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Overcoming adversity to jump rope a 5K

Almost exactly one year ago I had to withdraw from the 2017 Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K in Philadelphia because of a torn calf muscle. I was extremely disappointed because I had trained hard for the race, was looking forward to it, and the injury seemed to come out of nowhere. I immediately registered for the 2018 race hoping I’d be able to redeem myself. But then the wheels came off the wagon. On November 1, about six weeks after I withdrew from the race, my dad passed away unexpectedly on the heels of my mom passing away unexpectedly. Then a few months after that I started experiencing more lower back pain than usual. An MRI revealed four herniated discs in my lumbar spine. That happy news was followed by an injury to my right knee.

To say I was at a low point would be an understatement of biblical proportions, but I didn’t quit. Through physical therapy, the love and support of my sister and my friends, the powerful effects of Aynsley Kirshenbaum’s #sugarpurge, and the sheer force of will, I was able to jump rope the entire Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K this Saturday with my girlfriend, Heather, and my dear friend and Punk Rope co-conspirator, Shana. The runners and spectators were so gracious and encouraging. We’ve never been cheered on like that before even though we’ve been jumping 5Ks since 2009. I wanted to share this story because I believe we all have the ability to be resilient and bounce back from any misfortune. In the words of the late, great Jim Valvano, “Never ever give up!”

By | 2018-09-17T07:29:51-04:00 September 17th, 2018|0 Comments

No obstacle is too great

If you follow the Punk Rope Instagram feed (and if you don’t we invite you to do so) you might have thought we won our 6th consecutive City Challenge 5K obstacle race on Saturday in Jersey City, NJ. Well that’s actually a bit of an exaggeration although not quite fake news. We did win…in a sense.

With an average age approaching 50, Shana, Lyana, Heather, and I each attempted to conquer 23 “obstacles” ranging from turning heavy jump ropes to scaling inverted barricades to shimmying up climbing ropes to swinging kettlebells to monkeying around the monkey bars to lugging sand bags and cinder blocks to hurdling police cars to carrying a stranger piggyback.

Did we really have the fastest time? No. Do we care? Hardly. Our goal was simply to give the race our all and do our best AS A TEAM. Collectively we tried to solve each challenge that the race organizers tossed our way. Sometimes we were triumphant, sometimes we stumbled, but we never backed down.

I find that obstacle races are a great metaphor for life. You never know what’s going to be thrown at you. Sometimes you’ll get knocked down. But the bigger question is: will you get back up again? So the next time you think about signing up for a traditional 5K or 10K, consider doing an obstacle race with a team instead. It will test your fitness; it will test your mental toughness; it will test your ability to play nicely with others. And it will be a helluva good time.

By | 2018-04-17T22:33:00-04:00 April 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Rope Against Racism

WHAT
Heather, Shana, and I are jump roping the Rock & Roll 5K in Philly on Sept 16. I invite you to walk, run, or jump with us…or just come out and support. I’m jumping with a heavy rope which represents the oppression faced daily by virtually every person of color in the United States. I’ve been training for several weeks, but am combating a variety of ailments so will be happy to finish in about 50 minutes, including walk breaks. Actually I’ll just be happy to finish! Post-race breakfast TBD.

WHEN
Sat, Sept 16 | 7am

WHERE
Start line is at Eakins Oval

HOW MUCH
$50.99

REGISTER

By | 2017-09-09T22:37:18-04:00 September 16th, 2017|0 Comments