Back in 2004, I decided to run my first marathon as a “thing to do” and say I did at least one. After that marathon, I vowed to myself to never run another marathon again. The feeling I felt for 2 weeks after probably resembled that of being hit by a semi-truck in the legs. From June 2004 through the end of 2005, I did not run a single race and in fact thought I would never pick up the sport of running again.
In 2006 my next marathon year occurred after the birth of my god son William, I ran my second marathon and first ever California International Marathon. During this run I raised money for the Hydrocephalus Association. This brought a whole new inspiration on why I run and what running means to me. Since my first marathon I have ran over 10 marathons to date. I have also ran a high number of half marathons, 10k, 5k, and other distance races. I continue to love the sport more and more, and have gone from just a runner to a running fanatic.
In the end I guess I keep running because of the things that this little warrior has taught me and reminds everyday. Don’t take the small things for granted. Sometimes that small thing is just the ability to be physically strong enough to take one step forward on our own, or in my case to run step after step. The ability to use motor skills and use them to gain personal achievements but also help with awareness. On those days where my muscles are sore or legs are tired, I get to realize who that feeling is so important because some people will never be able to have that same sensation not because they choose not to but because they physically have been limited due to their disabilities.
So this is part of the reason I run. There are plenty of similar stories out there for why people run and who they run for. I thought I would just share mine. So when people ask why I run? I “Run 4 Will”.
Personal Best 10k: 38:41 Run to Feed the Hungry – 2013
Personal Best 10-mile: 1:05:42 Capital City Classic – 2013
Personal Best 1/2 Marathon: 1:24:40 Shamrock’n Half Marathon – 2014
Personal Best Marathon: 3:04:06 California International Marathon – 2014