SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Thousands of runners will lace up their sneakers for a grueling trek through the city known as The San Francisco Marathon next Sunday. But for some, the exercise will be more about the journey than the finish.

Jim Axelrod’s story started on the campaign trail in 2008 when the CBS News correspondent was covering Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

“You’re living on airplanes. You’re eating and drinking too much. I looked up and I was about 30 pounds overweight and needed to make a course correction,” said Axelrod.

KCBS’ Patti Reising Reports:

The course correction came in the form of a text, from a good friend, forwarding him his late father’s New York Marathon times. At that moment Axelrod wondered if he could beat his dad’s time.

“I started to run and run and run and thought about all the ways I wanted to get control of my life again. There’s no place that’s any better for figuring out than running,” he said.

He ran the New York marathon and didn’t even come within an hour of his dad’s time what he figured out?

“To try to worry about measuring myself against somebody else’s standards is a sure recipe for unhappiness,” said an enlightened Axelrod.

He writes of his lessons learned in his new book, “In The Long Run”.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)


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