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Patrick Crawford

Blogging on the road to the Louisville Triple Crown of Running

Jan 30, 2007

The Beginning

To start, I will give you a little background on my road to the Triple Crown of Running. Back this past July I was the heaviest I had ever been. So I decided to do something about. I belong to Gold's Gym, so I decide to sign up with a trainer for a 12 week program to help me get me back into shape. So I started the program with my friend John. In the past, he has ran in the Anthem 5K. So I decided to make it my goal in run in the Anthem 5k with him this upcoming March. The first time I ran on the treadmil I ran for 2 minutes for just over a tenth of a mile. I felt like I was going to die.

In the next few weeks I gradually worked my way to run for 5 consecutive minutes, then 10, then 15, then a Mile. Before I knew it I was able to run 3 miles on the treadmill in about 30 minutes. So I was feeling good, so I decided to sign up and run the Race for the Cure in October. During that race I quickley found out that running indoors on a treadmill is very different from running outside on the street. The first mile flew by. The second mile was alright not great slowing down toward the end. I was walking part of the race, but I was able to finish right under 36 minutes. I was pretty happy with the time.

I did some preparation and decided to run in the Outrunning Autism 5Krace a couple weeks later. I trained Outside for the first time. I was able to finish the race in 30:46. A overall better effort. This race had a few more dips in the road than the Race for the Cure. After the race I was feeling ambitious and while talking to my friend John, we decided to go ahead and try the Triple Crown of Running.

When they did the Kick-off at 4th Street Live at Lucky Strike, we decided to go ahead and sign up for the races. We put our money down and signed up. So we were committed to run the races at the point. We continued to run at the gym on the treadmills over the holidays. My friend John told me about the running program that Fleet Feet was doing. We went to the informational meeting and decided to sign up for the program then. We felt running with the group would help provide structure and a few pointers on how to get ready for the races.

In my next blog I will get you up to speed on the first three weeks and the Snowman Shuffle.

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About Me

I've never been considered an athlete; I didn't compete in sports in high school or college. I just started running in August 2006 as a fun way to keep healthy and stay in shape after losing 55 pounds. I've run in three races since then: the Race for the Cure 5K and the Outrunning Autism 5K in October and the Snowman Shuffle 4 Mile in January.

I'm currently training with the Running 101 group at Fleet Feet Sports, preparing for my first Triple Crown of Running. My goal is to finish each race. I also plan to run in the Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon.

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