As posted on my blog, I have recently reached my longest running distance (23.1 km) without a single stop. For someone who had not done a single sport in his life up until two years ago, I find this quite remarkable.
I decided to use to opportunity, to look for other fellow runners among this wonderful community, as well as for what got them into the sport.
Personally, I discovered running in my late 20s, after about about a couple of years of questioning my goals in life, my career, my personal life, etc. Running came out of nowhere - nobody made me do it. I just felt the need to move. Step by step, I made my first couple of hundred meters, all sweaty, hating myself for trying something so excruciating. I was ready to quit, but I kept on. And I am glad that I did. Running became my friend, my therapy, my meditation, my way of reading and learning (audiobooks and podcasts). With time, distances increased with less effort on my side, but besides, I saw significant transformations in both my body and moreover, my mind.
Now, two years later, I am moving forward not to a small part because of running, and I wanted to tribute this post to this most natural and enjoying way of becoming both physically and mentally strong. As developers, we need this more than ever.
I am passing the mic on to you, fellow runners. I would love to know what got you into the sport, and how you keep up.