Aalthough I ran track in high school, I never considered myself much of an athlete. However, by the time my third child, my sole son, was born, my wife had already retired from her fulltime job of homemaker. I decided to give that job a try; I ended up staying home with Soundboy for 3 months.
Those three months gave me an opportunity to bond with my son, but it also caused me to gain weight--45 lbs. So by the time I returned to work, I was unable to fit into my suits. On my first day back, one of my students saw and did a double-take, and said, "Damn, Mr. Ikonne, did you get fatter?" That was all I needed to hear to know that I had to act. I adopted a healthier menu. And then I started running.
I realized how much joy I gained from running, and decided to started running short races. Experiencing my first half-marathon made me decide to run one in all 50 states. Then I decided to run the ultimate race, the Boston Marathon.
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