Running is one of those things in life that people either seem to love or hate, but as with most things in life, it's something that can develop an aquired taste with the right kind of mindset and training. I know for me personally, running is the one aspect of fitness I absolutely dread and in my 25 years, have yet to fully embrace. But, after chatting with my fellow coworker, Mike Salk of 710 ESPN Seattle's, Brock and Salk Show, I'm beginning to realize, perhaps it's not an impossible feat.
For the next month in a half, join me in tracking Mike's progress as he gears up for the final round of training for the Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon. What do Mike and I have in common? Turns out he wasn't a runner either... until now. Read for yourself:
I'm getting ready to do something I never thought was possible, and I can't wait. On June 26th, I will run more than 13 miles in the Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon.
I always thought the world was divided into two categories: people born with the ability to run long distances and people that weren't. And I definitely thought I belonged in the latter category. Although I was a decent athlete in high school, I hated to run long distances. In fact, when I arrived at college ready to play football (Division 3), I had never run more than two miles in my life!
But more than two years ago, when I found myself weighing 215 lbs, I decided I better figure out a way to run. So I stared on a treadmill (it was winter in the northeast) and tried to go a little farther each time. Eventually, I went from being able to run maybe a half-mile without rest to a comfortable two miles. As I saw my weight drop to 185 lbs, I then decided I would try a 5K (3.2 miles).
Eventually, I was comfortable running 3 miles at a time, but never thought I would get beyond that point until I read, "Born to Run" by Christopher Mcdougall. It's the story of a race of people in Mexico who run hundreds of miles at a time, and it inspired me to double and then triple my mileage.
Now, I'm not planning to run 100 miles anytime soon, but the half-marathon seems like the perfect race.
That's where Brooks comes in.
Obviously, your shoes are an important component of any long run. Your feet take quite a pounding on the cement, and if you don't have the right shoes, it'll be your feet that give out on you first! So, I went up to the Brooks headquarters in Bothell where I learned the basics and got the best shoes for my feet.
Now, I'm well on my way to 13+ miles and I want to help you hit your running goals as well. Keep up with my progress here on Fit in the City, and along the way I'll post some tips, tricks, and advice to help you Run Happy! In the next installment, I'll show you more of the details of my trip to Brooks, and how the fitted me with the right shoes.
Stay tuned...and Sweat on!
*Brooks is sponsoring the Fit in the City Blog and Mike Salk's half-marathon training
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