I am still way too down after the Yankees ALCS showing to talk about baseball or the Bombers. Right now, as far as baseball goes, if it’s not my 8-year old’s travel team, I don’t care…
But, I will talk about something else now.
This morning, I ran a 5K race.
For a lot of people, that’s not a big deal. But, for me, it’s somewhat interesting. And, here’s why:
I never, ever, in my life, was a “runner.” It was just not my thing and I had no interest in it.
But, once I got myself into very good shape, back in 2007 when I was 44-years old, I decided to give it a try.
Back then, people were always telling me “Oh, you must be a runner” (based on the way that I looked). And, it didn’t stop…as I kept hearing it for a few years.
It started getting annoying to keep saying “no,” and, that drove me to hit the road and give running a try.
It was in January of 2011 that I started the “The Couch-to-5K ® Running Plan.” At that time, I was 48-years old.
It was hard for me – but, again, I was running for the first time in my life at age forty-eight.
I finished the “C25K” program in March of 2011. Afterwards, I started running my own personal 5K’s – until I decided to run my first “real” race in November of that year (when I was 49-years old).
Counting that first race, and the one today, I have now run seven 5K races in the last eleven months. And, I usually finish well within the “Top 30%” of overall finishers and my average time in the races is 25 minutes and 24 seconds.
I’ll turn fifty next month and I plan on continuing to run 5K races. (I’m scheduled to run two more before I turn fifty.) My goal is to get faster. But, again, for a guy who never ran for 48 years, and who just started, I think I am doing pretty good.
My kids asked me today “Why do you run?” And, my answer to them was the obvious one: I want to improve on my cardiovascular health – just as I am always looking to improve my nutrition and strength, watching what I eat and going to the gym.
What’s the point of sharing all this? Hey, if I can do it, starting at a pretty late age, anyone can do it. And, I offer that with the hope that it helps you – in case you were thinking about getting out there and starting running too.