Person thinks maybe they’ll take up running after being inspired by friends.
Person goes in closet and thinks, “these shoes will be fine”.
Person goes to the gym treadmill and runs one minute (not mile) and is pretty sure death is upon them.
Person is persistent and goes back to gym and works their way up to running a full mile without death occurring. (phew!)
Person thinks, well, maybe I can run one of those 5K things. How far is that??
Person trains thinking it’s 3.2 miles but finds out on race day it’s “only” 3.1
Person gets pregnant (if they are a woman, of course).
Person decides to take up running again after baby is a few
several months old.
Person works up to 10K race (and knows that is 6.2 miles…)
Person cannot get rid of pain in Achilles area of right foot but continues to run anyway.
Person does another 10K and is very happy with her time.
Person keeps running and decides that maybe a half marathon is in her future but cannot wrap her brain around 13.1 miles.
Person realizes she needs better shoes and socks. And an arm band for her iPhone for songs and those gel things to suck down while running and more running clothes and accessories.
Person thought running was an inexpensive sport. Apparently person was wrong.
Person trains for half marathon, the entire time thinking she’s crazy.
Person sees sports doc for ankle, who only helps her somewhat.
Person runs half marathon although is not so happy with her time and blames it on the weather and first-time toe cramps.
Person feels like a runner now for sure.
Runner (or person who runs) puts 13.1 sticker on her vehicle.
Runner goes to running store to get fitted for new shoes and inserts her trusty heel cups and continues to run and decides to do another half marathon and in the back of her mind considers a full marathon…. someday… maybe… or not… she’s not sure…