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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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  • v OOLALA53
    TX for noticing my feed!
    447 days ago
  • v no profile image SWILSON2347
    Thanks for commenting on my blog! Good to know that someone else is 71 and still running! I read your bio and am impressed that you trained and ran in a marathon! You are an inspiration!

    I just don't have the stamina anymore - have only run in eight 5K's - and didn't start until I was in my mid 60's. I try to do 2 a year - one in the spring and one in the fall. I seem to be getting slower and slower emoticon with each race.

    Good idea to just run against others who aren't 5 to 10 years younger! Haven't seen many races where there is a 70+ category!

    Brutual winds are the worse! Glad we have that in common!
    450 days ago
    Wishing you smiles and smiles! Thanks for the support on my HM blogs!! -Marsha
    584 days ago
  • v DEBRAJ61
    Thanks for visiting my blog! I do appreciate it.
    600 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by my half marathon blog. I had seen that Itasca 5K and almost signed up for it but then remembered I had this today. I don't know how I did that in this heat either. It's very surreal!

    Thanks for keeping in touch!

    632 days ago
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