Logging Miles Logging Miles
Many may find it hard to believe that a truck driver was a marathon runner. The image of a trucker is not always the picture of health. I was a trucker and a marathon runner. 4 of my 5 marathons were trained for while on the road as a trucker. Those years were the best to be a runner. Traveling all over the midwest USA and being able to run in the foot hills of Colorado and beaches of the Great Lakes were great experiences.Truck Stops are not always close to the best of running locals. One must get creative while on the road to make running fun. Not every run will be memorable, however (as mentioned in prior blogs) the accidental discovery can be that diamond in the rough. I have heard from friends that more and more truckers are running and are exercising, which is really cool. Back when I was truckin’ I can’t recall ever seeing another trucker hop out of his or her truck and go for a run. It is awesome to hear that is changing. We should all hope for a healthier community as a whole. My experience is that runners make for better neighbors. It’s difficult to keep others up at night when you have to get up at 5:00 am for go for a run. The healthier choices you make for yourself the less likely you will be a burden on those around you.
Being back home and off the road for the last 4 years, I do miss the variety of places to run that the road affords. That doesn’t mean you can’t get creative at home, it may take more planning, but it can be done. The farther you run to more you get to see. Throw in a bike ride to a running trail and have your own personal duathlon.
Think outside the box for a healthier, happier you.