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The Half-Marathon Man

The end is very near on my weight loss journey. I have only two more pounds to go before I am back to where I was before gaining the stupid weight back. Except, somewhere in the back of my mind is a lingering question. Can I get back to my college weight?

I am not really concerned if I can. I feel healthy right now. I look good and I am fit. In college I was a big time runner. Everynight I ran the track at my college and played basketball. It was the healthiest and fittest I have ever been in my life. I have pretty much assumed those days were behind me forever.

Then last Friday I did something I didn’t think I would ever be able to do. Something I never did in college. I ran a half-marathon. It wasn’t in a race. It was just the distance. I went for a mind boggling 13.15 miles. The funny thing is when I started runnning Friday night I hadn’t intended to run that far.

I turned on my music and headed out onto the street planning on doing about seven miles. Around mile three I knew I was on. My stride was great. My breathing was really good. Absolutely nothing hurt or was sore. The thought suddenly entered my mind, “I bet you can do it tonight.”

I still wasn’t sure if I would but then mile seven rolled around and I felt strong. I have great stamina. What usually gets in the way of running for me is my knees and back. I have a herniated disc in my back. Throw in several knee surgeries and you get the picture. Something is almost always a little achy on me. I always do my longer runs on days where everything feels good. On Friday everything felt great.

I hit mile ten and there was no doubt I was going to do it. I was still going strong and I knew cranking out another three was not going to be a problem. When I hit the thirteenth mile I was jubuliant. I had done something that only a few months before I was telling everyone I had none chance of ever doing it. Even more astounding I still felt great at the end of the run. I could have definately done more.

On Saturday and Sunday I threw in another 13 miles of running which gave me 26 for the whole weekend. I may not be able to run a marathon in a day but I can do it in a weekend. Now my brain boggles at what more I might be able to do. Can I get back to my college weight? Can I run a marathon? I have already done more than I thought would be possible with my back all defective. Who knows where this will end up.

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