His submission to Runstreet.com about his love for running won him some gear. (Yay, free stuff!) He, and Marnie-who-runs-Runstreet, said I could share the story here. 'Cuz, y'know, runners are pretty awesome:
(by Paul Preston)
I think my love for running started when I went to the Disney Marathon in 2006, to cheer a buddy on. I hadn’t started running at this point, so was there for support. Before the marathon there was a video screen with runners being interviewed by one of the perky Disney channel TV personalities. Runners were asked by the interviewer what inspired them to run.
Lots of runners were running for loved ones lost to cancer, heart disease, etc. Some mentioned that they beat cancer, obesity and drug addiction.
The one that did it for me was a returning vet from Iraq who lost a leg to a road side bomb. He was running for those that came back. So something clicked. If they can overcome their pain, via running, then it should do wonders for me.
And the rest is running history.