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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?

Fast forward about 18 ...
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

SparkPoints: 71,623

Fitness Minutes: 79,863

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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MBTEPP
9/2/2015 7:46:22 AM

How did your HM go on Sunday?



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BOILHAM
8/16/2015 8:38:56 PM

Richard, thanks for visiting my triathlon blog. Having so much fun. I should have retired sooner.



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GOING-STRONG
8/2/2015 5:34:27 PM

Thanks for the friend add. I read over your page and love your sense of humor. I didn't start running until I was in my mid 50's. I have done one marathon (Portland,OR) and nine halfs. I prefer the half distance as I am such a slow runner that training for a full is like a full time job for me! I may do another full however as the Marine Corp Marathon is on my bucket list. In the meantime, I keep my weekly mileage at a level where I can do a half without issues. Recently got my hubbie walking regularly (he is 70) and yesterday he did his first 10k... placing 2nd in his division. Goes to show that you are never too old to start! Keep on sparking and run on!

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KEEPITUP62
8/2/2015 9:39:36 AM

Thank you for the birthday wishes on my BLOG for Saturday. It was an awesome day...............

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JULIA_RUN2SMILE
7/7/2015 7:41:33 AM

just stopping to say hi ! Your training seems to be going well- you are tracking these minutes! Way to go... I will get back to running soon (hopefully) , working on my recovery plan ! Have a great day!



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