My Running Story | Gordon McKernan
As many of you know, I am passionate about many things, especially running. People often asked what motivates me to run and how did I get started?
Back on December 31, 2011, I was lighting some fireworks for a New Year’s Eve celebration with my family, when something went terribly wrong. The firework I lit exploded in the launching tube, breaking it into many pieces. One of those pieces embedded itself in my left thigh, leaving me with a significant leg injury. I was immediately hospitalized and had to have surgery to remove it. I was out of commission for quite a while. Finally, after my wound healed significantly I had to undergo physical therapy to rebuild the muscle mass in my left leg.
While recovering I was sitting on the couch wanting to do something physical but wasn’t able. During this time I also learned that my dad, who had been very ill, was probably not going to get better. I felt helpless and down. I decided then and there on that couch that when I was able to do something physically, I would run, and not just for me, but more importantly for my dad.
This year I have run 3 half marathons, a 5k and one 50k or “ultra-marathon”. For those of you that aren’t runners, a marathon is 26.2 miles, a half marathon is 13.1 miles and a 5k is 3.2 miles. An ultra-marathon is anything above and beyond 26.2 miles usually in a desert or in rough terrain.
Most importantly I’m exercising and living a healthier lifestyle which is what I want to encourage each of you to do. Do it for yourself or for a sick parent, your significant other, your children, or anyone that inspires you!