I would consider myself somewhat an athletic guy. When I was in high school many years ago I was all state in basketball and was even nominated for the Mcdonald’s All American team my senior year. I still remember my first in game dunk freshman year and the time I did a reverse slam on my opponent!
Fifteen years later and a few pounds heavier (20 lbs give or take!), I have searched far and wide for the perfect workout plan to get back into playing shape. I’ve done just about them all; P90X, Insanity, T25, the gym, boxing etc. In all of them I have seen results when I remain consistent and eat right. One exercise I avoided like the plague was running or jogging. I was never a good long distance runner. I can remember taking forever to do my mile run during preseason conditioning.
In May I crossed paths with a coworker I hadn’t seen in about month. I almost didn’t recognize him, he was in phenomenal shape. He said his trick was running. Using an app called Couch to 5K in about a month he went from not being able to run for more than a minute which won’t get you very far to running three miles like it was nothing. All you do is follow the preset routine three times a week that progressively increases and in eight weeks you should be in good enough condition to run a 5K.
I’ve always been open to new, creative ways to improve myself as well as overcome something that challenges me and forces me to get out of my comfort zone and test my limits, so I went all in. The first day called for you to run or jog for 30 seconds then walk for 90 seconds off and on for 30 minutes total. I was ready to pass out after 15 seconds! This is why I stayed away from running. Nevertheless I was determined to do this. If my coworker could do it, then so could I.
Thirty minutes later as I stumble into the house in agonizing pain from the waist down I checked the health app on my iPhone and it said I had jogged 1.5 miles! I couldn’t believe it. I hadn’t ran or jogged that far since high school. I was pumped and couldn’t wait for the next run. That and for the feeling in my legs to return.
Over the next 8 weeks I would get up and run three and even sometimes four times a week at 3am in the morning while it was still cool out. Fast forward four months later and I am running two to three miles a day five days a week without skipping a beat. Its my new hobby. Not only am I reaping the physical health benefits I also experience this unbelievable sense of accomplishment and mental clarity in the midst of the physical pain that comes with running for forty five minutes to an hour. Best of all, i’m doing something I never thought was possible. Every time I go out on a run I am reminded that there is nothing I can’t do that I put in the energy and effort to succeed at. It might not be easy, but if I apply myself I know nothing is impossible for me.
That being said, this is one if the main reasons I started this blog. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone to do something else I had never done before. I also wanted to share with a broad audience what I believe to be some very interesting and even life changing experiences, stories, books, applications, tools, and resources I have picked up along the way on the adventure that is life. I have a thirst for knowledge, wisdom, understanding, and sharing it with those who are interested.
Please stay tuned for another post that will dig deeper into the reason for this blog, as well as some amazing information from the many Mavens that I have encountered.