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Bringing it home, my first 10K.

Struggling across the finish line of my first marathon


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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.

Member Since: 8/15/2010

Fitness Minutes: 98,944

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.

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.

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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

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go."

T.S. Eliot

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  • v MALAMI518
    Thanks for the comment on my blog. Yes, that one is a little over two years old, but I'm still running even though I haven't written a blog recently. I have a blog started about my last marathon...I guess I should work on it some more.
    123 days ago
  • v DEBRAJ61
    Thanks for the comment on my blog. Yes, the training is the fun part. People who don't run don't get that!! I am running the Hartford Marathon here in my home state of CT. I ran it before but I am looking to at least beat the cut off time this time.
    138 days ago
    According to Spark your start date is 8/15/10 exactly 1 year after my "official" date. I had a previous screen name from 1/1/09 which I deleted because I didn't understand that I could just change my name.
    145 days ago
  • v DEBRAJ61
    Thank you for commenting on my blog from, YIKES, 1 1/2 years ago almost. I so appreciate the kind words. You are right, the elite runners don't feel the same like we do. I have not run another one since. I have had so many things get in the way of running to the point I need to start over again and work up. BUT, I want to run Hartford again and do it better. I am toying with the idea of trying this year. If I can't get to the miles needed then maybe do the half this year and the full next year. It's a goal, and it is what I need right now.
    248 days ago
    Salomon trail shoes here. emoticon
    259 days ago
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