It's amazing but exactly two years ago today I started training for my very first marathon, the Bayshore Marathon. I was freaking out and had no idea what I was getting myself into. Four marathons and twelve half marathons later and numerous races in between and I'm still going strong. Ha! Ok, well maybe not strong but I'm still going and I'm still enjoying the training and racing even if its not for a marathon at this time.
|Bayshore Marathon 2011|
My first marathon
Of course, I still get cravings for things but I have pretty good will power and I don't miss them
The other thing I did was started eating breakfast on a regular basis. I never miss it, ever, and it helps keep me full. When I do get hungry before lunch, I have a banana and it tides me over. Finally, at dinnertime, my wife cooks using the American Heart Association cookbook and we rarely went out to eat. If I didn't know what I was eating, I was not eating it. I since relaxed a bit on this but still try to make good choices when out at restaurants. The cookbook is a low fat, low cholesterol, low sodium book and the best part is the recipes taste great. I didn't feel like I was giving up anything but I really was. We still use this cookbook frequently. It was one of the best things we did.
Next came the exercise. I started with what many people start with - walking. I walked for about 3 months. In fact, I never ever even thought about running. I just wanted to lose weight. I started with walking outside and then on the treadmill. Then I purchased a Bowflex and lifted weights three times a week. I was able to lose 30 pounds doing this. I hit a wall and knew I needed something more so I thought I would try running. Haha. I think you could call it that.
I tried running first on the treadmill and just seemed to poop out in minutes. I could not understand why so I asked my doctor brother-in-law who was also a runner. He told me to slow down. It was probably one of the best pieces of advice I received and I started to slowly build up my time running. I had gotten up to five miles walking per day so I started to replace more time with running and less time with walking until I could get up to three miles of running at one time. My first run outside was the length of one home - about 80 feet. Ha. Then I went to two homes, then three until I got to 3 miles. I was able to lose another 30 pounds this way.
This is when racing started. I don't even remember why I decided to start racing but it sounded interesting. My first race was the Corktown 5k in Detroit in March 2010 with over 4,200 runners.
|My first race|
Corktown March 2010
|My first half, the Brooksie Way, with my Brother-in-law|
I got to meet Frank Shorter!
Finished in 1:45:55
Have a great day and....Keep Running!!!!