Tri - Runner's Roost

A blog from a "Middle of the Pack Marathoner" starting his journey from Newbie to Ironman. The ride is awesome!

I Don’t Wanna Stop

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I started running in January of 2004 to get in shape. I had gained too much weight and felt terrible. I was able to run my first 5K 3 months later. 2 years later and 50 lbs lighter, I have continued to push for greater goals and have run 5 marathons and I am training for an Iron distance triathlon now. Everyday I wake up with a positive attitude towards life, training and my future.
Marathons Completed
Arizona RockNRoll 2007
Salt Lake City Marathon 2006
Steamboat Marathon 2005
Boulder Backroads 2005
Las Vegas Marathon 2005
Why do I Tri?
Should be why do I want to Tri? I want to see just how far I can push myself. With everyday I am in the best shape of my life. And I'm never going back!!!!
Elite Family Fitness-Canon City
BB's Tanning and Massage
Scheduled Races
Littlefoot Triathlon
Bolder Boulder 10K
Highland Ranch Sprint
Boulder Long Triathlon
Redman Iron Distance
Turkey Week
November 20, 2007

So that statement gets me to thinking.

In an age where war is common, gas prices sky high, there is more pollution than ever and everytime you turn on the news - it's bad. What do we have to be thankful for? In my profession I am exposed to people from all walks of life, all ages, all levels of society and I see a lot of people who are depressed and lost. They can't see what they have in life that is positive, and even if they do see it they have no idea how to get to it. So do they have enything to be thankful for?

Life is ever changing. Something that was great one day may not be so great later in life. Relationships are one example. People change everyday - sometimes that change is healthy and positive - sometimes that change is unhealthy and negative. I have found that fear of the unknown future can force people into risky behavior that they otherwise would not participate in. Those same people are the ones that rely heavily on alchohol and drugs to find relief.

Those of us that have found exercise as a positive release for our frustrations are way ahead of the crowd. We all have the same letdowns, stressors, concerns that the negative people do. Our stressors are no different - it is how we react to them that makes the difference. We attack negative life events the same that we attack our training and our competitions. We focus on the specific item, threat, goal and then set down and create a plan of action to succeed. During a race the decision is even faster, we look ahead, pick out a victim and push until we pass them. then we start the process over again and again. Either in life or during a race the same process is used.

So what are we Thankful for - well if you are an exercise junky like myself - we are thankful for our bodies and the ability that we have been given to live a positive, fulfilling life. And if you are a depressed, unmotivated, unhappy person - well just be thankful that you have the choice to change your life and make it positive at anytime. It is a choice that everyone has, so you can continue down the road to self destruction or make the commitment towards positive changes in your life. So either live life in a positive manner or live life out of a bottle. Your choice not mine.......

Sono amare la vita, anche senza di voi
posted by Mondo @ 11:04 AM  
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HPIM0667 Name: John Maynard
Home: Canon City, Colorado, United States
About Me: In 2008 I completed a full Ironman. Since that time I have continued to keep myself in a decent shape with running and hiking. As the years have rolled on so has my midsection. With my 50th birthday behind me I have embarked on another journey in life. This journey will take me into my next decade in the best shape of my entire life. It's time to kick life into overdrive.
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