1st Run -June 13, 2012:
Weight: 266 lbs
Run: 30 minutes
Distance: 2.02 miles
Weather: Gorgeous and Sunny (72 degrees)
Well, here I go again. It was almost two years ago that I started training for my first half-marathon. I “trained” over the course of about three months and went out to Vegas in Dec 2010. I finished but that was about it. I don’t want to take away from the accomplishment, but I didn’t train like I should’ve. I only did the runs on Wednesday and Saturday with the group and lacked the discipline to run on my own the other days. It took me three hours to finish, but I will say that I did take my time and really enjoyed the experience of the race that day. I lost 30 lbs from the training and that was nice too. But this time I want it to be different.
This time I want to do all of my training. I want to eat right long after the race is over. I want to change my lifestyle. I lost my dad just over four years ago and it was the hardest thing I ever had to go through. My son, my first-born, will be 1 in a couple of weeks. I want to start living a life that will help me be around for him as long as I can.
There is a quote that I read the last time I did this and it really spoke to me. Since I’m literally starting over from scratch, I think it’s appropriate to share it again:
“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” - John Bingham
So this time I’m going to put it all out there. I’m going to try and update this blog after every run. If you have questions or comments or words of encouragement or you have a sweet burn that you wish to unload, please post them. Some days will be longer posts than others, but I really want to be held accountable. Because I know that if I can do it, anyone can. I eat fried foods and sweets like most people drink water. I sit around on the couch or bed all day and get little to no exercise most weeks other than a round of golf here and there…driving a cart of course.
So join me in this journey, I can use the motivation of knowing that people are following along and behind me. I should also let you know that, like last time, I am running this race as a part of “Team Challenge”. I will be raising money for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. If you don’t know what those diseases are, look them up. If you do know, you also know how important it is to find a cure. If you would like to help me in my fund raising efforts, use this link:
Thanks everyone, here we go again…