Today is my running anniversary.
I’ve now run for 3 years and over 3500 miles.
I started this journey at 278 lbs. My running began after a physician directed diet that brought my down to 220 lbs. I now weight 186 lbs.
Running isn’t easy for me. Starting my running career at 49 years old and having been in horrible shape, my running is almost always accompanied by pain. I run with hip pain and heel pain most of the time. I don’t know if it is a good thing or not, but the hip and the heel are on opposite sides of my body.
Over the past 3500 miles I’ve learned a lot about myself. I don’t listen to music while I run, so it is just me out there. I can be a boring person to run with by myself. LOL. I have learned to do things while I run. I pay more attention to my surroundings, I pray, I say hi to people I pass. I try not to think of the next hour or two that I’ll be pushing myself and try to distract myself in anyway I can.
During my runs I have solved a lot of problems. It may be the oxygen getting to my brain, it may be the quite and the fact I have nothing else to do but think. I will say that most of my good ideas and problem solving have occurred during my runs over the last 3 years.
Just some philosophical musings from a 3 year runner.
Yesterday’s run went great and I have a new system for running that seems to be working well. I’m going to try it a few more times and then I’ll post it for everyone. So far, I’ve done this for 3 runs (4, 13 and 8 miles) and my runs have been better, stronger and I’ve felt better afterwards. Check back in a few days and I’ll tell you my system if it keeps working for me.
Have an awesome week and keep running!