I’ve been going to the gym for 2 years now.
Lifting those weights felt so good especially that I got to see my muscles growing. I’m starting to achieve the shape that I’ve always wanted.
Until one day, it brought me to a realization that I haven’t been doing much of the cardio workout.
Don’t get me wrong.
While weight training is a good form of exercise to stay healthy and in a good shape, it’s also important that cardio workouts are being done.
I usually allot cardio workout an hour after doing my usual gym routine. It seemed though, that I don’t put much priority into it. That’s because most of the time, I would already feel exhausted to still run after an hour of doing my routines.
Fun Run is Fun
Did I already mention the word “fun”?
One time, while attending a weekly gathering at The Feast( A Catholic gathering of the Light of Jesus Community), somebody promoted an event. A Fun Run!
At first I had second thoughts, but when I learned that it was for a good cause I thought of giving it a try.
That was the “Brown Race”, a benefit run for Grace to be Born Foundation.
And then an idea came to mind.
Right there and then, I hurriedly went to the book table and reserved a slot for my first ever 16k run.
I needed to train.
It dawned in me though, that what I just put myself into was not a joke.
Running 16 kilometers will require you to be on your feet for almost 2 hours.
“I need to train”, was my battlecry!
I learned, that joining a marathon usually requires weeks of training.
Poof! An answered prayer.
And I really do need a cardio workout, don’t I? 😉
Joining marathons will force me to train, which only means, I’m also being forced to do cardio workouts.
And that was when everything started.
My primary intention was just to help the foundation by joining the fun run, and in return, my desire to have a cardio workout has now been answered. Brilliant!
Why haven’t I thought of this before?
Joining my First Ever Run
I registered 2 weeks before the scheduled run.
Since it was my first run, I committed myself to train so as to make it to the finish line.
I trained for 5 days a week for 2 weeks in the threadmill. I went on to run gradually, 30 minutes in the first run with increments of 15 in every run, until I made it to 1 hour and 20 minutes at the end of two weeks.
I felt really great everytime I hit the threadmill.
I simply enjoyed running.
And the day finally arrived…
Wow, and never did I imagine that a bunch of people were that passionate about running.
That made me enjoy my first run. I saw people of different ages running. From kids as young as 6 years old, to as old as 65 years old.
No wonder these people are in great shape! They know how to value their health.
Running as a Part of my Lifestyle
After finishing my very first run, a 16K, I made the decision to make running as a part of my lifestyle.
I started searching for other runs and looked forward to running more.
As I write this post, I just registered myself to another run, Miles for Jeremiah. All proceeds of this run for a cause will go directly to Jeremiah 33:6-7 Foundation, a non profit, non-sectarian group of volunteers dedicated to serving and loving God by reaching out to and serving child victims of sexual abuse.
For sure this will be another run to look forward to.
I consider every run important as it not just gives me that cardio workout I had always longed for, but it also helps me achieve a healthier lifestyle.
Do you also consider running as one of your passions? How did you fall in love with it?
Feel free to share your story in the comments below.
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Paul Anthony Empenado says
Yes, running is one of my passion. I fall in love to it because most of my colleagues in our department are into it. Last 2014, I finished three 21K of Run United Trilogy!
The Radical Runner says
Great job, Paul! Thanks for dropping by. 🙂