I know I’ve written about how much I enjoy running a number of times but the reason I decided to start isn’t a story I’ve shared with everyone. Some of my close friends have heard this story before but I thought I’d say where my motivation came from.
For years, a number of friends and people I worked with at Daily Planet had been running. This was something I never saw myself doing. I liked biking a lot and would much rather do that than lace up and pound the pavement. And really running isn’t the best thing for you physically (especially your knees) so I was fine sticking to biking and walking around the neighborhood.
After leaving Daily Planet to start up LooseKeys, the amount of biking I did really decreased. I was working from home everyday and not biking to and from the office. I did try to get out of the office for a walk or to grab the bike and meet someone for lunch, but it wasn’t the same.
I guess I could’ve just taken the bike out everyday and rode for 3 or 4 miles. Even though biking is a form of exercise, I really just used it to travel to and from a location; I didn’t look at it as exercise. I started to realize that me biking everyday was a stress reliever too and was a way to help clear my mind. When I wasn’t biking everyday I found myself becoming more irritable. This is where running came creeping into my mind. Friends were still actively doing it and it seemed like an easy thing to jump into, all I needed were shoes.
One day on Facebook a friend posted how proud they were that they had just finished a 3 mile run that day. I thought to myself, damn if they could do 3 miles I could sure as hell run too. No disrespect was meant towards my friend, I just felt like even though I wasn’t a runner, 3 miles didn’t seem like a huge accomplishment… Now that I’ve been running for awhile I know that anytime you get off the couch and do something is a thing to brag about.
So I saw it as a challenge. If they can do it, I can do it too. Since I didn’t have a commute in the morning because I was working at home, I took to the streets and started running during that time. That need to just get out of the house, get some fresh air, relieve some stress and the extra push from a friend to prove to myself I could do it, got me running. I’m now averaging 3 miles every day and I plan to keep it going.