I started this blog with a race report and so I thought I ought to explain what this blog is all about. Until June of this year, I had been sedentary for the past 10+ years. I was very active in high school, playing hockey, lifting weights, and running a bit when I was 17.
forward to June 2011: I weighed about 193 and started showing signs of
hypertension. A total of 5 years of grad school and 1000s of hours at a
desk (literally) finally caught up with me. I'd known I was spiraling
out of control health-wise and I had finally had enough. Here's me in
So a few things changed. So, after reading Born to Run
by Christopher McDougall, decided on two things. One, I was going to
run. A lot. Second, I was going to eat only plants, at least for the
month of July. At the end of that period I was going reevaluate.
the end of July I had (1) decided to keep avoiding animal products
(though now I have an occasional dairy product) and instead eat high
quality whole foods, and (2) committed to training for an ultramarathon.
As it turned out, my buddy Jason, a scholarship cross country runner in college, was training for the Lean Horse 100 and offered to coach me to joining him.
So, now its November and I have lost 34 pounds (and counting) and am up to 40 miles per week.
I'm having the time of my life. I feel great and I feel balanced.
This blog will chart my journey from the "couch to my first 100" miler (and hopefully beyond that).
See you on the trails!