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Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009 03:28 pm

A runner's tale

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This dispatch comes from our editor-in-chief and fearless leader, Fletcher Bud Farrar: 

I’ve been a casual runner for years, but early this year when it dawned on me that I was going to turn 60 in the spring, I decided to step it up a notch.

During the winter months I went on several long training runs, then ran the Lincoln Memorial Half Marathon on April 4. I had never run anything longer than a 10K before, so I was pleased that I could finish the 13 miles. Then I went on a trip to Central America and got sick for several days. By the time I got home I was well, but discovered that I had lost 3 pounds in the process. Hardest thing for me is to get started on a new routine, but this one was already started for me – so I decided to go ahead and lose 10 pounds.

With the help of an iPhone app, I tracked calories for the first time and ended up losing 15 total over the summer. Then I started reading that when you lose weight you lose not just fat but muscle, unless you work at building strength. Again, getting started is the hard part. After a few feeble attempts at learning weights on my own, I signed up with a personal trainer.

Now I have an appointment three times a week, and all I have to do is get there and do what he tells me. I’m getting a feel for what to do for what, why form matters, and how to use the equipment. I do some pretty hard workouts and I like it.

–Fletcher Farrar

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