I’m a former soccer player, marathoner and perpetual second-place weekend 5K finisher that turned in to a fat, out-of-shape, beer swilling couch potato for a while. Then in the spring of 2008 I decided that enough was enough. I put down the french fries and beer (for a while) and I set aside time every day for 12 weeks to go down to the basement and workout.

I started out using the world famous Body for Life workout program. I was pretty disciplined with my diet and never missed a workout. By the end of that 12 weeks I’d lost a good chunk of weight and was starting to feel “in shape” for the first time since I’d graduated from college and started working my first full time job.

Building on the success I had with Body for Life, I started running outside at the end of the 12 weeks. Three months after wrapping up Body for Life and six months after getting my ass off the couch I ran a 15K in 1:07, which was good enough for 10th overall. Two weeks later, I ran the Atlanta Half Marathon on Thanksgiving Day. While my time wasn’t as good as it was when I was in college, it wasn’t that far off either. That was good. I had the bug again.

Over the next couple of years I ran quite a few half marathons, both on the roads and on the trails. I never really got my speed back, but I was fast enough to not be a lot closer to the front of the pack than the back. In 2010 I participated in my first couple of multi-sport events. I really enjoyed the challenge, but to be honest, the people at a trail race are generally far more laid back and cool than the douche bags you find at triathlons. I can’t explain that, but that’s the sense I got. I don’t think that’s going to stop me from participating in some multi-sport events just because I like the variety more. I don’t really want to spend so much time just running. I love taking part in the events, but I don’t like the feeling of being weak and lethargic I get when I’m just running. That may be a flaw in the way I train. I dunno. I do know I’m rambling though.

So, to sum it up, I’m a mid thirty-something guy that’s really just trying to find a manageable means for staying in shape, fulfilling that athlete’s need to compete, and set a good example for my kids while juggling work and family responsibilities. Wow, I’m so ordinary!