Chris Martinez

Chris Martinez was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. He joined the army at 24 years old in the year 2002. He was a combat engineer from that year util his end of time in service in the year 2007. After working jobs as a military contractor in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the US, he now works as a machinist at Union Pacific.

Meet David

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   David was born at Fort Rucker, AL. He enjoyed sports at a early age and by the time he hit high school he
was setting records in track and cross country. Some that still stand today. David knew he wanted to serve his country from a young age and enlisted in the Marine Corps straight out of high school. After a fast 4 years in the Marine Corp, and a couple of years in defense contracting overseas, David enlisted and found a home in the Coast Guard.
     As a Boatswains Mate in the Coast Guard, David excelled as a tactical Coxwain (Boat operator) chasing down fast boats loaded with tons of illicit drugs in the Caribbean. When David wasn’t deployed chasing down drug boats, he worked as a Search and Rescue missions for the coast guard. It was here the David found the most rewarding work of his life. David says “There is no better feeling in the world then to know your actions and decisions just saved a persons life from certain death”.
     After 10 years in the Coast Guard, David injured his right shoulder during a rescue and has had 9 surgeries since, including 3 complete shoulder replacements with the last being on the 25th of January 2016. David has traveled and explored all 7 contents, sailed every major ocean, and lived all over the world.
      David explained “When I was being medically retired from the Coast Guard, I tried to argue my case that I      would heal and be able to do my job that I loved so much. I’ll never forget that day, my command Master Chief chewed me out, he gave me a long list of things I would never be able to physically do again. What he didn’t realize was he had just given me a list of goals to accomplish in life. he lit a fire in me that still burns today. I’ve slowly been checking those things off my list. Every physical thing I can accomplish is a step closer to getting back to myself before my injury. I am doing this hike to help recover from my biggest surgery yet, to help come to terms with a few things in my life and finally make peace with myself about them. It’s not just an adventure it’s a journey to heal. One of my favorite quotes is “If you want to get healthy go to a doctor, if you want to heal go to nature”.
    Now he is off to conquer the Appalachian Trail while bringing awareness on veteran issues like PTS and suicide. Keep an eye out for him and make sure you cheer him on.

Rick Schumacher

We would like to welcome our newest member Rick Schumacher. Rick is taking on a race in April and is dedicated to putting in the time and work.

As a full-time student and working professional, Richard (Rick) Schumacher has faced and overcome many obstacles. He recently graduated with highest honors and a 3.95 GPA from Park University. He completed this degree while excelling in his career (maintaining the highest rating on every performance review) and raising a daughter with his wonderful wife. Life was not always this positive, however.

With determination and against all odds, Rick graduated from high school in 1995 after attending five high schools, eight primary schools, and having lived in 36 houses. Richard found promise in the U.S. Army, enlisted and was a commendable soldier for ten years. He earned several awards during his time in the military and served a tour of duty in Iraq in 2003-2004. From there, he returned to Texas with the desire to further his education and a personal mandate to improve the lives of those, who like him, grew up in poverty. He now works as a senior investigator for the Texas Workforce Commission, Regulatory Integrity Unit. This position allows him to continue his service by ensuring that state funds dedicated to helping those in need are secure.

In 2010, Rick was named a Tillman Military Scholar in honor of the legacy of Corporal Pat Tillman, an Army Ranger killed in Afghanistan in 2004. This honor was based on a record of personal achievement, educational and career ambitions, demonstration of service to others in the community and a desire to continue such service.

Rick has received numerous awards during his military career as well as accolades earned during his educational career. Some of these awards include: the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal x2, National Defense Service Medal x2, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Campaign and Service Medals, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Basic Combat School, Distinguished Honor Graduate, Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society, Dean’s List; graduated with highest honors. He has also been accepted as a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

From his humble beginnings, Rick brings an uncommon determination and desire to succeed. He has seen the terrible side of life both in Iraq and in our city streets. Rick has overcome adversity and is excelling in college and his career, not in spite of that adversity, but because of it.

