Watching From The Sidelines
Yesterday, Hartford hosted the ING Marathon/Half Marathon and I watched from the sidelines – on my couch, eyes glued to the televised race. Three weeks ago, I had to pull out of the race because I was still building my mileage and couldn’t increase the miles too quickly without possibly re-injuring the foot I fractured in late May. Reminding myself to be thankful for being able to run, I focused on watching the race and set my sights on the Palm Beach Half Marathon in December.
How did he accomplish several far-reaching goals? Losing half your body weight is one thing, getting fit and running a first half marathon averaging 8-1/2 minute miles is something else but he did both within a year. He must be blessed with youth, a strong cardiovascular system, and determination. And, if I raced yesterday, there’s a good chance he would have kicked my butt because I haven’t run further than 9 miles since May. And, he weighed 380 pounds a year ago and couldn’t walk a block, let alone run a mile – the guy is a winner.