Let me bring you up to speed. (Up to speed. Ha, Ha. I made a running joke).
I was a distance runner in highschool (Class of 2000). I ran track from 9th to 11th grade and Cross Country from 10th to 12th. As far as runners went I wasn't very good, but nor was I always last. Some people are born with natural albilty, I was not. Some people have incredible heart and determination as teenagers, I didn't. And of course some people have both. At any rate, I worked hard, but without that "killer instinct" I wasn't doing much more than going through the motions.
After highschool I moved on to college, discovered beer and what not, gained some weight, and save for occasional periods where found myself missing distance running, I was generally out of the sport.
College ended, home life was miserable, there was work, bad relationships with the opposite sex, and more beer.
At the end of 2005 my parents divorced and I moved with my mother to a different town. In the summer of 2006 I changed jobs to construction, and it was this job that really started my journey into weightloss. I dropped from 195lbs in July 2006 to about 165lbs by the end of that summer. And then winter came. I contined to work, but work itself moved in doors, and my weight shifted back to about 175lbs by the Spring of 2007.
Just prior to having moved to our new home in 2005, my mom lost 50lbs through a combination of diet and exercise. By 2007 she had gained most of it back. She was interested in shedding the extra pounds again, and the two of us began to diet and exercise, together, again.
One of mom's goals has always been to run or walk in a 5k race. In June 2007 she happened across an entry form for a race right her in town. Out of shape, but many pounds lighter, I agreed to enter it. While she entered the 5k walk, I entered the 5k run. In my first race in nearly 8 years I managed, without much training, I managed to come within just a few minutes of my peak fitness level in my highschool days. There were 250 people entered in the race. I finished in 63rd place. It was this race that rekindled my interest in the sport and reminded me of my love for running.
It is the end of July 2007. I weigh aprox 158lbs. I have run 30 miles so far this week. I have chosen my next two races, a 5k in August and a 10k in September. I am faster, stronger, thinner and in better condition than I've ever been in my life.
This thread will serve several connected purpose, though all will be bound together under the common theme of running.
Look for the following:
-Reports on my daily training runs
-My race results, PR's, etc...
-My goals and my progress toward reaching them.
-Interesting news, advice, stories from the distance running world
-Anything else I @#%$ well please.
Your comments, advice, criticism, encouragement and praise for my utter brilliance is welcomed with open arms. I'd love to hear from you, especially those of you who are fellow runners. Its great to share the experience.