For those of you who don’t know, I originally come from a running background. That’s the funny thing about us triathletes, most of us didn’t start with multisport racing. For me, and seemingly most common, running was where it started for me.
I first joined track when I was in the sixth grade and I stuck with it all through high school, up until my senior year when I was too busy with a full school load, night college classes, and a full time job to keep up with track. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t still run.
Today is National Running Day 2014. So it was fitting that scheduled a split run for today’s workout. I did my first run this morning and will knock out a second after work.
People run for different reasons. And those reasons are dynamic. My reasons started as a desire to play a sport which evolved into enjoying running and doing it stay fit. In college running was merely a component of rugby, which I played for a couple of years. Then I ran here and there, off and on to try and reclaim or stay fit, depending on where my fitness level fell at any given time. After college I didn’t run as much, but mostly because I was in a downward spiraling hell of a job and occasionally ran for relief and to escape. And once life settled and calmed, I ran for me. But no matter where I’ve been in my life, I always came back to running.
And now, now I run to finish. To feel free, accomplished, and capable. Whether it’s a road race or a triathlon, in order to cross the finish line you’ve got to run. And in those moments where your body, the weight of everything that is you both physically and mentally, does something incredible by the power of your own body and the will of your mind; that is why I run.