First of all, hello and welcome to my profile!
Let me start of by saying that I've always been a swimmer, I even swam for my high school, but I absolutely HATED running. Last October I finally decided that I wanted to become an Army Officer, following the path paved by my father and brother. So I knew I had to run and I knew that I'd have to run often. I finally took up running and at first I totally hated it. I was running on an indoor track on campus and I honestly thought my only reward for dealing with running were the various injuries I received. I remained dedicated though, even when my motivation was nonexistant. I remember fairly early on trying to go on a run with my brother... Haha, I literally lost sight of him within a mile! I joined the ROTC program at my school that Spring and sure enough we had to run all the time. We almost always ran outside though and I realized that running outside was, oh so much more enjoyable than running inside for me. I took that realization home and ran around my neighborhood, eventually happening upon some trails. Before I knew it, I started to love running! I totally didn't realize that I even liked running though for quite some time. I mean I had to run right? I ran because I had to, not because I wanted to right?
I continued running all semester until Spring Break. I love visiting my family and took full advantage of my time off to visit them, but since every minute with them seems to last for only a few seconds I never felt as though I had the time to go for a run. Oddly I started craving the very thing I hated! Could it be true? I eventually got back home and went for a run that very day: things had totally changed. I started sharing my newfound hobby with friends and family. Soon enough I even encouraged my family to exercise with me: the best of both worlds right? Of course my running ability improved since I worked on it frequently, and injuries were a thing of the past. This past summer I spent my time training at Ft. Sill (Oklahoma) and got placed in the best run group! I was completely surprised, suddenly the guy who couldn't keep up with his brother was among only 20 other guys out of 200. Haha, I still wouldn't say that I'm a super amazing runner, but I can definitely hold my own!
I learned a lot from that experience. For one, I learned that running can be extremely tiring! In all seriousness though, I did learn a lot. One big lesson was to openly embrace new opportunities and to do your best to give each opportunity the chance to become that favorite activity or hobby. I became inspired to try hiking and decided to climb my first 14'ers: that was totally awesome of course, by the way. So maybe I can try something new with you? Or you can join me on a run if you'd like... I'm sure I'd love the company!