Back to Running

I'm a big man! I'm not going to lie to you. One of the reasons I started training by running is to lose weight, which I haven't done yet. I've been running for about four weeks now and I decided that I needed to put myself to the test. So I did what any sane person would do: I signed up for the 10K! I knew with a fair amount of confidence that I could run a 5K without having much trouble. Almost all of my training runs so far have been over 3 miles (just shy of 5K). So I decided to challenge myself right off the bat.

So why am I doing this? There are a couple of reasons.

1. I'm not waiting until January 1st to make a New Year's Resolution. I've made it now. I'm going to become leaner, faster, stronger.
2. I'm tired of worrying that I'll fail the US Navy PFA weigh-in every six months. Sick of it!
3. My daughter has cystic fibrosis. Exercise is vital for my daughter's lung function (CF is a lung disease). Therefore, I need to be active to teach my daughter to be active. What better way than to be a runner? It's the cheapest of the sports (although after buying various equipment and signing up for races, I'm having to rethink).
4. I was a runner "back in the day." I ran the 2 mile in high school. I wasn't fast, but I placed a few times. That was 80 pounds ago. Yes, I said 80 pounds! Time to go back to a sport I once loved and get back on the wagon, so to speak.
5. It is a pathetic example to say that I try to follow God and I look like this. Gluttony is a sin that many wax over, but it is still a sin. I eat too much. While I know full well that exercising will not fix my sinful problem of gluttony, I hope that it can help inspire me.

So these are the reasons for running. As I said, I've been doing this for about 4 weeks now, running on average about 10-12 miles a week. I haven't lost any weight because I keep sinning through gluttony, but through the Father, I hope to correct that issue soon.

I'll post tomorrow the results of my race.


Alicia said...

Honey, good luck today! I'm very proud of you!

Don the Baptist said...

Go Dan, go!