Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Beginning

Why start a blog?

I think what I have to say might help some people. Maybe not many but a few, and well, it will make me feel better to get it out.

The “about me” stuff is an ongoing work-in-progress but since my main interests are running and getting healthier and I enjoy talking about those things, well, I figured why the hell not talk about it to the masses?

So, here it goes. Enjoy the ride or get off the bus. You can read this or ignore it. It’s your choice. That’s why the internet is so cool, right?

I start this blog in my 41st year of life. Jeez, I still can’t believe I’m 41. I’m not sure what 41 is supposed to feel like but I remember being a teen and thinking 40 was old. Well, 40 (41) is the new 20 (21), right? I can honestly say I’m healthier now at 41 than I was at 21 so that’s certainly a good start.

I’m a runner. I’m not fast but I enjoy it. I’m currently training for my 2nd half marathon on 9/22/13. My first one was 5/5/13 and I’m happy to say that I survived it and actually had a good time. I finished that first one and said I would never do one again. I signed up for my 2nd one, 1 week later. I’ve heard that happens among runners.

Running is a lot easier than it used to be. I’ve lost about 115 lbs through Gastric Bypass surgery in 2011 and trying to eat better in general. For all of you who think Gastric Bypass was an easy way out, you couldn’t be further from the truth. While it was the best decision I’ve ever made, for me it’s just as easy to gain weight now as it was before the surgery. There are lots of positives and a few negatives of having the surgery but I’m not going to get into all that now. I’m healthier for having it so that’s all that matters.

As for the running, I’m currently in my 4th week of training and it’s been a little rough. PMS has been kicking my butt this week so every step feels like I’m running through mud but I did a 4.3 mile run last night and live to tell the tale. The weather was beautiful so I had no excuse not to. It was supposed to be a 7-mile run since that is my long weekend run at this point but since I wasn’t feeling too hot over the weekend, I didn’t do it. I’m going to just continue with my training to keep on track and I’m not too worried about that one run. There will be lots more where that came from.

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