“I never thought that one sport could change my outlook on life… Until I became a runner.”
While surfing the internet the other day, I came across this quote 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 in an incredible way.
When I started this journey, I was an evening smoker, an occasional gym go-er, an unhealthy eater, about 60 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 and I loved it. 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 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.
Seven years later, my love for running is still going strong. I have run 16 Half Marathons and 2 full marathons. I have committed to running my 3rd marathon- my most challenging race yet, the San Francisco Marathon; another goal I never thought possible 7 years ago.
If you are a runner, you feel that love with every ounce of your being.
If you see me running on the road, give me a “runner wave” because you and I know that we share something special.
I lift my water bottle and say “Cheers!”… TO OUR LOVE OF RUNNING!