I never thought I would enjoy running. I always thought those people were insane – and my sister is always quick to point out they're also the people who find the bodies of crime victims.
But then I quit smoking and figured I should do something good with my newfound ability to breathe.
So I became one of those insane people.
There's something very therapeutic about pounding the pavement. Just my thoughts and an iPod blaring cheesy 80s music.
While I was living in Shreveport, I ran the path parallel to Clyde Fant Parkway and was up to seven miles before I moved home to Minden.
I never found a body – though it is not unheard of over there – but there were always items of interest along the path.
I saw a lot of socks and underwear, and there were never two of the same sock. And the squirrels are the size of overweight house cats and are not afraid to block the path. They practically dare cyclists and runners to challenge them to move.
Saturday mornings were always fun. I would be running along the path while hundreds would be running 5K races on the parkway. I thought it was silly – they were paying to do the exact same thing I was doing for free.
And now I am one of those people.
I signed up for the St. Jude 5K. In my goal to be more involved in the community (now that I actually want to be here), I figure it combines something I enjoy and it's for St. Jude.
The event has grown from 100 to 500 participants since it's inception six years ago. And you don't have to be a runner – it's a 5K run or walk. So if you can walk and spare $20, you can help St. Jude and score a really cool t-shirt.
Applications are available at Al-N-Way Cleaners or sign up online through Sportspectrum. Saturday is the last day for discounted early bird registration.