Welcome to a blog series called “Why do you run?“. I hope to publish inspiring insights from runners I know, on why they started running and continue to do so.
How do I know Steve? If you’ve read the About page on my blog, you’ll know I used to work for a church for a few years. Steve was (and still is) a teaching pastor for another church that supported us as we launched, and up through our early years. I don’t think either of us were runners back then — I wasn’t at least.
Maybe it was the shock of turning 40, or our wives’ running habits that made us feel bad, but I feel we entered the running arena under similar circumstances.
Aside from being a teaching pastor, Steve is also an author, (check out Experiments in Honesty: Meditations on Love, Fear and the Honest to God Naked Truth on Amazon), an excellent podcast host (Noises From The Attic), and organizes regular story-telling evenings in the area.
Surprisingly, I’ve yet to get a run in with Steve! Maybe I’ll have to pull a team together and run Ville to Ville? It won’t be 2020, as that appears to be sold out. 😲
Why did you start running?
It was an easy way to do something mentally and physically healthy every day.
What keeps you motivated?
Having races on the calendar, friends to run with, and the sense that I’m healthier than my beloved sedentary counterparts.
What is the most important thing you’ve learnt as a runner?
The body complains very convincingly. But it’s generally a liar.
If you couldn’t run, what would you do instead?
Walk and bicycle and volunteer at races as some former running legend.
What’s your biggest running goal?
I’ve considered 100k this year or next. But I’ve technically never run a marathon. So we’ll see.