I Started Running Because… And Now Here I Am!

My favorite thing about reading other people’s blogs (runner’s blogs in this case) is learning why they write about what they do and how they got where they are today! Some call that being nosey, but this girl calls it good social skills and being friendly. I love people and meeting new ones. So much that others think I’m silly. But there are far worse things I could be.

The story behind why I started running isn’t all that interesting… Man, that’s a theme in my blog writing already. I have some major work to do. I started running farther than a mile in like 2008 so I didn’t gain weight during college. A few years later, I decided to train for a 1/2 marathon! I ran the Detroit Free Press 1/2 and I got to run to CANADA and back!

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I’m not sure why these pics look like they’re from the early 90’s. Anyway, I ran (still my PR as of now, HA!) a 1:56.42. I was shocked and amazed because I’d done well, and since then I’ve been like, wow, I’m awesome, let’s run races ALL THE TIME. So, in 2012 and 2013, I did lots and lots of running of all kinds – 5ks, 10ks, 25ks, mud runs and triathlons!

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However, my biggest accomplishment is my first MARATHON! I ran the Chicago Marathon in October 2013 and it was one of the COOLEST experiences of my life! I was slow, wayyyyyyyyy slower than I ever thought I’d be and at the end, I was grumpy. Then all of a sudden, it was as if I realized….. that I finished a marathon! Adrenaline is a wonderful thing.

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I’m so excited for my 2014 running year. Although fewer races, I’m excited about speed, strength and getting quality runs and workouts in with some great running friends. I’m also OVERJOYED to share my goals, maybe inspire people and hold myself accountable by using this blog! Good luck to all of us in our 2014 running goals!

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