It’s National Running Day!
Did you get your run in? I did!
I would say running has changed my life. I run and appreciate that I have good health and CAN run.
I started walking, to lose weight, which turned into a jog, because just walking wasn’t cutting it anymore.
My first race (I was in the middle of the Couch to 5K Program) was the Cy Young Run, a two mile race.
It was amazing. In the heart of overweight Appalachia, where I live, these fit people came out of the woodwork to run fast! Whoa! There are people like me out there!
Rite Aid 10K 2004
I was a road runner. I had never heard of trails. I hated hills, didn’t like it that there was a hill in every direction I ran in. I despaired of ever getting faster.
My first half marathon Athens Ohio
I found trails and never looked back.
I ran my first 100 in 2007
Finishing Umstead 2007
I have had hiccups along the way. I struggled with what I would now term a “mid life” crisis; gained some weight back and struggled with finishing even 50Ks within time limits.
Then I got my mojo back. I started training, in earnest.
Adam Casseday and myself, WV Trilogy
Got over some mental hurdles, with body image, weight and myself as a runner.
First time on TWOT 2010
Finished Massanutten-several times!
Then came Hardrock..my dream race. But I didn’t believe enough in myself, that I truly could do it..so I didn’t.
Karma swings around again. After Hardrock, I decided I wanted to step it up a bit and break 30 hours at Massanutten. I hired a coach. That’s been the biggest help with my advancement as a runner since I began.
I started running consistently. Meaning every day. (Almost.) I had a schedule. I had a routine. I managed to get most runs in. I’ve been using Coach Karl since 2012 and have really improved as a runner.
Karma came back to me again. With low odds, I was again one of the lucky view to get to go to Silverton and experience the Hardrock course again.
This year has not been easy on me. Nor was last year, but last year’s stress was miniscule compared to this year. But I have been getting (most) of my running in. It was that important to me. And, probably most importantly, running was one of the few things within my realm to control.
Where was I going with this? I guess to sum up, running changed my life. It made me much more healthy. I’ve seen so much more of the world than before being a runner. I am also very grateful to have the good health to go out for a run, whether it’s four miles or forty miles.
I hope running helps you with your day to day stresses, and that you are able to get out and experience the day!