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!"

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Day 41 (week 6) - Chain of events.

I'm glad today is a resting day. My legs don't feel too bad, even my troublesome left knee. I have a bit of muscle ache in the biceps behind my legs (biceps femorus if my memory of anatomical terms is correct), but that's just a good ache from using those muscles yesterday.

Mrs. F ran into someone we know from the pharmacy today while out picking up a few grocer items. She asked about our progress, and then told us that the pharacist started the Couch to 5k program this week. Others there were considering it, too. One of Mrs. F's hometown friends started after learning about our secret plan, and some of her other online friends are considering it, too. I have people at the office who have expressed an interest, because they can see the positive impact it has had on me. All of this because we started the program and told others about it, and we only started it because one of our friends in town had started it. As it turns out, her husband didn't start the program with her. He only started after he heard about our progress, and figured that if we can do it, then he can do it, too. I yet have a long way to go toward being fit and healthy, but it is just amazing to realize that our actions--our slow, struggling attempts to do this, have encouraged others to give it a try, too. Our efforts to be better stewards of our bodies and health have moved others to take action, too! That is a powerful lesson.

So, we're not alone in this by any means. Not only have we found a supporting community online, both here and at, but we've started to realize that we are now just links in a chain that is linking many lives together, a chain that represents a journey toward healthier living.

That, my friends, is a humbling thought.

1 comment:

  1. Hey, I found a 4k race on the 31st. Thinking of entering that one....


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