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I squandered my 20s and 30s by smoking, dipping, eating like shit and generally just being lazy. In my 40s, I decided I probably needed to get healthier. So I started running. And cycling. And swimming. And then I did a couple sprint triathlons. And then I did a few Tough Mudders. At the same time, I started fasting during Lent – no meat and no dairy (it’s a Greek thing). Over the next few years I dropped 40 pounds and added muscle. So I decided to maintain a minimally processed, plant-based diet year-round. Except for feta cheese - I really like feta (again, a Greek thing). I also realized that my favorite thing is running. But I’m not a hard-core, long-distance runner. I like 5K races, with some 10Ks thrown in for fun. And I do as many races as I can - at least two a month if possible. I like getting faster. I went from a 9:30 race pace a few years ago to a 6:25 pace PR in the 5k and a 7:53 pace PR in the 15k. Going faster drives me. And it hopefully helps me stay a few steps ahead of Death's icy grip. For a guy who generally neglected his body for the better part of two decades, I like to think I’ve come a long way. But I also think I still have room to improve, and get faster. I read about old men in their 80s and 90s who are still running. They eat right and they exercise. Not just because it keeps them healthy, but because they love it. That's who I want to be.
|Total Time||123h 34m|
|Total Elev Gain||22,313ft|