Took a big step in 2009 by running the Country Music Half Marathon which happened last April in Nashville, TN. Let me qualify this by saying that I am no super-athlete. I was an average basketball and football player in high school and a slightly less mediocre intramural athlete in college. After gaining 30 pounds post college and my japanese friend Hiro constantly pointing at my belly and saying “You have babies, Brett?”, I decided it was time to do something about it. So I signed up for a half marathon with a few other friends. Like most other people, I hated running, but I considered the benefits…
- Decrease the size of my “baby bump”
- Feel better
- More energy throughout the day
- Strengthened immune system (haven’t gotten sick this year)
- Strengthened heart (kind of a big deal)
- Get smarter by listening to podcasts during training
- Pray while running
- Fun race day atmosphere with 30,000 other runners and 1000’s of people cheering you on
- Huge sense of accomplishment
When I started running, I could not run a mile without walking. It was bad. I’m talking felt-like-a-Lego-Optimus-Prime-lodged-in-my-lungs bad. But I stuck it out, trained at my own (slow) pace, and finished the half marathon with a respectable time, just over 2 hours. Granted, I left the race in an ambulance, but that’s a story for a different day. :)
I’m challenging all the TRAPPSTR.com readers to do this half marathon with me on April 24, 2010. I don’t want your excuses! I know you hate running and I know you don’t have time. None of us has time. Your health matters (ask Urban Meyer) and you’ll be amazed at the motivation that will mystically appear when you’re training towards a fixed date on a calendar. There are tons of free online training resources, and of course I’ll offer my purely unprofessional advice along the way as well.
I registered today and would love for some of you guys to do this race with me. We can eat together the night before and hang out. And you know you don’t want to miss the first ever TRAPPSTR.com party ;). Shoot me an email if you’re interested and want more information (iamtrappstratgmaildotcom).
New Year’s resolutions are worthless. But accomplishing real, tangible goals with other people is the path to change.