Tuesday, March 18, 2008

We Made It!

I know that it has been a while since I've posted - no real excuses - just busy. I did have a great weekend. I ran in the Shamrock 8K in Virginia Beach on Saturday with two friends from church. We went up on Friday and ate at Olive Garden (Amy and the kids, along with their spouses, went with us). OG has to be one of my favorite places to eat, probably because we don't eat there much. We loaded up on carbs for our big run on Saturday.

The 8K on Saturday went a lot better than I thought. It was very crowded, with thousands running in this 5 mile race. I spend the first several miles dodging the walkers as I was trying to jog. I hadn't trained like I had wanted. I ended up getting a mild form of the crud a few weeks before. The crud didn't put me out of work, but just made it where I didn't do much other than go to work.

I was surprised at how good I felt when I ran on Saturday. I think being among all of the other runners really helped me. I ran the whole 5 miles, only stopping to try get a swig of water twice (it's hard to drink water when you're breathing hard!). In my training before the race, I could only run 3 miles before I had stop and walk a while. Having other folks running made a huge difference for me!

I think life is like that as well. I notice when others are eating right, it is easier for me to eat right. I need to remember to be around folks that encourage me - but also be the type of guy that is encouraging - that helps other folks be better. How about you?

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