They call it the long arm of the law because it will find criminals wherever they are, but in the real world it is a bit more practical to be quick on your feet if you want to apprehend the bad guys, and it turns out that is what some people are training for.
I heard a story recently about a man who became a police officer. You might not know exactly what is involved in becoming a police officer but a strenuous fitness test including running is an important part of it. Felix, the man in question, had always wanted to be involved in the criminal justice system since he was young and an officer came to speak at his school about all the activities police are responsible for every day, helping the community and keeping people safe, I’m sure it is a goal that we all strive for.
However, as a teen, Felix had never been very active. One day during career week, he spoke with a councilor about his dream of becoming a police officer one day and luckily they passed along the importance of being physically fit and healthy and being able to pass that fitness test. On a recommendation, he joined the track and field team and began running. At first, like most of us, he wasn’t great and had a pretty tough time getting tired, sore and winded; it wasn’t much fun. Thankfully he had a good coach who was able to help motivate him to keep with it and give instructions on how to push the limits and get better, but slowly over time so that he didn’t get burned out.
Over a few years of track he made big improvements and became more confident and found running more enjoyable. After graduation he applied to a police academy in his area and passed the physical fitness test with flying colors thanks to all that training. He has graduated just this week, and thanks to his great test scores was scouted by a police department and will be starting his new career. He is committed to staying fit, as required by the department, and plans on keeping up his running to meet the goal.
I love seeing stories like this about how running improves peoples lives because it really makes me smile and keeps me motivated. I know that running isn’t for everyone but I think that if you are looking for an activity to help you get or stay in shape that you should at least give running a try. First of all, just about anyone can do it, you don’t need a special field or equipment, just a pair of shoes and the outdoors and that means it is cheap too. Though for most it is an acquired taste, it is one that a lot of people find and become passionate about just because of the way it makes them feel, whether it is the freedom, the sense of accomplishment, the exhaustion and rest or some other personal feeling it really does a lot, and it may even help you land your dream job.