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 24, 2009

Day 25 (week 4, day 4)

Well, tomorrow is a big day--the final workout of Week 4. Mentally, I'm still a little bummed that we're not yet at the halfway point, but I'm adjusting. I can tell my legs have been getting a workout, but they have no particular aches or pains to mention. My lower back is a little sore, but I think that's due to having a crummy chair in my office (which replaced a broken chair a couple of weeks ago).

We made some good, homemade soup yesterday. We had it for dinner, and I'm glad there was some left for lunch today. I'm tired today, but I can't put a finger on why. I got a good amount of sleep, and my sugar levels are good. I had a mild cough on a couple of mornings this week, but it cleared up as the day moved on. Yesterday, I coughed a little bit throughout the day, starting mostly after our run. Today, I feel like a cough is waiting behind every breath. With H1N1 going around, I'm watching for a fever and any other symptoms, but otherwise am looking at the cough as a nuissance.

I got to leave a bit early today so I can watch our boys at a cross country meet. Our eldest son is going to letter this year (his freshman year!) and has already broken a team record. He's out to beat his own best time again this afternoon, hoping to come in below 18:55. Our other runner wanted to show me one of his ribbons last night. Seventeenth place out of a field of 50 or more is not bad at all for someone who didn't join until three weeks after practices started. I wish I had been able to run like that when I was a kid.


  1. Did my first run tonight. Couldn't finish all 8 rotations, but did do 7, and I blame the MP3 player for that. Accidently bumped rewind and got lost in the order while trying to turn down the volume when it got REALLY loud suddenly.

    Ah, well. I'm going to try to do Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday. I'll count Sunday as the REAL beginning of week 1.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    -- Nearby-Other-Big-Guy (NOBB)

  2. I just started week 4 tonight and it was tough for me. But with my awesome husband's encouragement, I did it. I actually did it. People like you bring home the point that anyone who's determined CAN do this. It's really motivating to the rest of us. Keep up the awesome work.


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