Jon from the blog “The Adventures of Jon, Laurence and Mo” takes an embarrassing situation and uses it as fuel to overcome his greatest clymb… and get the girl.
Throughout my life I’ve been active in some way or another. In high school it was football and track. In college it was racquetball and lifting. My clymb begins a few after college. I was working at a large corporation in corporate marketing. I remember this day vividly, I was working on a project with a VP who wanted to “walk and talk” as his schedule was full but we needed to discuss next steps. During this 10 min meeting, between his other obligations, I found myself exiting a stairwell after two flights of stairs breathing deeply and starting to perspire. It was embarrassing! My entire life I’ve been in decent shape and now I was two years out of college weighing 295 pounds. Where did all this weight come from!?!? No wonder I was struggling to keep up with this 50+ VP in the stairwell.
That day was the day I decided I would start running and losing weight. When I got home from work I laced up my old tennis shoes and headed out for a “run.” I didn’t make it to the end of the block without having to take a walk break. I pushed myself to go farther and farther with fewer walk breaks. I stopped eating a burger and fries every day for lunch and I saw pounds fall off. I was doing it…I was climbing out of the hole.
Fast forward a year and a half. I was regularly running 3–4 miles at least three times a week. I’ve done a few 5Ks. I have also met the love of my life. She was training for her first marathon so to impress her I signed up for a half marathon. We finished the half marathon a few min apart, I finished fast and strong speeding my 10 min/mile pace up to 9 min/mile for the last 3 miles. I crossed the finish line feeling great! I did it! I pulled myself out of my hole! That moment defines my on-going climb. I was riding high. My soon to be wife was proud and excited to see me cross that line.
I did a number of races that fall and the more I raced the more I felt like I was climbing higher. I started thinking; can I summit the world of running? Can I run a marathon? I quickly signed up for Twin Cities marathon and kept training.
Fast forward another year. I was toeing the starting line of Twin Cities Marathon. My sister-in-law was by my side (she is an 11 time marathoner), we ran side by side until mile 25. At which point I needed to walk the water stop and she knew I would finish at that point so I told her to go and finish strong. Just a few min later I crossed that finish line with a smile on my face. Again, I did it! I was out of my hole and at the summit of life. I was riding high!
After that I took some time off from running and slowly slide back down the side of the mountain to my hole. I didn’t reach the same bottom but throughout the next year I did the same cycle. And this year, I again I slide down the side closer to that original hole.
Each time I climb out and cross that finish line the look on my wife’s face means the world to me. She is always proud of my accomplishments. Recently I’ve made a dedication to flatten this cycle and reach for new summits. I’m once again working on my running base. In the days when I don’t run I bike. Biking is my escape. Biking makes the world blur. It is my time to focus on me and evaluate my progress towards the next summit, towards the next finish line hug from my wife.
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