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When you're on your deathbed, you won't be wishing that you'd spent more time at the office. But you will be wishing that you'd spent more time running. Because if you had, then you wouldn't be on your deathbed.
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just a simple cat
glutton for punishment
Ex-Smoker turned Runner!
Champions are made when no one is watching
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I'm 57 years old and last year was completely out of shape. My 34-year-old daughter invited me out to run with her and I couldn't run 100 feet without nearly collapsing, so I'd run a few feet then walk a couple minutes then run a little bit more. She talked me in to joining WeightWatchers, which I began on June 23, 2008. At the time I weighed 193 pounds. I've now lost 40 pounds and am staying at around 153. I started running on September 3rd and ran my first race on September 13th. I've now been running eight months have run 31 races. Last week I ran the New Jersey Marathon in 4:02, then five days later (last night) I ran a 5k in Charlotte in 22:36, which was about a minute off my 5k PR from two weeks ago at 21:41.
I didn't realize until I ran my first 5k how much fun it was to run. There's a race every week within 50 miles, and usually several to choose from. I didn't even know that type of thing existed so it motivated me to keep running and trying to improve my time and be competitive, at least within my age group. Makes me feel kinda like a kid again! By the way, my wife joined WeightWatchers at the same time I did and lost 30 pounds. I never saw her run 1 step in 30 years of marriage but after she saw how much fun I was having she started running too and has now run more than 20 races.
In an infinite universe, the one thing sentient life cannot afford to have is a sense of proportion
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