Monday, May 17, 2010

My Running History, Chapter 6

All too soon, my days of running simply for the joy of running and running with a partner came abruptly to a halt.  In 2001, I graduated from seminary and moved from Kentucky to Ohio.  Since then, I've only sporadically had running partners, usually only when I would attend our annual conference for church.  In fact, over the first seven years, that was the only time I got to train with anyone.

I wasn't running for fun anymore, either.  I was running to alleviate stress.  It wasn't pleasant at all.  I would generally run 3-4 miles at a time, running a local race or two, but not much more than that.  I made one friend who also used to run, and we made plans to run together (we even had matching jog strollers so we could presumably run with our babies), but we were both so busy and stressed out that we never made the time.

Running was a necessity, but it wasn't enough.  It was more of an escape than something enjoyable.

But then something happened...

8 comments:

Stevie said...

Is your running partner who I think it is?

The Thief said...

My running partner in Kentucky was Nate - so if that's who you were thinking of... BINGO!

Anonymous said...

what happened?

Anonymous said...

yeah, what happened??????

Stevie said...

Yeah that's who I thought it was :(

Big Mama said...

You have us all on the edge of our chairs (well, I can't sit all the way back and keep feet on the floor anyway), when will we know? Along with the Anonymous's or is it Anonymi, I am waiting with anticipation fot the next installment.

Anonymous said...

did you see the current Real Sports episode on "Running Barefoot"? They said that running shoes cause more injuries than running barefoot (excluding environmental hazards, i.e. glass, rock).
Oh yeah, and waiting for the next chapter.

The Thief said...

I've heard a lot of information about barefoot running - I'm not sold on it myself...

maybe an ostrich, but maybe a traditionalist when it comes to running shoes.