Here's the skinny: I've been near 300 lbs. for years and need to lose weight. I'm married to a wonderful lady, and we have a family. One of our boys often asks if I'll run with him. I've always had to tell him, "No." In August of '09, my wife learned about a couch-to-5k running program, and I agreed to try it with her. This blog chronicles our progress on that training program. I hope I'll soon be able to surprise my son by telling him, "Yes, I'll go running with you!"

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Day 18 (week 3, day 4)

What can I say? It was a non-running day, and I'm not suffering a bunch of aches or pains. I'd say that's a really good sign.

I had good portions at of each of my meals, and my sugars have been in a good range all day. My trousers and shirts hang a bit more lose than they ever have. It's not a big difference, but I can feel it (and Mrs. F can see it).

I'm excited because tomorrow markes the final training day for this week, and that means we're 1/3 of the way through the program. Honestly, I didn't think I'd even stick with it for this long.

Our boys had another cross country race tonight. Our younger son took 17th place again, but this time running 3000 meters with a time of 00:14:30. Our elder son completed his course in 00:20:03, coming in 11th place. The course had more hills than the one he was at on Monday, but that's not the only thing that slowed him down. He was in 5th or 6th place through most of the race, until he came to one of the bigger hills. On the way up the hill, he got a side ache. Instead of giving up, however, he pushed through it. By the time he got to the top of the hill, he had been passed by around 10 other runners. Instead of slowing his pace, he poured it back on and passed a few of them before hitting the final stretch. Then, he burst into one of his fastest sprints, overtaking another runner to get that 11th place finish. He had really wanted to finish in the top 10 at this one, because the first ten runners got medals (while the next 10 got ribbons).

That determination--that striving for a goal--that is inspiring to me. No one would have faulted him for finishing slower since he had a side ache, but he was somehow able to push through the pain and finish strong. That's just amazing to me.

Well, I'll be out early tomorrow to work on my determination.

1 comment:

  1. Isn't it amazing what we can learn from our children? My daughter started Crosscountry last year and I was inspired. The girls pushed through pain and being tired and just kept going. I figured if a 13 year old can gain the discipline to do that , surely a 39 year old woman could too. Congrats to your sons. We don't have hills in Seabrook. We have to run parking garages to similate them, that is how flat we are. Keep are doing great.


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