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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: 69,159

Fitness Minutes: 77,584

My Goals:
Get to 125 pounds and stay there.
123.4 today. Maintain? We'll see.

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

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

Run a HM in under 2:10.

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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JULIA_RUN2SMILE
7/7/2015 7:41:33 AM

just stopping to say hi ! Your training seems to be going well- you are tracking these minutes! Way to go... I will get back to running soon (hopefully) , working on my recovery plan ! Have a great day!



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MBTEPP
6/30/2015 3:07:57 PM

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The Peapod race looks great! Is that your warm up for the Chicago Marathon?

I am also signed up for the Chicago Half Marathon on Sept 27th. It is later this year. So I may be searching for another race between the 2 HMs. I am considering the Mag Mile Chicago Women’s HM at Grant Park Sept 6th. I do like the smaller ones though, but they have to have great scenery.





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KEEPITUP62
6/14/2015 9:36:14 AM

I am just amazed at your story. Thank you for the friend add and I have added you as well so I can follow your experiences.

Susan



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MBTEPP
6/2/2015 9:30:27 AM

congratulations on PR! Weather is always my biggest stressor before the race. But somehow you just deal with it. Good for you!



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MBTEPP
6/1/2015 8:09:35 AM

How did your North Shore Classic HM go?



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