Speedwork & Dillon’s Story

*My one year of running anniversary is quickly approaching and I have two awesome giveaways planned to celebrate.  You are going to definitely want to stay tuned and get in on this.

Today’s Workout:  20 minutes weights, 8 speed work treadmill miles, 60 minutes.***Wednesdays are my designated Speed Workout Days
Speed work:  The purpose of speed work is to help you run faster and smoother.  Speed work is shorter intervals of goal race paces and should feel hard but not so hard that you lose good running form.My workout today looked like this:  6x800s (800 meters=half a mile)1 mi warm up, 8:00 pace.5 @ 5k pace 6:40.5 recover 8:06 pace.5 @ 5k pace 6:40.5 recover 8:06.5 @ faster than 5k pace 6:31.5 recover 8:06.5 @ faster than 5k pace 6:31.5 recover 8:06 pace.5 @ faster than 5k pace 6:27.5 recover 8:06.5 @ faster than 5k I MIGHT DIE RIGHT NOW pace 6:19.5 recover 8:06 pace1 mile cool down 8:34 pace
Benefits of Speed work:  Simply put the benefits you reap from speed work should translate into improved race performances over time.  They will also help you learn to tolerate both the physical and mental discomforts while racing. <—–This is important!  Speed work also comes with risk of injury so definitely ease into it and if you have no desire of getting faster avoid it altogether.

My cousin (he is actually my cousin’s son so whatever that makes him) Dillon is coming today to stay with me for two week and I’m pretty sure he will be making multiple appearances on the good ole blogitty blog so I decided he deserves a proper introduction.  Plus his story is inspiring and makes me want to be a better person each and every day.

Dillon is a Special Needs child and the most amazing example of a human being I have ever known.  He was born prematurely with several brain defects and severe Muscular Dystrophy.  His Mom was told he may not live to see his 1st birthday and that there was no chance he would ever walk.

Dillon is now 19 years old and just graduated from Centenial High School in Boise.

Dillon taught himself to walk at the age of 5 and started by walking on the tops of his feet.  He was then fitted for braces and through lots of physical therapy, and determination he is able to walk and even run all on his own.

Mentally Dillon is on the level of about a 6-8 year old but he lets nothing get him down.  One thing is for sure and that is that Dillon loves life.  He is always happy and inspires everyone he meets.  His euphoric energy and love for life is contagious and I feel blessed to have him in my life.  His life has not been easy and he has overcome several trials.  He has faced ridicule from teenagers, the mental battle of being in a 19 year old body with a 6 year old mind, and learning to walk against all odds.

But Dillon lives in the moment and he truly strives to live each day to the fullest.

I may be slacking on commenting in the next few days as I spend every waking hour playing with Dillon.  So please forgive me and I promise to catch up.  Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Does Dillon’s story inspire you to never give up and to live each day to the fullest?

Everytime I see him I am reminded of the simple pleasures of life and I throw all my worries out the window.