*Update* Preparing for my first 5k obstacle course

First off let me apologize for not posting everyday. It’s been pretty hectic for me these past couple of weeks of  I have still made time to get my 3 workouts done with Eric.

So currently I workout with my trainer Eric Munoz who knows how to push me to my limits. When we started out I was able to do 35 pushups, 40 unassisted sit-ups and hold my plank for 1 minute. Currently I am n ot sure where I stand on all the above but I know I am getting stronger as the days pass and now Eric has me doing inclined push-ups, V-sits and V-ups. As far as the V-sits go I can not do them perfect but I am proud of myself because I have come a long way with them.  When I work out Wednesday I will post what workout we did.

In order to prepare for this 5k I started running on a treadmill twice a week during my lunch breaks. I started running 1 mile in 13:20 and I am currently down to 10:15 and now it’s time for me to start trying to run longer distances. In my opinion between working out with Eric and running I feel great and so much better. This past weekend I went to San Diego to do a soldier ride which consisted of me doing 28 miles on a moderatly hilly course which I was able to complete with no problem. Needless to say I was very proud of myself and now I am super stoked to do my 5k in March.

I’m not sure if I have given my background and how I became so out of shape. As I said back in my first post I was injured on my left hand/arm overseas back in 2005 and now my hand goes numb and tingly at random times, not to mention my rolling nerve that gets in the way when working out. Shortly after being discharged from BAMC (2006) I went on a snow skiing trip and fractured my left knee and have had 3 surgeries. After fixing my left knee I injured my right knee and had surgery 2 years ago. As you can imagine due to my left knee being hurt I did not run for years and to be exact the last time I ran was in 2005. I have been so scared to run because it’s been such a long time and all I did was baby my leg but guess what that time has come to a end and now I am pushing myself to do better and get healthier. No more excuses!!

I shall see everyone who reads this on Wednesday with my workout routine for that day and how good or horrible I feel after! Remember to never give up and if there is a will there is a way.

Preparing for my first 5K obstacle course

Let me start off by saying I am honored to be part of the Summit IDG and I am very thankful for being part of a great organization. I decided to join Summit IDG because Nico Maroulis inspired me to better my health and showed me the sky is the limit.

 

Back in 2005 I had the honor of meeting Nico on a wounded warrior trip where we went white water rafting. At this point of time Nico was still under going treatment from her injury that was sustained over seas and was using a  cane. Over the years I have kept in contact with Nico and followed her progress of healing. Over the years not once did Nico let her injuries get in the way of staying fit and healthy. Seeing Nico do all these phenomenal things pushed me to get in shape and start living a healthier life. Summit IDG has challenged me to do exactly this by pushing me to enter my first 5k obstacle course in Round Rock, TX.

 

Over the course of 7 years I have gained about 40 pounds which has pushed me to overweight. I have 39 days to get back in shape in order to complete this challenge. Please join me and see what challenges l will have to face in this new journey. I plan on posting daily updates on my progress from what I am eating to what exercises I am doing. Also, please note that I also have a personal trainer named Eric Munoz from weightless to assist me with meeting my goal and we have been working together going on 3 weeks.

The picture above is what I looked like prior to me working with my personal trainer and the picture below is me now. I am currently down 10 pounds and have several more to shed prior to my run. See you tomorrow!

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SSG Ryan Kelly

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            Born on August 13, 1980, in Norfolk, VA, the son of an Army officer, Ryan enlisted in the Army Reserves as a Civil Affairs Specialist. He pursued his education along with his military career, graduating from the Defense Language Institute where he trained as a French linguist.

Ryan served in Bosnia in support of peace keeping operations, and was deployed to Iraq in April 2003 with his unit, the 490th Civil Affairs Bn., out of Abilene, Texas. In July of 2003, while stationed in Iraq, he was on his way to a conference about rebuilding the country’s schools and hospitals when his convoy was ambushed with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). The insurgent attack severed his right leg below the knee.

During his year-long recovery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., the then 24-year-old learned to walk with a prosthetic leg. He sought out  help to deal with the frustrations and challenges surrounding the transition back to civilian life.

