I eat because I run and I run because I eat. It’s a viscous cycle.
I like running. It’s tough to admit but it is something I’ve come to enjoy. I’m not quite sure why but I think it’s the sense of accomplishment and the pride in the fact that 5 years ago this was not something I had any plans on getting into.
Let me back track a bit to let you know my perspective on why I pound out the miles.
It may be a bit cliché but when I hit thirty some major events in my personal life hit home pretty hard. My Dad was having some pretty heavy health issues and my first daughter was born so here I was sitting at about 20lbs over weight and no real plan on changing.
But change I did. I joined a local Crossfit and learned that it’s less about the scale and more about how you feel. This was a breakthrough and gave me a new look on what fitness was all about. I’ll always be thankful for them kicking me in the butt when I needed it the most to straighten me up and get me back in line. I was doing things I never thought I could or even knew how to.
I enjoyed my time there and always gravitated towards some of the running WODs. I decided I was “in good enough shape” to run my first 5K which seemed like a daunting task at the time. I hit my goal and did it under 30 minutes.
Life finds a way though to push you where you need to be and my second daughter was born while my company was in the process of going out of business. So as a way to cut costs I had to cut out Crossfit. I was not about to cut out running though and in fact ramped it up to compensate and to date I’ve run a dozen 5Ks, a couple 10ks and a couple Half Marathons.
Somehow the older I’ve gotten I’ve managed to increase my speed and find my way by lots of reading and talking with other runners.
I think it’s time I share my knowledge and start coaching other runners.