running to Rockefeller center at 2am in the morning the night after the race to see the Christmas tree lights only to find out they have hours of operation. LOL Fun times indeed!

I’ll let some pictures I took during this trip do the rest of the talking:

 

 

Until next time….

Savannah the Holistic Pup

 

We have a new addition to the Run Holistic Family. Her name is Savannah. She is the pup of a rescued dog that was happened upon while the family was fleeing Hurricane Irma, finding her pregnant, sick and malnourished on the streets of Georgia. The mom was subsequently fed a diet of raw foods, which brought her health back in good order. Being the holistic family that we are, we decided to do the same as good nutrition is really the first pillar of good health.

Here is a little bit about Savannah:

I can eat!!

And sleep!!!

My curiosity is keen….

Until it’s time to take a nap…LOL

Playgrounds are now my second home….

I also love a good walk with my big brothers Kanoa and Kaden….

Or one with mom where I can stop and smell the flowers….

I love to hug…..

People love to meet and pet me….and I don’t mind being the center of attention. 😉

I am just a fun loving pup with a fun loving family ready to explore and experience life as only a dog could!!! 🙂

 

 

coMra Palm – The Future of Home Health Care is Here

It’s no secret that I train hard. If you know me personally and have had the – for some unfortunate LOL – opportunity to train with me then you know that I put in work. I don’t shy away from a hard session and at times have over done it practically running myself into the ground. Now I do not advocate such an approach and have learned a lot through the process. What has helped me greatly in this respect is coMra-Therapy! It has allowed me to take those liberties since I was able to take care of any and all injury type issues including a few debilitating ones without the need for surgery or any pain medications, last of which have been shown to reduce the healing capability of the body.  These past seven years with coMra have been a life changer!  Now, the coMra Palm has been released making the future of home health care a present reality.

Whether it be pains and aches from sports or general life discomfort, the Palm will address the root cellular cause of those ailments in short order allowing you to once again enjoy your life at its highest level.

As soon as I feel something from training, whether it be in my knee, hip, ankle or muscular – or whatever hurts for that matter – I start treatment protocols that day (the beauty of having a home health device) and immediately I feel the improvements. Many times I’ve had issues/injuries that I trained right through using only coMra with full resolution.

Holistic health and wellness takes an integrative approach viewing the individual as a whole and treating them as such. The reductionist approach by separating parts not considering that the part being influenced can have an impact on other areas eventually affecting the whole, is an archaic model in need of change. With the Palm, you have the opportunity to take your health and wellness within your own hands!

If you don’t have one now or if you wait on buying one, I can guarantee you that you will be buying one in the future. 😉

Before MS Windows was created, personal computers were difficult to use making them not a normal part of every day life as DOS and the other operating systems of the time were not user friendly. Windows changed that and the personal computer boom took off! The coMra Palm is like the Windows of Low level laser technology with its ease of use, practicality and efficacy! This type of healing modality has been around for decades but was primarily reserved for scientists and medical professionals. No more will that be the case! For the low cost of $399 with free world-wide delivery, you can be confident that any pains and aches that come your way will be handled accordingly in the comfort of your own home.

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This is a gift that will keep on giving. A gift to you and every one you love. For a limited time, use code GETBACKONTRACK to take $20 off your coMra Palm purchase. 😉

It’s time to Palm on and pain off!! 🙂

 

 

Never say never…

Here I go again. I have said in the past, never say never…. LOL In this case it refers to me leaving the middle distance discipline to pursue what I did as a youth athlete; namely, sprinting. However, life took me out of Miami and brought me to West Florida where I found a budding elite middle distance group taking form and a super talented coach.

Click on image to visit Arete Athletic International Club

Seeing this made me once again consider moving up to the 800m. I have nothing but respect for these types of runners as they can sprint fast AND hit the pavement, or trails, for miles on end. I believe my main problem before with this distance was primarily having to train myself, in effect running into the ground through over training. Now having a coach to guide me and to ensure I don’t over do it has allowed me to enjoy the training and distance, gradually increasing fitness over time.

