YOU have to believe that YOU can run a 1/2 marathon, 13.1 miles… I have done it twice!

Posted: November 14, 2011 in Uncategorized
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On April 15, 2012 I ran my 2nd 1/2 marathon in my life. I trained really, really hard for this one. Running between 18-24 miles a week. Now you think, that’s already a 1/2 marathon plus some, but in the end I beat my last 1/2 marathon by 2 minutes. Let’s think about that for a minute. 2 minutes faster over 13.1 miles probably seems like nothing, but to a runner, a PR (Personal Record) is huge.

The day started out the day at 6:30 a.m. standing under a pavilion in the rain, thunder and lightning. I kept asking myself, I could be in my warm bed right now like my wife, daughter and future son-in-law that were home visiting for the weekend. After 1/2 hour of that weather, the lightning cleared and it was race time. Standing next to “Sammi”, before the race and she said “we are at the front of the line” and I said great, we get to be passed by everyone, which will make me feel really good. It started to get warmer and I had a short sleeve shirt under a long sleeve shirt. I looked up and my daughter was waving at me. It was good feeling that even though I thought they were sleeping, they came to see me run. My wife, daughter and future son-in-law were there. As the color guard held the flags and the young lady sang the national anthem (yes, a 1st for that), I reflected upon the fact that 2 years ago when I weighed 310#, that I could not do what I was about to venture off down the road and do again. 2 years of hard work to lose 130# and keep it off.

The entire race was grueling and emotional because once you start, there is no quitting. There is no one to call to come get me (even though I wanted to make that call many times) I kept pushing and pushing through the pain and the fact that everyone was passing me. I kept thinking that my 1st 1/2 marathon, I cramped up at mile 11 and I had to walk the last 2 miles and was grounded to the recliner for the rest of the day with ice packs strapped to the back so my legs. I was really looking forward to that again in about 3 hours.

To my amazement, things were going well. No real constant pain, just kept seeing the mile markers, 1, 2, 3, 4 and so on. It rained off and on most of the day and windy, Well, really windy (30-40 mph) most of the day. To make a long story short, I finished my 2nd 1/2 marathon on 2 minutes less that my 1st and my next one will be even better than this one.

If I could just run all of the miles as fast as the last mile, then I would be doing so much better. I ended up passing 9 people in the last mile which made me feel really good and as I was finishing my daughter was taking pictures of me and trying to stay ahead of me to get that ultimate picture. My wife and Matt, where cheering me on along with many other people including Nikki who I could clearly hear “Come on Rick” along with the 1/2 marathon training group from Lake and Porter County. Nice to not be close to last. My wife jokingly said “There are people finishing after you”. The biggest accomplishment was being able to be “ice-free” this time around after the race. I was so pumped up and excited that 2 hours later, I registered for the Disney World 1/2 Marathon which will be in January 2013. That’s the ultimate “dream” for me, that’s gonna come true for me then.

YOU have to believe that YOU too can run a 1/2 marathon. YOU must walk before YOU can run.

If “I can do it, anybody can do it”.

Never say “NO” to anything YOU want to accomplish in life. Just go for it!

Watch my video from my appearance on the NBC Today Show back in November 2010 when I was inducted into the Joy Bauer Fit Club. SeeVideo

Rick Gosser

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