First 5k coming up

I’ve been pretty silent about the running lately.  Mostly there hasn’t been much to tell.  I got the poison ivy in some tender places and so running basically stopped until that cleared up.  It’s now clear, and running has resumed.  In fact, I entered a 5k (just to make sure I don’t give up on running!) that takes place on the 20th of this month.

Parenthetically, when I pray, I often tell God that I want to do His will, but that he needs to make His will obvious, ‘cause I’m kind of slow some times.  A couple of weeks ago a guy I work with sends an email out to the whole office advertising this 5k run – it’s a benefit for a 7 month old girl that had to have a heart transplant.  Proceeds from the race go to her medical fund.  It was like a big ol’ “pay attention now, I’m being obvious…” nudge from God.

If you’re in the Springfield, MO area and feel like running a 5k for a good cause on the 20th, here’s the flier for the “Run for the Rockstar” (pdf file).

My running actually resumed about two weeks ago.  Today was a personal record for me in a couple of ways.  I ran further than I’d ever run before – 4 miles.  I wanted to be sure I could actually finish a 5k (yes, I am that out of shape).  It was also the longest time I’d ever run, and I felt pretty good afterwards.  It was a slow run, but was a good confidence booster.

Allena and I have also been doing the South Beach diet thing.  She’s lost almost 15lbs, and I’ve lost almost 10.  Hopefully that coupled with some consistent exercise will help me lose weight!  Starting weight: 282lbs.  Target: 225lbs.  Wish me luck! :)

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