Andre Kajlich, 2012 Paratriathlete of the Year

Andre Kajlich Won’t Let the Loss of His Legs Keep Him Down


Andre Kajlich is a pretty amazing athlete, but an even more incredible person.

Since losing both of his legs in an accident in the Czech Republic in 2003, he has become one of the top paratriathletes in the world, and is always looking for ways to push himself to doing bigger and better things.

Andre Kajlich, 2012 Paratriathlete of the Year

Andre Kajlich

 

We covered some ground talking about some of the races/events he’s already completed (which are pretty amazing), some of the possibilities he’s considering for the future, and the process of coming to grips with his injury while not letting it prevent him from continuing to do amazing things. Here are some of the highlights from our chat:

  • Tackling the RAAM (Race Across America) bike race this summer
  • Completing 2 UltraMan Events in 2014
  • The possibility of running the LA Marathon, keep going across the country, and finish by running Boston
  • The process of recovering from and continuing to live a full life after his injury
  • Post injury, his first foray into fitness was to get in the water and start swimming
  • Once he got a taste for triathlons, the rest has been history
  • Going to Brazil for a 135 mile ultramarathon

Connect with Andre by visiting his website or find him on Facebook and Twitter.


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A Rough Day? Go for a Run!

When Life Gets in the Way, Find Time to Run

It’s been a day, y’all.

A Rough Day? Go for a Run!

The wife and I got new phones yesterday, which was a pain in the arse in and of itself, and earlier today I realized that my phone wasn’t working.

At least the phone part wasn’t working.

I could send and receive email, check twitter, and find out how cold it was outside, but if I wanted to make a call (and presumably receive a call) or send a text I was out of luck.

And while talking on the phone is something that I’m never in a hurry to do, this was a problem that needed to be solved.

Fast forward 2 hours, and I think my phone might work now, but I’m not passing judgement until the thing actually rings.

I know there is never a good time to try and troubleshoot with customer service for a solid 2 hours, but today was definitely convenient. But what else could I do? So I sat here relaying information, checking sim cards, and basically wasting time hoping I wouldn’t have to go back to the Sprint store again for another 2 years.

It seems like my problem has been solved, but now there is a new problem at hand, I’m not going to get everything done today that I had planned. I needed those 2+ hours in the worst way, and now they are officially gone.

So what am I going to do? I have some errands I need to run this afternoon. I have an appointment this evening. I need to try and get this post up and prep the podcast episode to be released tomorrow. I’ve got a dog that wants to go outside. And I’d like to get a run in.

On the surface, the easiest thing to axe from the list is the run.

But I can’t.

I Must Find Time to Run

Any time is a good time to run!

I need to run on a regular basis, and when I’m feeling overwhelmed, I need to find time to run even more.

There is something about burning lungs, being soaked with sweat, and having aching legs that allows me to think clearly and become laser focused.

And without question, that improved focus will improve my productivity enough that it will more than make up for the 30 minutes that I take out of the day to go for that run.

It’s Time to Run

I’ve sacrificed my runs more times than I care to admit recently, and last week I vowed I wouldn’t do that any more. Going for a run on a regular basis, no matter how crazy life gets, is something I have to do.

Running for me has become a need, and is no longer simply a want.

And by accepting this truth, I’m able to be more productive than ever.

Thanks for letting me be real with you guys today. But now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to go get my running clothes on.

Preventing Runners Knee Is Your Best Bet [post with video]

The key to preventing runners knee is to strengthen your hip and core musculature BEFORE you are noticing the symptoms of runners knee.

The best exercises are simple, require no equipment, and should be done regularly (2-3 times per week) in order to prevent a flare up of runners knee.

If you missed the earlier videos in this series, make sure you check out the first video where I define runners knee. And in the second video, I go over some of the more effective ways of dealing with the symptoms of runners knee.

Do You to Steps Aimed at Preventing Runners Knee? What Things Do You Do on a Regular Basis to Stay Pain Free?

Martin Parnell Interview on the Diz Runs With Podcast

Martin Parnell Takes on Huge Quests in Order to Give Back


Martin Parnell understands that the key to making a difference in the world is to simply begin taking action. While on a 12,000 km bike trip through Africa, he was exposed to an organization that would change his life forever.

Martin Parnell Interview on the Diz Runs With Podcast

Martin Parnell

Since learning about Right to Play, and seeing the work that they do, Martin has championed the cause of spreading their message and raising funds to help grow their impact by embarking upon a series of quests that are mind-blowing in scope.

We talked about his past quests, future plans, and how sibling rivalry got him started as a runner during our chat. Read more

Giving Up Something for Lent?

What Runners Shouldn’t Give Up During Lent

Don’t look now, but Ash Wednesday is rapidly approaching. In the Christian calendar, Ash Wednesday kicks off the 40 day period of lent leading up to Easter.

I don’t know why, but there is a tradition within some denominations about giving something up during lent. I’m not completely sure why this is done, but I do know that what you give up is supposed to be something near and dear to you.

Giving Up Something for Lent?

Whether or not you feel called to give something up during lent, here is a list of 20 things that runners should never give up.

Ever. Read more