I was having lunch with James, a business associate, whom I knew from a networking group. He was talking about his recovery from bronchitis and pneumonia. I asked him why he doesn’t work out now, as I am a triathlete and triathlete coach. He knew me as a sales rep for a glass company, but I had been training and racing for over 15 years. He said that he used to be active but “couldn’t anymore”, due to his prior illnesses and dietary restrictions.
I listened, and said to him “that’s a story”. You are telling this to yourself so you don’t have to exercise and take the risk to be healthy again, on a regular basis—your past has won. “Just a walk around the block at lunch is a good start—as well as getting you some fresh air”. I would continue to ask him if he just wanted to walk, but he would kindly decline.
However, James thought about it a lot. He then said he will get a final chest x-ray and determination from his doctor. He did so, got cleared, and said that he was open to the idea to begin a walking regimen. We began on a Friday night after work. He worked downtown, and by a city park, so we began walking around the park. And so began the Zero to 5k Journey.