Matt Berlin

Matt Berlin

Kenzai Run | Graduating (Member)
Trainer

Team Intro Blog

  • Apr 24th, 2019 at 10:50PM

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1) The Basics: Where you live; What you do for work and/or play.

I’m in the U.S., a few hours north of New York City. I’m a part-time Kenzai trainer, full-time at-home dad (which means full-time Kid-Uber-Driver), and now full-time dog trainer to our almost 5-month old golden-doodle (so basically a 4th child now 😫).

2) How long have you been around the community and what program(s) have you enjoyed the most?

I completed Kenzai Body back in the fall of 2015. Have completed 11 programs to date, looking for the 12th badge with this session. My top 5 favorites in order are: Iron, Body 3, Run-Half, Chisel, Bells 2.

3) Do you have any prior running experience? And if so, what experience, and what is the longest distance you’ve run?

I was a late comer to running. It never appealed to me in my 20’s & 30’s, so aside from running as was necessary for sports practices, I was not a runner. I randomly started running when I turned 40 as a cross-training option for my cycling. Little did I know that I would end up enjoying it as much as I have. So much so that within the first year, I was hooked and ran my first marathon. I wish I had begun younger, but I am very glad that I at least started when I did.

4) Why did you sign up for this program, and do you have any specific goals for yourself? 

Primary goal: The timing works out well for the start of spring running season to join the two teams I’m training and share the journey of these 8-weeks.
Secondary goal: Getting a badge that Head-Trainer, Badge-King Ward doesn’t have yet.

5) What one food or drink do you miss the most when you’re on a training program? 

Beer!

6) Anything else you’d like to share with your teammates?

As you all know, you get out of this what you put into it, both out on the running trails and out on the blogs. Be both an active teammate and focused trainee, so you can get the most out of these 8-weeks of training. Let’s go!!!

 
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11 comments

Elissa ImranElissa ImranKenzai Mind | Day 7 (Member)
Trainerabout 2 months ago

6 questions for the intro?! Overachiever!


    Odaya B.Odaya B.Kenzai Run | Graduating (Member)
    about 2 months ago

    Inspiring!! Doing your first marathon in your first year of running. Nice job!!


      Sara PittmanSara PittmanKenzai Chisel | Day 7 (Member)
      Assistant Trainerabout 2 months ago

      Ward doesn’t have run ! I feel hugely powerful right now ! Good luck - I’m ramping up the running ranger style and heading for a half in November.


        Cindy H.Cindy H.Kenzai Run | Graduating (Member)
        about 2 months ago

        Sounds like you have your hands full with kiddos, pooch and Kenzai! Running your first marathon in the year you began running is quite an accomplishment. I've run three half marathons and still haven't thought a marathon is something I want to do.


          Jason F.Jason F.Kenzai Kettlebell | Day 7 (Member)
          about 2 months ago

          Mmmm....beer...
          Your list of favorites looks like the ranking of bad-assedness...


            Mohammed N.Mohammed N.Kenzai Run | Graduating (Member)
            about 2 months ago

            I just adopted two puppies last month! they are both 4 months old! training dogs is a blast, wait until you go on runs with them!


              Matt BerlinMatt BerlinKenzai Run | Graduating (Member)
              Trainerabout 2 months ago

              @Elissa, just trying to stay 1 ahead of Burnsie is all.

              @Odaya, thanks. It just popped up as a goal quicker than expected. Which was good...didn’t give me time to rethink it 😄

              @Sara, he’s done the original Run-10K program and the Run-Half one too. Not this one. Speaking of. We need to get you on the Run-Half program this year. Sept?

              @Cindy, having already done several Half’s it’s really not much more if it ever peaks your interest to find a fun/scenic one to sign up for. A Fall marathon in VT or ME would be nice one year.

              @Fish, I knew I had you at Beer.

              @Mohammed, 2 puppies! You’re braver than us. Running with him is the plan. Just need to wait until he’s older and fully grown and his hips/legs are safe for longer distances than just the short sprints we’ve done at the end of walks.


                Sara PittmanSara PittmanKenzai Chisel | Day 7 (Member)
                Assistant Trainerabout 2 months ago

                It’s on the list ! Def building my enthusiasm for running back up:)


                  Sean K.Sean K.Kenzai Member
                  about 2 months ago

                  Smart idea on taking the run course to reboot your training. You’re not a badge whore after all. You have me intrigued about Iron now for sure. Nice quote!


                    Scott H.Scott H.Kenzai Chisel | Day 7 (Member)
                    about 2 months ago

                    I'm in the Beer Club. K-Master Flash Patrick is gunna have to develop another Program or two to stay ahead of your Badge quest! Kenzai Bike!!!


                      Matt BerlinMatt BerlinKenzai Run | Graduating (Member)
                      Trainerabout 2 months ago

                      @Sean, Iron is a MUST for you one of these days. More than most anyone else here, you'd get jacked over those 90 days. When you have a 90 day window, definitely consider it.

                      @Scott, I've lost hope for Kenzai Bike...doesn't seem to ever make it even close to the radar screen at headquarters. Maybe some day though. One of these years I gotta follow your lead to PanMass, that's way more likely.


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