They're Letting an Old Guy Blog
By: Brad Deel
As someone who grew up in the era where electric typewriters were not always the norm, I am sometimes amazed at the technological changes I have witnessed in my 49 years. Now, a web site devoted to running is giving me the modern equivalent of "space" in which to write my thoughts. I hope they will prove modestly entertaining and occasionally useful. I suppose I should introduce myself with my first blog.
I am an obese chain smoker. Actually, that is no longer true but that was very much an accurate description of me in late February, 2008 when I bought a pair of pants with a 42 inch waist. Something about that purchase resonated with me and I decided that enough was enough. A week or so later, I talked myself into running half a mile. Thought I was going to die.
I know some people talk about how much they loved running from the start. I hated it. Fortunately, I hated being obese more than I hated running so I kept at it. Four months after I started running, I managed to quit smoking as well. Hey, one thing at a time you know. If anyone had told me when I ran that first half mile what I would be able to accomplish in the next few years, I would never have believed them.
I am 80 pounds lighter. My total cholesterol has dropped 60 points. My triglycerides have dropped 100 points. My good cholesterol has gone from 28 to 62. When I started running, I had dreams of one day being able to run 5 miles in under 40:00. (That's an 8:00 pace for anyone whose math skills are as challenged as mine). Instead, I ran my first marathon in November, 2010 at a 7:18 pace. Along the way, I have learned an enormous amount of information about something I once considered as simple as putting one foot in front of the other and I've made just about every mistake it's possible to make. But, I still get out there and run.
Anyway, that's where I'm coming from. I hope that I can bring several perspectives to this community. I hope I can bring the perspective of someone who spent most of his life overweight and out of shape. I hope I can bring the perspective of a competitive runner - at least in his age group. I hope I can bring the persepective of someone who has to balance running and family and work. And I hope I can bring the perspective of someone who understands that one day, not too many years in the future, all PR's will be in the rear view mirror.
See ya out there.