I do not consider myself an “athlete”, but rather a person who has been given several “second chances” at life and now choose to live it to the fullest. After cancer treatment, I decided to try running. I quickly figured out that I much preferred run/walk over running. But, I didn’t consider myself a “runner” because I didn’t run the whole time. I didn’t know anyone else who did run/walk so it was pretty much a solo experience. After discovering the (then FST), now E4E Facebook group and podcast, I realized that athletes come in all shapes, sizes, and abilities. We have some here who are very fast, some who are slow, beginners, experienced, heavyweight, lightweight. Some bike, some swim, some run (and run/walk), some do all 3. But there is a shared commonality. We all strive to be the “best we can be” with our fitness and health. I find great support, motivation, and encouragement here, and in turn, try to offer encouragement to others. Thanks, John, for your work on E4E FB and podcast. Nothing better for motivation on a Sunday morning long run than a fresh new E4E podcast!
I am not a triathlete and am not overweight. I am also not particularly slow – I am a mid-pack ultramarathon runner who, as much as I love running, still struggles with issues around food and motivation. There are many trail and ultrarunning podcasts out there but I always look out for John and Randy’s because they speak openly and honestly about what it really takes to keep improving as an endurance athlete. They don’t isolate training issues from everyday life issues and that makes it very real and very relevant. Please keep it up, guys!