Friday, October 8, 2010

Were You Born To Be A Runner?

I, definitely, was not.  I was a big baby and a "husky" boy.  Yeah, that's right, my jeans were bought from the Husky section.  Growing up in South Texas that was okay because I was set to play football, God's game (at least to many down Texas way). 
I used my size to my advantage and instead of working toward slimming down, I hit the weight room and ate (mostly horribly) to pack on the pounds - I was to be an offensive lineman.  For the first few years of my organized football career, I played center.  Since I had the size and some speed (read quickness) though, by my sophomore year, I was moved to offensive tackle, protecting the quarterback's blind side.  It was fun and I'll never forget those Friday nights.
The Hartford Marathon / Half Marathon is tomorrow and I will be running the half with my running buddy.  The weather is supposed to be perfect and I'm really looking forward to having fun with this race - I'm not putting any pressure on myself tomorrow.  I'm just going to run.
While I may not have been born to be a runner, over time, I think I have become one.  I enjoy getting out on the rail trail and roads.  It is not my favorite thing to do always, but I do miss it when I can't get out - leading me to believe that I'm becoming a runner.
To everyone that is getting out this weekend to train or race - have fun.  Enjoy yourself...I will be.
Husky Jeans from Wrangler...bad memories...


  1. I wasn't born a runner either - and still am not totally sure I really am :-) Good luck, tomorrow! And I grew up in South Texas too! Needville to be exact!

  2. did you ever have to wear the husky tough-skins? Match that with Underoos that your grandma got you and that was a guaranteed ass kicking on the playground. And also my world.

  3. "Some people say they haven't yet found themselves. But the self is not something one finds; it is something one creates." - Thomas Szasz

    You have created a runner in yourself. Have a great race!

  4. Good luck at the race today and remember what you said which is to have fun.

  5. Have a blast at the race! You are definitely a runner :)

  6. I hope the race went well!! I can't wait to hear about it. You are a runner. I am not built like a runner either, but I think that you are who you think you are for the most part. I hope you had a blast at the race!

  7. Perhaps playing football in South Texas shaped the person you've become - determined, focused, relentless in your pursuits - whether it be the Hartford Half Marathon, a local run, or the Ironman. Either way - born a runner or not - I'm blessed to share these experiences with you. Nice run this weekend - I'm always proud of you.