Joe’s Running

For years, I hated running and thought it was an incredibly stupid and pointless sport.

This misguided opinion wasn’t due to a lack of knowledge about or exposure to the sport, however. My stepmom has been an avid runner ever since she came into my life when I was five years old. My brother has run cross country and track for five years. I’ve also had scores of friends conquer races of all distances ranging from 5Ks to Ironman triathalons.

Their stories of triumph were great to read, but I never had any serious inclination to get off the couch and to try a run of my own. I made a few halfhearted attempts at running during the summer of 2010, but they went nowhere.

Fast forward to 2012. Encouragement from my pastor and my family led me to get serious about dieting. I wrote up my weight loss story on New Year’s Day 2013. Although I’ve made a great deal of progress, I’m still learning how to manage my diet and maintain a healthy attitude towards food.

As previously mentioned, my stepmom and brother are avid runners, and my stepmom suggested that we do¬† a 5K together as a family during the summer of 2012. Initially, I was pretty resistant to the idea because I wasn’t sure if I would be able to do it and I didn’t want to totally humiliate myself. However, Sheila signed both of us up for it without telling me!

Although I was pretty annoyed at the time, I am incredibly glad that my bride did what was best for me rather than allowing me to stay in my comfort zone. Otherwise, I may never have discovered the joy of running! In addition to providing me with a great source of exercise, running has helped me deepen my relationship with God, improved my self-esteem, and helped my life in many, many other ways as well.

2012

2012 was the year in which I began running. I ran three 5Ks and ended the year with the Cleveland Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving. My race recaps for each race can be found below:

Lakewood Summer Meltdown (July 21, 2012)

Tremont Steeplechase (October 20, 2012)

Run For Justice (October 27, 2012)

Cleveland Turkey Trot (Thanksgiving 2012) – Part I and Part II

 

2013

2013 has been my first full calendar year of racing, and I’m grateful that my body has held up so well after so many months with significant mileage. Check out my race recaps!

Bay Village Snowball 5K (February 23, 2013)

Towpath 5 Miler (April 7, 2013) – No race recap for this one, but I did set a new 5 Mile PR (44:47)

Kinsman KTown 5K (April 20, 2013)

Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon (May 19, 2013)

Towpath Ten-Ten (June 16, 2013)

Lakewood Summer Meltdown (July 13, 2013)

Northern Ohio Marathon (October 13, 2013)

Towpath Half Marathon (November 3, 2013)