From a Minute to a Marathon!

I can run a minute.  I ran a minute twice today.  I currently travel less than a tenth of a mile in that minute so I’m not even eligible for one of the ‘0.1’ stickers I’ve started to see on the backs of some cars.  Today when I was contemplating this blog and completed my minute runs what I actually said (both times) was, “I can run a minute, and it was hard!”

Non-the-less, it is my intention to build upon that one minute running ability to the point of completing the 26.2 mile 16th Annual Midsouth Championship Marathon to be held on November 1st, 2014 down in Wynne, Arkansas.

“Make no small plans for they haven’t the capacity to stir men’s souls.”
~Thomas Carlyle

About 20 years ago, on October 23rd, 1994 at the age of 28 I ran my first marathon.  It was the 23rd Annual Deaconess St Louis Marathon.  I think I ran it in about 4 hours and 30 minutes …at least, that’s what I like to tell people.  The actual time may have been closer to 4:40.  I think Oprah Winfrey ran a marathon around that same time and I’m pretty sure she beat me although I never divulge that fact when reminiscing and talking about my first marathon.   So, whatever Oprah got plus 10 minutes is probably my time.  The marathon was pretty tough for me and I told myself I would do one every 10 years …maybe I was selling myself short but, ….

I “ran” my 2nd marathon on April 4, 2004 at the age of 37 years 8 months and 29 days.  I had to use quotes because I didn’t do much running in that marathon, in fact I signed up for that run on the Friday before the Sunday run and the only training I did was to walk a 1.5 mile path at a local park the day before the marathon.  I’m not sure what I was thining other than the fact I said I would do a marathon every 10 years and 10 years had passed, so I did it.  The time for that run, the Spirit of St Louis Marathon can be found on the internet and I believe that one shows a time of 5 hours and 20 minutes.

Fast forward another 10 years and here we are – 2014.  Let’s just forget mentioning the age at this point.  And this journey I’m undertaking is about as daunting as it gets.  About 13 weeks ago I weighed a very rotund 316.2 pounds.  We’ll talk about smoking habits later…  but ….how in the world does one go from only being able to jog 60 seconds to completing a full 26.2 mile marathon???  I’ve been sending my brother screenshots of my runs that I track via SportsTracker, an application I have on my phone.  He told me he mentioned to his wife about my marathon aspirations and it looks like she is interested in starting to run and wants to do a 5 or 10k.  One of the text messages I sent him back was kind of the impetus for this blog – here’s the text:

I can add (her) to the running screen shots I send you.
It might be interesting to see  someone who can only jog a minute
to eventually complete a marathon.
I know it’s going to surprise the hell out of me!  
:)”

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