Radio Road

I started running regularly back near the end of spring semester for a variety of reasons. I wanted to be more active, lose weight, and have an opportunity to see more of UF's campus than what I was passing by on my bike to class.

For a while, I fooled myself into thinking that the short bike rides I was doing from home to school and back again were a sufficient amount of exercise. My increasing girth, however, was telling a very different story.

One thing that biking did help me with, however, was in noticing the active running community in Gainesville. Seeing their dedication convinced me to try it for myself.

Over the last few months, I've got myself in the habit of running about five times a week. I go at a my own pace, each week steadily increasing the amount of time I spend running before having to stop. I do this in small increments that work toward a larger goal, but aren't too strenous for me to handle. I'm not setting any records for marathon running, but I have seen great progress in terms of weight loss and an increase in my endurance.

Museum Road

Running is a lot of things for me. It is an excellent form of exercise. It gives me time away from things and works as a way to escape, or sometimes reflect on, the myriad of things going on in my life. It is also a chance to enjoy the University's campus grounds.

I chiefly run around campus, and if you happen to be driving by on Museum Road at just the right time, you may be able to see me fighting off the urge to pass-out in the middle of the sidewalk. I don't encourage you to honk in greeting. I do encourage you to try running for yourself, if you aren't already.