I’d like to take a moment to introduce you to our new Resident Runner, Howie. Howie is going to guest blog here occasionally and he’ll talk about his experiences with competitive running and he incorporates different fitness and health regimes into his training. Let’s give a big shout out to Howie! Thank you for sharing your experiences with all of us in our Aurorae family.
Several years ago, I remember joking with friends how miniscule the sport of running appeared. Unless it was an Olympic year, I had yet to see any running events aired during primetime television hours. Compared to baseball, whose professional athletes earned a minimum salary of $480,000 a year, the most famous and consistent stars in the running world made an average salary anywhere from $200-400,000 a year.
But in 2014, running is everywhere. Fitness magazines of all categories are filled with articles on the benefits of running. A quick internet search provides updates on the next big race in your area. Choose your slogan – the latest bumper sticker craze ranges anywhere from “iRun,” “Runner Girl,” to the standard “26.2.”
If you live in a metro area there’s a good chance you’ve driven by, or nearly run over; a few of these spandex-wearing, neon-colored road warriors in your time. So have you ever considered running? If the answer is yes, you’ve come to the right place.
Whether it’s hot or cold, raining or snowing, any day is good day to run. The real obstacle is finding a reason to run: to feel good, to de-stress, to cope, to win, to achieve. Despite being a competitive runner for nearly eight years, I also sometimes search for reasons to keep running.
If I could share anything with you, it’s that the best answer I know is: race. For those of you whose new year’s resolutions include exercise, I encourage you to sign up for a road race. The idea of racing may sound strange to new runners, but accomplishment through athletic competition is one the most euphoric moments any person can experience. If you don’t believe me, do a quick online search for “running finish line” images and see what you find.
Stayed tuned for my next installment of how to become a part of competitive running…