I’ve long considered myself a running enthusiast. For the purposes of sharing my own definition, it means that I like to run regularly, I have joined many races (including four marathons so far), but I do not consider myself a serious runner who goes after constant PRs* and runs to win races. I run for the joy of running.
I usually run 3 to 4 times a week, doing shorter 30min runs during weekdays and running at least an hour during weekends. I don’t usually count my mileage and pace but I hover around 10 to 15 miles per week at 12min/mile. That’s slow by any serious runner’s standards but suits me just fine as a turtle runner just after my happy hormones. If I skip a day or two of running, I wasn’t bothered by it. I only followed a schedule diligently whenever I trained for marathons but I haven’t done one since 2015.
It’s never too late to learn something new. Try to learn something new every day. There’s no harm in trying something once. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. We’ve heard all these and other similar lines before. And it all came together for me sometime in 2015.
As part of our CSR* efforts, IT&E** sponsored several local sports teams – baseball and soccer. As the General Manager for Guam and Executive Director for Marketing, I found it incumbent upon me to meet with the teams we supported. Hence in early 2015, I met the IT&E Soccer team on one of their last games for the season to show my support. Little did I know that (1) Guam had a co-ed masters league too and the IT&E team participated in that; and (2) it would begin my belated love affair with soccer.