Guest Blogger Jamison Jossis
Where It All Started
My journey dates back to close to a decade. It was May 2002. I was sitting in a coffee shop on the corner of Alice and 14th Street in the heart of downtown Oakland, CA. My schedule had been quite hectic the last two years. I worked full-time and was going to Graduate school at California State University-Hayward. When I finished my thesis, I was wondering what my next adventure would be I never imagined that I would consider training for a Half-Marathon. But to my surprise the next 10-weeks would be filled with training for the San Francisco Marathon at the end of July.
I Never Knew The “Fun” in Run?
One of my good friends from work was talking about how he picked up running again and was running Lake Merritt several times a week. Running? I thought to myself, “Are you crazy?” I thought what kind of fun and enjoyment would running mile after mile provide? For me running was just used as conditioning for other sports. That’s what I did to get in shape for Football and Basketball and truthfully I hated every minute of it. Now people who know me are familiar that I use the word “hate” sparingly because the connotations are so powerful but in this case I think HATE describes my emotions perfectly. I HATED running!
Hearing him mention his running around the Lake triggered my own personal horror story when it came to running. I can actually remember when I first moved to Oakland in 1997, I attempted to run Lake Merritt. I got about a mile in and almost died. Do I really have to go two more miles to […]