Becoming a Runner

Like so many people, I was never a fan of running. In fact, I quit playing soccer in high school in large part because I hated the running workouts (and I was a big band geek and practice often conflicted... but that's another story). In college and my early 20's, I joined gyms and spent a lot of fruitless time on the elliptical, trying in vain to lose just 5 pounds. I would watch the people on the treadmills, sweating and red-faced, and think to myself, "Yuck. I don't know how they do that. I surely will never be one of THOSE people."

Then came January 2010 when I challenged my husband to a race - the Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10k. I wanted to get him exercising more and thought that some friendly competition would be the perfect way to do it. After all, what man would want to admit that his wife beat him in sporting competition?

We joined the training group at the local YMCA. I'll never forget the first time I managed to run 3 miles at the track without stopping. It hurt, but it was amazing at the same time.

The big race was on March 27th. I finished in 1:07:30 and I was hooked. My husband wasn't - he finished about 20 minutes after me and declared that he was finished with running.


Just finished my first race - Monument Ave 10k
2010



I signed up for the Marine Corps 10k in October of 2010 and continued to train. It took a full year until I started to feel ok after running 4 miles. Now, I've run 12 races ranging from charity 5ks to the Army 10 miler.

Marine Corps 10k, 2010

One day when it was about 20 degrees and I found myself running down Monument Avenue it hit me: I've become one of them. Without even knowing it, I am one of THOSE people: a runner. And I love it.

HCA8k, November 2011
HCA8k Finish, November 2011

2 comments:

  1. OH YAY, so excited to have found a Richmond runner!!

    I also thought I'd never be one of "those" people and I totally am now, ugh...

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  2. That makes two of us. I also didn't know what the big deal was about running until I started running towards the end of 2010. I was a sprinter in my high school days but I stopped immediately after finishing high school and never went back. My first race was 5k which after I ran I was forever hooked on running. Running is addictive, that's for sure.

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