On October 5, 2010 I wrote a post in my other personal blog about signing up for a 5K. Here is an excerpt from that post:
Let me preface all of this by saying that I am NOT a runner. I never was and I never will be. I have a lot of respect for those dedicated runners that get their jollies running miles upon miles in whatever weather Mother Nature decides to throw at them. I have super-fit friends that run marathons. I would love to be able to achieve that level of super-fitness, but alas it will never be because the issues I have with my legs keep me from being a successful long distance runner. My maximum is about 4 miles before my sneakers start to fill with blood. Gross, but true.
Fast forward to April of this year. One day I decided I was going to run a mile on the treadmill at the gym. Partly out of sheer boredom with the elliptical trainer, but also some of my friends had been talking a lot about running and I thought “why not?”. I knew I could do it, but in general, I have always hated running. Running was punishment. In high school, I ran a 16 minute mile for those Presidential Fitness Tests that they used to force us all to take. You can see from my attitude in the excerpt above that I considered running to be an impossibility for me. But that day I decided to run a mile and everything changed. This time running felt right somehow.
It is the end of September and this month I ran in 2 races, setting personal records in both. I have run in 3 since I started 5 months ago…2 10Ks and a 5K. My first half marathon is in 2 weeks. In the more distant future, there will be a full marathon. I’m positive of this.
Which leads me to the question…who is this person who gets up at 6am to run in whatever nature has decided to throw at me and what did they do with the full of excuses old me who claimed they would never, ever be a runner end of story? Old me liked to blame the inability to run on my bad legs and new me knows now that my problems were largely due to bad shoes. New me is done with excuses.
New me is a runner. Welcome to my blog.