It’s so true that you don’t miss what you have until it’s gone. I grew up about an hour away from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, but I never realized how great Gulf beaches are until I visited New York beaches last year.
There was a time in my life where you couldn’t pay me to run for exercise. I loathed it. My younger sister, a cross-country team alum and aspiring ultra-long distance runner, put me to shame.
Things changed after I moved to New York City. Since arriving in 2012, I acquired a solid pair of running shoes, and about 25 pounds. That was enough to get me doing laps around Central Park. In early 2013, I made a significant effort to regularly run, and it paid off: I got really fit, and I got over my hatred of running.