Ran a half marathon Saturday

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  1. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    I'm not one to usually toot my horn about what I am doing -- but this one has been on my bucket list for some time and I just had to tell someone. I'm 54 and until about 8yrs ago was a typical middle aged guy carrying around an extra few pounds - not in bad health, but not in great shape either - I could not have run to the end of the driveway. Got into running, mainly due to my then teenage daughter - she ran track/X Country in high school. I supported her through several half marathons and a Triathalon. She is through college and out working now, but I have continued to run 12-15miles a week to keep in shape, we always run when she is home. I like to eat and drink a few beers, so running keeps that in check, plus I just like to run. So I have been thinking about a 1/2 marathon for a few years, longest run I had done to date was a 15k - @9mi. I pulled the trigger back in December and signed up. Spent the winter training and was up to about 25mi a week. Saturday was the big day and my daughter came along to cheer me on. I finished - 2:19, not a record, but I was upright and running at the finish! - holy crap, those last 3miles are probably the hardest thing I have done - physically and mentally. But I finished it and that was the goal - washed the aches and pain away with a few beers this weekend. I'm going to take a week or two off from running. Now if the weather would just improve so I could get the boat out!

    Just had to tell someone.
  2. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions
    congrats Bill!........
  3. Todd320

    Todd320 Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jul 21, 2016
    St. Petersburg, FL
    2007 Sea Ray 320DA
    Twin V-drive 5.7L 350 Horizon
    Congratulations! No small feat, and hopefully it will pay off divedends in terms of improved health either now or down the road! Hopefully, it will help you enjoy boating for many years to come!
  4. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    2013 Mercury Dinghy
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    Very impressive! I don’t think I could run around the block and you’ve got 15 years on me.
  5. M Prod

    M Prod Well-Known Member

    Oct 6, 2017
    North Vancouver, BC
    2005 Sundancer 340
    Aquapro Dinghy w/ Honda 8hp
    Kohler 5KW Genny
    Raymarine Electronics
    8.1 Horizons /V Drives
    Fantastic! Huge congrats and very respectable time! I also run about 20 miles/week give or take, but sadly no events on the books this year. Did a half with The Admiral last year that was so much fun ...but I hear you. Last 3 miles feet were on fire as I recall.

    Again, GRATS!
  6. importmonkey

    importmonkey Opinionated Member

    Jul 9, 2015
    Middle River, MD
    2007 44 Sundancer
    QSC 500s
    That's awesome! Running halfs are so much fun! Congrats!
  7. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    Good for you. It's satisfying to achieve your goals. I'm jealous....2 knee replacements 10 years ago ended my running and I do miss it.
  8. northshore

    northshore Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 17, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    1989 340 Sundancer
    Raymarine E90W Radar/Chartplotter
    Twin 454 Mercruiser 340's
    Bravo Bill! I came to the same realization about a year ago so I've also started to get back in to shape (something other than round). Thanks for posting this, I can use all the inspiration I can get.
  9. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    Thanks guys - for me it was a huge accomplishment.
    M Prod likes this.
  10. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    I'm very proud of what you did. I used to run 4-5 miles 3-4 times a week until I screwed up my knees. I never got up to the point where I could run a half but am envious of those who can/did.

    YOU DA MAN!!!
  11. badtothebones

    badtothebones Member

    Oct 22, 2015
    2015 260 Sundancer
    ECT 350 MAG MPI BR3
    Congratulations, great achievement! Running is addictive!
  12. skolbe

    skolbe Active Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    St. Louis, MO
    320 Sundancer, Mercury 310 Sport Inflatable Tohatsu 6HP
    350 Mag V-Drive - Kohler 5ecd
    Congrats and 2:19 is a great time - especially for your first! I started running again 6 years ago and now have the bug big time. I always enjoy running near our marina on Sunday AM's. Now I am doing triathlons as well. My 6th 70.3 Ironman is in 5 weeks in Chattanooga. I have found I have to do strength training and core work to prevent destroying the knees. Keep it up!
  13. HUMPH

    HUMPH Well-Known Member

    Nov 4, 2009
    2003 410DA,
    2004 C14 Caribe
    CAT 3126TA's 350HP/
    50HP Honda
    Congrats! BTW, who was chasing you? That’s about the only reason I would run these days. ;)

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