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What a difference a year can make..

Friday, October 08, 2010

I was looking through my personal journal and found this entry

Sept 4th, 2009
"My trainer is wanting me to get going on training for a 5K race. I have alot of mental blocks to fully buy the idea of doing a 5K. It seems like an impossible task. I feel that it is a reasonable goal but I have never really enjoyed running. Even in the military I hated it and never did more than that which was required which was 1 1/2 miles. Things are different now, I want to do this...."

Sept 23rd, 2009 I had this SP blog entry, overjoyed at 335 lbs and a 46 waistline, being able to consistantly run mile.

Fast forward a little less than a year later

September 18th 2010
Finished 13.1 mile run, 14 min 4 sec mile pace, 3hrs 4 minutes. first ever half marathon distance.

1 year and 1 month to the day I made that entry in my log about DEBATING whether I could actually do a 5K...(Didnt actually do a race until Thanksgiving day 2009)

October 4th 2010..... signed up for the Cellcom Marathon Green Bay WI....

It is amazing what a year will bring if you just hang in there and stick with it..... Simply amazing!

Added note: this journey is all about growing inside as well as outside. I dont really "see" the new and improved me, I still have to ask my wife once in a while, "i've shrunk right?????", and I still see myself as trying to be a runner- I haven't really "arrived". Also, it should be noted that I am and will always be C25K. When you run a half marathon, it isnt the first 10 miles that gets you, it's the 5K at the end that you must work for. You will always be training for a 5K your entire running life.

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THATFITCHICK 10/18/2010 5:47AM

    Awesome Inspiration. Thank you

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FITTGRRL 10/18/2010 2:25AM


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MEZZED 10/17/2010 12:29AM


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JMARIES51 10/16/2010 11:23PM

    You really deserve congratulations for doing all this in just one year. I am feeling the same way about starting to train for a 5K. I am feeling that walking is ok at my age, but running? hmm, I am still kind of not convinced that it is the best thing for my knees, hips, etc. Today I actually ran for 10 minutes on our local high school football field. It didn't seem so bad since the ground was pretty soft from rain. And I loved having my dogs running with me. So I might be looking back at this time next year and thinking... hmm I did it. Thanks

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MSWEEZER 10/11/2010 8:14PM


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PAMINHALF 10/11/2010 8:16AM

  Thanks for the inspiration and how wonderful that you blogged your journey to reflect on it later. I gotta start doing that more.


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MID3035 10/10/2010 8:14PM

    I can't even explain how much I really needed to see this blog today. Thank you so much for posting this one. Did my first run of C25K this morning and honestly wasn't sure I would make it. But I muddled through - I spent the rest of the day wondering why - although I want to run, I never have and it seems out of my reach. You are my inspiration for the day. Thank you very much!


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LCORTEZ7 10/10/2010 5:29PM

    You Rock On2victory! I can relate to so much that you said. It's awesome to hear of those who go before us and to know that our struggles is not because we are weak but because we are growing. I know you will do great on your next run. I agree with ADKONKLE about you words "You will always be training for a 5K your entire running life." Inspiring! emoticon

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NVPAPERGIRL 10/9/2010 11:19PM

    Congratulations and thanks for the inspiration. emoticon

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OTTAWABOUND 10/9/2010 1:09PM

    Congratulations on working away at becoming a person who can do what would have been unimaginable a year ago!

A year ago I was taking taxis to go 800 yards, because it was too hard to walk it. Now I routinely walk 3 - 4 thousand yards for pleasure as part of my errands. Although I do bless my ipod!

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ABSOLUTZER0 10/8/2010 6:48PM

    This is an awesome post bro! You have done phenomenal! Things are only going to get better! You are right about the 5k. We are always training for it! Have a great weekend!

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ADKONKLE 10/8/2010 2:15PM

    Great Blog, I gives one time to pause and think others have led the way, I can do this too. Keep traing for that final 5k. I like the thought of that. Its the end that is the hardest.

I hope to be posting something similiar next year. 10K spring. Half in the Fall. I do love the 5K distance however. It is enough to get the jitters out and start enjoying your run.

Makes me want to look back at my blogs and see what I wrote.

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LOGOULD 10/8/2010 1:20PM

    You are really such an inspiration - just when I think, why keep trying, I've run some 5K's, there you are pushing me to go farther and faster - if I can.

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SRVFREAK176 10/8/2010 11:43AM

    you nailed it !! It is the last 5k that sneaks up on you!
Thanks for the inspiration! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BAILEYS7OF9 10/8/2010 11:31AM

    emoticon thanks for sharing! That is great inspiration!

