Hello there, Hunter Adom Wallace here. While the rest of my book was non-fiction, you may have chosen to perceive it as fiction. That’s okay; this part though? This part is about as non-fiction as it gets, and I need you to both understand and accept that. Even if you disregard everything else I’ve written here, please, please pay attention to the following.
Welcome to the club, you crazy little winner. You did it, you went out there and got addicted to running, addicted to using your body to make yourself feel good. Addicted to working hard for yourself and getting results. Maybe even addicted to my writing, hah! It’s the best addiction you could possibly have, the running one; you’ll meet tons of great humans, you’ll explore forests and towns and all sorts of exotic locations, you’ll get higher than a dope fiend and you’ll be healthy while doing it. Just know, a crazy dude from New Jersey is proud of you.
If you’re not running at this point, I really don’t know what to say! Unless it’s because you’re so engrossed in this book; in that case, it’s fine. You’ve been shown how running has helped me, why running is so great for you as a human, and you were even given detailed instructions on how to run. You were given a training regimen to start yourself out and you were shown how to make a log to keep track of your progress. You even caught a glimpse into the minds of other crazy humans who run.
At this point in your reading, you may be skeptical. You may be thinking I made up the whole story about myself, that I’m just pulling all of this “running makes life better” stuff out of my butt and trying to make a quick buck. You may even think that I am legitimately crazy, that my words hold no weight and that your time spent reading this book has been a total waste. That’s just fine, I won’t take your insecurities to heart.
Deciding to get out there and start running is a big step, but not as big as actually getting out there and physically doing the running. To help you keep track of your progress and see your own improvement on paper, I have created a series of runner’s logs for you to use on your journey. There are three total: one for the first week, one for the first month, and then a template to use for when you’ve made it through the first month. Feel free to write right in the book, tear the pages out, make copies for you and your friends, whatever you need to do. You don’t even need to follow these suggestions if you don’t want to; as long as you’re getting outside and you’re running around, you’ve accomplished the goal.
Just go outside and do it.
When I stopped running after high school, my ability to block everything out and get stuff done deteriorated until it was completely gone. My focus evaporated, my endurance and lung capacity deflated, my physical fitness peeled away, and everything got worse for me. Then, I started running again and it all started coming back! It’s miraculous as far as I’m concerned; don’t you want these benefits for your life? Back when I was completely out of my mind, batshit crazy, running helped me level out and stay sane… so imagine the good it could do for you!
Before we get into how to run, allow me to share a little bit about myself and show you how running has improved my life. After all, how can one possibly learn from someone if one doesn’t know who that someone is? I’m a human named Hunter Owens Wallace, and without sugarcoating it, I was born with a very big problem: the inclination to think that I have problems, and on top of that, the inclination to run from the problems I think I have until I actually start to have those problems, forcing me to face them and chase them off. And you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Running: the act of beating your body against the forces of the Universe as hard as you can for as long as you can. In other words, self-torture.