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I choose to run because of the test that it gives me physically and mentally. I do not ch...
I choose to run because of the test that it gives me physically and mentally. I do not choose to run and race competitively against others but I do choose to challenge myself and help support very good causes.
I begin to running back in 1993 to help rehab an ACL repair to my knee that I suffered playing in church league basketball. This knee injury was the worse injury that I had ever suffered over the years and was difficult to bring myself back. Being from a smaller town in Arkansas I did not have the access to gym facilities that you find in the larger urban areas. It took a good 4 years for me to gain the full range of motion back in my knee and to be able to kneel on the knee without pain. During the 4 years I would run sporadically to help build the muscles in my leg back. While running to help rehabilitate this injury I did not realize the calming and peace that running brings to you mentally.
I completed my first 5k event in 1999 in a very small local event in my hometown in Arkansas. This was my first taste to competitive running and I found that I enjoyed the comrade and competiveness found at the events. I did not do any training for this event but I found that I could compete in 5k events without any training.
Over the next five to six years I signed up for and competed in only a handful of 5k events and one 5 mile event. Again, I did the events without doing in real training for them. Also, during this time I got into cycling and into the gym as way to help improve my fitness and rehab some lower back issues. I found that cardio was a major element to keeping in a fit condition.
I spent time working with a personal trainer and worked on my strength and cardio capabilities. However, at this time my goals were more to playing golf than running or cycling. I did find that I enjoyed the time spent in the gym. However, I hated doing the necessary cardio.
In June of 1996 I changed jobs and the new job took me away from home and onto the road. This required travel time took away the time I was able to spend at the gym and on other activities (i.e. cycling and golf). I also, during this time was suffering through some minor injuries that cause me to stop playing golf at the time. Being in hotels and working long hours the diet suffered and so did my waist line.
One evening after a long day of working, frustrated and stressed, I decided to take out for a run. At the time I was in San Francisco and staying in hotel close to the wharf area. I ran towards Embarcadero Drive then turned towards the Bay Bridge. The ocean air and the salty smell captured my mind and took my thoughts away from the long work day. While running to the Bay Bridge and back I found that my mind cleared and was relaxed so that I could rest to prepare for the next day.
The run felt so good that it became a nightly routine for me to go out and run before I turned in for the night. I would run in the early evening and even took some runs late into the evening. I spent time exploring the city on foot instead of by car and enjoyed each of my runs by the bay. These runs played a large part as to my running the San Francisco Marathon later on.
Upon coming home off the road trips I continued to take my runs almost daily. Finding that any time that my mind became cluttered with the thoughts of my work it was time to take a few minutes and get away and into my place, which running would take me to.
In 2007, I had started to enjoy my running and started competing in few more race events. At one event I picked up a brochure for a 10k the next weekend and decided that I would do this event. Having never competed in event over 5 miles I did not know what to expect. I found that after completing the event in September 2007 that I was starting to get hooked on this running stuff.
I completed a couple more 5k events and another 10k event. As the running season wound d
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