What a Journey

It’s been forever since I last posted on this blog.  The fact is, Facebook has really out-competed wordpress for my blogging attention.  However, I am here on a random night ready to type my thoughts down on a computer screen.

Looking back over the last year I have had quite a ride or journey.  Time has been divided for me.  Before July 1, 2011 and After July 1, 2011.  July 1, 2011 was the day my dad went in for heart bypass surgery.  The surgery went fine but his recovery took a turn for the worse.  My dad flat-lined twice in the hospital.  I spent a lot of time in the ICU section of the hospital.  While there, I watched life and death.  I saw how life choices affected families.  My dad was pretty healthy, non smoker and all that but I did see other families where obesity and/or smoking had caught up to a loved on.  Watching how families were being devastated by someone’s actions (to overeat or smoke), I decided it was game over for me, time to start eating healthy.  So, on July 1, 2011 I began a diet that eliminated all processed foods.  I still have this diet as of this typing.

My dad finally recovered and onward we went.  I ran several 1/2 marathons, marathons, and one ultra-marathon.  However, running quickly became a vehicle for me to escape and get out emotions because my dad went back to the hospital for a routine colon polyp removal.  The surgery went fine just like the bypass surgery.  The recovery went bad.  Two days after a routine surgery (Dec. 18, 2011), I no long had a father that was alive.

I went into a tail spin and running became my avenue.  I remember running 20 miles along riverside at a crazy fast pace the day that my dad died.  Just didn’t know what to do.  Pretty much teared up and ran until my legs had nothing left.   I continued running at a crazy clip until May 1st.  My body told me it’d had enough (ITB band issue).  Kinda like Forrest Gump when he stoppped running.  🙂

Long story short…July 1st to May 1st, I ran four 1/2 marathons, 4 marathons, 1 ultra-marathon, and two road races greater than a 1/2 marathon but less than a marathon.  Even ran a 16 mile trail race.  None of this running brought my dad back but it was therapeutic for me to run my emotions out and to zone out and think about what is important to me.  FYI….Jesus and then family.

I’m currently resting my ITB band waiting to start marathon training in a month or so.  Oh, the diet caused me to lose about 50 pounds but I have gained a few pounds back.

Hope to be more consistent with my postings.

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