Owner of Push Digital, and Co-Owner of Frothy Beard Brewing Co. and Zombie Bob's Pizza
@wesleydonehue /wesleydonehue @WESLEYDONEHUE /WESLEYDONEHUE
What is something you'd like people to know about you and the Donehue family?
My parents died early in my life due to complications with their health. I was raised in Section 8 housing, so the pressures of living on limited income played a part in my lack of physical activity and focus on my health as a child. Though I was never overweight, I made the commitment to myself about six years ago to change the way I looked at my health and fitness.
My family and I are very active. I am trying to raise my three children to see their parents being active and healthy so that those behaviors and passions become a natural part of their lives.
How do you keep active?
I train for three hours every day when I’m not training for something large like an IRONMAN or triathlon – then I train for about 25 hours per week in the period leading up to those competitions. In addition to my daily training, I run marathons, ultra-marathons, and participate in triathlons and endurance competitions.
What does your training schedule look like? How do you find time to fit three hours a day into your busy schedule?
I go to sleep at 8pm every night and wake up at 3:30am. I fit in one hour of yoga, one hour of gym time, and one hour of swimming, biking or running in a typical day. Finding the time to do that is deliberate and while it is sometimes difficult to balance fitness and social expectations, I commit because it’s important to me.
What motivates you to keep such a targeted focus on your health?
I am motivated by the desire to be a better person than I was the day before, and to some extent, to rise above an environment that did not set me up to succeed in being active as a child.
Do you have any advice for someone wanting to become more active but may not be sure of how best to start?
I would say that the basics are to set goals and boundaries. Success comes down to discipline. For me, waking up early to get a jump on the day is how I stay disciplined and fit my goals into my everyday life.
It’s also important to remember that even if you don’t have access to a gym, everyone has access to a road. A great resource that I would recommend is Endurance Farm.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS YOU WORK WITH OR ARE FAMILIAR WITH THAT YOU WOULD RECOMMEND?
F3 is a free, daily men’s group (18+) that trains outdoors, rain or shine. I was a member of F3 (Fitness, Fellowship, Faith) when I lived in Columbia and brought it to Summerville when I moved. Since we started F3 in Summerville, we have engaged over 700 men and we are always looking for ways to broaden our reach to populations in need of support and motivation to get active.
For women, there is Females in Action (FiA) which also leads free, peer-led workout groups most days of the week. It’s a very social group and focuses on more than just physical activity.
Being so engaged in the Tri-County, do you believe that we have any clear opportunities for improving health in our area?
From my activity with F3 and marathons, and my upbringing I would say that there are three opportunities:
1) Middle age populations begin to feel complacent or may not understand the importance of well-being, or where to start. That’s where organizations like F3 can step in to provide the social support and motivation.
2) Minority communities may lack the access and education to get started in improving their well-being, even if they want to. This comes back to setting goals and having the discipline to figure out how to best achieve them in a way that suits your life.
3) Change the conversation in schools surrounding fitness and nutrition.
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