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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.

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4 responses to “Let’s get a couple of things straight right up front.

  1. Jennifer Lloyd ⋅

    Way to go! Mark started running about a year ago, with the goal to run a marathon. He is currently signed up, as in money paid, to run the Disneyworld Marathon in January 2013. He still has a ways to go, but he is committed. I look forward to hearing where your new shoes take you!

  2. Yay yay yay! I’m so proud of you!

  3. monica (jami's friend) ⋅

    You sound like me 3 years ago! I tried to run 2 miles and thought i was going to die… and now i have ran 3 half marathons and a ton of 5Ks. it took me about a year to really enjoy it. You might want to check out John “The Penguin” Bingham. http://www.waddle-on.com/ I bought his book that has a great walk run program. That is how i started running and eventually made my way to running all the way. but i still prefer walk running. my running times were actually faster than straight running. But he has a great story, and is very inspirational.

    Keep it up… that is the most important part with running. and it is cheap and healthy!!

    • robrdavis ⋅

      As for John “The Penguin” Bingham, I actually plugged one of his books in an earlier post! I really like his outlook and writing style. I have a couple of his other books on my Amazon wish list and his website bookmarked. Great suggestion!

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