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Guest Blogger: Mike Runs His 1st Half Marathon!

14 Mar

My dear husband is guest blogging about his upcoming half marathon.  I’m super proud of his efforts this year!  Follow him on Twitter at @rupertmike

Last May, I borrowed my wife’s Garmin and ran around the block. A whopping 0.8 miles in 12 minutes 32 seconds. It was a triumph. I was smiling ear to ear. For someone who, for 35 years, refused to do anything athletic that didn’t involve runs, points, or penalty minutes this was a real accomplishment.

Looking back, it was pretty sad. It’s really embarrassing actually.

Now, let’s jump – or rather sprint – forward 528.3 miles, 86,579 calories and 150 runs later. After less than a year, I’ve managed to convince myself that running a half-marathon is a good idea.

So, on Saturday, I’ll run my first half-marathon – more than 16 times around that same block – and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve dropped 20 pounds, joined a Pacers long-run training group, bought a lot of fluorescent technical shirts and worn out four pairs of shoes.

Running is fun. Running is cathartic. Running is seriously, seriously addictive.

I want to thank Kate, my gorgeous wife and moderator of this blog,  for asking me to guest blog about the Rock and Roll Half Marathon this weekend. I hope I can offer some insight into the course, add some commentary about the format and hopefully report back Saturday that I beat my goal of 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Kate will be joining me for the last few miles. I have become such a run nerd that I made her a map with estimated times so she can find me and run me into the finish line.

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3 Responses to “Guest Blogger: Mike Runs His 1st Half Marathon!”

  1. Bill Schweigart March 15, 2012 at 7:03 am #

    This is awesome, man – congrats in advance!

  2. Michael Sheehy March 15, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    Mike,
    I also have been co-opted into running by my girlfriend. I’m training for a half-marathon in May and have loved the training so far. I don’t know if I’ll hit 2h15m like you, but I’m going to try. I made it 7 miles last Sat, which is the longest I’d ever run. Anyway, glad to hear you’re running and enjoying the schedule. I look forward to hearing about your training for a marathon next year. 🙂

  3. Sammy March 15, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    Hey buddy,
    Great post. I am very impressed at your. Sw found athletic pursuit and looking forward to hearing your unique and entertaining voice detailing the run. Also, as the guy who has the actual ability to change any issues or problems with the run itself before it’s allowed to occur in the city, feel free to express all it’s shortcomings with your usual panache and I will do my best to get results next year. I certainly enjoyed your last review of the debacle at the National Harbor and took pride in the knowledge that I had nothing to do with it. Good luck brother, and don’t forget to put bandaides on your nipples.

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