Running

I first started running in junior high, when I joined the track team, probably just following in the foot steps of my older sister. I always liked running, but I viewed it more as a means to an end to lose weight. Pretty ridiculous for a young teen, now that I think about it, but that’s the reality for a lot of young girls, especially these days.

I enjoyed running, but never stayed with it consistently throughout the years. I ran off and on, mostly in the late Spring through early Fall periods. I was a “fair weather runner” you could say. Finally, I graduated college and actually had time and energy again. I wasn’t splitting myself 20 other ways. I started to run consistently again, and my love of running really grew. I finally ran my first half marathon (a goal I’d had for several years) and realized I loved running because it was a way to relieve stress and keep my body healthy, rather than just keep the extra pounds off.

Although, I admit, that doesn’t always hurt. đŸ˜‰

I joined a local running club in the winter of 2011, which was one of the best things I could have done for myself! I met new friends who shared my love and passion for running and health. We met up every week to run, sometimes a couple times over the week. I ran in new places, down new streets, over new trails and hills and obstacles, across longer distances. I finally felt like I found a small part of myself that had been missing. I know how cheesy that sounds, but it’s true.

Three sisters = Three marathon runners.

That’s me in the middle. A marathoner!

In October 2013, I ran the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. That’s 26.2 miles, people. I’ve run several half marathons, but this was a whole new level of psycho for me. It’s something I never thought I’d EVER do–but I did it. And I loved every moment of it, every step, even the ridiculously difficult final miles. {You can read my two-part recap here and here.}

Follow along my running journeys to see how my training goes, get inspiration, glean some running tips, or just sweat reading about the miles I’m loggin’.

3 thoughts on “Running

      • I forgive you for having miss leading post- kidding!!

        That is wonderful to hear. I tip my hat to any marathon runner. Those things are no joke to run and the training is even harder. I think a Half is as far as I want to train for. I will have to look over those two post later on more in-depth, but it is awesome you ran them with family!!

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