For as long as I could remember in my life, I was overweight. I was not the fattest kid, but I did have to wear the dreaded "husky" jeans. I was always athletic. I played baseball (outfield) & football (lineman) through high school. I just couldn't get rid of that belly, which probably had A LOT to do with the fact that almost everything I liked to eat was fried. About 4 years ago all that stopped. I learned how to eat for fuel instead of eating junk to fill my gut and I started running. I lost 40 pounds!
I used to HATE running. Probably because that was the punishment you got if you screwed up in athletics. So the first few times I went out for a "true" run were very much a struggle. But I kept with it. I got to where I really enjoyed recreational running, but my max single run mileage was a 5K. Then came Father's Day 2007:
Suprise! I got the Nike+ sensor and that really made my runs a lot more fun. I guess I'm not much of a purist because I don't have much fun plodding along listening to my own breathing. Since I'm having more fun running now, I'm up to an 8 mile run. My 1st official race was the Dallas Turkey Trot in 2007 in which my goal was to enjoy the race and finish.
In 2008, I didn't do much racing, but kept it around 2-3 runs a week probably maxing at about 12 miles per week.
But since 2009 hit, I've gotten running fever. It just feels good to set a goal and be able to attain it. Plus with using the Nike+ system, all my running data is automatic and I don't have to worry much with running journals. That may be a little lazy, but I do have 3 kiddos to worry about in my "non-running" time.
My next goal is the 2009 Dallas White Rock Marathon in December. My 1st goal is to finish, but I would also like to keep it under 4 hours. I created this blog in hopes of chronicling my training up to the marathon and who knows from there. If all goes well, I think I would like to run some of the bigger marathons such as Chicago & New York. I think ultimately, it would be super awesometown to qualify for Boston!
Hope you enjoy my ramblings! Run with Gusto!