Just checking in. You probably started running with Dave from the boxing gym recently. Bet you never thought you'd be doing that two years ago, when you were weighing in at 350 huh? Well I've got a few more unbelievable things to tell you about the next ten years.
In a couple of months, you are going to sign up to run a marathon in Kona, Hawaii. You'll be raising money for the American Stroke Association, and by the time the fund-raising is over, you'll have surpassed the $5,000 mark. You'll be training with a group of people each weekend, and you'll finish the marathon in just about 6 hours.
When you get back, you'll get lazy. You'll join a Karate dojo but slow down on the exercise and running. You'll gain some weight, you'll lose some weight. Your job will get a bit more stressful. You'll end up having two children and getting a house with the love of your life. You'll gain more weight.
One day, in about 8 years, you'll wake up and sadly realize that you've gained half of the lost weight back. It'll be depressing. You will start back down the road leading to health. You'll stumble, you'll hit plateaus, and eventually... you'll break through those barriers.
How? Running. In 9 years, you'll pick it back up again. This time, you won't be able to stop. You'll run through wind and rain, through snow and under the full moon in single-digit temperatures. The pavement and trails, the hills and races - you'll fall in love. You'll develop a habit. No, an addiction. You'll crave the high you get from lacing up and letting go.
And you won't be able to stop.
It'll be a long road, filled with ups and downs, but it'll be worth it. You'll lose the weight, and gain so much more. You'll run a race every month in 2010, and finish your second marathon - smashing your previous time by over an hour and a half! You'll gain friends and a new family - both online and in your neighborhood. You will find in running what you've been looking for all along - a way to live in the moment. To let go of all the mundane stress of life and focus on the path ahead, one step at a time.
So tomorrow, get up and get out there. I assure you, you won't regret it.
One day, a long time from now, you'll realize you've been running for the last 44 days and don't plan on stopping any time soon.
Run, run, run.