A team-building activity at work asked us to disclose an interesting fact about ourselves that others may not know. After thinking for a minute, I said that I’ve been a runner for 22 years. I’m fortunate in that, other than some gray hair, I don’t look my age (at least that’s what others tell me). So I got a few puzzled looks, and probably even looked a little puzzled myself after saying it out loud. Twenty-two years. Where has the time gone?
I started running when I was 14 years old. I vividly remember my first time going out for a run when I was a freshman on my high school track team. I ran two miles down Capitol Drive and just about keeled over. Many teenagers would have quit or joined the throwers group, but I couldn’t wait to do it again the next day. It hurt, but I felt a sense of accomplishment.
Running has been a huge part of my life ever since. Although there have been times when I haven’t been running too much, I’ve never gone more than a few weeks without lacing up my Asics (except of course when I’ve been injured and couldn’t physically run). I’ve had many successes and failures as a runner and, just like many things in life, I’ve learned from each one of them. More on that some other time.
I’ve decided to start writing a blog about my running experiences and how they relate to health, wellness, and, well, every day life (and some other things that I’m sure will come up). I’m starting a blog at this point in my life for a few reasons. First and foremost, I have time. You see, I’ve been working on my doctorate for the last 6 years and am finally done (yay!). This leaves me with about 15-20 extra hours per week to do with what I want. I’ve had to table many interests so that I could focus on school, and I’m viewing this chapter of my life as a time to catch up on the things I’ve been wanting to do and learn once again who I am and what my interests are outside of being a student.
This leads me to the second reason: I’ve started training again to get into good running shape. For the first time in a long time, I’m doing this for me. No one else. I’ve realized that, somehow, I’m 36 years old and I have a limited window of opportunity for when I can probably run fast(ish) and beat people.
And, finally, the third reason I’ve started a blog is because I enjoy writing, but I’m burned out on research papers and deadlines. With blogging, I have the freedom to write whatever I want and no one is asking me to submit revisions to a committee for review.
So there we have it. My first blog post. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed it so far. Look for another one…soon.