Hi, I’m Don Sullivan, the scruffy looking guy in all the pictures. I’m a Crash Sensor Calibration supervisor at Ford Motor Company.
270 238 199lbs at the time of this writing. I, like so many other Americans, need to lose a few pounds. About 50 20, actually. So I started to run. At first just 20-30 minutes at a time, 1-2 days a week. Then I signed up for a 5k. And ran it. Then I signed up for a 10k. Now I’m writing a blog, mostly for the same reason; to see if I can.
The name comes from a line in Romeo and Juliet about falling in love. “Wisely, and slow; they stumble that run fast.” For all of you high school kids googling that phrase, Friar Lawrence is warning Romeo not to fall into love too quickly. Romeo had, until just recently, been professing endless love to Rosaline, and Friar Lawrence is giving Romeo a warning about falling in love too quickly. In a way, it also foreshadows the key tragedy of the play, that hasty and ill-tempered action leads to tragic consequences.
To me, it’s been the same way for both running, and falling in love with running. I am a slow runner, because of my size and my physique and my level of fitness. And I’m analytical about it, because I’m an engineer, and we love charts, graphs and data. I think, bit by bit, I’m falling in love with running. Or at least with myself, as a runner.
But oh boy do I still hate it. The soreness, the time it devours, wondering if I’m about to injure myself, being passed by 85 year old men during a 5k. Come read about my triumphs and failures. It shouldn’t be hard to keep up.