Before I became the road racing fanatic that I am now, it all started with one random race three days after returning from Trinidad Carnival in 2011.
I decided to do the Everyone's A Winner 5K race, which I figured would be no big deal. I overslept and reached late (the race had already started), pinned on my bib, and set out at a sprint to catch everyone up.
That sprint lasted approximately 250m. At best.
After walking for about a minute I ran some more...
Then I walked some more...
Run. Walk. Rinse. Repeat.
I think I finished in about 36 minutes -- which was supposedly good for a first-timer -- but I was unimpressed with my performance.
Pride demanded I get better!
Then I was fortunate to start training with a group of runners known as We Run Tings, and I did.
I love running now, and race as often as I can, as I get to compete against the only person worthy of competition: Myself. - QBF
PS: I've gotten 13 minutes faster in 5Ks, have done 10Ks, a Half Marathon, and an Obstacle Course Race... This year I've got at least 26 events on my to-run list, and I've done 3 so far. Wish me luck!