In January I set a goal of running at least 500 miles in the next 12 months and complete one race per month. After my run tomorrow, I will have ~275 miles ran and 7 races finished (3-5K’s, 1-10K, 1-10 Mile and 2 Half Marathons). I am well above pace to achieving my running goals with the next 6 months having longer races as I prepare for the TC Marathon in October and the Dopey challenge in January. I run 3-4 times a week, if anyone wants to run with me let me know.
When I run I listen to audiobooks, I generally lean towards books that are more business topics but lately I have purchased a few books that help me stay motivated. One of my favorite books in my audio collection is Pound the Stone: 7 lessons to developing grit on the path to victory by Joshua Medcalf. The message is simple, if you hit the stone once a day and it breaks after 100 days it wasn’t the last hit that caused the damage it was the culmination of that last 100 days that broke it. It’s a very simple message but for me it was motivation to push harder. I purchased the book ‘Pound the Stone’ after listening to Ben Newman’s pound the stone motivational speech to the Kansas State football team. Link below to that speech, if that doesn’t motivate you I’m not sure what will (Ha)! In that video you will hear the quote “When you understand your purpose, your purpose will overtake your pain”. We reached out to Mr. Newman and he gave us permission to use this quote to support Team Kopacz! Thank you, Mr. Newman. Use the One Mission link below to shop for different Team Kopacz gear, 40% of each purchase goes directly to Parkinson’s research.
I use the hashtag #PDdidnotwintoday as motivation to take the fight PD one day at a time. In sports you often hear ‘trust the process’ or ‘championships are won or lost in the days, weeks, months prior to the game’. This hold true for my fight PD, I need to prepare my body/mind for the unknowns of tomorrow. If all of us work together to win today I am confident we will celebrate the day we successfully KNOCK OUT PD!
Thank you for supporting our fight to KNOCK OUT PD!
Exercise is the only countermeasure to slow the progression of Parkinson's disease. Our journey started in July of 2014 when Jason was diagnosed with PD at the age of 36. Since that day we have been living an extremely active life style. This blog will be mainly focused on the activities that support the day to day changes PD throws at us!