Tuesday, April 29, 2008

It's a start

3 miles. Went for a quick run outside at work today with a co-worker who I trained with a bit for the half-marathon until she injured her ankle. I felt really good today, with a nice spring in my step (i'm attributing that to my new shoes which, holy crap cost a ton. And if you knew me, to spend over $100 on anything for myself it must be important.) Here's to a good beginning and with much more to come as I know by the end of this training, which should take me to mid Sept, I'll have run over 465 miles!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Things to make and do

I've got things to make and do. And simply, I've chosen to run to get it done.

Two weeks ago I finished my first Half-Marathon (the GO! St. Louis half-marathon) in 2:05:12, and have boldly decided to continue my training in order to run the Lewis & Clark Marathon (missed the Chicago Marathon deadline) in September. This is not a decision I've taken lightly. It's now more of a personal need, a need to know I can do it, to withstand the pain, and triumph in the accomplishment of a task I thought I'd never achieve. I will be posting updates here to keep me motivated and to journal the full experience.

I found this somewhere, but I think it best describes what got me going on this journey:
"A young boy who sees his father preparing for a workout sees more than just training for an upcoming race. He sees a man who is not only strong, but who is intent on making himself stronger. He sees a man who wants to be healthy, for his family as much as for himself. He sees the value of hard work and dedication in pursuit of a goal. He sees that self-discipline and the ability to persevere through the mundane are necessary steps to worthy achievement. In the simple act of going for a run, a man can be an example of a leader who is not afraid to accept a challenge, push through obstacles along the way, and attain victory."

So here begins, the life trials and tribulations of a man with 26.2 miles to go...