by Matt Waldbusser
The hard truth is I let myself get overweight. In 2007, I was a father of two, working full time, and in graduate school. I had all the excuses I needed. While standing on the scale one day, I did not see numbers. Instead I felt shame and embarrassment.
The answer was and still is quite simple: just run. I ran the Austin marathon in 2008 with a 4:42 finishing time. This remains to me one of my most proud racing moments as I proved to myself that I could do it if I just got up off the couch and ran.
After a 4:25 Austin 2009 marathon, I got the idea that maybe I should actually train with someone who knows what they are doing. That is when I found Rogue Running. Three years later, here I am just finishing my 10th marathon and hitting a PR of 3:47. In 4 years I’ve been able to knock off almost an hour off my time. More importantly:
- My health has greatly improved. I weigh almost 40 pounds less than I did in 2007
- I used to have bad migrane headaches. I haven’t seen one in over 4 years
- I am a happier person
- I have learned to approach things in life with the view that …”it’s not as hard as the last 6 miles”
- Through this all I have found great friends. It takes a special kind of crazy to knock out a 20 mile run during theTexas summer. The good news is we all found each other.
This weekend I hit my high point in running. However, it wasn’t about what I had done that made me hit that high, it is what I know is in front of me. I do not look at 10 marathons as what I have done, but now what it enables me to do:
- I am the healthy husband and father my wife and kids deserve
- I let all of the Rogues in Vancouver convince me that qualifying for Boston is not out of reach
- I have a coach who’s helping me focus on cross training for triathalons. He never lets me settle in a workout. In just 6 weeks he’s changed my mindset, the body is now to follow.
There is no way I could have done this without support from people I am very grateful for:
- Rogue Running – I continue to learn every time I show up. The coaches have taught me a lot over the years and there is always an encouraging word there
- TUFIs – only this crazy bunch of Rogues could somehow make a 3 hour run entertaining
- Blake Uptain from Moxie Multisport – tore down all of my mental walls in 6 weeks
- Adriana – I hit the wife lottery here. She was my cheerleader and the boot in my butt when I needed it
Finally, I am posting a photo. I have kept this private but this is me in 2007. I keep it on my desktop as a constant reminder of why I do what I do.