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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: 44,915

Fitness Minutes: 58,708

My Goals:
Get to 125 pounds and stay there.

Run a 5k in under 26 minutes.
Done, 25:33 (PR)

Run a 10k in under one hour.
Done. 56:21 (PR)

Run a half marathon in under 2 hours.

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.

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Member Comments:
DDHEART
7/3/2014 9:16:17 AM

Thanks! Our lives are a collection of many experiences and yes, hurts that we need to release in order to move on. This forgiveness goal is really a morning meditation for me. Run strong friend!



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AEROBISAURUS
6/29/2014 3:42:42 PM

Thank you very much my friend! emoticon

Nikki :)



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WATERMELLEN
6/22/2014 3:32:00 PM

Thanks for your 35th congrats!!



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AEROBISAURUS
6/21/2014 1:33:06 PM

emoticon So much! emoticon

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Nikki



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BOILHAM
6/14/2014 9:14:35 PM

Thanks Richard. I notice there are lots more geezers doing triathlons, half marathons and even marathons on asphalt. They don't seem to go for the trail runs... but, I must admit, off road races are really tough.



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