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, September 12, 2010

New half marathon personal record - 2:04:02

Well, I didn't break the 2 hour mark for today's run, but I got very close.  I beat my best time by about two and a half minutes today.  Today's run was about 9:28 per mile meaning I am getting quicker on the long runs.  To top it off, I hit the 1/4 marathon mark at under an hour, so I know I can pull off a sub 2 hour half marathon soon.

Around mile 7 my left leg started to ache along with my left knee.  My running gait favors my left side, so this is a regular thing with me and I am working consciously to change it.  However, today I was worried that the pain would stop me short of running the whole half marathon.  I listened to my body at that point and slowed down a little and focused on not favoring my left side.  About mile 9, the pain disappeared and I was back to normal.  I'm resting now and elevating my left side with ice just in case, but I don't think that this was a major problem, just a sign that I need to work on my running gait.

I am tired right now; but, as I sit in my chair writing this, I feel amazing.  Physically I am really tired, but mentally I am on top of the world and can do anything.  8 1/2 months ago no one would have thought that I would be running half marathon training runs in close to 2 hours.  Heck, I couldn't even run 1/4 of a mile without stopping.  Step by step, day by day, meal by meal, and next thing you know I am running half marathons.  Kind of amazing.

As I said in yesterday's post, I cherished every step today.  Every step is one step farther than I ever thought possible before.  I am thankful that I have my health and can get myself healthy and I am not going to waste this great opportunity to live life to the fullest.

I know I may sound like a broken record here, but once again I have to say it:  Life is good!

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