The big run has come and gone and I'm still alive. This past Thanksgiving I got up early and made my way along with one of my brothers to downtown Atlanta. It was cold at the start of the Atlanta 1/2 Marathon but I was soon sweating. With every mile my brother asked if I was OK and with every mile my answer was no. I hurt from step one and by the end I didn't think I could finish. I could see the end and still wanted to stop. I was not at all ready for this and for the first time in my life actually worried that I may have some kind of medical problem on the course. Since this time last year I have gained 30+ pounds (lost about 10 for this race) and did not have the time nor put in the quality runs to be ready for this run.
But I made it! I finished with a time around 2:07 was happy was the effort. I walked long enough in the aid stations to drink and then got back to running. My brother put in a great effort and now wants more. During the race he said that a marathon was too far and he would be happy to do another 1/2. I knew he would change his mind after a few days of rest and that has already happened. He is talking full marathon and I'm going to give it another try. That race last year left me feeling like I failed. I finished a marathon but I want to run a marathon. So, training for the marathon starts!
Monday, November 23, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I found a new park to run in and it is great. It is actually the same park that I run in a lot but a different section. I ran on both Saturday and Sunday. The run on Saturday was great, not far but it felt good. It felt so good that I went back on Sunday and planned on running a trail that I saw through the woods. This turned out to be a mistake. I started running and this thing went straight downhill. My knees are still hurting 3 days later from the pounding they took running for nearly a mile downhill through the woods. Because of the pain I did not run the last couple o fdays but I did go for a swim on Monday and a bike ride last night. I'm just as far out of shape on the bike and in the pool as I am running but it felt nice to start and the bike made my knees stop hurting.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
How hard! It's been about 7 months since I did any kind of exercise. I've gained 20+ pounds and feel like crap. I keep saying tomorrow I'll start but it comes and goes. This past weekend I ran for the first time, a short 1 mile run and I had to push myself to make it a mile. For the next 3 days I hurt! How do you get back up and get going? HELP
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
I just wrote my resignation letter and have to go give it to my boss. I was offered a new job late last week and it is such a great feeling. I had a lot of things on my list to do list this year and the first thing was find a new job. Done! NEXT!
My older brother was in GA this weekend and I got to spend some time talking to him. He started running last year and just loves it. Much more then me. He is the kind that will run every day for years. He needs to start a blog!