Jason's March To The Marathon - Jan. 18: MLK and C25K

Jason's March To The Marathon - Jan. 18: MLK and C25K
(Source: Jason Dennis/WTVM)
(Source: Jason Dennis/WTVM)
(Source: Jason Dennis/WTVM)
(Source: Jason Dennis/WTVM)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - How did I get here?

That's sometimes what goes through my mind as I'm out running, and wanting to stop. We all need motivation, whether you're a beginner runner or more experienced.

One of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous quotes, which I have on my desk in the WTVM newsroom, is, "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."

My new love for running had to start somewhere. You might say it was faith to run my first-ever 5K.

Maybe I was having a mid-life crisis, but I was motivated to lose weight, so in 2013, I decided to embark on Couch-to-5K, using the free C25k smartphone app. And it's just like it sounds. I was a non-runner on the couch.

Nine weeks and 27 sessions later, I could run 3 miles without stopping; two-and-a-half years ago, it was exhilarating and tiring to complete the Country's BBQ Midnight Express in Columbus, my first 5K - (my picture is posted with this blog).

I heard there's a bumper sticker I might need to get, which reads "I Run Because I Love to Eat." I wanted to get away with cheating on my diet at times, without gaining weight. Running gave me that liberty.

The C25K program (example pictured) may sound difficult, but it was a little easier than I expected. It's cardio exercise 3 times per week, mostly back-and-forth jogging and walking the first month. Then, you build up your distance. The good thing is, you can run however slow or fast as your body allows.

I'm now two weeks in to my marathon training, having run 15 miles in the last week. My video blog, that will also be posted weekly to my Facebook page, is after one of those runs when it was cold. Still, I would rather run when it's 40 degrees than when it's hot and humid. The key is to stay on a schedule and not make excuses - like it's too cold to run. There's always the treadmill.

My shortest run this past week was two miles, which our dog Scruffy joined me for. That's about as far as he wanted to go, then he's ready to rest on the couch, like me.

It also helps to run in a variety places, not just the treadmill or the same trail or park. I happened to be in North Carolina over the weekend, when it snowed. That was a unique time to run.

When I'm not running in my neighborhood, I like Cooper Creek Park and hilly Britt David Park and different sections of the Fall Line Trace, also known as rails to trails.

As Martin Luther King Junior said: "If you can't fly, then run. I f you can't run, then walk. If you can't walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, keep moving."

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