anyone can be a runner

remember those days in middle school when whispers of "it's mile day in pe" was the worst news possible? I hated those days because I was usually the one wheezing in the back, struggling to finish.

I've come a long way since then. things started to change when I decided to run the seattle kids marathon. we ran a mile a day for a month and then ran the last mile in downtown seattle. I still hated running and I mostly did it just to say that I did. the free t-shirt was a definite bonus though ;)

from 7th grade to sophomore year, I had nothing to do with running. dancing was my gig and running...wasn't. but when my new group of friends in high school kept talking about how great cross country was...I wanted in. it still took some persuading on their part to convince me that running every day was "fun."

they were completely right.

I didn't discover a natural hidden talent {I was actually one of the slowest on the team} nor did I care too much about winning. but I made so many friends and discovered a new favorite way to exercise. I loved the way I felt after running- the sense of accomplishment and the rush of endorphins.

Running has brought back a lot of memories from high school, some I miss, some I don't, but memories nonetheless.

so here I am today. I registered for my first half marathon in august and I've been training for about 6 weeks now. Jess signed up too so we keep each other accountable ;) {every girl in my apartment runs as well so that also helps}.  here's to making new memories and living a healthy lifestyle!

"I often hear someone say I'm not a real runner. We are all runners, some just run faster than others. I never met a fake runner." -Bart Yasso

1 comment:

  1. Way to go! Your Pawnee ancestors would be proud. (Remember, they used to run the US Mail in the days before the Pony Express. The Pawnee were the only tribe that could run the mail 50 miles to the next post office, rest, then run 50 miles back, all in one day.)