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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?

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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: 58,924

Fitness Minutes: 70,654

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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BOILHAM
3/2/2015 7:37:56 AM

Thanks Richard. Yes, that pool is excellent for swimming. It's about 1000 yards across, when you swim the pattern I do. Always 72 degrees coming from the feed, but probably a little cooler overall in the winter from the overnight cold. I like how it 'feels' warm when the outside temp is 55 or 60, and freezing cold in the 90 summer air. When I am in the water for an hour or so, it really takes a while for my core temp to warm up. Take care, my friend. Always good to hear from you.



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LISAINMS
2/11/2015 5:13:05 PM

10*? I don't know about that. I think the coldest run I have made was 23* with a windchill of 17*. It wasn't terrible, but I wouldn't want that every day! Thanks for commenting on my blog.



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CHANGINGHORSES
2/11/2015 5:52:50 AM

Woohoo! Let the training begin! You got this! PR on the way!
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BOILHAM
2/1/2015 1:18:51 PM

Sorry about your weather. Today is warmed up a lot. I did yardwork, lots of pruning, clipping and bagging. I was planning on going for a swim, but decided to opt out, and not overdo it. Geezing ain't easy.




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PUGLOVER1999
1/25/2015 2:54:01 PM

Spark Coach led me to your page (by suggesting I read some motivating pages) and I am so glad!

First of all, you sound like a super person, and second you inspire me. I am working on losing weight and walking lots more (wish I could run, but bad legs prevent it / thankful I can walk). I want to get off blood pressure and cholesterol meds. I believe I can and your example encourages me greatly!

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