In my sixth grade physical education class, we used to a run a mile once a month.
Well, everyone else did. I ran three-quarters of a mile.
Being the devious 12-year-old I was, I formulated a master plan.
I ran the first two laps at a slow pace, blending in with a pack of classmates who had no aspirations of being the next Alberto Salazar. On the last leg of the third lap, I put the burners on, creating the illusion that I was finishing my mile in an admirable manner. With his eyes on dozens of other students, Mr. Perry never had a clue.
In short, I hated running.
This sentiment continued through my collegiate years. Despite having an athletic background that included high school basketball and college football, distance running was not for me.
I'm 6-foot-4, and I weighed as much as 250 pounds during my competitive sports career, so repeatedly pounding the ground for miles at a time was far from appealing. I never ran more than a mile.
Fast-forward to today, though, and things have changed drastically.
The Ultimate Newbie Runner
Now that I sit down and stare at a computer screen for the majority of most days (sound familiar?), running has become the perfect release.
Aside from the obvious health benefits, I've come to appreciate the other perks that make running great. It's fairly inexpensive, it doesn't take very long, you can do it just about anywhere, and it's incredibly therapeutic.
I'm the ultimate newbie runner, and I'm proud of it. I don't know much about the sport, but I'm excited to learn more.More: Infographic: 10 Newbie Runner Questions Answered