We will do our six-month physical evaluations for Healthy U on Thursday, so I am going through the ridiculous exercise of trying to cut a little extra weight this week as we approach the milestone. I say ridiculous because this experience is about changing my lifestyle, not just getting to an arbitrary number on a scale. Still, these markers hold meaning, and I’d like to post something that I can both be proud of and use for motivation for the next three months.
I was able to reach one goal: On July 4, I ran the Firecracker Mile in 10:11. Months ago, I set a goal of running the race in less than 12 minutes. Just a month ago, after running a mile on the treadmill in 11:19, I adjusted that goal to 10:30 or less. And while I am pleased that I crushed my original goal time, I know I could have pushed myself a little more to get under 10 minutes. There’s always next year for that. For now, though, my goal is to run the Smith-Cotton DECA Night 5K at the end of July in less than 40 minutes.
Democrat Managing Editor Dennis Rich will provide an update on the 12 Healthy U participants in this weekend’s edition of the Democrat. I think many of you will be surprised by the progress we all have made.