Each and every one of us have different motivations to start running. For some, it is a way to escape the stresses of life and for others, they are chasing a goal or maybe challenging themselves (to see if they have the willpower to train for a race). No matter what is driving you to be a better runner, you are at the right place. For myself, running has been the driving force behind the person that I am today.
I started running at the age of 13 years old; mainly as a result of a conversation between my twin brother, my dad, and myself when determining the cheapest sport we could participate in. As a child growing up in Zimbabwe, you quickly learn that running or playing soccer are the cheapest sports one can do. Since neither of us were that good in soccer, we naturally gravitated towards running; mainly because the only gear we needed for the sport were running shorts and a t-shirt. Yes, you read that right. What some people see as the most important running accessory (a watch), we could not afford. However, the lack of running shoes did not deter us from the sport, as a matter of fact, we saw it as an advantage to running faster.