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MOMMINATOR 10/8/2010 11:26AM

    You are a ROCK STAR!
Thank you for sharing your journey.
It is amazing how our brain skews our self-vision. Seems like when we are heavy we don't feel like we look "that bad", but when we are smaller we are thinking we are heavier. The mind is a strange thing.
Just for the record -- You have most certainly shrunk!! : )


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KAMAPERRY 10/8/2010 10:59AM

    Awe inspiring!! I ALWAYS find it helps to look back at our progress! emoticon

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CBAILEYC 10/8/2010 10:59AM

    Completely and totally emoticon !
I want.. NEED.. to be where you are now, in a year's time. I have to admit I'm scared at the thought of the process, of even getting started. Desire is going to overcome fear, and that will be the tipping point.

You are rockin' this, and you are so inspiring!

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MADSERO 10/8/2010 10:10AM

    Way to go! So AWESOME! It is so good to be able to hear good news!

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ROCKY227 10/8/2010 9:26AM

    Great story! Thank you for sharing. I have finished my first 5K, 5 months after leaving the couch! I am going to run an 8K later this year and would really like to run the Cooper Bridge 10K (Charleston, SC) in April 2011!

Thanks for the encouragement I get from reading about your success!

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STICH232 10/8/2010 9:09AM

    emoticon You have done wonderfully!

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LLTS01 10/8/2010 9:03AM

    emoticon This is truly an amazing accomplishment and a good reminder as to why we blog. It can be fun to look back.

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WONDERWOMAN 10/8/2010 9:00AM

    emoticon emoticon Robert - you rock!

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PIXIEMOM13 10/8/2010 8:54AM

    This is inspiring! I am only just starting C25k and like you a year ago, I have my doubts I will ever be able to run a 5K. I want to stick with it, so maybe a year from now I can be doing at least the 5K, and maybe more.

Great post!

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JELYLA 10/8/2010 8:20AM

    insirational!! I have been running for 6 months now, and my goal is to get to a marathon. WDW marathon in 2012 actually. I sometimes have my doubts because my pace is so slow... I hope to lose weight and increase my pace, but either way I will run that marathon!

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MOMOF6BOYS 10/8/2010 8:15AM

    Oh, so true....WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES!! You have come a long way...CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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IMSMILEY88 10/8/2010 8:01AM

    I love it! I can't imagine where I'll be in a year... or even a year "into" this journey. Thanks for sharing!

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SEABREEZE65 10/8/2010 7:55AM

    YOU ARE AMAZING!!! Thanks.
I have finally gotten up the courage and entered a 5K the end of November and I am "trepidacious." The idea of completing a HM is still a dream. I guess I have to complete a few 5K's first.

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DRB13_1 10/8/2010 7:24AM

    OOOOh, this is SO motivating! I hope I will be able to look back over this year as the one where I rediscovered "ME" and found that "all things are possible."
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SUSANHGREENE 10/8/2010 7:10AM

    Thanks for that very encouraging blog!!!

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    It is amazing you are emoticon

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DISNEYPARIS 10/8/2010 6:59AM

    Thanks for posting this blog, l'm new to c25k. You are inspiring and motivating and show what real what can be achieved with commitment. emoticon

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ELAOPET 10/8/2010 5:44AM

    COOL! emoticon

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IONA72 10/8/2010 5:22AM

    Definitely makes me want to stick with it, thanks!

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JUDYFRANCE 10/8/2010 4:49AM

    Looking back, reading my old makes me realize that I can do so much more than I ever thought I could. I was holding myself back. It motivates me to push myself a little bit harder every day.

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MINNA72 10/8/2010 2:21AM

    It's amazing what perseverance can accomplish. You've done so well. Keep it up!

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-PAULA 10/8/2010 1:20AM

Thanks for posting. This has encouraged me to keep running.

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ASHPAGS 10/8/2010 12:43AM

That's great! Keep up the good work! =)

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SFARRINGTON65 10/8/2010 12:42AM

    I am right there with you. 1 year and 14 days after I started C25K I am doing a marathon. From no running to 26.2 in a little over a year. 10/10/10 will mark that day. I am doing Portland.
I am still amazed at what i have been able to do so far. Keep up the great work and enjoy your marathon training.

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TYKXBOY 10/8/2010 12:38AM

    It's amazing what one can achieve when they really put their mind to it! You've achieved mightily. Congrats and don't stop being so courageous and amazing.

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LADYNETTIE 10/8/2010 12:29AM

    AMEN brother! It's been an amazing year for me too and I'm still reveling in the achievement and looking forward to more! Strong and healthy bodies rock!!

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