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I sure did! Today on the blog, I'm doing something a little different. Something I've never done before. A while back, my Twitter Buddy, Mo, reached out to me and wanted to contribute to my blog. I thought the best way would be to feature him as the RunGingerRun Buddy of the Month! It just so happens that he's the first RGR Buddy of the month too! Being as we just celebrated the 4th of July and Mo is a Service-Disabled Veteran, there was no better time kick off this new adventure for my blog then right after one of our most patriotic holidays! Thanks for your service Mo!
How I Met Mo
Mo and I "met" on Twitter and while we've never met in real life, I still consider him a Running Buddy. Maybe one day we'll end up at the same race and run some miles together! But for now, we participate in the same Twitter chats, we talk about running, we congratulate each other on our running accomplishments and we also motivate each other when we need it. Now it's time for you to meet Mo...
The Running Buddy Interview with Mo Schultz
That is always a tough question and typically I can give a great snapshot in time however, I will give you a cliff notes version of my timeline. I am a mid-west kid that grew up in Kansas City. Jazz, BBQ and Sports fuels everyone in that city. Childhood was so-so and I was always into soccer. I tried other sports and made it a point to be active. This trend stuck when I went into the military. I went into the military in 1997 and left in 2003. I incurred my disability in 2001 and it was clear I had a tough road ahead. I was having surgeries often and gaining a significant amount of weight. I knew it was bad because the pain in my ankles and in other areas, as well as, sleep apnea were due to the fact that I had hit the obesity mark. I was at a point where it hurt to be active. Note for anyone reading this that are at that point, you need to eat right and become active even if it hurts. Trust me, it is not going to get better. It took me a decade to get to a point where I said, “Enough is enough.” From 2012 to the end of 2013, I ran but did not follow a nutrition plan or take advice from a running coach. The objective for me running changed, as it was no longer for weight loss but to connect with a strong community, the running community, and make this a life change.
I became addicted to trail running as I enjoyed every aspect of it. In January 2014 I started eating healthy,
as a wonderful woman (Keira Henninger) introduced me to game changing nutrition. I dropped 40 lbs. in 6 months from eating well and staying active. It was no miracle pill but it was great, supportive people in my life that helped me make this life change. Today I run for many reasons but most of all for veterans and others that are going through similar challenges I faced. I am in no way skinny but if I can do it, anyone can. I am a Veteran Ambassador for Team RWB and Carbo Pro. Professionally, I work at the Department of State. For more info of the Professional side of my life, come connect with me on LinkedIn.
2. How do we connect with you on Social media?
Twitter via @NOVATrailBlazer and @NOVAUltraRunner
I signed up for my first 10K in 2012. So the race series that started me down the path of running was The North face Endurance Challenge. I would say the best supported race series out there. It also helped that my wife is a marathoner and seeing all of her great results inspired me to be active too.
4. What is your favorite race/distance?
Becoming the first service disabled veteran to complete The North Face Endurance Challenge 50 miler in June 2014...I am going to say 50 mile Trail races are my favorite. I was not fast but my official time was 12:57:51. I was 2 minutes and 9 seconds from the cut off but I enjoyed every step of that race. The scenery is gorgeous as you run along the Potomac River. This will be a staple race for me and I am just glad I finished. One interesting fact is that I ran the entire time without music. I had music ready to go but the convo with other runners and the scenery kept me occupied, yes, trail runners talk while we run. We also become instant field medics when one of us would go down. Sure we may have little to no medical training but we just “know.”
First off, Team RWB is not just a sound bite and yes, everyone is welcome to join. To understand Team RWB you need to understand the #EagleEthos as captured on the website. We share an ethos, a set of guiding beliefs and ideals that characterize our community. Ethos is demonstrated, not stated. The Eagle Ethos can be clearly captured in an instant with a single snapshot or demonstrated over time. It can be displayed outwardly or held inside as fuel for action. But it is pervasive throughout Team RWB and known intimately by each team member who puts on that red shirt. The Eagle Ethos is passion, people, positivity, commitment, camaraderie, and community...and Team RWB lives it in action every day.
+ Passion – we care more, we work harder, and we share our story
+ People – veterans and community drive everything we do
+ Positivity – we don’t ignore the challenges, we just stay positive and attack them
+ Commitment – we are dedicated to each other, our mission, and our communities
+ Camaraderie – we improve lives through genuine, personal relationships
+ Community – this is what we are building...at every level
I recommend everyone to at least go to a recurring event in their local area to experience it. You can learn more about Team RWB by visiting our website: http://www.teamrwb.org/
Mantra: #FuelWellBreatheWellStayFocused #YouGotThis
My Quote: “A successful leader will take a diverse mix of unknown people with unknown skill sets and abilities and make them want to make the impossible, possible.” -Mohammad Schultz