I started an after work running group at my job this week. When I first started talking about it, there were maybe 2 people interested in joining me on some runs. It had come about because people have been motivated by my weight loss and they want to get their lives on a better track.
So I put this little group together. We meet three times a week and are doing a modified C25K plan.
It started with the interest of 2, yesterday we had 7.
What makes it more special is there is a guy that I work with that is extremely obese. He smokes, drinks, and has not been living a healthy lifestyle. Lately he has tried to change his life around and has begun eating healthy and has been monitoring his blood sugar.
He joined us.
He didn’t run, but he walked the course with us. At the end he came up to me and told me how important this was to him and how he felt better just after 30 minutes of walking. I hope those first few steps have led him down an amazing path.
The feeling that I have right now is not only amazing but very special. I know what it is like to need someone to motivate me and have someone there who gets it. Tumblr did that for me and encouraged me to press forward with my training and my races. I never would have made it this far on my own. To be able to be that person for a group of people is humbling, and I am more than honored to help them out.