I am all about motion. Every day God allows me to run, ride, swim, or walk is a blessing. I believe we rust if we stop moving and I have done a lot of rusting in the past.
I started out a pure runner, but, in late October 2007 I developed some hamstring problems and had to switch to cycling. Since then I developed a fondness for bicycle riding. Cycling is much easier on the joints and is a pretty good workout, which is really what I am after. In 2008 I have added swimming to my exercise routine. I practically learned to swim at 48 years old. Now I alternate running, riding, and swimming year round. My running has improved and I have remained fairly injury free.
I am not a triathlete who happens to run... I am a runner who trains like a triathlete.
I started by alternating running a minute then walking a minute and gradually built up my endurance (Intervals for the severely out of shape). By employing a simple kitchen timer, I was able to do this effectively. Eventually, I was running without throwing up. I still carry that kitchen timer and a cell phone when I run. The cell phone was in case of coronary. I figure I might get one call off and tell the paramedics where to find me.
I have managed to build my endurance and the obsessive part of my personality took over; this is where the term 'Run Dan Run' comes in. I have managed 5ks, 5 milers, a 10k, and a half marathon. I enjoy running so much that I have to run just about everyday. These days I run trails to preserve my knees and just enjoy being close to nature.
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