Saturday, September 4, 2010

Today was miserable

The marathon training guide I am following had me run 4 miles Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I had a rest day on Friday and for today I had to run 3 miles. I figured this would be an easy three miles... boy was I wrong. 42 min later I finally got off the treadmill feeling like junk. Both my legs are cramped and I felt exhausted. To make matters worse my training guide has me running 5 miles tomorrow. I truly don't know how I am going to run that tomorrow. Well I guess the only thing I can do is rest up and hope for the best tomorrow.

Friday, September 3, 2010

A inspiring quote

I was sitting in the doctors office today and saw a quote that was framed on the wall. When I read it I was amazed how it opened my eyes. It was like it was wrote just for me and what I was going through. I have been training hard for a year now, and I am training even harder this year. I dare my friends to do the same with little results. This quote is for them as much as it is for me.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

Theodore Roosevelt

The start of daring to be great

Hello and welcome to my first post. I am embarking on a great adventure to push myself farther than I ever have. Two years ago I would have thought there was no way I would ever be at this point in my life. It was this time two years ago that my back hurt so much there were days I couldn't even walk. I would spend those days on the couch feeling like half a person.

I woke up in August of 2009 and decided it was time to take back my life. Everyone was giving me advice to try exercising more, that it would help with my back problem. August 28th I got a membership at a local gym and started down the path of better living.

Here I am Sept 3 2010 with few and far between back pains. I have ran a few 5k's and I am currently training for my first marathon. After this marathon I hope to get into triathlons.