Matt Berlin

Matt Berlin

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Team Great Bear COMPLETE!!! 

  • Dec 9th, 2019 at 7:12AM

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We followed David's journey Saturday, and on my ride home Sunday, I got to track live Elodie and Malia crossing their finish lines too! The Great Bear 5 is now officially complete!!! Great work everyone! What a fun 4 months of training this was. Small team, but totally committed to the training and 100% supportive of each other in our journeys to our respective finish lines and goals.

In reflecting back this past week after my final run of the program the previous Friday, I reread my end of week 1 blog to see how I did on my goals/whys list for this program. It was a terrific idea in the lessons for this program to journal our personal goals/whys list at the beginning. 4 months is a long time to train, and what you thought in the beginning can often times change as things play out.

My main goals of completing the program with no injury flare ups, prep for my team race in Kentucky at the end of week 9, and enjoy a full Autumn of ideal running weather all played out beautifully. And so too did my focus on completing the distance and the full training, and not get fixated on a specific time. The adding of the additional distance for a new distance PR on the final run helped in that effort, to focus on the finish line, and not the finishing clock. Overall, I'm very pleased with how I approached these 4 months, and how they played out for me. A perfect fit for this fall's fitness.

Thanks Malia, Patrick, Ward and team Kenzai for adding this program that has been on the request list of many. For all you runners out there, looking to train for your next marathon, or your first ever, find a race and sign up. This program will get you to the finish line!!

Have a wonderful end of the year everyone in the Kenzai world. I'll see you back in January as we kick off the start of our 2020 goals.

 
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9 comments

David B.David B.Kenzai Member
3 months ago

Matt, it’s pretty awesome when you can look back at a set of goals from the start of a program like this and in the end confidently check all the boxes and then some! Thanks for being a part of this group that has been very “supportive of each other” for what has been a long journey with a very happy ending!


    Sean K.Sean K.Kenzai Member
    3 months ago

    Nice summary Matt. Agree 100% about things changing and this program helping to achieve goals.

    Congratulations again on knocking it out of the park. I didn’t realize you didn’t have a race set at the end, but you definitely punctuated the program with your 50km explosion. As always, it was great to roll with you. Feel like between Kenzai and Strava I get a double dose of Mattivation. Happy Holidays to you and your family!!


      Jason F.Jason F.Kenzai Member
      3 months ago

      https://youtu.be/FPQlXNH36mI
      This was a very engaging program to follow along, the inaugural Team Bear rocked, so much K-love and support and CRUSHING, almost tempted to sign up for the next one...almost...
      @David: who doesn't love a happy ending!


        Robin K.Robin K.Kenzai Member
        3 months ago

        Well done Matt - have a great holiday season and enjoy the runs in the snow.


          John G.John G.Kenzai Marathon | Day 49 (Member)
          3 months ago

          Brilliant performance Matt. Well done on what looks like a great year dude. I look forward to hooking up with you on the blogs next year. We go again!


            Elodie C.Elodie C.Kenzai Member
            3 months ago

            Well done Matt! It was great being on the same team and following your running journey.
            Your final 50k run was just so impressive!! Congrats!


              Ward WillisWard WillisKenzai Member
              Head Trainer3 months ago

              Matt, more than your feedback on the program, more than your stunning gains, more than your impressive times and distances, I will always be impressed by your willingness to reach out to each and every marathoner...be they new runners, experienced runners, hard chargers, or epic failers. You hit the blogs and educate and empower everyone. It's stunning, mate!


                Malia HirschmannMalia HirschmannKenzai Member
                Trainer3 months ago

                I have to chuckle a bit to myself because in one trainer shout I declared that "no one would be bananas enough to do this program without a race at the end". Well you showed us all that it's not crazy. In fact your goals outlined at the beginning of the program and your monster 50K run at the end proves that, it's not always about the race. That's a powerful message to anyone considering taking this program. You've been a true asset to this team and as Ward mentioned to the growing Kenzai Marathon community. Thank you! You are COMPLETE!


                  Scott H.Scott H.Kenzai Member
                  2 months ago

                  Hi5 Matt. What Fish said...


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