Meet Matt Eliason
My road to the marathon started at the doctor’s office last year. It was my annual physical, and my doctor listed the problems that just kept getting worse. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and I finally crossed the line into clinical obesity. It was time to “get religion.”
I committed to eating better food during the work day, and workout each day I was in the office. My workout of preference was the treadmill, I found it the easiest to get a good sweat going.
The plan worked, the pounds started to come off. But the big surprise was I started to like running. Actually, I loved it. I started to imagine myself crossing the finish line at the marathon when I was struggling to meet my daily goal. Then one day the thought came, could I actually finish a marathon? Everyone starts somewhere, why not me? The question became an obsession until I realized there was only one way to definitively answer it.
I signed up to train with Ron in April and decided I would train as hard as I could for 6 months, to be as strong a runner as I could be to finish the Twin Cities Marathon. The training has been long, at times painful but I’ve loved every minute of it. I’ve ran through all kinds of weather, at all hours of the day, on vacation, at work and at home. It’s been exhausting, time consuming, at times hard on my family, but I’m ready.
So game on, Twin Cities Marathon. Take your best shot.
10/1/2015 01:58:07 pm
You're amazing, Matt. Congratulations on making a positive change to help you live a long, healthy life! Such an inspiration! (And thank God you had an honest doctor to help you understand the reality of your situation a year ago and encourage you to make positive change!)
10/1/2015 06:57:55 pm
Good work, Matt! It's an impressive goal. Glad you're taking care of yourself!
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