I was talking about running with a customer this morning and he was asking how long I had been running. I had to think about it for a second and then I told him...5 years....5 years this week. In 2007, my wife was going to do the Disneyland Half marathon with a friend and in July, she informed her she was going on vacation and wasn't going to be able to do it. When my wife told me about it and was upset as she didn't want to do the race alone, I decided to give it a try. I signed up for the race (back when they still had registrations available in July) and found an 8 week training plan.
I ran 3-4 days a week in the early mornings and did a "long-er" run on the weekends. I wanted to see what my fitness was and I signed us up for a 5K the week before. The 5K went pretty well and I was confident that we would be fine doing the half marathon even though my longest run was 7 miles. The 2007 Disneyland Half was the hottest on record....100+degrees at the 6am start....110 degrees at the finish. We finished and judging by the effort and my time (2:41:31), you would have thought I would have given up running. That was not the case....I found a new hobby and started running and signing up for races.
In the last 5 years, I have done...
2-Marathons, 14-Half Marathons, 4-10K's,5-5K's, 2-18 mile races, 9-Sprint Triathlons and 1-Half Ironman
The last 5 years have been fantastic and I look forward to the next 5 years.