Okay, It’s Been a Year…

It only took a few seconds from when I plugged my headphones in, hit START on my Runtastic app, and started a brisk walk on the Knoxville 10-Mile Greenway until I had found a key, a door, and a tunnel of opportunity to escape from Alcatraz and be on my way to freedom, answers, and the truth. Today was the second day I’ve utilized Runtastic Story Running and also the second time I utilized the Carrier of the Truth: Beyond the Walls of Alcatraz as my story of choice. I ran through the dark tunnel and then the woods, avoiding the police chase, their dogs and their helicopters. At the end I was able to get to the train station and be on my way to straightening my life out. I ran for 3.13 miles and when I hit FINISH I took a few breaths, stretched and was overwhelmed with a sense of accomplishment. Not for getting my run in today or for running 3 miles, but for running for 52 weeks – I have been a runner for a full year.

In the last year I have lost 45lbs, reversed my type-2 diabetes, got my liver enzymes, cholesterol, and blood pressure all at normal levels, started a new addiction in the form of boxing workouts, completed Couch-to-5K, completed 5k-to-10k, ran a total of 326.72 miles, and competed in six 5K races with a PR of 33:05 set just back in July at the Pilot Fireball Moonlite Classic 5K in downtown Knoxville, TN.

So now the goals change but they’re not clearly defined at this point. I don’t care much about losing any more weight but I’d love to drop my body fat percentage. That’s a pretty good goal to have but I don’t have any idea what my percentage actually is. I’m going to continue running, though the goals there are sketchy at present, too. Am I going to train for a half? Probably but also maybe not. My first 10K is this coming Saturday, so there’s that. Erin will begin her week 1 next week on her own health adventure and we’re going to begin in the basement where I have a four-week workout planned for her based on what I’ve learned at Title Boxing Club. When she approaches the end of that we’re going to get memberships at Planet Fitness where we’ll both progress down our own paths to reach our individual health goals. So while I don’t want to throw any of this on her, I figure it’s safe to say that my ultimate goal for the next year is to keep her motivated and lead her by example so she can reach her own goals.

So I guess this is the last time you’ll see this table in its current state. After today I’m going to cut it down to be 2015-only with a new yearly goal that I hope to reach by New Year’s Eve (350 Miles). I’ve already cut some stats out like Miles Left Until Stretch Goal, 340 Miles because I didn’t reach it – short about 13 miles, actually. Anyway, here’s the year. Happy runner-versary to me!

Time Period Total Distance
Couch-to-5k (8/14-10/14) 64.59 Miles
Runtastic Runs (10/14-4/15) 115.04 Miles
5k-to-10k (4/15-6/21) 87.52 Miles
Runtastic Runs (6/23-8/16) 59.67 Miles

Total Miles Ran First-Year: 326.72 Miles

2015 Miles 203.6 Miles

Miles Left Until 2015 Goal (350 Miles): 146.4

Race Times

Race Time
Knoxville Hot to Trot 5k 2014 35:08
Calhoun’s New Year’s Day 5k 2015 No official time
Zen Evo Chocolate Lover’s Valentine’s 5K 2015 33:10
Barley’s St. Patrick’s Day 5k 2015 34:34
Covenant Health 5k 2015 33:39
Pilot Fireball Moonlite Classic 5k 33:05

Finally I want to dedicate my last year of accomplishments to two very special guys that we lost this week. Two very close friends lost their gentlemen on the same day. Talk about a hard day to get through. Juneau and Shakespeare were perfect gentlemen and will be missed.


  1. First off, a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on your progress and HAPPY RUNNERVERSARY! You have so much to be proud of!! Sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved friends. It’s always so hard when you have to say goodbye – but there are so many great memories to remember, and I’m sure they helped you on your journey to becoming a runner in their own way. :)

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    • Thank you! It’s been a big year to say the least! And yes, those little (big) guys did play big parts because they were rocks for my friends to lean on – the same friends that I leaned on during the tough times in the last 52 weeks!

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  2. Happy Runniversary to you….. Those are some proper, hard core achievements. Don’t loose too much sight of your own goals though. I think we may both need to take a deep breath and consider a half. Sympathies to your friends on the loss of their doggy family members. Max sends a woofy lick

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