By FRED FAOUR
I am by no means much of a runner. I started doing it as a way to get in shape and have some goals. I played basketball, baseball and football growing up, and ran track at sprint distances, but was never into distance running.
But at age 51, I ran my first half marathon. (OK, jogged it, VERY slowly). I will attempt another sometime next year.
The cool part is if I can do it, anyone can. I was not in good shape when I started, and while I am in very good shape now, I could still lose a few pounds. So no matter what kind of shape you are in, it’s possible.
I started with the C25k app. It was a simple process designed to take you from the couch to a 5k. It worked very well. From there I graduated to 10ks, and built up to the half.
I’m still slow. There are times when I struggle mightily, even in 5ks. But it gives me a goal and allows me to drink beer without getting hopelessly fat.
If you’ve been thinking about doing something, try the app. Once you are ready, there is no shortage of great races for great causes around the city.
Also, the Houston Wellness Project does great free 5ks each month around the city. Check them out here.
If my old ass can do it, anyone can.