I’m A Runner (And So Can You)

I had a revelation today. An epiphany if you will. It hit me all of a sudden as I was doing my hill workout this morning before work. Hill workouts, by the way, are great for you blah blah blah but I hate them. It’s literally the worst part about running, but you have to do it over and over and over again. For my workout today, I had to do four sets of running for six minutes, walking for three. I would run up a hill to the top, back down it, and then down a hill to the bottom, and that was my route. Four times. I absolutely hated it.

But something occurred to me as I was running up and down (and up and down and up and down and up and down) my little hill near Memorial Park – I’m a runner. I don’t know when it happened. I don’t know how it happened, but I’m a runner. I complain about running-type things. I spend my time planning routes, planning weekend trips around when and where I am going to do my long run. I read books about running. I listen to podcasts about running. I eat a specific way to help improve my running.

Maybe this isn’t a big deal to you, but it is to me. I was never athletic growing up. Never played any sports, never really did anything even remotely athletic. But to consider myself a runner now is huge. And the biggest thing is – it isn’t a difficult thing to do. Running is easy. We were born to run. It’s a natural instinct – run towards something or run from danger. All you have to do is take the first step.


And make a rockin’ playlist.


Memorial Park Conservancy – You Have Failed This City


About three months ago, I started seriously training for the 2015 Houston Marathon. I joined Houston Fit and have been following their workout schedule pretty rigorously since then. Every Tuesday, we get together either in the morning or in the evening to do hill or speed workouts. On that first Tuesday, the coach said we should meet by the new Memorial Park Running Trails Center – a magical place I had never heard of. Apparently, they are building a brand new 4,400 square foot facility made specifically for runners. GREAT NEWS, right?

In theory.

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The One With the Juice Cleanse

Did you know that Friends first premiered twenty years ago this week? Twenty years. Two decades. Can you believe that? Could that be any longer ago? So, in honor of the Friendsaversery, I titled this blog post using the same method every of every episode title, except for two of them (“The Pilot” and “The Last One”).


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12 in ’14: surprise race! run or dye houston

when i ran my first 5K this year, i made the decision to do an event a month in 2014. a lot of people have asked me “why not just do 14 in 2014?” and to them i have always responded that i might try that. one run a month is a lot (its especially a drain on my wallet), so doing more than one a month seemed a bit much. but in january, i did a 5K and a marathon (24 hours apart, i might add), so i was just one away from 14 in ’14. i’m happy to say that, if i stick with my one event a month from now until december, i will hit that mark.

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12 in ’14: Houston Marathon

i’ve always wanted to run a marathon. even when i was fat, and i hated running or exercising or doing anything other than eating at chili’s. in fact, i remember when i was in college and i went on a hunting trip with my soon to be father-in-law and brother-in-law. we had just gone night hunting (or nunting as i called it), and we were eating at, you guessed it, chili’s. i don’t know how the topic came up (probably kemp asking what our hopes and dreams were) and i announced that i was going to train for a marathon. they were super impressed (which is probably why i said it in the first place) and then i ordered an old timer with cheese and bacon.

needless to say, it would be at least 5 more years until i actually decided to run a marathon.

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