Starting Something New
Why I run..
Who in the world likes running? Why would you spend hours, literally, running at the ass crack of dawn on a Saturday morning? Why are you willing to put that stress on your body? These are the most common questions people ask me.
Let’s hop on board the honesty train. I started running five years ago. My first “run” was .87 miles. Yes, you read that right, not even one full mile. Gasping for air as if it were my last breathe, I started walking and when I saw .87, I thought “Oh I was born in 1987, so .87 is good.” My brain is a scary place. For some reason that made total sense to me.
Then I signed us up for a 5k. The look on my face was priceless. I began asking Google if I would die, if I would be last, if I would throw up. Don’t Google these things, friends. I trained for weeks. I would have chosen to clean out the maggot dumpster from college again instead of running a 5k. I kept telling myself I was a bad-ass and could do anything, the same strategy I harnessed during my scuba certification class.
On mile two of my 5k, I thought I was dying, but I kept saying over and over again “Just run bitch. RUN BITCH!” Yes, I called myself a bitch continuously for 35 minutes. Whatever works, right? Then, the finish line was in sight. I was given VIP access to the gates of heaven. I know that’s a little extreme, but I’m a little extreme. Crossing the finish line was even better. I always knew I had an addictive personality and I’m glad the finish line is my drug of choice. The finish line was my motivation to sign up for a 10k, 3 half marathons and 2 full marathons.
Try a race, any race. 1 mile, 3 miles, 10 miles, it doesn’t matter. I can guarantee you will hate running. I can also guarantee you will eventually form a love-hate relationship with running. Finally, I’m sure one day you will have completely fallen in love with running and join the cult of people that never stop talking about running. Try it once and you can thank me later with a race entry fee.
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