About a year and a half ago I decided to try running, an activity I swore I would never do. Quite honestly, I just didn’t get it. Why would people put themselves through that kind of torture in rain, heat and snow? I have always liked being fit, but really there has to be a better way, right? But now I am a convert. I get it now, all of it. There may be lots of other ways to stay fit, but nothing quite like running. Let’s face it, it can be the most miserable of experiences, but it can also be the most memorable and the most amazing. Like everything in life, the hardest things to accomplish are always the most satisfying.
So why a blog now? I have to admit that along with my obsession with running, I am now also obsessed with reading runner’s blogs. I have to thank the blog RunKarlaRun for starting this obsession. I love reading about other people’s race experiences and in particular I love reading about the average runner, you know, the ones who will be in the middle of the pack (or maybe farther back) but will give it their all and will be thrilled with the results.
But until yesterday I had no plans of writing my own blog. So what changed? Not surprisingly, the idea came to me while running. I was having a great run, the best in a few weeks largely due to the fact I wasn’t fighting gale force winds, slippery snow or treacherous black ice. It was still cold (-16 degrees Celsius) but calm and quiet. The perfect day to run, relax and think. I realized that this is going to be a big year for me in terms of running. After completing my first 2 half marathons in the fall, I am now looking forward to running my first “destination race”, the New York City Half Marathon in March. That will be followed by another spring half here in Ottawa, probably the Day Before Mother’s Day Half. But the big news is I have registered for the Toronto Marathon in October. So if there was ever a year to blog, this must be it. I’m under no illusions of having thousands of followers. Maybe just a very supportive husband, my two boys and few friends. But maybe the odd person I don’t know will find this and we can share running stories. If nothing else it is my chance to document my journey to a marathon, a journey I never anticipated taking and a journey I hope is worth remembering. Happy reading!