one foot in front of the other – running 101

I like to run. I’m not the fastest and can’t run a marathon (yet), but getting out there and leaving the rest of the world behind ever so briefly is a great feeling.

I haven’t always thought this way. When I was young, I played little league baseball, basketball, and volleyball. It honestly wasn’t my favorite. I’d much rather play video games or read comic books. And my physique showed it. In high school, I joined the lacrosse team, a sport I would stick with all four years of high school and through college. I’m a third-generation lacrosse player, both my dad and grandfather played in upstate NY. After college graduation, I started reffing high school lacrosse.

What does all that have to do with running? Into my late 20s reffing lacrosse, I found it harder and harder to get into shape for the season. Those dang high school kids were smoking me up and down the field. It’s hard to ref the game when you’re wayyy out of position. I decided it would be easier to stay in shape year-round than to keep cycling in and out of shape. So I signed up for some 5Ks. My first official race was a 6K on August 18, 2013 that I finished in 41:25. I didn’t win any medals, but beat everyone that was at home on the couch.

Over the years, I’ve gotten more and more into running. I’ve gone from running a mile once or twice a week, to running over 2 miles 4+ times a week. In the beginning, I ran 5Ks sporadically. I moved up to roughly a 5K a month, and then eventually stepped up to 10Ks. In 2020, I logged 574 total miles!!!!

The last year has been challenging with COVID issues forcing me out of the gym. So I took to the streets. Talk about a game-changer. The streets are way tougher than an elliptical in a climate-controlled environment. It hasn’t stopped me though. If anything I doubled down and worked that much harder.

My writings about running will not be as regular as the other topics, mostly becausae I’m not a pro, and I don’t have too many insights into the hobby. I do plan to write updates for races, once those resume.

Well that’s all for now. As always, thanks for reading.


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