i would like to post about one of our new athletes Matt Waldbusser. All of us have our own reasons for doing what we love and Matt is no exception. Matt is an inspiration for those of us without kids thinking we don't have time to train. Congrats Matt on your 10th marathon and many more to come.
by Matt Waldbusser
The hard truth is I let myself get overweight. In 2007, I was a father of two, working full time, and in graduate school. I had all the excuses I needed. While standing on the scale one day, I did not see numbers. Instead I felt shame and embarrassment.
The answer was and still is quite simple: just run. I ran the Austin marathon in 2008 with a 4:42 finishing time. This remains to me one of my most proud racing moments as I proved to myself that I could do it if I just got up off the couch and ran.
After a 4:25 Austin 2009 marathon, I got the idea that maybe I should actually train with someone who knows what they are doing. That is when I found Rogue Running. Three years later, here I am just finishing my 10th marathon and hitting a PR of 3:47. In 4 years I’ve been able to knock off almost an hour off my time. More importantly:
- My health has greatly improved. I weigh almost 40 pounds less than I did in 2007
- I used to have bad migrane headaches. I haven’t seen one in over 4 years
- I am a happier person
- I have learned to approach things in life with the view that …”it’s not as hard as the last 6 miles”
- Through this all I have found great friends. It takes a special kind of crazy to knock out a 20 mile run during theTexas summer. The good news is we all found each other.
This weekend I hit my high point in running. However, it wasn’t about what I had done that made me hit that high, it is what I know is in front of me. I do not look at 10 marathons as what I have done, but now what it enables me to do:
- I am the healthy husband and father my wife and kids deserve
- I let all of the Rogues in Vancouver convince me that qualifying for Boston is not out of reach
- I have a coach who’s helping me focus on cross training for triathalons. He never lets me settle in a workout. In just 6 weeks he’s changed my mindset, the body is now to follow.
There is no way I could have done this without support from people I am very grateful for:
- Rogue Running – I continue to learn every time I show up. The coaches have taught me a lot over the years and there is always an encouraging word there
- TUFIs – only this crazy bunch of Rogues could somehow make a 3 hour run entertaining
- Blake Uptain from Moxie Multisport – tore down all of my mental walls in 6 weeks
- Adriana – I hit the wife lottery here. She was my cheerleader and the boot in my butt when I needed it
Finally, I am posting a photo. I have kept this private but this is me in 2007. I keep it on my desktop as a constant reminder of why I do what I do.