Most of the people that come here to read this little blog already know me but it would be irresponsible of me to not go ahead and give the back story to how I got where we are today. I never know if someone will wander onto this site and actually stick around to read a thing or two and without knowing the history, this may seem a bit confusing.
My name is Aubrey. I am about to cross over to my 40s and, up until two and a half years ago, I was out of shape. Well, I was in shape if you consider shapes like round, or pear shaped… My cholesterol was high enough that my Doctor put me on cholesterol medication and even recommended high blood pressure medication because it was borderline high as well. I would get winded walking up to the second floor in my house and would continue breathing heavy once I reached the top for at least 30 minutes following. The most activity I did was walking around at my job for my ten hour shift and that wasn’t a whole lot because I had a nice desk where I could disappear for hours and work on programming. I am 5’11” and weighed 220 lbs. Needless to say, I am half the man I used to be and that’s actually a good thing.
One day in January of 2013, I watched a movie called “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”, despite not really wanting to watch it. I got sucked into the movie (if you haven’t watched it, do. I cannot recommend it enough) and immediately following the credits starting, decided that it was time to take control of my weight and health. I have six biological children and two step children and it was time to start living like my health was important for them as well. In the first ten days of doing a juice fast like they did in the movie, I lost ten pounds. I didn’t stop losing when the fast stopped as it had changed the way I ate as well, and by the time summer rolled around, I was down 60lbs and have stayed around that weight since. With the loss of weight and bad eating habits, though, I picked up a new habit: running.
My running sort of started as a competition with myself to get back to the glory days of basic training in the Air Force where we were required to run two miles in 18 minutes to graduate basic training. That seemed easy back then but horribly difficult now. I was lucky to get it done in 24 minutes. As I worked on getting that time down, I changed to running a 5k route in my neighborood and trying to get that time down too and eventually found myself entered in a half marathon! Yes, I know that timeline doesn’t make much sense but it all happened in a blur. I ran my first half marathon in June of 2013 and finished in 2:17 and SWORE that I would never run another half marathon again. By the time I got home, I had already signed up for two more. Three halves and a full (along with one that should have been but the weather disagreed and another full that was called because of pesky weather again) later, I was set to run my first ultra marathon at Possum Kingdom Lake with a 56k trail run.
This has been a journey. That first ultra was a little over a year ago. My running has become a big part of my life and has helped me stay healthy and I have logged many, many miles since then. I’ve only run one more full marathon since then and my halves haven’t been officially timed but my training and dedication has stayed consistent. In the one year that passed since running that first ultra marathon, I decided to go back to Possum Kingdom and run again. This time, I was going to go the long haul and run a 52 mile trail run. This year will be full of these ultras, hopefully, and one that I’ve been training for since I ran that first two miles on a treadmill over two years ago. I just didn’t know it yet.