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Myrtle Beach Marathon - crossing the finish line

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Me (in the middle) and my work group, August 2004 - look at my pot belly

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Inside Out Half Marathon, March 2008 - 1:48:10 - a PR

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I love to run. It's the most basic sport anyone can undertake but one of the hardest to master.

For me, running has been a stress management tool, a vehicle for self-discovery, a platform for personal accomplishment, a research project, and a social activity.

Even though I'd been running for years, I'd never been able to lose weight until I started the Sparkpeople program. I'm finally off that too-heavy plateau!

This program helped me lose 20 pounds. I know that weight loss contributed to my running what was then a personal best marathon of 3:58:15 at Myrtle Beach on 2/17/07. Before Myrtle Beach, I had been trying to break four hours in the marathon for six years with no success.

I recently ran a personal best half marathon of 1:46:15 at the City of Oaks Half Marathon on 11/7/10. I ran a new PR in the marathon of 3:55:03 on 3/20/11. SparkPeople has helped me keep the weight off and improve my fitness.

I think someone can finish a marathon if they commit to a lifestyle change - just like the Sparkpeople way to lose weight and keep it off.

Member Since: 7/28/2006

Fitness Minutes: 300,966

My Goals:
With Sparkpeople, I've gotten to 165! I want to stay there for the rest of my life.

My Program:
I have embraced the Sparkpeople program. The key thing I must continue to do is watch my portion sizes.

Personal Information:
I'm a native North Carolinian, now living in Raleigh. I'm married to a wonderful woman and we have two fantastic kids.

Other Information:
For several years I've run 25-35 miles a week.

"I preserve the self I attained the day before. And coupled with this is the desire to secure the self yet to be."
-- George Sheehan

One of my favorite books is "Mastery," by George Leonard.

I am a Beatles fanatic.

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    38 days ago
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  • v KCATHY
    Thank you so much for the kind words on my blog today! It's been over three weeks since I wrote that entry, and I'm still on track and seeing results. I appreciate your encouragement--all the best with your goals here at SP!
    2989 days ago
    Thanks for accepting my add!

    I like that you view running in the same light that I do. Unfortunately I haven't been able to run a single step for almost the entire summer due a nagging hip injury that hit shortly after my second half marathon this May.

    Needless to say it's been pretty frustrating but giving me the opportunity to discover more modes of exercise that I can implement into my training plans.

    And yes I am excited to have such a big goal set for the future (Grandma's Marathon). This will be my first marathon and currently I am taking the time to scope out multiple training plans and trying to decide which one would be the best for me.

    If you have any tips for first timers feel free to throw them my way!

    3340 days ago
  • v RHYNIC
    We live a similar life style, but I have no dog. :-) kids are getting ready for school. Nic is headed out for his second year of college and we will be moving his stuff this coming week. I have been working a lot more over the last few months and it's has been effecting my running, but lately I have put myself back into the game. I run 4 or 5 times a week and totally enjoy it. This week I ran 25 miles, I am happy with that. gail
    3343 days ago
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