One day, I took my 325 pound couch potato self to Disneyland for a vacation. It was around Christmas time in 2009 and I wanted to show the family a good time. Then, the unthinkable happened. My world came crashing down as I was kicked off of a ride in front of everyone because I was too big to fit in the seat. It was humiliating, embarrassing and unexpected. But, it changed my life.

I realized that my life needed to change. I also realized that I have missed out on so much in my own life because I never took control of my health. I missed out on serving in the military because I was too big, I missed becoming a police officer because I was too out of shape, and I missed achieving some of the dreams in my life.

Not any more. I threw away the fear of failure and dared to do something impossible. In one year, I lost over 100 pounds and did something that I never thought I could do – I ran a marathon. I achieved the impossible and it was the most amazing thing ever.

The next year, I traveled the country, seeing new cities 26.2 miles at a time on a marathon tour, all while training for the impossible - the title of IRONMAN!

On June 24, 2012, I crossed the Ironman finish line in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, listening to Mike Reilly announce me as an Ironman, after a long day and 140.6 miles.

I am continuing on my journey, getting through the ups and downs of maintaining a new, fit lifestyle. Life is good, and I want to live it to the fullest.

This blog celebrates our ability to achieve things that seem impossible.


Sunday, June 27, 2010

The long run

Well, the scale didn't move again, but perhaps the catalyst for that movement will be the long run today. Sundays are the day of the week that my training schedule has me going for the longest run of the week in my path towards the half marathon. Today's run is 5 miles which should take me about 50 minutes at the pace I am keeping. 5 miles is only about 40% of the half marathon distance, but I am gradually working towards that distance and if I can keep the training up I should be there by the race in November.

After the run, I am going to be spending the day in the 100 degree weather ripping out an old sprinkler system that was not done right and installing a new one. With the landscape plan I have in the back yard, I am going to need to do about 400 feet of trenching and when you are doing it all by hand it is tough, so we will see how that goes.

For right now, it is outside for the 5 mile run.

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