Today is the day. Back in the summer of 2007, when I started walking every day, I swore I would never be a runner. About two months through summer and Labor Day rolled around and I started running.
I laugh because at first it was running to the next mailbox then walking a bit. Then, I would find two or three mailboxes in a row and run between them. Then, more walking.
Today I will run a race. Even when I decided I liked running, I would laugh at people who would ask, “why don’t you sign up for this or that?” I would gently explain the running was health thing. I did it for me, alone. I even went so far as to tell a friend I was running away from all the diseases my parents and heredity were trying to give me.
Today, that will change. I am set to run the It’s a Wonderful Run 5K in Seneca Falls. It is going to be cold so it is good that it is only a bit over 3 miles. It is going to in the evening so it is good I have some reflective items.
Today, I will join the camaraderie of running from somewhere other than the side of the road. Today, I will run a race. Today, I will aim to finish – as most first timers aim to do. Today, I will aim for a number but will not tell anyone what that number is. Today, I will run!