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Bringing it home, my first 10K.





Struggling across the finish line of my first marathon



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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: 38,948

Fitness Minutes: 53,535

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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RUNNINGME
4/8/2014 9:45:44 PM

Thanks for adding me as a friend! I've added you as well. Congratulations on running the Chicago marathon. All my marathons have been on my home course. I'd love to do an "away" marathon someday.



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MBTEPP
3/30/2014 1:31:24 PM

Thanks for the goodie and good wishes. The Oak Brook HM on Labor Day sounds great. A good size. I will have that on my radar for next year. I signed up for the Chicago HM Series, the last one is Sept 7.



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DDHEART
3/21/2014 10:10:59 AM

LOL, I note my clothing choices by exception in my journal...that is, if a choice turned out to be wrong wrong wrong! LOL

I did well yesterday with the choices, first half mile the zippers started dropping on the layers and when I hit the North side of the lake with wind in my face, some of those zippers rode back up. My only adjustment for the next run is to opt for the unlined long sleeve compression shirt since that light fleece against the skin felt great to start but became a bit over warm by the end of the run. Not bad for being out of practice!



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WATERMELLEN
3/20/2014 8:40:35 AM

Happiness DOES take "a lot less effort": love that. Instead of bristling and bemoaning and bewailing misfortunes . . . and blaming others . . . all taking way too much effort, yeah!! Laziness is a virtue in this respect, for sure!!



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BROOKLYN_BORN
3/18/2014 8:00:19 AM

Thank you for reading my blog. I really appreciate the support. The weather got even worse as the day went on. We drove home 5 hours as it began to SNOW.



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