I've always said jokingly that I don't run – unless I'm being chased.
I do get a kick out of a good brisk walk, which is how I approached the 5km run during the Rotorua Marathon a few years ago.
I finished the event in good shape and after we crossed the finish line a woman came up to me and said thank you, she was following behind me, keeping up with me and that I was her "pacer".
That made me feel good.
As well as knocking off the Rotorua Marathon (walking the 5km) I've also climbed Mt Tarawera, and Mauao.
None of these is any major feat when comparing it to the accomplishments of real athletes, they're my feats only and they were some goals in my life I felt I needed to achieve.
Some of this year's Rotorua Marathon participants will have many different reasons for their goals – all of them awe-inspiring.
From cancer survival and those going through cancer treatment to incredible weight-loss journeys and other health challenges, each participant will have their own reason for competing – overcoming personal physical and mental barriers.
And with these amazing people come their fan clubs, supporters friends and whānau. Some of the race's highlights are at the finish line celebrations with hugs, tears and cheers.
It feels good to have these big events in our cities, and be able to welcome participants from around the country.
Welcoming back big events while the borders are still relatively closed is a risk, but it has paid off this year. More than 4000 people signed up for the Rotorua Marathon and its associated events. Event Promotions registration manager Jenna Keane said this year was the biggest year since the event's 50th anniversary.
With participants' families and supporters also converging on the city, it's almost starting to feel like normal around town.
Motels are booked out, restaurants and pubs are buzzing. Our visitors are not letting the bad weather dampen their spirits.
Tauranga experienced a similar feeling at Easter recently, when the annual Jazz Festival brought thousands to the city, turning the Historic Village into a concert venue.
The same happened at Whangamatā and Waihi Beach, with the annual Beach Hop.
These annual events are yearly highlights on the region's calendar and people flock to them year after year.
As locals, it's vitally important we nurture and support these events as they are so valuable to our region's economy.
As for me, perhaps you might see me on the starting line next year – for the 5km.