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Bringing it home, my first 10K.

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Struggling across the finish line of my first marathon

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All I wanted to do was get my cholesterol under control, preferably without medication. It seemed simple enough. Diet and exercise. I could certainly stand to lose a few pounds. Well, more than a few. At least 30 if I wanted to get to a healthy BMI. I definitely needed to modify my diet. I pretty much ate anything I wanted, whenever I wanted. And exercise? Sure, I got exercise. Opening the fridge is exercise, right? Looking for the remote? Surfing the web?

Fast forward about 18 months. I've lost the 30 pounds, my cholesterol numbers are all good, I eat better than ever, but GOOD stuff, and,,,,I'm an athlete. And a runner no less.

A runner. Heck, I didn't even like to run as a kid. Kids LOVE to run. Not this kid. That's why wheels were invented. So you could roll. On a bike or a scooter or skates or a wagon. But running? Come one.

But, now I run. Several days a week. All year long. Inside and out. I ran a marathon in May. A marathon!! Me!!. For crying out loud, I'm 65 years old and I ran a marathon. Am I proud of myself? You better believe it.

Trust me, nobody was dazzled by my blazing speed. I'm sure if I hadn't had a number pinned to my shirt, some people would have wondered why I was in the middle of the street. But, I did it. And, I'm pretty sure I'm going to do it again. Maybe when I'm 66.

Member Since: 8/15/2010

Fitness Minutes: 134,484

My Goals:
Get to 125 pounds and stay there.
123.4 today. Maintain? We'll see.

Run a 5k in under 26 minutes.
Done, 25:33 (PR)

Run a 10k in under one hour.
Done. 56:21 (PR)

Run a HM in under 2:10.

My Program:
I track my food on Spark. I try to run at least 20 miles per week, preferably outdoors. I crosstrain on the exercise bike or elliptical machine at my health club and do weight training several times a week.

Personal Information:
My name is Richard. I live in the Chicago area with my wonderful wife Bossdear who has reminded me every day for 45 years how lucky I am to have her.

We have a cat named Daisy who rather reluctantly lets us share the house with her.

I am short, hard of hearing and blind as a bat without my glasses. I'm lazy and self-centered and painfully shy. But I usually smell okay, and I know which fork to use at the dinner table.

Other Information:
Run more, mostly easy. Occasionally, run faster or on hills.

"There is nothing purer, braver, or more beautiful than the try. So much glory is wrapped into that one thing, putting yourself and your heart on the line for something bigger, for the maybe so, for the what if, for the I Got It."

Kristin Armstrong

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go."

T.S. Eliot

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    Looking for a Fun Challenge this Summer? Want to get connected with a Team to support you through your Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle. If yes, then consider joining the BL Challenge that starts early June. Each week 11 teams of 24 Active, do fun nutritional and fitness challenges. The challenges promote a healthy lifestyle and If for some reason you cannot do a challenge then they are modified to meet your needs. Often we do the challenge in a game form, we have BINGO and TIC TAC TOE or seasonally themed. For Spring we had Gardening Time, Help Fill Peter Rabbit’s Basket and Bingo. If you decide this might be for you you can leave your name on the waitlist for the Summer challenge. To get to the Challenge go to my page and click on the “BLUE BIGGEST LOSER” Icon, or copy and paste the link below, or let me know and I can send you an invite. Join the Team then sign up on the waitlist. It’s the thread right below the Chit Chat.

    376 days ago
    Hi! I am looking to find friends to connect with while training for my first marathon! I lost 50 lb and I went back to running after 20 years. I am up to 3 miles a run but I have goals. I'd love it if you would add me as a friend.
    382 days ago
    I'm sorry friend! I know exactly how tough trail races are. My 50k was a trail race also and I stumbled several times on roots and uneven ground but always was able to steady myself. Others around me not to lucky. A lot of injuries. Niagara, Ontario has a road 50k that I think I may need to look into for 2019 if I can survive this marathon season. I'm having a bad bout of Runners knee currently and may not make it to the start line in 2 weeks... wish me luck I suppose! Well I've been thinking about you and am sorry the outcome was not as you had expected. On a positive note... you made it to the start line which is MORE THAN MOST!
    Much admiration - Shelley
    395 days ago
    HOW DID IT GO????? I'm incredible interested ..... Thinking of you and wishing you well :)
    395 days ago
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    I laughed reading your bio! I'm a reluctant athlete, too, but I sure do enjoy it now. The first 5K race I ever ran, I took 2nd place in my division - and I was hooked, on the bling! Hey, whatever it takes.

    You've got some fabulous times for your events. You're doing better than me! Keep up the good work. It's keeping us healthy.
    Have a fabulous day,
    397 days ago
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