Okay!! Here is my marathon story!
Picture it (2013 and i was a heavy drinker and smoker).
December 2013 came around and I had the worst news from the doctors. They told me that i weighed 214 pounds and that my liver functions were through the charts. I did not want to be a statistic and i didn't want to leave my partner alone and sad. So I bought the worst shoes known to man and ran and ran and ran (oh by the way i ran like 3 miles).
I googled running site and found some generic running program to take me into the 2014 1/2 St. Paddy Day Run. The day arrived and I had trained for this (no smoking and i only drank on the weekends). I showed up to the event and everyone was dressed in running gear. I was in a full sweat suit, complete with running gloves and hat (damb folks, it was March). I ran that 1/2 marathon in 1:52 sec. I was over joyed and i knew that i was meant for more. Days later.......
I signed up for the 2014 NEED FOR SPEED, and believe it or not my running peeps, I was the last to get up those hills. I ran my little heart out but everyone had finished before me.
Fast forward to fall 2014 (Portland Marathon) I ran my first marathon and thought I was going to die, more than once. At mile 22 I was dead -- running people tried talking to me -- I was like (I am dying -- please move forward). I finished my first marathon in 4:15 sec. and was found wandering around in the crowd by my partner (I honestly don't remember that, he tells me it is true).
With a marathon under my belt, i was semi-hooked.
January 2015 ----- I signed up to join Fleet Feet and make this the year of Adam. Well I was only half right. I ran and ran and ran, I had lost 60 lbs, quick smoking and drinking and had made great friends. I had the shoes, the gear, the motivation and the as you all know I broke me toes, then healed, broke me ribs and am healing.
I suppose I write this because I want you all to know that running is more than a marathon, a medal. It is about changing oneself. It is about community and support. You ALL have given me so much love and I will never be able to repay that -- but what I know to be true is that YOU ALL are such a great motivator for me and I am blessed to know each and everyone of you! Running is more than medals and awards, it is about the connections we make, the obstacles me overcome, the time we spend away from our loved ones!! I hope that we can continue this journey and I hope that I will see you Friday for the post party!!!!
Much love and admiration