June 24, 2013. Not words any 40 year old wants to hear. But it was true. While I had been RUNNING a law practice full of stress, with offices spread over 100 miles apart, working 7 days a week, often 10 – 16 hours a day, I hadn’t been doing any actual RUNNING at all. Eating bad in the morning. And in the mid-morning. And in the afternoon. And in the late-afternoon. And – at night. Eating at a desk or in a car. Not good.
So it was those words that I heard on June 24, 2013 – morbid obese and pre-diabetic, that startled me. Everything you never want to hear from a Doctor. Things about not being there for your kids; about not making it to 50. Startling words that shouldn’t haver startled me at all. But they did. I rarely let someone take pictures of me before 2014. The two on this post are ones I thought I actually looked “good” in – and allowed to be taken – April and May of 2013. They are my last “before” pictures. Change was coming.
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Can you share how long it took you to train for that marathon, and what training plan did you follow?
I started training in earnest in May of 2013 when I ran my first 5k. The first marathon was October 19, 2013. I just ran 5ks and moved to 10ks in about a month then 10 miles about 6 weeks later than about 2 half marathons starting in august then one 20 miler around Oct 3 that I almost didn’t finish. My first actual official race though was the marathon. All the other running was just done on my own. Marathon day was a nice steady day where my goal was to finish with my heart beating. I ran to finish not for a time. I’ve done 44 marathons now (most recent 2 weeks ago). PR is 3:51. I’ve also done three full Ironman races now 2018, 2019, and 2021. I obviously don’t update the blog but and thrilled at least one person is reading it. Your first marathon will change your life. Enjoy it.