>Running 101>From a slug to a runner - your story!
I'll give you the short version. I never ran competitively in high school, college or at any other time. Prior to 2006, I had run exactly one organized race -- a 5K -- and I had to take walk breaks to get through it. So I think I certainly qualify as "just anybody."
September 2005: At age 38 (semi-late in the game ), height 5'9", I weigh 200 pounds. I'm wearing size 38 jeans and I'm at least 40 pounds overweight. I'm so out of shape that I don't even bother running for the first few weeks and ride the stationary bike instead. When I do run, I'm running maybe 15-20 miles per week, and I'm taking walk breaks every 6-7 minutes. My early running paces are in the 12:00/m to 13:00/m range.
October 2006 (13 months later): At age 39, height 5'9", I weigh 156 pounds. I'm wearing size 32 jeans and my weight has been steady for over eight months. My recent training has been in the 50-60 miles per week range. On 10/22/06, I run my first marathon (Chicago) in a time of 3:29:40 and an average pace of 8:00/m.
Admittedly, I'm no prodigy; there aren't any trophies or ribbons in my running future. I'm just an average joe who one day decided to get off the couch ... and ended up running a sub-3:30 marathon.
Seeing as this thread gets bumped from time-to-time, I figured I would update my slug-to-runner tale...
October 2008 (3 years later): At age 41, I'm healthier and fitter than I've been in my life. I have run over 2000 miles/year the last two years. In Summer 2008, I've been training an average of 80 miles/week, peaking at over 100 miles/week. On 10/4/2008, I run my fourth marathon in a time of 3:14:37 and an average pace of 7:26/m. I have qualified for the Boston Marathon (with a six minute cushion).
Its important to note that even though my first marathon was only 10 minutes away from a BQ, it took me two years and three more tries before I finally got it done. Progress comes in fits and starts, but it does eventually come if you stay persistent.
Oh, and that part I wrote above in 2007 about "no trophies or ribbons in my running future"? A bit pessimistic, as it turns out. I've actually won two age-group medals, one in a race with over 1000 runners, the other in a race with over 500 runners.
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