This is what I look like after running 13 miles. Sunday I ran the Chicago Distance Classic. This half marathon race has been going on one year longer than the Chicago Marathon. I ran my fastest time for the distance ever with 2:32:17. This wasn't about a single race though. I run all the time. I run 3 days every week, and when this race was over I'll get back out and keep running.
My goal is fitness and health, not races. I still have about 20 pounds that I want to lose and I continue to work on that and track everything at SparkPeople.com
Running just happens to be one of the best ways to lose weight. The best thing about running is that anyone can do it. That's part of why I wanted to run the CDC, it's owned by John "the Penguin" Bingham, and he is well known for helping people break into running. He himself broke into running late in life and never became a fast runner, he just became fit. His newest book about running is Running For Mortals. I haven't read it yet, but I've heard it's good. I do read runner's world every month and his column is probably the best page of the magazine. I did read the first book he wrote No Need for Speed, which is a fun book about just getting out the door to get going. Because with running for fitness, that's what's most important.