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Photo taken at: Percy Warner Park
I haven’t said a lot about this to anybody, but the last 12 months have been a period of big changes in my life. I finally recognized the need for those changes after seeing the picture on the left-side of the image. That is me just after finishing the 2017 Harpeth Hills Flying Monkey Marathon last November. Even though I had just finished one of the most grueling road marathons in the country (3,500+ ft. of elevation gain), I could tell by looking at myself that I was not healthy. I’ve seen pictures of myself after finishing a lot of races, and it was immediately obvious to me that this was not the same person I was used to seeing.
At that time, running was the only thing I was doing for my health. Without running, I would have probably weighed 50-lbs more than I did in this picture. My eating was atrocious! I generally felt pretty bad day-to-day, though I wouldn’t admit it to myself. Things needed to change!
That change began in earnest near the end of January when I started LT360. The LT360 program transformed my eating habits, my hydration, and my cross-training activities. My body initially revolted against these changes, but before very long, I felt like a different person (or like the person I used to be). From January until now I’ve lost 40-lbs of fat, put on 6.3-lbs of muscle, and 7.3-lbs of hydration.
Not only did I feel better in day-to-day life, but my training felt completely different than last year. I’m hitting paces in regular training runs and speed workouts that I haven’t hit in years. Today I completed the 2018 Harpeth Hills Flying Monkey Marathon with a finish time that was just over 25 minutes faster than last year. It was still brutally hard, but I am thrilled with the results, and with my finish line photo to the right-side of the image.
A big thanks to LT360, and to coach Andrew, for helping me through this transformation! I’m excited about what the future holds!