I came across this picture on Pinterest and it struck a cord within me. This quote is so incredibly true, for me and for so many others. Running can truly change your life, as it changed mine over five years ago, in an incredible way. When I started this journey, I was an evening smoker, an occasional gym go-er, an unhealthy eater, about 50 lbs overweight and was an extremely depressed/unhappy person. I was lazy, bored and unfocused.
I started out slow… walking mainly, followed by slow jogs. I gained momentum and confidence. I started losing weight and then everything changed. I started exercising regularly, attempted to start eating better and eventually quit smoking.
Running grabbed a hold of me, in a way that nothing had prior. I felt like I found myself. This was who I was, I was a runner.
I realized that I didn’t have to join a club, wear fancy clothes, buy expensive shoes… I just had to go out and run. Running became a friend, a dependable friend that I could turn to when I was sad, happy, stressed, tired, or angry. There was no membership, no qualifying time, no specific distance I had to run before I was in the “club”- I just had to do it.
Five years later, my love for running is still going strong. I have ran a 5K, 4 10Ks, 3 Half Marathons and a full marathon. In two weeks, I will do my very first triathlon; something I never dreamed I could accomplish. I have also committed to running 5 half marathons this year; another goal I never thought possible 5 years ago.
If you are a runner, you know what I am saying with every ounce of your being. Welcome to the club! If you see me running on the road, give me the “runner wave” because you and I know that we share something special.
I lift my water bottle and say “Cheers!”… TO RUNNING!