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|
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|