I hate running. It hurts. My mind works against me. I never got a runners high, maybe the best was a tepid medium.
This blog was used for several years as I worked against this hatred, eventually finishing 6 half marathons and 2 full ones, doing several Rock and Roll events in Phoenix and raising money with Team Diabetes,
But I am done running, and getting back to what I always loved more- bicycling.
Currently I am training to complete the 142 km 2012 GrandFondo Banff
Nope, I did not make that.
UPDATE JANUARY 2014
In 2014, I am revving this up again. Inspired by conversation and a visit form longtime friend Mike Kelly, he urged me to try a program of an hour a day of daily activity. Here is a good place to log that, I blog I have not used nor that anyone ever looks at.
In turning 50 last year, I find myself breathhing hard, a sore back, dealing with things liek cataracts, and just not as much energy as I recall. My weight has not gone up in the last feew years (204 on January 9, 2014) but has not gone down for a long time to where it should ne.
I am also going to try recording some of my “quantified self” via my stats at yourflowing data.
THE ORIGINAL IMPETUS TO RUN
The farthest I’ve ever ran was maybe 3 miles back in college… only because of a girl I was interested in. Once she was done with me, I was done with running.
But runners look so fit, and they always talk about it being pleasurable. I’ve been fairly active most my life, hikiing, backpacking, mountain biking…. but after 14+ years of an office job, I could stand to lose 15-20 pounds.
I first decided to take on my hate as a challenge and run the Arizona Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon on January 15, 2005.
And being Type 1 diabetic for 35 years this October, I decided to sign up with Team Diabetes: (as originally posted in 2005)
TEAM DIABETES is the marathon-training program of the American Diabetes Association. TEAM-D is for everyone! Whether you are an experienced runner or walker, or a beginner, we will provide the training and support you need to complete a half or full marathon. You can help make a difference in the lives of more than 18 million Americans by raising critically needed funds for research, education and advocacy, while staying fit and accomplishing the goal of a lifetime.
I kept at it for a while, but my hatred…. well never got cured.
- Finished first half marathon in January 2006.
- Ran another one within 3 months, best time ever.
- Ran one more later in the year (October 2006) while hoping to train for a full marathon
- Finished Rock and Roll half marathon on 2007 had to walk most because of shin splints.
- Trained in 2007 with Team D, finished Fiesta Bowl half marathon in December.
- Completed full marathon in January 2008.
- Trained with Team D and completed half marathon in January 2010.
- Trained with Team D and walked the full marathon on Janurary 2011