No, not the Danica Patrick version! I'm talking about my father. He is a big part of the reason that I've been a runner for almost 23 years. He has been a runner since he was 13 years old- he's told me stories of taking a lawn mower to a field across the street from where he lived and mowing a personal track, hidden among the tall weeds. He says that he loved to go run and run after school, where no one could see him, the smell of the sweet hay filling his nose, and all his worries would temporarily disappear. He was super supportive of me when I decided to start running in high school. He read Born To Run and passed it along to me. I read The Cool Impossible and passed it along to him. He is now 69 years old and completing Phase One of Eric's plan for the second time. Before Eric's plan, my dad suffered from a lot of pulled muscles in his 50's and early 60's. I think he had started to accept that his running was going to be like this forever. He tentatively started Eric's plan and didn't seem to get the results he wanted. There was improvement; no more pulled muscles and my dad was back on a regular exercise routine. But he's always wanted to complete an Ironman. Now that he's on his second trip through Phase One, he's seeing more improvement, LOVING the speed workouts, and that excitement is back in his voice when we talk about our running. It makes me so happy to see that light back in his eyes!! Thank you, Eric!!

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Comment by Lori Enlow on October 29, 2014 at 11:26pm

Wish him my best! 

Comment by Karen Blackert on October 29, 2014 at 6:25am

Thanks, guys! My dad and I have a special bond through running and backpacking and I'm SO grateful for that!! :)

Comment by Robert Burpee on October 23, 2014 at 11:42pm

Great story, thanks for sharing, all power to his arm.

Comment by Rich Warne on October 23, 2014 at 1:17pm
what a lovely story. wish him all the best!

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