My Story

All I really know is that I don’t know. But I’m trying my best to figure everything out as I go. This blog started primarily as a political blog, but has moved on to less toxic things as I’ve begun seeking balance and wellness.

An unfortunate personal loss motivated me to refocus my energies into a more positive direction in order to be a better, healthier person. I discovered this higher path through a very unexpected love of running and how that love has changed the way I view the world, my role in it, and my abilities to affect the smallest part of it; the part I occupy at any given moment.

I may still rub up against the occasional political issue as I still believe everything that I expressed in my earliest posts, but that fire has cooled. I will mainly be using this forum to share new experiences and revelations as I progress in my still growing love of running, my continued evolution towards a plant based diet, a recently adopted meditative practice, and the spiritual clarity all of these things together have provided me. I hope it is of some value to readers, but a lot of my motivation is to simply get some of these things out of my head in order to make room for new thoughts. I am definitely a slow work in progress.

modern fam

I clearly take too much inspiration from my Modern Family desk calendar. But I honestly believe that I have spent way too much of my life sitting complacently at a level at least 15% lower than the man I could be. I’m working to correct that. Wish me luck.

Feel free to contact me at thatguywithbeard@gmail.com. Note the lack of “the” in the email address. Somebody beat me to that one somehow. Jerks.

And if you’re a glutton for punishment, you can also follow me on Instagram and/or Twitter @thatguyw_beard. Both still new to me, but I like them so far.

RACE HISTORY:

2012
Dec 8,–Virginia Beach, VA–Surf n Santa 5K: 26:30 (First race)
Dec 15–Portsmouth, Va–Santa Claus Shuffle 5K: 24:53

2013
Jan 5–Chesapeake, Va–Tidewater Striders Distance Series 10K: 58.31
Feb 2–Virginia Beach, Va–Polar Plunge 5K: 24:11
Feb 23–Chesapeake Va–Tidewater Striders Distance Series 20K: 1:56:46 (PR)
Mar 17–Virginia Beach, Va–Shamrock Half Marathon: 1:58:21
May 25–Portsmouth, Va–Elizabeth River Run 10K: 48:56
Jul 30–Norfolk, Va–Memorial Scholarship 5K: 22:47 (PR)
Sept 01–Virginia Beach, Va–Rock N Roll Half Marathon: 1:56:50
Oct 19–New Bern, NC–Neuse River Bridge Half Marathon: 1:54:57 (PR)
Nov 17–Philadelphia, PA–Philadelphia Marathon: 4:11:11 (PR)
Nov 28–Virginia Beach, VA–Striders Turkey Trot 10K: 47:53 (PR)

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