Friday, February 4, 2011

One Year of Running

Well it's been one full year since I began running. One year ago I started training for my first marathon. When I first started, my knees were hurting after about 3 miles or so. I had heard about the so called "runners knee" as they called it, and I just accepted it as getting old. Here I am one year later. 1,300 miles later, who would've thought i'd still be running. It has been quite the journey. I read 3 books on running. Even took a personal class on the techniques of Chi running. I think the most important thing i've learned about running is it's not about what's on your feet. But for someone to fully understand what that means they have to accept the fact that is has everything to do with what's on your feet. The whole running world is obsessed with finding that perfect running shoe that saves you from injury and helps you go fast. I was always taught the wrong things about running. Get big thick shoes, run with big long strides, heal striking, and that injuries are part of the game. Well it's just not true. The truth is there is no perfect shoe. The only advice I can give on picking a shoe is you want as little shoe as possible. I've run in vibram 5 fingers, the Huarache Sandals, and now the asic pirahna racing flats. The less shoe you have on your foot, the stronger your body will be, thus preventing injuries. Most runners just think barefoot/minimalist running is a bunch of nonsense and continue getting injured and buying big shoes. It's almost like trying to convince someone of a new religion. I love running. I love that I have inspired some people around me to start running.
Everyone is born to run. It's in our DNA. Everyone is built for it. The human body is an amazing thing.
I doesn't matter why you do it but you have to find your why. I love pushing myself. Finding out what I'm made of. Pushing myself to utter exhuastion, till i'm ready to cry, and then digging down deep inside of myself and finding a way to keep on moving. Well I think I've rambled on long enough. To anyone reading this. You are greater than you ever thought you could be. It's easy to make excuses and jokes about yourself. The hard part is making the decision to get out there and do something. Your body will thank you. Get out there and start running. If this joker can do it. Anybody can.

8 comments:

Meredith & Company said...

I think you just inspired me to get back out there. After three and a half years, I have really struggled with the motivation to get out there lately. But, just reading this post kind of reminded me why I was enjoying running. Maybe there's a third marathon in me after all? Hmmm...thanks for sharing!

Meredith

April said...

Thanks for inspiring me to run!! I love it and even though I just started and haven't pushed myself to the point I want to cry I get what your saying. Love u!!

Rosekatie33 said...

That's so awesome Davey! I can't wait to see how I feel when I hit my 1 year mark. Planning on doing the Disneyland half marathon in September for my 30th bday if u and ur fan are interested:) looks really fun! Anyway proud of all you've accomplished and happy to know u!

Rochelle said...

I love running too, I don't love crying because of running, those were my Jr. High and High school days, now I just run because I love it!! Thanks for always inspiring us!! (oh and ps that font is a little bit hard to read.) just sayin... :)

Malia said...

Davey! I linked to your blog from Hink's. I had no idea you started running, but loved your posts about it! Maybe you do or don't remember, but I've run daily (minus Sunday) for about 15 years now. There IS not a better feeling in the world...I'm convinced! That being said, you've surpassed me with 50 milers and amazing marathon times...I'm so inspired. Good job! Besides, your family is gorgeous!

Yo said...

Thanks for the inspiration and hope. My right knee is really bugging me and I am 6 weeks out from a half marathon. I know I need to work on my running technique for sure and I want to try a more minimal shoe. I will let you know how it all works out!!!

Jennifer Lang Johnston said...

Davey I too have been inspired by your post! I am having a resurge of running in my life this year as well. I am trying to make the miracle of qualifying for Boston happen for me. I started a blog of my journey-http://qualify4bostonorbust.blogspot.com/ I am going to try on the asics that you wear! I am always open to whatever will help me run like the wind!! I was wondering if you could tell me what books you read, and what was your fav. Also did the chi running do anything for ya? BTW, your new baby and fam pic is precious!!! What's her name? Best regards, Jen

Rosanne Orgill said...

Wow, I can't believe how many miles and races you have done in just one year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Way to go so proud of you, what an inspiration you are to the family and others. Way to go! You are awesome! just amazing!