14 Weeks of Hell


Ever been on a vacation where the recovery period was as long or longer than the actual trip? Well, that just happened to me here recently. Vacation out west was 5 days. Finally got my mojo back 6 days after I returned. So needless to say, during that 2 week period, I didn’t get a whole lot of physical activity in. And that normally wouldn’t be any issue, except that I am running the NYC Marathon in 14 weeks. You know that saying “1 step back, 2 steps forward”? Well, that didn’t apply here. More like 16 steps back…oh well.


I ran a 5k in June in Charlotte, and a 10k in July in Nashville, so I have been doing some training. But starting last Monday, it was time to dig in, and so I did. I’ve made a deal with myself that come race day November 5th, I am going to be in the best shape of my life…at the age of 35. Which is a tall task, as I was in pretty darn good shape for years as a collegiate soccer player. So the first thing I need to tell you is that I do not like to run. Not even a little. But I wanted a steep physical challenge to prove a little something to myself, and tough tests are what make you stronger in life. So I’m doing a half marathon somewhere in the US in about a month, and then NYC in November.

Okay, so I started serious training last week. I lifted weights 4 days, did core training 5 days, played golf one day, and ran and biked about 25 miles. As I sit here, I feel like Floyd Mayweather is continuously punching my upper body, and Conor McGregor is kicking nonstop at my knees. I woke up last Wednesday to play golf, and I couldn’t raise my left arm above my head. (Made 2 birdies.). But here’s the thing, I am happy as a lark. The phrase “hurts so good” is applicable here, and I feel so accomplished every day. This is going to be the ultimate test of grinding for months behind the scenes for what I hope will be one spectacular experience. For those who know me, I’m not headed to NYC just to finish, I’ve got a time in mind to beat.  So I have to put the work in.   No shortcuts.

Since I’ve started back to the gym, it has allowed me to see what people are wearing to workout these days. And per usual, the girls look nice with their tights, short workout shorts, and tanks, and we guys are wearing t-shirts that we got sophomore year of college. If you are going to workout, get some proper workout clothes. The stuff for guys these days is fantastic. Proper training or running shoes. Athletic socks. Workout shorts that hit mid-thigh or slightly below. A light tank or tee in the newest technology and the correct size. This stuff is not only functional, but also stylish. I’m not a fan of the crazy neon stuff as I feel it has had its day, but definitely toss the old, cotton t-shirts and the shorts that double as capri pants. Ditto the white calf socks with holes in them. I can’t even believe I have to say that.

We’ve got a big week for the readers in Charlotte this week, with the Panthers first preseason game Wednesday and Quail Hollow hosting the PGA Championship all week. Re: the golf, quick reminder that you are not playing in the tournament, so there is no need for you to dress like you are. Leave the golf shoes at home, and unless you are under 13, please do not dress like Ricky Fowler. I’ll be in a simple polo, a nice fitting pair of shorts, and a clean pair of Vans. Perfect outfit to grab a few drinks, walk around the most stunning property, and watch the best golfers in the world.

So as you enjoy this week, do you have some goals set for yourself and your life? Are you willing to put the work in to get better, whether the goal is physical or otherwise? Sometimes you gotta grind and feel a little pain to get to the promised land. And as you hit the gym, run the streets, or head out to the many social events happening this week, feel free to work a little style into your plans. I’ll be out on the town all week, so I hope to see you around.

Have a great week.-Benj

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