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.


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Driving 2 and 1/2 hours for shoes

For my birthday the wife is buying me a new pair of running shoes.  I get to go to the bay area to Road Runner Sports to get fitted and get the shoes.  I love going to that store, it is quite a nice experience and they have a lot of cool stuff.  Unfortunately, here in California's Central Valley there is no place like the store and, although I have to drive 2 1/2 hours to get to Road Runner, it will be fun.  The hardest part about the store is that they have too much stuff and I could easily spend my entire paycheck there and then some.

I'm looking forward to the new shoes and I am hoping they work well for my 15 mile run this Sunday as well as the upcoming San Jose Half Marathon in 15 days.  I figure with the mileage I am putting on these shoes they should be able to hold up for San Jose and at least through the Fresno Half Marathon, but I may need to replace them before the California International Marathon in December.  In any event, I can't wait to run in a properly fitted pair of shoes.

1 comment:

  1. As a non-runner, the shoes are a bit different but they are cool hope you had as much fun as I did today! -The Wife

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