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.