By Ross Crain
Ambassador for the 2018 Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers
I started running about five years ago (though by race day 2018, it will be six). Coincidentally, Bay to Breakers falls on my running anniversary, which is one of many reasons why this race is special to me.
I became a runner by walking a lot during a stressful time in my life. After walking for miles one day, I thought to myself, Hey, I should just run. Running was something I had always aspired to do, but never really wanted it bad enough. Sure. I had gone for a jog or two with an ex-girlfriend or told myself that I would get healthy.
It never really stuck until that one day I knew I was a runner.
Thinking back, it's almost like I knew I was a runner when I made the decision to become one. I had this level of determination, and I wasn't going to let anything stop me. And once I got started, I was hooked. I think like most runners I have a love/hate relationship with it, but let's face it: it's mostly love.
I started to run for stress relief and weight loss. Now I run for those reasons and so many more. Now, pretty much everything in my life revolves around running. It's about being a better me.