Last updated on February 6th, 2017 at 02:42 am
I was thinking the other day about how and when I started running, and my story goes way back to my childhood. I guess except for a brief interlude in my adulthood, I’ve run pretty much my whole life. I would say that I am first a sprinter, even if I don’t sprint anymore. My body is built for it, and not long distances.
|That’s me being awarded a silver medal by Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson in 1988.
This photo is explained at the end of this post.
I’ve run pretty much ever since I could walk at 10 months (so my mom tells me). And I remember running back and forth from my home to the park, racing my twin sister every time. These running skills came in handy when in grade 4 and I tried out for track & field.
From then on I was hooked and I did track and field every single year in elementary school and in high school. My main events were the sprints; 100m, 200m, and 400m, along with the relay races; 100m x 4, 200m x 4, and 400m x 4. The track where most of these meets where held is the same track where Julie and I relived our youth with a 100 meter race a few months ago and featured here. Just visiting that track/stadium same brings back all the good emotions on my track & field days.
I even joined the University’s varsity track team for the first 2.5 of my 4 years of post secondary education. I needed to concentrate on my studies that last year and a half so I quit the team. Being on the track team meant many hours of practice and weekends away for track meets and less time on homework. When I had trouble balancing the two, I had to prioritize my time.
The Cross-Country Runner
In high school, I was introduced to cross-country running. I joined the team as a way to cross train for track & field. I enjoyed it, but it was clear that I wasn’t going to be a top athlete in this sport. It really pushed me to my limits, but yet, I enjoyed it. I also joined the University’s cross-country team. Again, I didn’t join this team because I was good at it, I worked hard to keep up with the rest. While on this team I was able to run a 5 km race in 25 minutes. That is what I am aiming to do now. I’m down to about 26.5 minutes.
So between University and now, there is a gap of perhaps 15 years. In this time, I have laced my running shoes for a 5 km here and there. I would train for the event and then drop it again. Still, I maintained active with other activities. Just before I got pregnant with my son, I stated running again but stopped in my first trimester since I was tired all the time. Six week after my son was born, I was back to pounding the pavement and now almost 1.5 years later, I’m still at it. Running really helped me trim the excess baby weight, which was a strong motivator to keep at it.
Did I read Ben Johnson on that photo?
So, by now, you are probably wondering about that photo from the top of this post. Yes, that is me in the photo being awarded a silver medal by Ben Johnson. It was in 1988, and I was about 12 years old and part of my middle school’s relay team that competed in a special event that preluded the 1988 World Junior Championships in Athletics.
I tried searching for some information about this event but didn’t come across much more the title and some results. Anyhow, our relay team won second place. I don’t think I really knew who Ben Johnson was at the time but I knew it was a big deal to have him hand out those medals. Sadly, Ben Johnson’s’ reign as a Canadian icon didn’t last longer after that year, but it’s still a great memory to have.
I’ve been running for a good part of my life. It’s a good thing that I’m in good shape for running now since this mom is busy running after her son! Anyhow, this is the story about how I got started running. Share with me your story!