In the summer of 1985, I found myself lost. No not on a side street or busy highway, lost in my life and wondering what my purpose was on this earth. I decided to take a walk at our local park and think things through. I parked my car, tied up my shoes and headed out on the trail. It felt amazing! I thought to myself, if this feels good, how awesome would it feel to run! Well, I won’t lie, the first steps were not pretty! The idea that I could ever muster the energy or master the breathing brought me a quick slow down in my pace…right back to walking. Discouraged and tired, I finished my walk and headed back home.
That evening I couldn’t help but think of what it would be like to run the park…I mean the entire park! I decided that the next day, I would try it again, but this time, go a bit further. Well, by the end of that summer, not only was I running the entire park (2.9 miles) but I had moved all the way to running it twice! I lost weight, felt amazing, was full of confidence and felt like I’d discovered the fountain of youth!
Running has brought peace and serenity to a life full of issues. The saying “With Running…All Things Are Possible” are the very words I live by to this day. I truly believe that running has not only changed my life but saved it. I continue to “plant the seed” whenever I find someone who feels the way I did in 1985…lost, without purpose. My purpose is to share the amazing feelings that come with each and every run. With every step I take on the road or trail. To share the blessing of running!