(Published on - 10/14/2017 4:16:07 PM)
Is it good or is it bad for you? Well, I guess it depends on who you talk to. Personally, I think the good points of running far outweigh the bad. I'll share my "story" and in the process reveal some of the benefits of a healthy running routine.
It all began when I decided to open my own real estate brokerage in March of 1989. I was under a ton of self-imposed stress and instinctively knew I needed to do something to counteract or at least mitigate the detrimental effects it was having on my mind as well as my body. Don't ask me why, but I decided to run. Now one thing you must realize is I HATED running! When I was in the Army in 1971, (infantry) all we did was run! Run here and run there and run everywhere! It was horrible. The thought of ever becoming a runner had never crossed my mind. To top it off when I started running I was at least 25lbs over weight. The first time I only ran a mile and it wasn't pretty. I was immediately having second thoughts about my exercise selection. However, to make a long story short, I stuck with it and within 30 days I did my first 10k race (6.2 miles). It really wasn't a "race" for me. My goal was to simply get across the finish line! Well, after that first great accomplishment, I was hooked! I started running 5 days a week regularly. For those of you who think you don't have "time" to run, I say that is a very weak excuse. I was working 16 hours a day, 6 days a week and "made" time for running. You must make it a priority. If I could not take an hour per day for "me", then why was I working so hard? I'm a morning person so I would typically be on the road not later than 5am and done by 6am so it did not interfere with my work schedule. I soon discovered it was a great way to start the day! It gave me the energy to take on the monumental task of building a real estate business from the ground up. I say "monumental" because in reality I was the Owner, the Broker, the coffee maker, the janitor, the recruiter, the receptionist, the accountant, the listing agent, the buyer's agent, the photograper, the publisher, etc. I think you get the picture. A man with many hats!
I began running in the local races. I found it was a good way to keep my interest piqued and to meet other people who were like minded. It wasn't long before I decided I would run a marathon!! 26.2 miles. Some thought I had lost my mind...more on that endeavor in the next blog post.
The benefits of running are numerous. Running is realatively inexpensive. It costs you almost nothing to get started. No gym memberships to pay. No costly equipment to buy. No driving necessary. Just walk out your front door and start running! Simply buy yourself a decent pair of running shoes (around 60 bucks) Big 5 shoes and a couple pairs of good running socks ( Thorlos, around 15 bucks a pair) Running socks and that's it! The proper shoes and socks are imperative because there is nothing worse than running with blisters on your feet! I began losing that 25 plus pounds wrapped around my middle almost immediately. My level of alertness and energy increased significantly. It gives you a general overall feeling of good health! I run early in the morning before breakfast and I find it sets the pace for the entire day. So, if you are interested in looking and feeling better, not to mention getting into shape and cranking up your energy level, give running a try.
The key to successfully becoming a runner is to not over do it in the beginning. Start out slow and easy and gradually increase your activity over time. Join your local running club Southern Arizona Road Runners Thunder Mountain Running Club for helpful tips and support. There are a million websites that can help guide you along the way.