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The reluctant athlete

All I wanted to do was get my cholesterol under control, preferably without medication. It seemed simple enough. Diet and exercise. I could certainly stand to lose a few pounds. Well, more than a few. At least 30 if I wanted to get to a healthy BMI. I definitely needed to modify my diet. I pretty much ate anything I wanted, whenever I wanted. And exercise? Sure, I got exercise. Opening the fridge is exercise, right? Looking for the remote? Surfing the web?

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All I wanted to do was get my cholesterol under control, preferably without medication. It seemed simple enough. Diet and exercise. I could certainly stand to lose a few pounds. Well, more than a few. At least 30 if I wanted to get to a healthy BMI. I definitely needed to modify my diet. I pretty much ate anything I wanted, whenever I wanted. And exercise? Sure, I got exercise. Opening the fridge is exercise, right? Looking for the remote? Surfing the web?

Fast forward about 18 months. I've lost the 30 pounds, my cholesterol numbers are all good, I eat better than ever, but GOOD stuff, and,,,,I'm an athlete. And a runner no less.

A runner. Heck, I didn't even like to run as a kid. Kids LOVE to run. Not this kid. That's why wheels were invented. So you could roll. On a bike or a scooter or skates or a wagon. But running? Come one.

But, now I run. Several days a week. All year long. Inside and out. I ran a marathon in May. A marathon!! Me!!. For crying out loud, I'm 65 years old and I ran a marathon. Am I proud of myself? You better believe it.

Trust me, nobody was dazzled by my blazing speed. I'm sure if I hadn't had a number pinned to my shirt, some people would have wondered why I was in the middle of the street. But, I did it. And, I'm pretty sure I'm going to do it again. Maybe when I'm 66.


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Member Since: 8/15/2010

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My Goals:
Get to 125 pounds and stay there.
123.4 today. Maintain? We'll see.

Run a 5k in under 26 minutes.
Done, 25:33 (PR)

Run a 10k in under one hour.
Done. 56:21 (PR)

Run a HM in under 2:10.

Run another marathon. I've run 3 so far and finished them all.

My Program:
I track my food on Spark. I try to run at least 20 miles per week, preferably outdoors. I crosstrain on the exercise bike or elliptical machine at my health club and do weight training several times a week.

Personal Information:
My name is Richard. I live in the Chicago area with my wonderful wife Bossdear who has reminded me every day for 45 years how lucky I am to have her.

We have a cat named Daisy who rather reluctantly lets us share the house with her.

I am short, hard of hearing and blind as a bat without my glasses. I'm lazy and self-centered and painfully shy. But I usually smell okay, and I know which fork to use at the dinner table.

Other Information:
Run more, mostly easy. Occasionally, run faster or on hills.

"There is nothing purer, braver, or more beautiful than the try. So much glory is wrapped into that one thing, putting yourself and your heart on the line for something bigger, for the maybe so, for the what if, for the I Got It."

Kristin Armstrong

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BOILHAM
5/27/2015 1:39:31 PM

Thanks Richard. Being a tad on the vain side, I do feel like I'm at my worst huffing and puffing along. Thanks for the positive thoughts. I'll try and see it from your point of view in the future. Vic



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MBTEPP
5/14/2015 11:51:56 AM

It's great that bossdear supports you! I signed up for the runnersconnect podcast. Thanks for the online tip. Good luck in your training. Every mile is worth your while!

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ONEKIDSMOM
5/13/2015 6:54:25 PM

Nice to see MoPac featured!

I ride MoPac (and other trails in and around Lincoln, NE) myself, and in fact the State Farm 10 mile is run on it the last Saturday in March each year, except for the first and last mile! I have ridden over that bridge over the Platte River, last year during the Heat Stroke 100, and I will be near there this Saturday, doing the Wear Yellow Ride. Love our trails out here!

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MBTEPP
5/13/2015 10:13:28 AM

Thanks for the blog support! I was planning a fun race on Sunday, and the weather looks crummy! Hope the storms goes out over the lake. Thanks for the good wishes!

When do you start training for the Chicago Marathon? I am looking to volunteer this year if I am not out of town again.

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4/29/2015 11:46:19 AM

emoticon on getting in the Chicago emoticon .

My HM on Sunday is a Biggest Loser Run/Walk Series in Crown Point, IN. I was shocked to see they organized a race that was not in a major metro area. The expo on Saturday is a health and Fitness expo with guest speakers, and former contestants. I am a BL closet junkie, since I am not a TV watcher.

Marcie Cozier is a former contestant, and she is a local, very vocal advocate. So I expect she is instrumental in bringing this event closer to home.

Come on down. It will be a fun day!





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