Run! I started running in college. Before that my only foray into athletics was playing high school softball. In college I joined Army ROTC and went from 0 to 60 (well, much slower than 60) as far as running goes. Since then there have been years when I was quite fit, and years of the opposite of that.
Basically, it’s the stress management of the process of running that has hooked me. It clears the head and participation requires relatively little gear. The only thing you really need to spend any money on is a pair of shoes, and if you run on the beach you don’t even need those. Racing is the second hook. The opportunities are always out there – lots of venues and distances. Register for one of these events if you get the chance and are even remotely interested. You’ll be surprised I think at the wide range of participants – little kids, seniors, Olympic hopefuls and those just getting started. You’ll see every body type imaginable. And you’ll see everybody having a great time.
Consider this a formal invitation if you like. Active.com is a great place to start finding these events. Search by your zip code.
There is a culture of physical fitness out there…
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