1. Congrats to Zach and big ups to you, Jeff.

    I hit the road myself about two years ago. I was 40 lbs overweight and hadn’t exercised in a decade. I started January 1 (how cliche, New Year’s resolution), 2009 on a Wii Fit. My first run was on Valentines day. In the two years since then I’ve covered 2200 miles and competed in 5 half-marathons. My weight is about the same as when I was Zach’s age. Running is a source of pride and joy. I’m planning on running my first marathon in 2012.

    Believe me. If I can do it, you can, too. Friend me on Nike+ and we’ll cheer each other on!

  2. Thanks Clay. Great to hear of your success too. Now I will think of both you and Zach as I pursue my own road to becoming a runner! I’ll check out Nike+ too. 😉

  3. Keep it up, Jeff!

    I started running back in September. I couldn’t quite go more than half a mile without stopping. I committed to running 4-5 days a week and built up to 2 miles, then finally 3 miles without stopping. I did my first couple of 5k’s in November and this year I’m going to attempt an average of one race each month. This spring I’m shooting for a 10k. I feel so good! It helps manage stress, I lost a pant & shirt size.

    I was never a long distance runner, so emotionally it’s been quite a feat. To be able to work hard and do something you never thought you could…as a dad it’s a great thing to teach your kids. My 3, were at my first race cheering me on! Personally, it’s a huge motivator for other aspects of your life. Anytime you think you can’t do something you just remind yourself that you used to not be able to run like you do now.

    Thanks for sharing your experience. Good luck to you and Zach!

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