So, one of my goals for 2018 is to get myself into the best shape that my 44 year-old carcass will tolerate. But, where do I start? My friend Laura is in super-shape, is super-smart and likes to say:
It all starts with cardio.
If cardio is what Laura recommends, I’m going with it.
Hop Hop Half in Portland!
At the same time, Mr. WoW and I decided that we needed to come up with a sequel to our weight loss challenge. We wanted to change it up a bit, so Mr. WoW came up with the idea of an organized run. I was thinking this:
10K! Yeah! It will be hard, but what the hell?!
Mr. WoW had another idea:
Half marathon! Let’s do the Hop Hop Half in Portland!
But then, it got even worse. Portlandian JD Roth caught wind of our plans and is joining in the fun.
Just found out that @retirein1500 and @wafflesonwed are doing a half marathon here in Portland on March 31st. And they didn’t tell me. REALLY? You guys chicken? Bring it! I’m registering today and planning to LAY WASTE to y’all. 😉
— J.D. Roth (@jdroth) December 29, 2017
JD is a half-marathon monster, known to run them in under 1:30. He traditionally runs the Hop Hop Half in a bunny costume just to screw with fellow competitors:
Call Me Mr. Wheezy
I’m not an athlete. And by “not an athlete”, I mean that I suck. I’m not athletic in any way, shape or form. I have no cardiovascular endurance or strength. I’m also uncoordinated. Did I mention that I’ve had asthma for most of my life?
However, something funny has been happening. In the past year:
- My asthma disappeared. No more sucking on an inhaler 3x per day when the weather gets cold.
- I ran a 5k in under 30 minutes.
- My IT band syndrome has mostly disappeared.
I’m not going to kid myself though; a half-marathon is a beast. I’ve never ran more than 5 miles at once…
My Thoughts On Running
I’ll get right to the point:
I TOTALLY HATE IT!
Running is torture. Even going just a mile feels terrible and is difficult. Why am I doing this then?
- Weight: My ideal weight is in the high 140s and I’m in the mid 150s now.
- Challenge: I want to know if I can actually fun 13 miles.
- Will it get easier?: I’ll run at least 150 miles to train for this (as of this morning, I’m up to 19.44). I’m curious to see if running gets any easier if I do it long enough.
- Training for Berkshire 5k: Last year, I ran the Berkshire Hathaway 5k in a pathetic 34 minutes. Even Charlie Munger is faster than that. I must redeem myself.
- Resting heart rate: I want to see if I can get my resting heart rate into the 50s. It’s currently around 65.
Nothing great happens if you stay inside your comfort zone. Running is far, far outside my comfort zone.
Run (or Beer) With Us
If you can make it to Portland, join us for the race on 3/31! And if you’re in the area, but smart enough not to sign up for this, join us for a beer afterwards.
Date: March 31, 2018
Location: Portland (The one in Portland! Don’t make that mistake!)
Race: Hop Hop Half Marathon: http://hophophalf.com/
See you there?
Join the 10s who have signed up already!
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