The other day I came across something I wrote back on December 24, 2007. It was weeks before my first marathon and I was sharing my thoughts on how running had impacted my life. It was cool to relive some of the emotions I felt then and I thought I would share a small part of that post here. It's clear to me from the words I wrote then that this was the turning point in my running life.
The human body is an amazing machine and sitting on the couch and letting it go to waste is a terrible thing. Funny thing is, a year and half ago I was doing exactly that...sitting on my ass, eating whatever I wanted, drinking whatever I wanted, and for icing on the cake, I was smoker. Then, last summer, when I stepped on the scale and saw that I was 210 pounds, I realized I needed to make some changes to my lifestyle. In July of 2006, I quit smoking, which I found surprisingly easy to do. Then, in the fall I joined my school's crew club. Outside of crew, I slowly picked up running and started entering 5K races in the spring. Soon, I began to enjoy the aspects of running far more than crew, so I quit and fully committed myself to running. Long story short, here I am, 3 weeks away from my first of what I hope to be many marathons! I've lost 30 pounds and I'm in the best shape of my life. Most importantly, I feel the best I've ever felt in I don't know how many years, physically and mentally.
I'm starting to enjoy long distance running and I see this as something I'm going to do for the rest of my life. I like seeing how far I can push the limits of human endurance. I have all these wild ambitions that I'm not even gonna get into cause people would start to think I really am crazy. Hopefully, I will be able to achieve them someday!
6 years later, running has become such a passion of mine. I've run further than I ever thought was possible in some of the most gorgeous places in the US. Along the way, I've met so many inspirational people. Their stories have fueled my own desire to better myself. I'm grateful for every step I take and try my best not to take anything for granted. Running is a journey that has no finish line, which is good, because I never want it to end.