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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: 52,360

Fitness Minutes: 65,152

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 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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NHES220
11/20/2014 6:52:00 PM

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yep, it was the Naperville Marathon/Half Marathon and I did the Half. They both start at the same time and we run the same route until almost the end and then the Marathon turns one way and we turn another to finish. It was a well organized race and around 6000 registered. I plan on doing the half again next year. I trained with a group out of my local running store.



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BOILHAM
11/2/2014 4:03:28 PM

Well, I have been slacking off, by my usual standards. But, I'm calling it rest. Only been averaging maybe 15 miles per week, but it's going to get much more soon enough. You read the blog. I will be pretty busy. Really enjoying the triathlon stuff, Richard. Keep up the good work. I see your times are really much faster than my training times. Must be the cool weather. :)



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SASSYLJB
11/2/2014 9:22:03 AM

emoticon It means so much you stopped by my page with words of encouragement from a vetern marathoner. Trust in the training is one of the hardest things! thanks again!



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BROOKLYN_BORN
11/1/2014 1:02:00 PM

I see you're familiar with the movie. LOL, we slept through the night and the "pod" is still intact on the counter. Today we will hack it open.

I didn't realize you were in Chicago. I almost commented on your marathon report and then realized it was from LAST year. Congrats anyway!

We were there in 2007 - the one that didn't go so well when they ran out of water. My DD was fine since everyone who finished with her (3:18) had plenty of water. Race officials complained later that they didn't expect people to dump water on their heads. Huh?



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MISS_VIV
10/6/2014 12:11:50 PM

Hello there and congratulations.
I am not a runner, probably never will be. There are days that I am thankful I am upright and walking. (insert laugh here)... Thank you for sharing your success and motivation with me.

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