- August 2006: Joined Weight Watchers
- October 2006: Ran a half mile on the treadmill at the gym, called it quits in exhaustion
- November 12, 2006: Ran my first 5K in over six years and finished in 32:58
- June 2007: Registered for the Detroit Half Marathon in a moment of wild speculation
- October 21, 2007: Ran the Detroit half in 2:07:40, the farthest I'd ever run in my life, and said afterward there was "no way" I was ever going to run a full marathon
- April 2008: Registered for the Detroit Marathon (so much for never running a marathon)
- Sometime in the summer of 2008: Learned that one had to qualify for the Boston Marathon
- September 27, 2008: Ran my final 20-mile training run for Detroit at a pace of 8:38/mile, which made me start thinking "What if..."
- October 19, 2008: Ran the Detroit Marathon in 3:52:01, missing my Boston time by 6:02
- About a minute after finishing Detroit: Decided I was going to BQ in Cleveland in May 2009, by god
- January 2009: Started training for the Cleveland Marathon
- February 2009: Briefly reached a total weight loss amount of 70 lbs (too bad I didn't stay there)
- May 17, 2009: Ran a 3:45:14 at Cleveland, thereby qualifying for Boston
- November 1, 2009: Ran the NYC Marathon and had the most fun I've ever had in a race, proving that running 26.2 miles at once can actually be enjoyable
- January 2010: Started training for Boston
- April 16, 2010: Depart for Boston
- April 19, 2010: I will find myself in Hopkinton with 25,000 other runners
Never underestimate what you can accomplish if you set your mind and body to it.
1: I'm still a couch potato, but now I exercise a lot to offset my natural inclination toward laziness.