Taking Workplace Wellness To A New Level
Grande Communications Employee Trains For Fundraising Marathon Journey
Good communication along with excellent multitasking and problem solving skills may be the keys to being a successful technical support technician at a broadband communications company. But what about running 13.1 miles?
Luckily, it’s not a job requirement for Benjamin Carlson of Grande Communications. It’s more of a perk. Grande serves as a proud corporate sponsor of the 2013 San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and 1/2 Marathon and offered complimentary registration to its employees to compete on November 17. Carlson took on the challenge.
An “on and off” runner for years who participates in the occasional 5K or 10K, Carlson says he only recently started running on a regular basis. An unhealthy lifestyle and an admitted “increased belly size” prompted him to turn his routine around. He also credits Grande’s own ‘Biggest Loser’ competition for its employees as an underlying motivational tool to dust off his running shoes.
“It helped jump start my lifestyle change,” he said of the internal wellness program at Grande.
But his personal health isn’t the only thing on his mind come race day. Carlson will be running for dual fundraising efforts, starting with the independent global charity, the Movember Foundation. For this charity, Carlson will grow a mustache for the 30 days of November to raise awareness for men’s health issues. He will also run in support of the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s fight against breast cancer by participating with a Grande co-worker’s own Marathon for the Cure team.
To assist in his training, Carlson is tapping into technology by utilizing the MyFitnessPal application on his phone to keep his calorie intake in control. “I’m not being too picky on what I eat, although I try to avoid certain foods that are high in calories.”
There will be high and low points for the northeast side San Antonio resident while enduring his first half marathon. “I’m definitely looking forward to running past the Alamo with the bands playing there, especially since that is earlier in the half marathon, so I’ll still look enthusiastic,” he joked. “I’m dreading anything after mile 10 because it certainly will be a challenge.”
But having his wife and friends on the sidelines by mile eight will be encouraging. As for support from his Grande co-workers, “They have been supportive since day one and I know they’ll be cheering me on whether they are at the race or watching from home.”
Be on the look out for Grande’s G-Force on race day! The 35-foot-long, air-conditioned demonstration and entertainment vehicle will be at the Health & Fitness Expo and near the event start and finish lines.