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28 October 2010

The Start of the Race

Every race has a beginning whether it be a short run or a marathon; so I thought I’d begin at the beginning as Yogi Berra might say. I have always wondered what drives a person to be one of “them”. “Them” being those people I would see running down the paths, on the streets, just […]

Every race has a beginning whether it be a short run or a marathon; so I thought I’d begin at the beginning as Yogi Berra might say.
I have always wondered what drives a person to be one of “them”. “Them” being those people I would see running down the paths, on the streets, just about anywhere. Why, I ask myself, would anyone want to run when you can get in a car and save your body some stress? Are they born that way? Do they become that way because of alien abduction? Or what? The what I have recently discovered is a need to improve oneself and prove oneself, physically and psychologically.
The physical is easy to figure out – be in better shape, lose weight, my doctor told me. All of these can be accomplished in other ways but running (not jogging) takes mental toughness to achieve. Because runners have a need to always do better than the last run.
So, where does my race start? Very simply by having a conversation with a gentleman at church one morning who had, the previous week, just finished a local marathon. Why was this talk about running different? I can’t put my finger on it, but a little bug with track shoes took hold in my brain and hasn’t let go.
Since then, three weeks have passed, and I have gone from looking at “them” run to becoming one of them.

Once you decide to join in and run you have to look like the rest of the pack. I consulted my trainer, the host/designer of this site, and he gave me valuable information about finding shoes. I took his advice, looked online and nearly choked when I saw the prices for many of the shoes. I really thought about ditching this new bug (I had the swatter handy) – my reasons to stop – I’m too old to start, it’s going to hurt, why run when you can drive. Instead of giving in, I turned to my trainer who said, “Look for an outlet store, you should be able to find older models for less.” or something like that.

I did exactly that and find myself in a pair of Nike+ Pegasus 26’s with Nike cushioned support socks on my feet for my first run. But more on that run later.

I look forward to your comments and keeping you informed about my race and progress.

About Kai

I am a 40-something English teacher who recently strapped on running shoes (to actually run in) since running cross country in middle school.

One thought on “The Start of the Race

  1. Congrats on your first post, and more importantly on beginning your training. Looking forward to hearing more about the journey. And those Nike’s? Love the Pegasus’. Nice choice.

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