I chose to name this blog “This Guy Runs?” because sometimes it feels like I get judged by other runners or when I walk into a running store or the employees chose to help the people who look more traditionally like runners before finally helping me out. At a running store in Calgary, I was pretty much ignored me the entire time I was in there. That said, I likely won’t bring that up again since this isn’t all about poor customer service but is more about my progression as a runner.

One day in 2011, things started off as they normally did with me getting ready for work. I was getting softer around the middle by the day, but that day when I put on my pants, I had to suck in my gut a little more than usual. A few minutes later, the thread holding the button said “oh hell no, not feeling like holding back all those double quarter pounders today”, snapped and the button fell to the floor. I was bigger than my size 44’s. My circumference was 65% of my height. The scale said I weighed more than 245 pounds. Something had to change or I was going to look like a huge playground ball.

I cut out the fast food and started walking. Walking led to jogging. Jogging led to pain because I tried to go too far too fast. Back to walking and then couch to 5k. I targeted the Jingle Bell 5k Run/Walk for the Arthritis Foundation in December 2011 and ran in honor of my grandmother who passed away that summer. Once I set that goal, things changed. I transitioned from Couch to 5k to a Hal Higdon 5k plan. I trained harder and started to learn how to train smarter. I ran my first 5k in 25:17, just over 6 months after my first mile took 15:23.

After that, someone at work was talking about half marathons and I though, if they can do it, so can I. I signed up for the NC Half Marathon at Charlotte Motor Speedway since that was on my birthday weekend. Back to see if Hal Higdon had a Half Marathon plan since I liked the 5k plan. A few months later, I ran my first Half Marathon in 1:56:07.

Fast forward to now.  I have ran in lots of 5ks, an 8k and a 10k, seven half marathons and a 50 miler. I ended up skipping the marathon that I signed up for due to an injury sustained when a large dog tackled me during a run. I plan to finish a marathon this year and am considering a 100 miler for 2014, but really, who knows what tomorrow will bring.

Run happy, train smart and don’t listen to the voices inside your head that tell you that you can’t do something.

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