Let’s check in with our #IRunMoore ambassador Jose

Mi Gente! Today is Veterans Day which annually falls on November 11. This day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. Today Veterans are thanked for their services to the United States.

I served on active duty for 30 years. In addition to deploying to Afghanistan and Iraq, I have been stationed in the Asia, Europe and stateside installations. Met some incredible people and experienced various cultures. One of the things that was always constant anywhere I went, was physical training or PT as it’s called. This was done 5 days a week at a minimum. As a Veteran with a 100% disability every day is a challenge but not impossible.

An important component of PT was strength training. Strength training supplements my running because it strengthens muscles and joints, which can improve race times and decrease injury risk. I learned in the Army the theory of exercise adaptation which states that lifting the same weights for the same exercises every week will keep your body in the same place. To make progress, you need to change things. To change your body, you need to change your workouts. Strength workouts have improved my stride length and improved my running form. I lift 3 times week with both free weights and machines and every 4-6 weeks I change it up

In life the key to success is consistency. Always remember that home of the free because of the Brave. I would like to leave you this:

It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.
~Charles Michael Province, U.S. Army