I LOVE RUNNING! I do, I really love it. But I would be lying if I told you it was easy. Running is hard. There are 2 definitions of what it means to run provided by the ever reliable google search; 1. to move at a speed faster than a walk, never having both feet on the ground at the same time 2. to move about in a hurried and hectic way. HURRIED AND HECTIC?! No part of that sounds pleasant. Yet, I still love running.
I can remember being at a running store in high school shopping for running shoes with my mom when she told me “you’re going to be a runner your whole life, this is something you can do forever”. Of course I didn’t believe her then…but she, per usual, was right (Mom, YOU WERE RIGHT and I’m writing it for the whole world to see!). Running doesn’t ever really end. You just keep running and you keep trying and you keep getting better… but it’s never easy.
Running is something that comes pretty naturally to me; it was always a part of pre-season and training for each of the sports I played and every now & then, I ran in track and cross-country meets. In college, I ran my first half marathon at the Baltimore Running Festival. 2 years later, I ran my second half marathon at the Kiawah Island Half Marathon, unfortunately, all the running I did training for this half left me with a stress fracture and a highly unfashionable walking boot, but it didn’t turn me away from running. It just made me want to run better…to train smarter, to be a little more patient and to learn what my body is capable of.
Fast forward to fall 2014, I ran my first full marathon in the Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival, my second full marathon in 2015 at Pike’s Peak Ascent and Marathon, and will run my third full marathon next month at the GoreTex Philadelphia Marathon.
Running is hard, but that’s why I love it so much. No equipment necessary, no gimmicks, no sales pitch…lace up your running shoes and go. I don’t run to be the fastest or the fittest, I run because I know I can always be better, because I know the moment I hit the pavement, I only have to put one foot in front of the other and it will take me wherever I need to go.