I’m a 38-year-old male. I’m married and have 2 kids.
I ran cross-country in high school, and went to college on a baseball scholarship. I would consider myself an accomplished athlete in general, but as far as running goes these days, I am nowhere near what I once used to be.
About 18 months ago, I was overweight, out of shape, and I decided it was time to make a change with my life. My wife and I both decided we were going to train for a half-marathon. It was a 1st for both of us. Unfortunately, we were unable to run the events together (she ran hers in May of 2011, and I ran mine in September of 2011); however, it was something we committed to do together. We made time in our schedules to train as much as we could. She would usually go when I get home from work, and I would go shortly after she returns. There was always times of conflict in the schedule as well. I coach an elite travel baseball team that plays upwards of 70 games from April 1st to the middle of July, and it really cuts into the training schedule. However, we’ve made it work.
As it was time for my 1st half-marathon, I didn’t know what to expect. I was nervous I wouldn’t make it, but excited about the end result if I did finish. Come 1 hour 59 minutes later, I had surpassed my expectations. I was looking at running in the 2:10 to 2:15 range, and broke the 2:00 mark. It was time to make a decision, stick with half-marathons, or train for a full.
Upon reconnecting with an old friend (@DixonRunning), we decided that we would run a marathon together. It will be his 2nd (he is going for a great feat of 3 marathons in 4 weeks starting w/ the marathon in September of 2012), and my 1st. We both live in different states, but communicate often on things from training advice to what we use for tracking our runs.
Now, I’m hooked on running. If I miss a workout, I get moody. I have to get my running fix whether it is a local 5 mile trail race or my weekly training runs.
I love the freedom that running gives me. No phones (even though it is with me for safety), no texts, no kids, no worries. It allows me to free my mind of everything, and for that, I thank the sport of running. When I’m out on the road or the trails, I am at peace, and when I’m done with those runs, my mind is clear and my soul is at ease.
Since this quest has started, I’m now down 20 pounds, have been given a clean bill of health from my doctor (I didn’t have that 18 months ago), and find my self running 3-5 times a week. I’ve also done a lot of studying on the benefits of running, nutrition, injury prevention, and training.
I also now have goals to compete not only my 1st marathon, but multiple marathons, and as all runners hope, to one day become a Boston Marathon qualifier.
I appreciate all of you that take to the time to read things posted on this site, and I look forward to continuing this venture in hopefully helping you meet your goals.