To borrow a phrase ‘just do it’

In July of 2010 I started working for FROGBOX, it didn’t take long for me to realize that a healthy lifestyle was part of our corporate culture. It might have been facebook pictures of ‘Team FROGBOX’ in Vancouver after a long trail run, or the fact that my boss in Seattle had recently lost over 100 pounds and finished his second half marathon. Either way I knew I needed to get with the program, so after a little coaxing from a friend (This friend is Christine, she rocks, go read her blog). I signed up for my first race, the Seattle 1/2 Marathon, and began training. Since then I’ve completed two more half marathons, beating my personal best by almost 15 minutes.

Now its my turn to do the coaxing. I want you to come run the Seattle Half Marathon in November. We don’t have to actually run the race together as I am assuming whatever group we assemble will be going at different paces. What I am looking for is a group of people who can commit to training for and running the race. Lord willing we’ll even finish!

Who? Anyone, when I ran my first race I had never run before. The plan I followed for my first race is here (PDF version here), it’s a really easy 12 week training program, all you need to be able to do to start the program is run 3 miles. 12 weeks before the race is September 2nd, that means you have 8 weeks to be able to build up to 3 miles.

What? The Amica Seattle Marathon (specifically the half), although if you want to run the full I say go for it!

Why? Because it’s fun to challenge yourself, it’s a great way to stay in shape, and we’ll all be able to encourage each-other during training. Mainly though, I just want a big group of people to get beers with after the race.

So, are you in? I have gotta few “yes’s” and a handful of “maybe’s”, don’t think about it any-more just sign up! When you do, let me know and I will make a facebook group or something. All we need is a team name… too bad #TeamBreezy is already taken..

Legislating Change

Disclaimer: This thought is absolutely sparked by the recent media buzz surrounding same sex marriage, it is not intended to become a discussion about weather you are pro or anti same sex marriage. It is merely an observation that was sparked by recent events, please keep that in mind if you choose to comment or share your thoughts.

One thing I have never understood is the importance placed on legislating ones beliefs on another, IE “We don’t like the way you do this, so we are going to make it illegal for you to do it”. Trying to legislate change, or control people into what you believe is at best, a short term solution. People will either rebel against said control, or will go right back to the the way they originally were when those controls are removed.

Think of it this way, lets say you work for coke, should you make it illegal to drink pepsi or should you create a product, experience, or service that causes people to choose coke over pepsi? If your goal is to control behavior, you may find temporary “victory” from time to time, but it will be short lived.

If you want to change the way people live, if you want to change the way people think and interact, create a better product, design a better system, find a better way, and share it with the world. As someone once said, you don’t have to do it first, you just have to do it better.

I agree with occupy Seattle and I can’t think of a more annoying group of human beings

 

(photo courtesy of Fox News)

I was recently listening to a podcast (Too Beautiful To Live) with host Luke Burbank and guest Moshe Kasher, in the first 20 minutes of the podcast Luke and Moshe do a great job of encapsulating what I have yet to be able to articulate regarding my feelings on Occupy Seattle.

Luke: I agree with almost every single principle of the occupy movement and I can’t think of a more annoying group of human beings and I can’t reconcile these two things in my mind

Moshe: Thats the problem with revolution is that it always starts with the people that have the least to lose and  the most ready to revolt … it’s definitely someone somebody that is putting down a hackey sack to come get a walking stick and break the nike’s windows. Just to push back a little, those people have to start it in order for people like you (and people like me) to close our books and put our MacBooks down and begin to take part in it. We’re never going to start a revolution we’re too comfortable.

Luke: I guess thats a good point I would be into the kind of revolution that involved reasonable legislation that you know, sort of made wall-street more accountable and that you know I am a fan of Obamacare, I guessI would be more into a revolution that happend more or less at a reasonable pace.

I do identify with the over-arching sense of injustice that exists in our current systems, I do have tremendous respect for people that are willing to take a stand regarding issues that they are passionate about (direct action). I also find myself completely annoyed with them. So here I stand, in the midst of “truth in tension” just like I learned in Bible School, waiting, watching, trying not to judge, and learning.

Direct download for the podcast quoted above (if you listen to podcasts, I highly recommend you check this out) can be found here

We Stopped Dreaming

A powerful and inspiring compilation of everyone’s favorite space nerd Neil DeGrasse Tyson talking about why we stopped dreaming. Hits home for me, I have a belief that every person has something they are passionate about, something of worth, something in them that is needed to make this world a better place. When we were kids we wanted to be something, we wanted to do something of significance. I wanted to be a paleontologist on the moon. Somewhere along the line, life beats this hope out of us, it becomes easy to settle, it becomes easy to slip into whats comfortable and whats “normal”.

The good news? It’s never to late. Don’t stop dreaming. We need you.

Why I love Seattle #4320, we have real life super heroes, and villains

As some of you may know, Seattle made the news yesterday as a few bad eggs managed to mar what would have been a day of “peaceful protests” for more info see this PI article. That’s not what I want to talk about though, what I want to talk about is the fact that we (we being Seattle) have real life super heroes. These super heroes are, from what I can tell, led by one Phoenix Jones who (along with his friends) were present at todays protests (see this video from Q13: “Seattles Self Proclaimed ‘Superheroes’ help out on May day“).

Not only do we have our own super heroes, we now have our own super-villains! I stumbled across this video today from someone calling himself “Rex Velvet”

I swear, I couldn’t make this stuff up! I love my city!

(for more info check out a much more in-depth recap here)