About These Jerks


Mike and Paul are two overweight 29-year-olds that have decided, for whatever reason, to embark on a 15 27 39-month running adventure that will culminate at the 2012 Marine Corps Marathon.

This blog will give their skeptical friends and concerned relatives a chance to read about their progress and bet on who gives up/dies first.

May God have mercy on their souls.

Mike: Since freshman year at Radford, he has become the epitome of natures cruel mistake known as “The Skinny Fat Guy”. Years of bad habits and lack of exercise has bred the anomaly known only as “The Belly”. Once proud of his signature calling card, Mike aims to rid himself of the beast and become “A Skinny Fat Guy Jerk”. Previous running experience: ran track at Fairfax High School, but only really ran when the coach was looking …. which was never because he was always either impregnating Algebra teachers or stealing school computers. Very much onboard the idea that this ‘adventure’ is a horrendous and deadly idea.

Paul: Never one to turn down a plate of cheese fries or a rack of ribs, Paul has often been quoted as saying “Gimme some of dat pie,” even when there are no pies available. A big eater since a young age, his mother’s greatest fear when sending him off to elementary school was that there was no snack time between breakfast and lunch. In order to combat a horrendous case of ADHD, his parents always had Paul in an organized sport. Once college hit and Paul was left to his own devices, steady weight gain ensued. Unlike Mike’s hideous belly (if you can even call it that), Paul is fat all over, thank-you-very-much.

3 Responses to “About These Jerks”

  1. Shannon Says:

    Hi Paul!

    Thanks for the comment on my blog. Can I just say that I am SO relieved to have finally met someone on the Electric Highway??!! AND to top things off you are running for CCFA too! How freakin’ cool is that?! I’m totally going to sit down this weekend and read you and Mike’s entire blog – I need all the humorous inspiration I can get.

    I noticed you have some ankle trouble. Well, I have a huge dilemma. I started having knee pain about a week ago and it is persisting. I know I should take a break, but I don’t want to (stamping feet like a child)! Seriously, I’m on a roll. I went from keeping the couch warm to running and loving it. I’m afraid if I stop now, I’ll never start up again. Help me Obi Wan Kenobi…you’re my only hope.

    Thanks again for contacting me. You, Me, and Mike can do the Nike 10K together…there is no race here either.

    Ciao for now!

    Shannon (shaninphxaz@yahoo.com)

  2. Momma Roberts Says:

    Spent the last 2 hours reading this site literally bent over in laughter, which requires rereading, and coming to the realization the Running Jerks ARE succeeding in this mightiest of personal adventures and treks. Having known you most (or ALL) of your lives, I’m amused, amazed, and in general blown away that you both have transformed yourselves mentally and physically!!! YOU ARE Marines!!! Love that you’ll have the site/blogs/comments to keep as momentum and encouragement before and long after the race!!! I’m SSOOOOO proud of you both, so, no drinking at the wedding!!!??? Keep it all up, You’re made of Great Stuff and I love you both!! Mommy Roberts

  3. Mom Says:

    You two are my all time, beloved, adorable sons, at any/all shape & size. ILY, Momma (R)

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