And So We Begin

Putting a blog together to chronicle my running activities is definitely long overdue. I feel quite late to the party. Let me get you up to speed on my nearly 6 year long journey, what my expectations are for this site and a few things I’m looking forward to sharing.

A Little History

The year was 2007. I was living the dream in my 4th year of marriage and 11th year as a small business owner. Living the dream took its toll. 12-20 hour work days, 7 days a week. Wonderful home cooked meals that I wasn’t accustomed to. Life was good but I knew the scale wasn’t something I ever wanted to look at. Gym memberships and I were never a good combination. Finally, near the end of April 2007, I found the courage to hit the bathroom scale. 201 pounds. I’m 5′ 8″. Yowza.

Around the same time, my business partner introduced me to Nike+. I’m an early adopter of technology and extreme gadget geek. I’d just hit the scale. Perfect timing. I ordered a second generation iPod with Nike+ sensor and a new pair of Nike Air Structure Triax shoes. They came a week later. On May 9th, 2007 at 8:48 PM, as soon as I walked in the door from work, I went for my first run. I made it a half-mile, threw up in an unsuspecting neighbor’s front yard, turned around and walked most of the way home. 1.3 miles in 16 minutes. The rest is pretty much history with only few speed bumps along the way.

Planning to Run a 10K … Talked into a Half-Marathon

I continued to make time to run as 2007 went along. Many mornings I’d get out at 3AM to stay on my work schedule. Slowly but surely, my mileage increased, and I started having visions of doing a race. In October, I targeted the 10K at the Cleveland Marathon in May 2008. My business partner talked me out of it while tailgating before a Cleveland Browns game one (early) Sunday morning. “Let’s do the half.” Maybe it was the copious amounts of pre-dawn beer consumption, but I agreed. Go big or go home. It was a decision that ultimately changed my life and redefined “going big”.

I’ll speak more towards my journey as this blog progresses. Hopefully you’ll come to see that I’m just an average Joe who happened to catch the running bug and lost 50 pounds along the way. I’m not a completely obsessed health nut by any stretch. I enjoy a great steak and (more than) my fair share of adult beverages. At the end of the day running keeps me grounded and helps me feel a little less guilty for those pleasures.

It’s my plan to share experiences, some of the people who have helped me along the way and support the outstanding online running community at-large. There are a lot of great bloggers and resources out there. I can only hope to be a small contributor among the masses.

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