Scott's Running Page
I started running my senior year in high school (1989) just to get in some exercise. Interestingly, I actually donated blood earlier that day so running probably wasn't a good idea. My brother had been running to lose weight so I thought I would join him. My dad was worried about this so he kept driving by us in the car. Of course, he took pictures -- if you know my dad you know that's a given. Anyway, we ran 3.5 miles that day on a course that would become a standard against which I could measure my progress.
Being somewhat competitive by nature, I quickly bought a watch and began to time my runs. This forced me to run harder each time in order to improve my previous best. This is great fun for beginner runners because you improve so much when you first start. I found that I could run reasonably well and over the years I have won some age group awards. In very small races, particularly those in "off the beaten path" little Arkansas towns, I had the pleasure running with the lead pack and actually placing in the overall winners. For a brief rundown of my running accomplishments, please see my PR (Personal Records) List
. While I have always considered myself an average runner, compared to the non-running population it's a different story.
I read recently in Runner's World
that 95% of Americans couldn't run 1 mile without stopping. That is truly a very sad comment on our society's physical condition. The point of the story was that it really doesn't matter how fast or slow you run as long as you're out there. This has been my inspiration lately since I've seen my times slipping. At any rate, it seems that Nike really was onto something when they said "Just do it!"