Who knows what the future holds, but feeling is a good indicator of what is right or wrong. This move up again feels right and I believe a good place considering my athletic abilities. I am looking forward to this track season…I will update accordingly. 😉

Have fun, be You and love your Self in all ways… 🙂

Cheers!!!

 

Searching for Speedy Feet

 

As I am now searching for speedy feet, I’ve decided to race some 200 meter sprints to assist with that process. Below is my first 200m race in over 21 years; my time was 23.34 (video quality is poor considering the conditions, etc.).

I am in the outside lane:

I know I can run faster. First off, there was a 20 mph headwind as I was working the curve and when I started to round the bend into the straightaway a young girl happened to be in my lane which broke my focus as I needed to consider what to do.

My take away from this race are two things in particular. One, I need more block work thus a quicker start, and two, my fitness has room to improve as evident from my last 100m (maybe the distraction had something to do with it but I do know that my training has been sporadic without consistency). Nonetheless, learning from my races further improves my ability to discover myself through the medium of Track and Field.

Have a great day everybody!! 🙂

A quick start to the season.

 

I had a quick start to the track season, 2017, running a 60m and 300m last Saturday the 18th of February.  Here are my races below:

I don’t work blocks at all. The last time I came out of the blocks was last year’s Moore Park Relays (now known as the Jesse Holt Invitational – RIP Coach Holt, your impact on the Miami community, and beyond, will be felt for ages).  And before that was a year prior messing around during practice with some friends. Truthfully, my main experience with blocks occurred between the ages of 11-14 as a youth sprinter growing up in Miami.  This being said, I am content with my 60m 7.40 time and know there is plenty of room for improvement.

The 300m is another story.  I should have ran a lot better than 37.05 as I run this in practice easily.  Unfortunately, as I entered the bend and attempted a higher gear, my right hamstring knotted up causing me to tone the speed down and hold on to pace.  Even so, I completely tied up on the home stretch losing my balance with 40m or so to go.  At first I was upset with the way all of it went down, but after the race the fire in my hammy led me to believe part of my breakdown was due to the hamstrings dysfunction (i.e. a grade 1 strain). That night I couldn’t even use my right leg properly!  As soon as I got home I proceeded to do coMra treatments every 2 hours to hasten the healing process. Took Sunday off, easy run Monday, easy run and 10 strides Tuesday, Wednesday a couple of 500s to test – hammy was still speaking to me even at 1:26 500 pace – Thursday off and Friday 6 300s with not a whisper from my hammy as I started with a 48 pace and worked down to 44. Very happy with my healing time and further testament to coMra’s efficacy. I visited the gym Monday, Tuesday and Friday, upper body, leg work and Olympic lifts/hip mobility, respectively.

Yesterday, Saturday, and today are both recovery days.  Of course Chen Family Taijiquan barefoot on grass everyday, usually twice per day or more. 😉

Until next race report. TTFN! Ta ta for now!!!!

 

Sub 50 Time Trial

Sub 50Yesterday I decided upon doing a 400M time trial on a recovery week. I don’t think this is the proper way to approach training but I really wanted to see where I was at after my first training micro-cycle of the season. I managed a 49.8! This is my first time under 50 in the 26 on and off years I’ve been running track – I turn 36 in May.  Got to admit that the body didn’t feel 100% recovered from the last 3 weeks of training (e.g. 3 days a week I doubled at the gym).  So, feeling hopeful for the season.

Truthfully, it is very difficult attaining this type of conditioning with a full time job as a parent of 2 young boys and a full time job as an entrepreneur hunting for ways to build the business of holistic health and wellness. It is where I am at, so I must work with it and build the mental fortitude necessary for a successful life that requires lots of strength and resiliency.

Bruce Lee

That’s it for now. Just wanted to update everyone as I progress towards faster times. Have a wonderful 2017; by the way, this is an impeccability year.  That means to pay attention to the moment, taste your water smell the air, etc. I believe in you all as I believe in myself. 🙂