When I started running I was so afraid of going out for a run over six miles. I still remember the first time I ran a 10K. I was living very close to Osaka Castle located in Morinomiya, Osaka. It was a cloudy day looking like it was about to rain. I was thinking on running only two miles, go back home and cook dinner. In the middle of the run it starts raining; it was the first time I experienced running in the rain. I felt a sensation I've never had before: a feeling of excitement, a feeling of being alive; maybe it was the first time I experienced the so-called "runners high".
When I looked at my watch I was incredibly surprised... it was the first time I ran a 10K. I wanted to keep on going but I knew too much too soon is just a bad idea. That was the first time I ran a 10K.
Just two years ago I used to smoke over 10 cigarettes and drink two beers a day. I am currently running five to six times a week with an average of seven miles per run. I have never felt so alive, so energetic, so healthy. Last month it was the first month I ran over a 100 miles (205km).
I will focus on the things I can control and that is my mind. I can control what I accept into my body and mind. It is within me to be successful and to be successful there is nothing better than surrounding myself with like-minded people.
Thank you for joining me through this change and self-worth journey.