One of Ryan’s first successes came when he played an integral part with lobbying effort to enact landmark legislation enabling disabled veterans to have disability insurance – whereas previously they were only eligible for life insurance. In addition to his legislative efforts Ryan participated in a 4200 mile cross country bicycle ride.

Ryan Kelly is the recipient of the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal for Valor, and a Combat Action Badge. He graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Studies with minors in Helicopters Flight and Aviation Safety. Ryan was able to fulfill his dreams to graduate from college and become a professional helicopter pilot. For over three years Ryan has been flying professionally for PHI, Inc as a helicopter pilot. In his current assignment with PHI, Ryan is flying an Air Medical Helicopter near Austin, TX.

 

Sherry Hill Motivator, Mentor, Athlete, Coach

See you at the Finish Line!

See you at the Finish Line!

My life is filled with movement.  My husband, Howard, & I have 4 grown children, 6 grandchildren, 4 granddogs and one mischievous Golden Retriever puppy of our own.  All those children and dogs create a lot of activity and running.  Luckily running comes naturally to me.

I have completed marathons in 46 states, 80 total marathons  (including two Boston marathons) , one international marathon (Dublin, Ireland) and one 1/2 Ironman.  My goal is to complete 100 marathons, complete marathons in all 50 states & all 7 continents.
At the “heart” of things I have always been a coach.   I was a marathon coach for 5 1/2 years with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Team in Training program.  During that time I coached and trained hundreds of runners complete their chosen marathon.  I am also a professional Life Coach.  I find there are similarities in marathon coaching and life coaching.  Both involve bringing out the full potential of the individual.

The reason I have chosen the word “heart” is because that is my passion.  Coaching is focused on a way of being and a way of seeing others.  Coaching is not something I simply “do”, it is who I am and the place where I feel most connected to my purpose in life.   I love helping my clients find the intersection between what they are most passionate about and what the world needs.

 

I am a life-long learner.  I have a B.S. in Education, Neuro-Linguistic Programming Certification and Language & Behavior Profile Certification.   I and am a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) through the Coaches Training Institute based out of San Rafael, California. I am also a certified Bigger Game trainer.  I love learning, growing, exploring and creating a life I love. Along the way I have the pleasure of accompanying my clients do the same.

Sherry Hill, CPCC (Certified Professional Co-Active Coach)

Nieves Rodriguez

Nieves RodriquezWhen was the first time you got back on a bike after you were injured?

  • I didn’t ride before my injuries. I was injured in 2005 and my first time on a bike was 2007.

Nieves how did you hear about RAAM?

  • On my trip back from a “Learn to race camp” at the Olympic training Center in Colorado, I recieved a phone call from the Team 4Mil captain. He told me that Team 4Mil with WWP was planning to put a team together and asked if I was interested.

Did you ever doubt yourself?

  • Of course. I injured my knee and IT band in January on a mountain bike crash. It took took a couple of months to heal. I felt I that I was getting falling behind n my training.

How did you get selected?

  • Well our team captain had heard from quite a few people that I rode alot. Then we had a training camp in April where we had to show what we were made of.

What did you do to prepare yourself?

  • Phyically, spent alot of time in the gym after my mtb injury. I was riding about 250 to 300 miles a week. Mentally, I dont think it ever hit me that I was actually doing RAAM.

How was your training?

  • I was intense. I love to ride my bike. It started to feel like work, which I didn’t like. But I couldn’t let the team down.

What was the RAAM experience like?

  • Epic!!!!

What about your teammates?

  • Devoted to the mission. We all worked and laughed as a team.

How did it feel to cross the finish line?

  • Amazing. I want to turn around and go back.

What was the biggest challenge?

  • All the training leading up to the race.

What are you most thankful for?

  • My family and friends that supported me.

What would you tell a veteran just coming home?

  • Don’t give up. You can do anything you put you mind to.

Whats next for you?

  • Preparing for RAAM 2013Nieves Rodriguez