Off the couch

I spend a lot of time in a chair behind a computer. Doesn’t do much to promote good health.  Over time I’ve picked up a few extra pounds and found my energy level to be steadily declining with age.  Meanwhile, my wife joined a gym, started watching what she ate, and commenced putting me to shame.

After a while I decided to jump on the bandwagon.  So I also joined a gym and decided to watch what I ate.  As it turns out, a gym membership doesn’t do much good without actually showing up.  And counting calories only helps if you actually stop eating when that count reaches the daily limit.  I have been inconsistent at best in my efforts.

A couple years ago, I decided I would try running.  Once again, Jen put me to shame.  We would go out “running” together.  I would make it roughly 5 minutes before I would collapse in a heap on the sidewalk while she continued on her way.  I wasn’t much of a workout buddy.

Over time I gradually worked up to the point where I could “run” on a treadmill for 20 – 30 minutes.  It was a victory of sorts.  So while slapping myself on the back, I decided to sign up for a 5k race.  I chose the DATCU Dash, scheduled for May 18, 2013.  My training was sporadic and half-hearted, and all done on a treadmill at 0% incline in a climate controlled environment.

Race day came, and true to my style I was full of (over-)confidence.  I shot out of the blocks like the speed-demon I knew I was.  I did alright for the first mile.  At about mile 2 the little kids started passing me up, and I began hoping for sudden death.  Somehow I made it to the finish line without walking, and without collapsing into the fetal position.  My official time was 30:39.

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