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How I started running

Karl Stutleberg shared how he got started running in his blog this week. He asked others to post their story. I replied to his blog but also thought I would post my story here. Thanks for the suggestion Karl….

Dateline Mid-October 1998 + I was 36, tipping the scales at around 200 pounds. A couple of coworkers had been talking about running and planted the seed….

I saw an ad for a cruise, and offered a bet with my wife. I get down to a 36″ waist and we go on the cruise.  She said a sarcastic “sure” and the bet was on. She asked how I was going to diet and I said,  “I’m not, I’m going to run!”

The next day I went out and ran 1 hilly mile in my neighborhood. I had to walk twice. The next day, I did it again, and so on, and so on, and so on.  By the end of the 3 week break I had been on, I was doing several miles nonstop. The first day back in school I ran 5 miles going home. I added miles daily and extended my long run each Saturday so that I could enter my first race: The 1999 Los Angeles Marathon, not quite 6 months after having started running. My time was 4:26 and I was hooked…

We went on that cruise in June of that year….

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  1. Cool story. I started running in Oct 2005 ran the 2006 LA Marathon in 5:15. You beat me by 49 min with 6 months of training.

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June 2009


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