“You ever have that feeling no matter how much you work out you feel like you’re not improving? Well that’s where I was. I did a pretty good job getting myself started. I lost weight, had more energy, and just felt better. Eventually I hit a plateau. One day while training for an annual firefighter stair climb in Seattle, in which we climb 69 floors wearing turnouts and SCBA, I decided to train with Justin. It turned out to be a great decision on my part. Needless to say he kicked my @#$%! I’d been trying for several years to beat a time of 16:30 to no avail. After following Justin’s workout plan I beat that with no problem.
With my confidence high I decided to enter the Men’s Health Urbanathlon in Chicago this last October. This event consisted of a 9.75 mile run with several obstacle courses scattered throughout the event. One of which required us to run up and down the stands in Soldier Field (stairs are much easier without all the gear). You runners might say no problem, right? Keep in mind I’m not nor have I ever been a runner. In fact, this event was the longest I’ve ever run at one time in my life. I wasn’t concerned with the obstacles. My concern was my endurance for the run. So, once again I decided to employ the mad skills of Justin Rundle. Needless to say he kicked my @#$% . . . AGAIN!
Justin worked with me on my diet as well as a training program. I can tell you, without any doubt, Justin’s training sessions were more difficult than the Urbanathlon. When the event was done I thought to myself “That’s it!” Of course, I did not set any kind of record but I did finish in the top 18th% overall and the top 3rd% of my age group. I figure that’s pretty good for a base line. Justin’s training and motivation has definitely improved my endurance and strength. Most of the younger guys I work with have a hard time keeping up with me. I’ll definitely be doing more events next year.