October 20, 2013 · 5:30 AM
Stange's "Sport Bar"
Back story, whether you want it or not: I was an overweight and almost completely non-athletic child who would do anything possible to get out of running in gym class. I thought it was impossible to run an entire mile and hated those kids who could (especially the ones who made it look easy). Eventually I got better at sports and even took a second year of gym class in high school with all the jocks as an elective, but always hated running. The 2011 Warrior Dash was the first organized race I ever ran in my life. I finished in around 37 minutes which is obviously terrible for a runner but better than most of my friends. I actually trained a little bit for the 2012 WD and improved on my time by five minutes, running the entire way. I ran my first ever 10K last November in the form of the Turkey Trot and somehow managed to beat my (what I thought was an optimistic) goal of an hour by a few minutes. Sure, it was hard, but I felt great afterwards. Just last night (it’s NYE as I write this) I told Katie that I was going to make 2013 my healthiest year yet, and asked her if there were any huge physical goals or achievements we could work toward together. She picked the Detroit Marathon. A freak’in marathon! Something I’d always thought was crazy and actually bad for your health (according to many experts). But she assured me that if I learned to run properly that all of the negative characteristics of long distance running would be greatly minimized and the benefits would be maximized. I will also be taking the New Balance running class on Jan 15 and inviting you to join me (http://www.goodformrunning.com/component/dtregister/?task=category&list1=3).
So here’s the deal: We’re running the Detroit Marathon this October and inviting you to join us. If you register very early http://www.freepmarathon.com/register, before Jan 6th, it’s much cheaper. The prices almost double after a few months, so lock in the cheap prices. Of course, you don’t have to sign up for the full marathon; there are much shorter running options for those of you who don’t believe you’re capable. But I know you are if you want to be. Even if you are out of shape right now and consider yourself to be a poor runner, there is more than enough time to learn how to run properly and to train. And heck, my own personal goal is just to finish this thing. Sure, I’m going to train and try to do my best but, as long as I finish in less than 6.5 hours (if you take longer than that, they pick you up in a bus, so don’t worry, even if you fail you’ll be taken care of) I will have accomplished my goal, which is to simply to finish a marathon.
When you RSVP, be sure to indicate which race you’ll be participating in. Unless you live very close to Detroit or in a completely different direction, I invite you to meet at my house to carpool (based on which race you’re running), and celebrate at my house afterward. If there was ever a time to indulge in a huge (but healthy) meal in your life, this will be it. I can’t wait to see who joins us!!!!
(I just paid my money five minutes ago, so I'm now as serious as the heart attach that I will never have. After three days only 3 people have signed up for this though MDA, so I hope you awesome Ann Arbor people will strive to outdo my 1300+ "athletes" :-)