A friend of mine asked me yesterday at my boyfriends football game, “Running is a relatively recent thing for you… what got you started?” I paused for a second knowing exactly what I was going to say, but wondering how to phrase it. “The Boston Marathon Bombing of 2013.” He looked up from his beer at me and said “Really?? It affected you personally?” I said, again, without though, “I think it affected anyone who has ever run, or anyone who has a family, or… well, everyone in some kind of way. It just gave me the push I needed to start running.” He smiled at me and said “That’s really incredible, you could start a charity with that kind of passion.” He’s right… Unfortunately, you need money, to raise money… and that’s something I do not have.
It was pretty awesome thinking about the beginning of my running “career”. I use that term loosely, as my 1 year run-iversary is coming up nest week. (I’m still technically a noob). I never thought I’d be able to run three miles, let alone run a half (like I’ll be tackling in less then 3 weeks!!) The first 6 months of my running, I was bound and determined to stick with it. I signed myself up for 10 5Ks in. Yea… Not a big deal for active runners, but for me… it wasn’t easy. However, it was AWESOME!! The races, the memories, the swag (lol), all of it was amazing. I also started dropping weight like nothing! I was still holding on to a little unnecessary baby weight from my munchkin a few years prior. I tackled an obstacle run (the warrior dash, two color runs, a trail run, the baltimore running festival 5K, and a bunch of other local 5K’s to benefit cancer research (pancreatic, and breast) a NICU 5K for the hospital I work for, the BWC which was just beautiful and the Run to Remember for 9/11 victims. All fantastic and all memorable. They all helped me to grow into the runner I am today.
My first run of 2014 was a 14k!! lol. Quite a jump right? It was a Virginia is for Lovers 14K that I ran with my bf and recent running partner… and we SMASHED it. 🙂 Longest race to date. Also, furthest I (we’ve) driven… just to run! 🙂 Regardless, it was an amazing experience, especially considering shortly after the race, the company that put it together decided not to do the race next year :-(. That being said, I’m grateful I was able to participate in such an awesome event this year. It was a great way to start off 2014!! We’ve also done the Brigance Brigade 5.7K in Baltimore and this past weekend ran our first 10K together (Sole Of the City) through Charm City Run. That was a lot of fun!! Definitely not my best performance unfortunately considering I had surgery on Monday… 5 days prior to the race… but I finished!! That was my personal goal… “Just Finish” and with a time a little over an hour, I think I did pretty well. 🙂 So, we’ll see what this upcoming half has in store for me!! I’m scared and nervous and ridiculously excited all at the same time… all things I would expect from someone who has never run a half before… lol.
Ok!!! As always, have a happy and healthy Monday!! It looks like it’s going to be gorgeous, so if you can get out there, GET OUT AND DO SOMETHING!!! 🙂 ❤