Welcome to the new site for Jason Bahamundi and the Life of An Aspiring Triathlete. You can see that there have been ‘some’ changes around here. In the past two months or so I have truly been chasing my passions. My passion for cooking and my passion for a healthy lifestyle through training and racing. I decided to put them together and came up with this site. I did not do this all on my own. With a lot of help from Rita Barry at Fitblogger and Blog Genie this dream has become a reality. It is terrific because the post for today was going to be based on the sun rising. Well the sun rose over me today when Rita sent me an email that said the site was (almost) ready except for a few things. I could not contain my excitement anymore and decided to launch it and will fix up a page or two along the way. Thank you Rita.
As a runner we are often asked: ‘Why do you run?’ and ‘Why do you run so early?’
For me the answer is very simple. I run because it is my time. It is my time to getaway from the everyday. It is my time to let my creative juices flow. It is my time to examine who I am and how I want to be better. It is my time to dig down deep and push myself to the next level. It is my time.
And during that time I have seen some of the most amazing sunrises. I have run pre-dawn in cities like New York, Maui, Dallas, Jackson MS, Cozumel, Miami, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Austin, Healdsburg CA, and Charlotte to name a few. It is the same sun everywhere I have been but it is a different and amazing feeling because each city, town, village is different.
I have seen my breathe in Jackson MS in October on a 16 mile run. I didn’t have any idea where I was but as the sun started to rise and my feet met the pavement a warm sensation came over me that can never be replicated. I felt free at that time. I had a 7 hour drive back to Dallas ahead of me and at that time it didn’t matter. I was alone with the world and at the same time I was one with the world.
I have had sweat pouring off my forehead in Cozumel while running side by side with my wife. We didn’t talk, we just ran. We didn’t have to talk as we knew what the other was feeling. The sun was beating down on us but to our right was crystal blue waters. A sight like no other. Yes, the water in Maui was crystal blue as well but in Maui I had beaches before that water. I had the smell of pineapple in the air. Fresh sushi was on tap for lunch and well Maui was different that Cozumel.
This is the beauty of running. The ability to see the world from a different perspective. Have you ever seen the sun rise? Have you ever seen the sun rise while running? How about seeing your city? You drive through it everyday but have you ever run through it and seen it from a different perspective? Have you truly opened up your eyes to your environment.
For me this is what running is all about. It is the Social Studies class they never taugh in school. They can tell you about the capital of Texas being Austin, but they can’t tell you how it feels to run down Congress Ave with the capital building ahead of you and the hundreds of people going to their many destinations.
I love running and it is my lifestyle. It brings me joy and happiness. It brings out my creative problem solving skills. It bring out the best in me.
Have you ever seen the sun rise?