Put one foot in front of the other

The incident that turned me into a runner happened about six years ago, while walking up my company’s stairwell while carrying a grilled chicken wrap and iced tea.  I had walked up six flights of steps.  Only six flights I thought.  My heart was pounding, I was breathing heavy, and sweat was beading off my forehead.  I set my lunch down at my cubicle, and went to the bathroom to wash my face and collect my composure.  As I stared into the mirror, I was shocked.  I thought, “What happened to me?” I used to be an athlete.  I used to be a runner.  I don’t seem terribly out of shape. I still workout sometimes.  I was kidding myself, whatever I was doing, it hadn’t been nearly enough.

Here I was, a 26 year old, who should have been in the best shape of his life, huffing and puffing over a few flights of stairs.  That moment in the mirror made me realize I needed to change my life and commit to regular workouts.  After lunch, a few coworkers were talking about a local running event that would be taking place at the end of the summer. I challenged a fellow coworker to do it with me.  I think a few of them were skeptical I could complete the six mile race.  I got a workout plan, started putting one foot in front of the other, and I ended up beating my coworker.  It was the first race I’d ever done, and I’ve been running ever since.

This year will be my second year as a Pittsburgh Half Marathon charity runner.  I’ll be raising money for Team Light of Life, an organization that provides food and shelter for the homeless of Pittsburgh.  It will be my fourth half marathon.  I’ve also completed a Tough Mudder, a 10 miler, and a full marathon

The above video is my philosophy on running.  When I first started I didn’t worry about how fast I was going, who was faster than me, or about all the ground I needed to cover.  All I thought about was putting one foot in front of the other, and if I did that enough times than I’d complete my goal.

That’s a good mentality to complete any goal.  Break the goal into small achievable steps.  Then work to complete them.  Don’t stop.  Just focus on completing one step after another.  You’ll be done before you know it.