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, July 24, 2010

And on and on and on and on...

A friend was joining Mrs. F for her run this morning, since they both run about the same pace and planned to do seven.  She tried to get me up, but I had a minor headache and really didn't want to move.  Last evening, I got home from work just after 4 PM and was baking bread until about 9 PM--eighteen loaves, with some additional dough in the fridge and freezer. Needless to say, I was beat.

So, Mrs. F and her friend got up and left without me, but I did drag myself out of bed a few minutes later. I couldn't find my ball cap or my bug spray, so that added a little aggravation, but I did manage to start running by 6:38.

I knew I didn't want to run out and back today.  Something about covering familiar ground makes that final mile seem really long.

Overall, it wasn't a bad run--few bugs, and early enough to beat the heat.  I ran out to where the trail crossed a major east-west street, and then turned back toward home along the road.

[Out-of-town company just arrived, so I need to cut this short.]

I ran 6.75 miles in 1:48--a flat 16mm pace.  I'm still slow, but I'm moving.  And, hey, that's a new distance record for me.


  1. FMR: It is great to hear you're back at it. Keeping it up is the most important part. Don't worry about the speed. Speed is over-rated. :-)


  2. Great distance - as John Bingham says, "no need for speed!" Congrats.


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