Everyone has a story for the reason they started to run. For me it was simply to become a more fit and motivated individual. It all began when a friend from work convinced me to do a triathlon with her in June. I was skeptical at first but thought this would be a great reason to start getting in shape for the summer. Well guess what? It worked! A couple of us from the pool decided to do the race together and have fun. I always enjoyed swimming and riding a bike so I decided to start training with running. I knew it was going to be difficult to go from zero to 3.2 miles but I was going to do it. The first day I set what I thought was a doable goal: run around the block. I barely made it up the street before I had shortness of breath and crazy side aches. Running was never for me and even back when I was a kid in junior high, I would make excuses for not running during PE. I would just say I have asthma or my ankle hurts and get away with it. I didn’t like running and I wasn’t good at it. I never played sports, I never worked out, and I never thought I could like running.
When I started training for the triathlon, I slowly worked my way up to a mile and felt amazing every time I finished. I knew I only had 10 weeks to get to 3 miles so I picked up the pace and slowly began to love running. It became a routine and now I run a few times a week! Its amazing how something I thought would be so impossible could be so doable with the just a little motivation. So now that I did amazing (1 hr 30 min) in my sprint triathlon, I have decided to make the journey to a half marathon! I quickly realized I love the race atmosphere and all the people that do it together. Training with friends for the triathlon was so much fun and the experience altogether was great. Right after the race I decided: I want to do this again!
I put this running blog together so that I can document my workouts along the way to a half marathon. Who knows, I might set some more goals along the way!! :)