I’ll tell you a secret…I’m not a runner. I’m not even particularly athletic. I didn’t start running regularly until I was preparing to enter the Marine Corps Officer Candidate School (when I was nearly 24).
I ran a lot in the Marines and didn’t enjoy it. Running in “boots and utes” or to pass a PFT is no fun. Near the end of my service, though, I started running for myself. I ran to relieve stress. I ran to enjoy the scenery. I ran to feel fit. And that’s what stuck.
I still wouldn't call myself a runner. I do it, but I'm not fast. It's more therapy than anything else; it makes me feel good.