Let’s get a couple of things straight right up front.

My name is Rob.

I am not a runner.

Why then, did I buy a pair of running shoes today?  Why am I now subscribed to both Runner’s World and Running Times magazines on my Kindle?  Why  have I been itching for about two weeks now to strap on a pair of shoes and go for a jog, to sweat and bask in the burn of tired muscles?

I am not a runner.

I told my wife today that if you’d asked me ten years ago my opinion about running.  “There are only two reasons to run: You’re either chasing somebody or running away from somebody.  I’m a big guy.  There’s nobody that I need to run away from.  I’m also a patient guy.  I’ll wait for the person I want to chase to think that they’re safe and grab them the next time they come in range.”

I most assuredly not a runner.

I find myself sitting here in my new running shoes, enjoying that post-exercise feeling after walking to my son’s school to pick him up.  For the last few months, I’ve found myself finding excuses to hop in the truck and drive the few blocks to pick him up in the afternoons;  “It’s too cold/windy/wet to walk.  If I drive, that gives me ten more minutes before I have to leave.  I’m feeling lazy and just plain don’t want to walk today.”  It got to the point where I didn’t even try to think of an excuse to drive.  It was just habit.

My son stopped asking if we were walking or driving.  He gave up.  I remember how bummed out he’d be when he realized that we weren’t walking home; then he stopped caring.  Of course we were driving.  That’s just what Dad does.

That changed today though.  I was waiting outside of his classroom for him as I usually do, but this time in shorts and my new running shoes.

“Are we driving today, Dad?”

“Nope!”

“Yay!”

Yay, indeed.

I am not a runner, but I’m tired of being fat.  I’m tired of being tired all day and restless all night when I should be sleeping.  I’m tired of not finding clothes that fit and not fitting into the clothes I have.

When I told my wife my opinion on running she said that it obviously hasn’t changed.  “You’re running away from who you don’t want to be any more and running after a healthier you.”

I am not a runner, but I bought some running shoes today.

Apparently, I’m going to have to start running.