Monday, November 10, 2008

First Ten Mile Run

Last Friday, November 7, 2008, I ran 10 miles for the first time. I know, people have run that and longer distances routinely for years. 10 miles doesn’t seem like much to someone who has been wise enough to stay fit and avoid bad habits. But to a guy who recently weighed 267 pounds and had a $1,500/year cigarette habit, running 10 miles feels like finding the Holy Grail. I didn’t have ambitions of running a marathon or a 50 kilometer trail race. I just wanted to lead a more active, longer life. Now I feel so much better, maybe there is a marathon or a 50k in my future. After all, I just ran 10 miles. I can do anything!

Homage to Oatmeal

I love oatmeal. I love oatmeal with cinnamon sugar and raisins. I love oatmeal with bananas and milk. But mostly, I love oatmeal with savory things. Eggs, beans, beef, chicken, turkey, paprika, hot peppers, anything is good in oatmeal. Oatmeal with a spoonful of whatever you had for dinner last night is finer than breakfast at the Waldorf! I’ve had breakfast at the Waldorf. Take my word for it. Oatmeal with pork chile and pinto beans is probably the ultimate culinary experience. Do yourself a favor. Don’t limit your oatmeal consumption to the sweet side. Discover savory oatmeal!

Tips for making good oatmeal:
  • Avoid instant and quick. It only takes 4 minutes to make real “Old Fashioned” oatmeal. If you have more time, try steel cut or Irish oats.
  • Mix the water and oatmeal together cold and you will have creamier oatmeal. Starting with hot water makes for chewy oatmeal.
  • Add salt toward the end of the cooking process instead of the beginning. A smoother product will result.
  • Don’t forget the salt! You don’t have to go crazy but oatmeal without salt is a little too close to library paste. Has anyone ever tried salted library paste?
  • Add the amendments toward the end of the cooking process or right before eating. Use cooked meats, eggs, beans, etc. and they will be warmed through by the hot oatmeal. They don’t need more cooking.
  • Use your imagination and the world is your oatmeal!

For more about oatmeal, start with Wikipedia:

P.S. Oatmeal is very good for you!


  1. Gee, VarkoD (Brett), your story sounds so familiar to me! I, too, was an extreme heavyweight and I had a lot of health problems. Running sure helped me with all of it.

    10 Miles! How cool is that? I didn't run my first 10 miles until 2 weeks prior to my first half-marathon.

    Do you have an event scheduled? Let me (and everyone else) know!

    Charlie (cewtwo)

    BTW - Thanks for the comment!

  2. Way to go, I know what it's like to do the first 10 miles.. it feels great. Keep up the great work, you've come along way. I've yet to do a 1/2 marathon or marathon myself which I'm aiming for next year. I was side tracked due to medical conditions and surgery, but I'm not going let it stop me. Please keep up posted and let us know when your doing your first 1/2 or full :D. I can't wait to hear all about it.