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Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Training goes well

August 14, 2013 - My training for the Back Roads Half Marathon continues. I'm running twice a week, up to four miles each. This includes Wednesday runs in Clarkston after work, starting at the office at 5 S. Main Street about 4:30 p.m., if anyone would like to join in.

I've been taking advantage of Clarkston's safety paths and sidewalks up around the high school and down Main Street to Dixie Highway. Soon to be added are the paths around St. Dan's and Calvary Lutheran.

This is just one part of an overall strategy to lose weight, following in the healthkicks of fellow Clarkston Newsians Wendi Reardon, sports writer, and my office manager, Rose Mary Frazer.

I've yo-yoed in weight all my life, up after discharging from the army, down while a student at Ohio State, up near graduation, down while reporting for the Flushing Observer up in Genesee County, up after that, and a couple downs and ups since then.

The downward parts are becoming way more difficult. It used to be I could run weight off, but when I tried that last year, it was pretty disastrous.

Gravity, it's not just a suggestion, it's the law! I carried too much weight to run, and because I didn't run, I carried too much weight. Vicious circle.

So now this time I lost weight almost entirely through dieting, starting after the holidays. Then, after losing about 30 pounds, I hit the track again. Big difference. And then there's the motivation thing. Losing weight isn't a physical endeavor that part is easy, eat less and exercise.

For me at least, it's all mental and personal. Nothing anyone could have said would have made me lose weight. The opposite, actually, until I flipped that switch. Now, nothing anyone can say can make me gain it back, for now, at least.

So there's the half marathon, in which I hope to do better than my last one, the first Brooksie Way. If I run more than half of it, I'd be well on my way.

My army years also play a part I'm trying to fit back into the uniforms I last wore in 1991, and last fit into several years before the turn of the century. Veterans from World War II, Vietnam, etc. wear their uniforms at the Independence Day festival at Clintonwood Park every year.

Maybe next year I can as well!

Phil is editor for The Clarkston News. He is a veteran of the first Iraq war, having served in the U.S. Army.
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