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Myrtle Beach Marathon - crossing the finish line

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Me (in the middle) and my work group, August 2004 - look at my pot belly

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Inside Out Half Marathon, March 2008 - 1:48:10 - a PR


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I love to run. It's the most basic sport anyone can undertake but one of the hardest to master.

For me, running has been a stress management tool, a vehicle for self-discovery, a platform for personal accomplishment, a research project, and a social activity.

Even though I'd been running for years, I'd never been able to lose weight until I started the Sparkpeople program. I'm finally off that too-heavy plateau!

This program helped me lose 20 pounds. I know that weight loss contributed to my running what was then a personal best marathon of 3:58:15 at Myrtle Beach on 2/17/07. Before Myrtle Beach, I had been trying to break four hours in the marathon for six years with no success.

I recently ran a personal best half marathon of 1:46:15 at the City of Oaks Half Marathon on 11/7/10. I ran a new PR in the marathon of 3:55:03 on 3/20/11. SparkPeople has helped me keep the weight off and improve my fitness.

I think someone can finish a marathon if they commit to a lifestyle change - just like the Sparkpeople way to lose weight and keep it off.

Member Since: 7/28/2006

Fitness Minutes: 344,210

My Goals:
With Sparkpeople, I've gotten to 165! I want to stay there for the rest of my life.

My Program:
I have embraced the Sparkpeople program. The key thing I must continue to do is watch my portion sizes.

Personal Information:
I'm a native North Carolinian, now living in Raleigh. I'm married to a wonderful woman and we have two fantastic kids.

Other Information:
For several years I've run 25-35 miles a week.

"I preserve the self I attained the day before. And coupled with this is the desire to secure the self yet to be."
-- George Sheehan

One of my favorite books is "Mastery," by George Leonard.

I am a Beatles fanatic.

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    693 days ago
    Hi! The emoticon SparkRaleigh- the Official Team emoticon , the team that posts fitness minutes on SparkAmerica, needs some SPARKING! The team board needs an injection of emoticon

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    3371 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/10/2012 1:08:04 PM
    Michael..thanks for the congrats. It wasn't my best race but I got it done. Lots of GI issues and a potty stop..gotta figure out what is going on before my next race. I would love to run a marathon with you someday but would have to get a whole lot faster and if I did I would BQ at 4:05..maybe someday....
    4108 days ago
    Thank you very much for that comment. I might eventually run a marathon, but I don't have near enough confidence in myself to do any sort of race yet. Although my boyfriend keeps on me about it. lol You are a great inspiration also!!
    4195 days ago

    I just read your Spark page.. AWESOME!

    I Need You For My Trainer

    I"m maintaining my weight as of 1 year with Spark
    I Walks like 8-10 miles on any given day.

    I Trianed myself to Run a 5k which i'm a rookie at heart. I can't seem to get the nerve up to actually do one. I also have ran a 10K both times non-stop. I'm not sure what is wrong with me emoticon
    Oh ! I ran 10 non-stop miles too I have all the Motivation But I
    Need a push I Guess...

    I Just love It !

    I'm glad I read Your Page maybe just maybe I'll get it done.

    Thanks! Laurie

    4236 days ago
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