When turned 50 years old I weighed 260 lbs, I was way over weight, I was totally out of shape, and I didn’t feel good and had very little energy for ministry or anything else. Patty nagged me into getting a physical, the way she put it was, “If you die and leave me with all these kids I will never forgive you”! After the physical the doctor told me that my blood pressure was dangerously high, I was border line diabetic, and my cholesterol level was about the same as butter. He wanted to put me on a number of different medications, but I asked him to give me 3 months, and then I would come in for another physical, and start with the medications if things weren’t better. I decided that I was going to take up running to solve this problem. I hadn’t run at all since I was in college 30 years earlier so this was going to be a challenge. It was about the first of December when this infamous doctor visit took place so I decided to run in our gym at the church instead of in the rain and cold. The first night I ran, in the middle of the night so no one would see me die, one lap around the inside. One lap was 1/20th of a mile, not very far, but I was gasping for air, and sounded like I was near death, which I felt I was. The next night I ran 2 laps, and each night increased by one. One month from starting I was up to 1 1/2 miles, than another month 3 miles, and then I hit my goal of 5 miles, and I felt like a champion. In the next 15 years I ran 6 marathons, 30 half marathons, a bunch of 5 and 10k runs and I did an Olympic distance triathlon. I did go back to the doctor and everything was normal and healthy. A little over 5 years ago I started getting very bad leg cramps and feet cramps when I ran and nothing I did helped. So I stopped running and began to ride a bicycle with none of the problems I had with running. I decided about 10 months ago to try and start running again. I don’t know if my body will cooperate, but you never know unless you give it the old college try. I started a couple of weeks ago on the treadmill, and today I ran outside for the first time in over 5 years. I ran down the road 1 mile and back, and didn’t feel any rebellion from my muscles or joints. On Thanksgiving Day I am signed up to ran a half marathon, 13.1 miles, and I think I might actually finish it. We will see.

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