Who Wants To Get Muddy?

Tough Mudder

Have I ever mentioned that I am motivated by a challenge? I have been struggling to get my training in gear and keep the momentum for healthy life changes that I made in 2015 and 2016. I finally realized that what happened is the motivation wasn’t the same. I started with the half marathon and exceeded my expectations with those. Then I did the full marathon with a goal of saying I had done one. Well, now I can say that. I don’t have anything pushing me to train for.

Let me correct that. I didn’t have anything pushing me to train. I do now. Doing a Tough Mudder competition has never really been a desire of mine. I always thought that I am a runner and I want to run. The problem is I have become too comfortable running. I will never stop running (as long as my body will let me), but the desire to push myself comes from a need to accomplish something new. The new thing that will make me uncomfortable and make me work hard to prove I can do it is the Tough Mudder.

If you have a desire to do a Tough Mudder I have some good news. Run Richmond is all in on making this happen. We have decided to create a Run Richmond team for the June Tough Mudder Half at Kentucky Speedway. Trent and I are both going to do this and we are going to buy two extra tickets. Those tickets will be given away via a contest that has yet to be determined. My hope is that we can motivate enough of you to join us that we can actually have two teams. Tough Mudders are all about start together and finish together and I love that. I also love competition. My hope is that we can get 10-12 people to join our Run Richmond team. Then we could split into Team Trent and Team David and have a little fun competition.

If you feel the need to challenge yourself in a new way and want to join us contact Trent or I. If you are a Tough Mudder veteran and ready to kill the course don’t mention that to Trent and shoot me an email or give me a call. It will be our little secret.

The point of this is to get me, and maybe you, out of our comfort zones. Growth happens when there is an obstacle to overcome. I need to grow some more. I have a feeling there are others out there that are too comfortable logging their miles each week and need to push themselves. The Run Richmond team(s) will be for people of any fitness level. Run Richmond group runs will be a great starting point if you don’t think you can do it. Come on Saturday morning and lets talk about how to get from point A to point B.

Take A Kid For A Run – Even If You Need To Trick Them To Go


There isn’t much I enjoy more than seeing a family doing something together. In my family we have some very different personalities and some very different interest. I have one daughter that is generally more interested in hanging out inside and not getting dirty and another daughter that has always begged to be able to go outside and do something fun. The funny part about that is that if I say lets go for a run the inside girl will jump and get her shoes on and the outside girl will all of a sudden have a stomach ache. Continue reading Take A Kid For A Run – Even If You Need To Trick Them To Go

What’s Your Word?


It seems to be a popular thing now, at least with ladies in my life, to have a special word for the year. The point is to find a specific word that you feel you need to work on and let that word guide you for the year. It could be something like STRENGTH if you are a person that feels insignificant or doesn’t usually stand up for what is right. Or maybe CALM if you are a person that is highly emotional and gets fired up about things easily. If you want to have some fun look for the people wearing a bracelet with a word like this on it. Don’t let them know you saw the bracelet and start giving them advice around that topic. They will be blown away and you will look like a very insightful person.

I have never had a word before. Never even thought much about having a word of the year. I sat down to write this post today and was planning to write about taking the time to let my ankle heal. The only thing that kept popping into my head was the word PATIENCE. If I was more patient I could wait for a different story idea, but since I’m not I am going with this. Continue reading What’s Your Word?

The Running Wife

running wife

I have said before that the running community is an incredibly supportive and encouraging community. I want to prove that by giving a little encouragement and support to The Running Wife (Ashleigh). I don’t know a lot of Ashleigh’s back story, but from what I can tell she made a decision to get healthier and one way she did it was by deciding to run. After making positive changes in her life she has started to focus on the lives of others by creating a blog and doing events to encourage others to get moving. For those of you that know me and my story very well you know that is nearly a perfect match to my story. Continue reading The Running Wife

Why The Water to Wine 5K Vineyard Run Is Important



You guys have been great in the last 36 hours or so since we opened registration for the Water to Wine 5K Vineyard Run! The response has been amazing. we have lots of registrations from people that haven’t been part of our Run Richmond family.  So thank you to those that have already registered and the large group of you that have shared links on social media. That is the best way for us to get the word spread about this really cool event.

When we did the Historic Haunt the main focus was to help people try something new, or take it to another level. We had the Little Goblins Run to get kids running. We had the 5k for people that had never run before. Plus, we had the 10K for people to step up a level and add some distance to push themselves a little harder. Some would say a lot harder. Continue reading Why The Water to Wine 5K Vineyard Run Is Important

You Have Waited Long Enough


Registration is OPEN. Details are available here and you can get registered here. This is NOT just a 5K race. This is a run through one of the most picturesque spots in Madison County if not the state.

These won’t be rough single track trails in the woods. These are paths in and around the vines on top of a large hill with sweeping views of the farm land surrounding the vineyard. The course will be mostly flat with a few small elevation changes, but nothing too strenuous.  Our goal isn’t to give you the best workout possible or the most challenging course. Our goal is for this to be the most fun you have ever had at a run. Continue reading You Have Waited Long Enough

Run Richmond Conquers the Rio Salado Trail Run


For some of us, the idea of retiring may bring to mind images of relaxing on the couch, joining a couple golf leagues, or maybe even becoming a babysitter to grandkids. When Emily Christian told us she was retiring last year she didn’t give me the impression that sitting on the couch would be one of the options she would pick. Now spending time with grandkids was something that I knew would become a major focus for her. Continue reading Run Richmond Conquers the Rio Salado Trail Run

Workout of the Week #3


Workout of the Week #3 “Progressive Endurance” Left over Right

My name is Trent Funk and I am a previous college athlete who is on the down hill side of my 40s heading for 50 and am ready to call on my inner warrior to come out, get motivated and make another stand. This is my 3 rd installment where I try new workouts and relay to you the joys and pains of the process.
Here’s a quick update on my status / progress.
Nacho Libre stretch - I want a Hot BODY But i also want tacos!Last week I was in Leon Mexico on business and got a couple of easy runs in with the one benefit being that I was at 6000 feet altitude. However the meme accurately captures my experience as I woke up 1 week later with my “fancy clothes” being tighter to due to 3 extra pounds of tacos.

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tracyTracy Humber!!!!

I didn’t know until yesterday, but Tracy killed it (and everyone else) at the Frostbite 5K at EKU.  She won her age group and brought home the medal to prove it. My assumption is that she rubbed it in Tim’s face a little bit because I didn’t hear that he won a medal.

Great job Tracy! I bet you have logged more miles at Run Richmond Group Runs than any other lady. We love having you as part of our community!

The Drift


That’s a beautiful picture, isn’t it? If you think about the hectic lives that we lead you may think that looks even more amazing. During my busiest and most hectic times, I could imagine climbing in that boat and just drifting off while relaxing. Most of us at times daydream about getting away and not having to be so rushed, stressed, scheduled, or just plain busy.  I think a slower life would be beneficial for most of us. The real question is if a drifting life would be beneficial? Continue reading The Drift