My first experience ‘running’ was less than stellar. A friend and fellow aerobics instructor dragged me out for a quick 5K. I was pretty fit, but after 2 miles, I was ready to push her into the river. Of course she was trying to maintain a 10 minute mile. After thousands of miles, I am still a runner and love it.

Over the years, I have literally dragged people out and then through their first 5K. Running is one of the simplest ways to get in shape, but it isn’t easy, and like any sport takes commitment.

There is a plethora of reasons people start running. Some are already fit and want to participate in a triathlon while others join a fundraising event because a close friend or relative is suffering from breast cancer. Others realize that they need to lose weight, improve their overall health and lifestyle, and enlist a friend or coworker, which helps with motivation.

What makes runners different and unique also unites them. Every run is different, sometimes grueling, yet always satisfying especially for those that cross a finish line for the very first time. Perhaps finding the inspiration to keep running fulfills a human destiny to reach a little further and strive harder than the day before.