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!"

Friday, December 25, 2009

White Christmas

Well, here in Minnesota it surely was a white Christmas.  We had about 14" of snow going into midday today. I'm sure glad I got my run in yesterday.

Yes, I got a run in yesterday, on Christmas Eve day. It was the first real run I've taken in a month.  I ran a bit over the weekend a week or two ago, but nothing major.  I guess yesterday wasn't anything major, either. Since it was my first run in a month, I stuck to a mile (actually, just a bit over a mile).  Since we had a break in the snowfall during the morning and the plows were keeping the roads clear, we decided to take a run through the neighborhood.  Mrs. F and I set out with our eldest son and our almost 10-year old daughter.  Josiah ran with Mrs. F, and Ariana ran with me.  I was pleased that I was able to keep Mrs. F and Josiah in my sights--at the end of my mile they were less than two blocks ahead of me.

I could have pushed further on, but decided to take it easy on my first day back at it.  Overall, it didn't feel too bad.  At the end, I finally felt myself rolling off of my legs.  I was tempted to keep running, but erred on the side of caution.  Sitting here as I write, I'm glad I took it easy.  My leg muscles are a bit sore today, but I can't be sure if it is from the running, or dealing with the snow yesterday, or helping to build some huge snowmen in the yard today.

I was up 1.9 lbs. this week, and my sugars have been edging higher again.  I really need to get back to my regular exercise routine.  I really need to get back to getting out with Marie, because if I'm left to do it on my own I'm more likely to just take a pass with the intention to try again the next day.  Argh! I guess I'll just be thankful that I had some time off yesterday and today, and am now looking forward to a nice weekend.

Whether you observe it or not, I hope you've all had a Merry Christmas day.


  1. Wow...

    I have just spent the best part of 4 hours reading your odyssey from start to finish..a very entertaining way to spend a lazy Thailand boxing day.
    I felt it would be rude not to comment.

    I am incredibly impressed by both of you and your achieveents. I stumbled across this blog from a link somewhere and I'm very glad I did. I'm on week 5 day 2 of the couch to 5 km programme and this blog has actually inspired my inactive wife to get up and give it a go starting today..I'll be accompanying her from her beginning if i can manage it and continue with my programme on alternate days...we have exactly 10 fewer children than you do, so free time is a non is the fact, it's quite the opposite, temperatures here in thailand even during the cool season hit the 90s during the day time...

    thank you very much for blogging about your experiences and i wish you and yours the very best for the future...

  2. Thanks for stopping by. I hope our most recent posts were not discouraging. I can't speak for Mrs. F, but I know the last month has been very tough for me. I was glad to get out for a run again on the 24th. Our multi-day snow storm just ended this morning, so we're waiting for the roads to be a little less sloppy before heading out for our next run. Don't let your wife get discouraged. Kudos to you for agreeing to run with her! Let us know how things progress.


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