As most of you already know, I'm a runner. It wasn't always that way. I started in my late 30's to lose the jelly roll that was forming around my midsection. My first running adventures were not pretty. Old people, pregnant women pushing strollers, and toddlers would routinely leave me in their dust at local 5k runs.

 

Humble pie was a regular feature on my running menu when I first started. But I kept at it. Little by little, I was able to cover more ground without stopping. I signed up for the 5k run at the 1997 Crim. I was excited and nervous to take part in such a big event. Before I knew it, I was crossing the finish line without stopping! It was the first time I was able to do that, a proud moment for sure. And the moment I was hooked on running forever. I knew right then that I would have to come back and try the 10-mile Crim race the next year.

I haven't missed one since then. And I kept going up the running food chain, trying marathons and ultra marathons. Running has become a really big part of my life, and it began with a single step.

Tomorrow is National Running Day. A day for runners and those who would like to be to declare their passion for the run. Wherever we are and whomever we are with, we run. Fast, slow, alone or with others. All around town, or just around the block.

Running is a sport that is simple, inexpensive, and fun. It can help you improve your health and well-being.

Flint has a great running culture, and the Crim Fitness Foundation is at the core of it. Training programs and many small, local races make it easy to get to know other runners. Knowing you are not the only one starting a running program makes it a lot easier to keep at it.

Get out the door. Run. Repeat.

If you're feeling adventurous, join us for Mud Factor on June 30th in Millington at Baja Acres. It's fun and no one cares how fast or slow you might be. That's true for most races you'll find around here. We all start someplace. One step at a time.

www.crim.org

www.runningday.org

www.mudfactor.com