On Becoming a Runner

One year ago I laced up a new pair of tennis shoes and went for my first run. I didn’t have any fancy running gear. And I didn’t have any clue how I would feel. But I assumed it would hurt like hell and I wasn’t looking forward to it at all.

I’m not sure why the trend stuck this time. I just knew I was tired of feeling like shit all the time, physically and emotionally.

The past year was one of the most difficult years of my life. There are a few things that kept me going and that runner’s high they talk about was one of them. Running changed not only how I felt. It changed who I am. After so many years of feeling weak I found out I’m actually quite strong. Better than that I found out I can accomplish anything as long as I don’t give up. I’m so grateful for the multitude of chances we get in this life.

I’m not the fastest or the best. But the point is I get out there and I go for it. That’s what matters. I’m so proud of myself.

So to celebrate, I’m gonna buy a new pair of running shoes and go for a run. But this time I’ll do so with the knowledge that life is just one big marathon. There are bumps in the road, stop to enjoy the view once in awhile, watch to see who’s really rooting for you, and your breathing technique is really important ? 


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