Meet Ben. Originally from the US, he moved to Amsterdam about five months ago. Following his recent success running the Dam to Dam (woohoo!), Ben posted in House of Running’s Amsterdam Facebook Group, summing up his running “story”. Below is a combo of his post and his responses to our survey form. “About five years ago, I stopped exercising. I injured my back and could not even stand for longer than 10mins. This lasted over a year. I spent the next few years being lazy, but also completely paralyzed by fear that the issue would come back if I ever started running again.
After moving to the Netherlands, I could not accept my own excuses anymore. I just had the general feeling that my overall health wasn’t great. I started to train with HOR and feel very fortunate to have recently completed the DamtotDamloop. Now my goal is to just keep at it, keep the routine going.” About House of Running, Ben said “once you join and run a few weeks, you feel vested. Not only in your improvements, but in others and their successes. It almost feels like, "I gotta show up...I'm not feeling it, but this is not just about me...Others need support, someone to talk to, a laugh, a friendly face, etc It's just a very open, welcoming, friendly group!" In addition to thanking individual members of his running “crew”, Ben named the multiple ways he benefits from training with House of Running: “Folks are committed and supportive. There are multiple coaches and the atmosphere is one where you do not feel silly asking questions or mentioning injuries/fears. More experienced runners provide good advice and people share interesting races to look forward to.” “I love that I have a schedule to follow. If you are a routine-ish person like me, knowing where you are going, what you will be doing, when, and what's next - you can mentally prepare for it all. I love Saturday mornings. And, even people who cannot run that week due to injury show up simply to ride their bikes and encourage others!” Well Ben, we love running with you, and your words really capture what House of Running is about. Please double click to give Ben a well-deserved high-five.