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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: 101,396

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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    emoticon on your 3rd place age group finish in this morning's Turkey Trot. Way to go! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    12 days ago
  • v MUFFIY831
    I'm not sure how you found my nearly year-old post, but YES! We've made our team goal already - we're at 2035 miles for the three of us, and I'm at 825 miles personally. Thanks!
    13 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by my Good Bad And Ugly blog.

    I loved the smart wool socks. I could feel the air coming through the vents in my shoes but my feet felt comfortable, not chili like in winter's past. I look forward to trying them in the summer.

    Thanks for your support!

    15 days ago
    The intervals are based on a table that Galloway publishes... for those targeting a 12:54 pace, it falls in the line of 12:15 - 14:30 pacing: even intervals of 30/30, or 20/20, or 15/15. The longer the run split, the fast the overall pace. Targeting faster training speeds, it will look like 60 (run)/ 30 (walk), 90/30, etc. Targeting slower training speeds, the run number goes down compared to the walk number. For pace of 14:30 - 15:45, they recommend a split of 15 second runs to 30 second walks.

    The run, I'm told, should be about 4 minutes a mile faster than the walk, at least. So the walk is NOT a speed walk. That wide range of paces within the target interval shows the difference between running speeds...

    The walk intervals are for a period of cardio recovery and not terribly long, so the joints and muscles stay warmed. It's a pretty interesting science... apparently the data over the years tends to indicate a 30 second walk recovery provides the best combination of the two.

    During my magic mile workout, when I did the warmup at 90/30 intervals and got a 10 minute, then a 9:34... fits right into his chart which offers up that interval for a pace anywhere between 9:30 and 10:45.

    To predict the marathon, it says take your magic mile * 1.3 for your race pace. To predict half marathon multiply by 1.2.
    16 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yes, I ran that race with a broken metatarsal (4th metatarsal). I've broken my foot 3 times since May of last year, a different bone each time. You should run the Hatfield McCoy sometime! You'd love it!!
    18 days ago
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