Every day we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work — both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring Patrick Morris, a marathoner, chiropractor, and proud father of three.
Here’s what he had to say:
What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?
Completing my first marathon (The Wisconsin Marathon) this May in a Boston Qualifying time of 3:23. I trained hard and had a great group of friends to train and run the race with. I am also very proud of completing the Ragnar Relay from Madison, Wisconsin to Montrose Harbor in Chicago (203 miles) with 11 friends.
How did you achieve it?
By using a training plan, following it, and not missing a day. As of today, I have run at least one mile ever since Apr. 27 — over 100 days! I’ve also added swimming and biking to my routine now that I’m training for an Olympic distance triathlon, then on to the Chicago Marathon in the fall.
What motivates you to make the world a better place?
As a parent and a health care provider, I feel a responsibility to make the world a better pace for those around me. I want to be an inspiration for my kids, patients, friends, and family to live a healthier lifestyle. Plus, my 16-year-old son is a runner, so it’s an activity we can do together!
What do you do to stay healthy and fit?
I have used technology and will power to stay fit. I’ve used a calorie tracking app to help with the diet (LoseIt) and several to track my exercise (Endomondo, Garmin) and Charity Miles to keep me moving for great causes!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice I’ve received, and one that I continue to share, is, “Lose weight in the kitchen, get fit in the gym.” Many people think by just working out they can continue to eat in an unhealthy way. I’ve found the opposite. I lost 63 pounds by eating well, cutting out fast foods, eating smaller and healthier portions, and making better choices. I’ve become an athlete again (I was a college soccer player, now I’m a runner and triathlete) through exercise.
What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?
Charity Miles allows me to do something that is great for me (run, walk, or bike) while benefiting others that need support. I run and exercise for me and, though it may sound selfish, I did not want to become someone that was only running as a fundraiser for a cause. Charity Miles is perfect for me because others can benefit from my workouts, and all I have to do is pick a charity, and do what I was going to do!
Who do you exercise for, and why?
The easy answer is that I exercise for my children and family, which is true, but I also exercise for me. Before I began my journey to a healthier me in January of 2012, I was out of shape, had an unhealthy diet, and sedentary lifestyle. I knew if I was going to stick with a life change, it had to be something I did to benefit me. I love being able to look in the mirror and see a fit, happy, and healthy man.