Andy liked the feeling of running and what it did to his body, but also didn’t want to spend all his free time training and away from his family. After completing his second marathon, he found PEAR and realized he could train less and stay in shape! Andy shared a little more of his journey with us and we love his story and wanted to share it with you!
In 2012 I ran my second Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and soon thereafter decided I had enough of long distance running. I was glad I did it but the time commitment to train was just too much and was taking me away from my family and, well, fun things I wanted to do. When training for the marathon I joined the Rockin N Runnin Club to train. It was running 4-6 times a week, with track during the week and a long run on the weekends. It was brutal. But I liked how I felt when I ran, and it was good to keep the pounds off, so I needed some sort of motivation to run without committing to a big race. I don’t remember exactly how I found out about PEAR, I’m sure it was a Google search, but as soon as I saw what PEAR offered I had to try it. That day I ran up to the Apple store and bought a PEAR Training Intelligence System.
I just wanted to be in shape. I am 47 and each year it gets harder and harder to make the pants fit comfortably. I knew my body reacted well to running so I had to figure out a way to continue to run and be self motivated. More importantly my step mother Ellen was an avid runner and I witnessed how it changed her life and I was inspired by that. Unfortunately, Ellen was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2011 and was unable to run so I used that as motivation to keep her spirit going. She passed away in 2012, but she was able to see the pictures from the marathon that I ran in her honor. In fact, in this picture you can see the “For Ellen” on my bib.
As for PEAR workouts or training plans, I use all the shorter Interval Workouts. Robert Reames, Matt Fitzgerald, Purple Patch. I found out I could run for a short time doing intervals but get the same fat burning results I used to get when I’d run for an hour straight. That was great moment when I realized I could run a few times a week, maybe 2 hours at the most, and stay in shape.
PEAR has just helped maintain a nice level of fitness, and keep me in a good weight zone. Naturally I can go up or down 5-7 pounds over the course of a year, but for the most part I’ve been able to maintain my goal weight for the two years I’ve used PEAR. And full disclosure, I’m not a real healthy eater. I enjoy food a great deal, but if I keep working out I can eat what I want (almost).
I standup paddle board so I’m looking forward to trying those PEAR workouts. I’ve considered maybe doing a few 10Ks a year just to stay on track but we’ll see. Right now it’s just about maintaining where I’m at, maybe lose a few pounds but I suppose anyone can say that. I’d like to get down to my high school weight, I’m close, but that would require another PEAR workout or two a week.
I like the fact that PEAR just works. What it does it does extremely well. I have a friend who is a personal trainer for cyclists and he did some metabolic testing with me and he gave me this big program that included target heart rates but it required me to constantly look at a heart rate monitor while I ran and it became a total pain. I consider my runs “me” time, and I get lost in the music. In my job I produce videos and some my best ideas and creativity come while I’m running. The less distraction the better. If I’m constantly looking at a watch I’m never able to get into that zone. With PEAR I just put the headphones on and do what it says. It’s very easy to get lost in the moment when all you’re doing is following directions.
I’m motivated to stay in shape and be healthy for my family. Our son just went off to college and wanted to set a positive model for how to live healthy without killing yourself with crazy workouts and crazy diets. He’ doing spin classes now to avoid the dreaded Freshmen 15. I’m also motivated by my boss Chris. He’s 10 years older than me but you’d never know it. I envy his commitment to stay in shape. It does inspire me to know at any age you can be in great shape.
I love gadgets, I have a bunch of useless toys as my wife will attest to and I’ve tried a bunch of health gadgets that promised results but didn’t deliver, until I used PEAR. It has become an indispensable part of my running program. In fact, the reason I got in touch with PEAR to begin with was because my heart rate monitor stopped syncing and instead of running without PEAR, I just didn’t run at all (okay, so maybe I was looking for an excuse not to run). PEAR is as much a part of my running as my shoes.