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I Did It!

When I joined MFP I was like everyone else. I wanted to lose weight which was going to make me healthy. Everyone knows that overweight and obese people are at greater risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes and even cancer. Except for the stroke, I had them all.

This journey, if you stick with it, can be pretty exciting.

When I started running, I just wanted to run a 5K. That was it; finish a 5K. It took me an entire year to run a 5K in 32 minutes. Really, I just wanted to finish. After my first one, I decided I wanted to run one in under 30 minutes. 5Ks are a gateway drug.

I am addict. If one is good, two is better and six are nirvana.

If you go back through my blogs (or buy my book), you may remember that I wrote about some day running a half marathon. It was so far out of my realm, even with all my awesomeness - cough cough, I didn't think I could do it - ever. I ran my first half in February of 2013. In fact, I ran 3 half marathons in 2013. Instead of getting faster, I got slower. 2:16, 2:24, and 2:27. That's what I thought.

Runner's have a lot of excuses, I have none.

Everyone knows that to run a sub-2-hour marathon, you need to be at least an average runner - maybe even a young runner. The national average is 1:50 for men and 2:05 women. That is what I set my sights on, finishing in less than 2 hours. I am a man!

Every goal I have set for myself, I did not think that I could achieve it. It was going to press me to my limits, and I would give myself permission to fall short by just a little. Somewhere on the course, in the middle of the burning and wheezing, I would tell David there was another race I could do better. Part of the problem was that I didn't train for the desired results. The rest was that I didn't believe in me. Lots more excuses that I am not going to entertain here.

How bad am I? Once I set out for a 15 mile run doing 3 5 mile loops past my house. I gave up at 10. Now I run 7 1/2 miles away from my house. It's the only way I can do it.

Last year's Hyannis Half Marathon was my first. It was cold, wet and rainy. There were high winds that blew my glasses off, sleet, effing-freakin-freezing rain and 5 inch deep puddles. This year it was 45 degrees and sunny. Excuse-less running weather!

I did something different. I made a plan.

I have made plans, but they were unrealistic, and were too lofty. This time, I picked a pace that practiced running at one day a week. Sometimes even faster, but for shorter distances. I had a friend that was running and she needed to run the same plan. We did it together.

Everything felt great, because of my new job, I was well rested not being able to run much. I had done a 5 mile run at my race pace the day before and all was well. I just needed to maintain it for 2 hours, not 45 minutes.

The miles wore on, past the harbor, by the beach and through the little seaside community. At mile 10 I was feeling it and my run buddy ran on ahead. It was me and my head for the rest of the way. I kept checking my watch and focusing on the little things like breathing and form. I was tired and nearly stumbled. I ate my last GU and kept pushing until it kicked in. Mile 12 and most of 13 were tough, but I was so close I told myself that if I had to walk, I was going to push until I had to.

Finally I heard the music at the finish line and gave it all I had. There were quite a few runners in those last few hundred yards and I passed about 20 of them sprinting to the finish line.

I saw the clock: 2:02, that was my gun time, but it took minutes to get to the starting mat. I glanced at my Garmin and I stopped the timer: 1:59:17 Later my official time was 1:59:15 I had done it. I trained, I practiced and I stuck with the plan.

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18 comments:

johnwhitent wrote 100 months ago:
Great inspiring blog!
johnwhitent wrote 100 months ago:
Great inspiring blog!
johnwhitent wrote 100 months ago:
Well, it posted my comment twice, but it still won't let me vote twice!
Mustangsally1000 wrote 100 months ago:
Well that's just dandy! Whoop and a hoopla to you!!!! :D
Flyer615 wrote 100 months ago:
Congrats, bud! Everything in life is a matter of "push." Some things require a little more than others. You have a great grasp of where and when to do it. Endeavor to persevere!
Rica03 wrote 100 months ago:
GREAT JOB!!! I have a half in May that I am aiming for 1:59 and change or anything under 2hrs. This gives me hope that I can do it also!
skinnyme47 wrote 100 months ago:
Awesome job! Congratulations. :)
turkeyhunter60 wrote 100 months ago:
Great blog. Far better man than I. Congrats.
Time2LoseWeightNOW wrote 100 months ago:
Whooo Hooo!! Awesome job!
Alidecker wrote 100 months ago:
Congratulations!

I need to do something somewhat like that for my triathlon in August. Train at the pace I want to do the race.
staroftheeast wrote 100 months ago:
I knew you would do it. Congratulations.
AlessisMore wrote 100 months ago:
Congratulations! You should write a book ;) Seriously--very well done!
thatsananna wrote 100 months ago:
Congratulations!!!
alma3628 wrote 100 months ago:
Fantastic! I want to start with a 5km too. Way to go! You are a true inspiration!
ffhsanfran wrote 100 months ago:
great story. keep going, you!
Hoppymom wrote 100 months ago:
Incredible!!! If any one could do this it would be you. take a bow David; you have earned it!
LazyRunner_2212 wrote 100 months ago:
inspiring!!

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