There is something about running that is magical! But it didn’t always feel like that for me. I tried running once in the mid 1980′s and I found the experience not much fun and frankly I couldn’t understand what people saw in the sport. Looking back, the reason I didn’t give it a fair chance was because I just threw on a pair of running shoes and went out and tried to run 5km. Of course that was not a smart idea and of course it hurt - little wonder I didn’t try it again.
In 1994 when my kids were 1 and 3, I wanted to get back in shape so a couple of my friends suggested I join them as they too were wanting to get back into running. It look a lot of persuasion from my friends but I finally agreed to try it again. This time we did things smart. We ran/walked about 3 times a week and once a week we increased the run time and decreased the walk times.
Before long, we were all able to run 5km and I was starting to get hooked. So much so that I convinced my friends to sign up for the Ottawa 10km in 1995. After the 10km I wanted to try a half marathon but given the training I was doing I decided to train for a marathon. In 1995 I ran my first Ottawa Marathon. By now I was truly hooked!
There is something about running and reaching goals previously unimagined that keeps me testing my limits. Since 1994 I have run over 20 marathons, completed 4 ultra marathons, finished 4 Ironman Triathlons and participated in a number of endurance cycling events. But more than that, I have met many wonderful people, travelled to many wonderful places both within Canada and abroad and have had the extreme good fortune to have done so injury free. I may not be the fastest runner out there, but slow and steady wins the race which for me is the ongoing ability to run.
Running truly is magical. When I step outside to begin my run and take that first breath of air, I feel as though all my cares start floating away and I feel truly blessed to be able to run.
I hope my stories will inspire you to start running, re-start running or to continue running. Stories are always inspirational and the stories by my friends Mark Sutcliffe (www.irunnation.com) and Amit Seth (www.amitdaretorun.blogspot.com) inspire time and time again.
I would love to hear from you and what it is about running that is special for you. Perhaps you have a great race story to tell, or you have overcome adversity and running has helped or simply you want to share an experience you have had. If you would like to share your story, please send me the story using the comments page. Stories should begin with “There is Something About Running that…..” and be limited to about 500 words.