First Post — My Story

So here it is, my first blog post for Medium. Pretty exciting stuff. I have not blogged in quite awhile and when I did it, I was not as frequent with it as I should have/could have been. I hope to change that with my new running/fitness goal moving forward. So here is my story, always developing…

My name is Brian and I currently live in Philadelphia. I have been running for over 10 years now, and I have my mom to thank for that. She was the one who first got me into running. As a runner herself, her inspiration to run a 5k led me to join her in the training for one. I did run that race and came in the top 10…last people to cross the finish line. But it didn’t matter, the bug had found me and here I am, with running still a major part of my life.

Books on running, writing training plans, taking classes, so much of my life has revolved around running. To say it has changed my life would be an understatement. Running has brought nothing but joy to me and those I love (and have influenced along the way — looking at you Brittany). I think it is just the sheer sense of success personally that you can feel after finishing a particularly difficult run that draws me to it. I enjoy competition with myself and trying to become better. Running to me, is about becoming better.

Now I am moving to the next level of running, training for a marathon. Specifically the Philadelphia Marathon, which draws crowds of 30,000 runners from all walks of life. The furthest distance I have ever run is 18 miles, and that was ONCE. So this is going to be a whole new adventure for me. I have written out my training plan and been doing it for a week at this point. I will probably post it here for reference point…

Today I ran 4 miles, 39:39 at a 9:54 pace was my time. It felt pretty great, I felt like I had more left in the tank, which is how I feel coming to a close with this first post. I would like to keep it that way as well.

Thank you for reading if you have made it this far, it’s exciting to share this journey of mine with even one person who finds it interesting. Happy running!

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