Basic Info

  • 54 year old male

  • February, 2007

  • Nampa, ID

About Me

  • I am returning from a long time away from Fitness. 17 years ago I decided I had enough with Fitness. During those 17 years I went from 175lbs to 220lbs. This Year my resolution was to lose weight & to get into shape.I used to run in college & in High School. I competed at the highest level wth Personal bests of 1:06 1/2 Marathon 29:30 for a 10K when i hung it up. Now i barely can get under 10 Minute miles. I have lost 17 lbs since the first of the year & am running 4-5 days a week. My advice to someone is don't quit its easier to stay in shape

  • My Highlight was when I went & ran the Emerald City 1/2 Marathon & finished it in 1:06. I had to really dig deep down for that one. I enjoyed knowing that I could mentally dig deep down & push my body that far.

  • My low is right now. At the start of the year I weighed in at 222lbs. I had to start by walking & running for 20 minutes. Someone asked me a few weeks ago if i enjoyed running again. I said "no" it hurts & I suck at it. I was unable to run for more than 30 seconds when I started. Now I am up to running for 45 minutes to an hour, even if its 10 minute miles. I am still at my low but I am climbing out of it. I am just so happy that its coming together so quickly after a 17 year absence.

  • When i was running the only distance that i did not compete at was the Marathon. I would like to do one at the end of the year. I am looking at the Portland Marathon in October.

  • None at this time.. Just running.

  • In my case its easy to keep Motivated. I just look at my picture of myself at 220lbs & see what I looked like in college. It keeps me motivated knowing that my runner's body is still in me..

  • I love the feeling of pushing myself farther & faster than the last workout. The feeling of knowing I just did it is the best feeling someone can have.

Fitness Details

  • Lose body fat

  • I am able to get started, and once started I give myself a decent workout.

  • I am fairly experienced, but by no means an expert.

  • I have worked out a little but have a lot to learn.

  • I like to workout with friends, but still want to get a good workout.

  • Evenings (5pm-10pm)

FitLink URL

http://www.fitlink.com/rmarks65

Public Comments

  • By: boisetiger

    Friday, April 20, 2007 - 2:41pm

    Glad to see more folks from Idaho on FitLink!

  • By: rmarks65

    Monday, March 5, 2007 - 10:37pm

    I think we all get feeling like we are out of it. Last week was a prime example for me. I had meetings every night last week & was only able to get in 2 runs. I hate it but now I need to refocus & start getting motivated again.. Ouch I hope i do it

  • By: cando2

    Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 5:27am

    Thanks for sharing because I am in the funk this week and I know I need to get back on the horse again. I don't know what it is and I could use every excuse but know taking that hour out of the day is worth it. I need to have a race that I can train for but not going for that marathon yet.

  • By: FunkyDung

    Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 10:35am

    Your story is indeed inspiring. Though I never did anything athletic in high school, I used to be built like a stick. At the start of college in 1995 I was 140 lbs. By sophomore year I was 165. At my peak weight (around 2002), I weighted about 205 lbs. At that point I said enough is enough and started exercising and eating better. A couple years ago I started running seriously. I now weight about 175 lbs and I'm in the best shape I've ever been. I'm no star athlete mind you (best 10k = 54min, best 5k=25min), but I'm working hard at improving. I ran my first half marathon last Sept in 2:11 and I'm hoping to run it again this year in 2 hours or less.

  • By: proctor

    Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 4:10pm

    Thank you for sharing your story! I think you are right--maintaining one's level is much easier than starting from scratch, or quitting for a while and starting all over again. Good luck with your running, and keep it up!

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