One year ago today, I stepped out my front door and completed my first day of Couch to 5k. Little did I know at the time, but that day I was beginning a journey that would ignite a passion in me and change my life forever.
If you haven’t caught on by now, I have fallen head-over-heels in love with running. In a relatively short time, it has become a great passion of mine and one of my main focuses – after my family, of course! Before that fateful day one year ago, I had never run before in my life – or at least not running just for the sake of running. I played football and basketball in high school, which obviously involved plenty of running. And I suppose there were those times back in school where you had to run a mile in gym. But aside from that, I had never woken up thinking “I’d like to go for a run today”.
When I went out for that first run, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I didn’t plan on falling in love with running. At the time, it just seemed like the thing to do. I was hoping it would help me continue to lose the extra weight I was trying to shed, and let me get in some good cardio time each week, but that was really about it. I can still remember how hard those first runs were. Running for only a minute or two at a time left my lungs feeling like they were on fire, desperately in search of more oxygen. Each week I slowly built up my endurance, until I could finally run for 20 minutes straight. At the time, those 20 minutes were huge, and I felt on top of the world. It wasn’t long after that when my real attraction for running began to form, and I could see myself wanting to continue doing this for more reasons that just trying to lose some weight.
Before I knew it, I had run my first 5k. Not long after that, I was running a half marathon, and then another. Finally, in December, just 8 months after that fateful day in April that started it all, I completed my first marathon.
And now here I am today, back into the swing of things after suffering what I’d call my first “major” running injury. I’ve got my 2nd marathon lined up in June, as well as a slew of other exciting races planned for this year.
When I first started running, it was just about losing weight and getting in shape. Now, I’d consider it an essential part of my physical and mental well-being. As the saying goes “running – it’s cheaper than therapy”. It seems that no matter how bad or a stressful of a day I’ve had, I can go out for a run and come back a new man, refreshed and rejuvenated. There’s something about the simplicity of just you and the road – or trail – that’s very zen-like. It’s peaceful, calming, and immensely therapeutic.
It’s been a great first year of running, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how my relationship with running grows and evolves in the (hopefully many) years to come.