Jim Fix wrote a book called running that started the running craze of the 70s.
Then there was a book on Jogging.
Before that the ground-breaking Canadian Army Physical Fitness Booklet.
Then the original book on Aerobics.
So on a very hot day in North Carolina, August 30,
I think a long time ago,
I went for a run for the first time in my life, just to pick up on the craze.
I made it a quarter mile before almost collapsing in 96 degree heat and 90% humidity.
But I ran and I ran until April of 2011
This site was really started as a way to keep track of running
so I could stay motivated
to pass the Army Physical Fitness Test.
I left the Army in April of 2011.
I vowed never to run again.
It is now April 2013,
and thanks to my daughter,
I just started running again.
On a soft anthracite coal dirt track
at her school.
She is a good runner
for a nine year old.
I ran first a quarter mile,
then at the end of the week
a half mile and today I ran two quarters.
After a triple lower leg fracture (three surgeries)
followed by a split Tibia (Iraq) (surgery)
preceded by a cracked ball and socket joint (Bosnia) and
preceded by a cracked Pelvis and Vertebra (spinal surgery).
I managed to pass all of my APFTs (I may have flunked a couple while on profile recovering).
At any rate,
after I thought I would never run again.
I always hated it.
Now I’m just grateful that I can do it,
and it’s not as bad,
as I remembered,
but just as hard.