If someone had told me just a few years ago that I would soon be calling myself a runner, I would have slapped them in the face. For most of my life, I was decidedly not a runner. I have pretty painful memories of running "the mile" as part of P.E. classes through grade school. I was always one of the slowest, and one of the least graceful - when I finally reached the finish line, I was usually wheezing, dripping in sweat, and relatively defeated.
In 2009, as part of my weight loss journey (check out the Weight Loss Journey tab for more on that), I started the Couch to 5K program. It wasn't always pretty, and it wasn't always easy, but I finished it and ran my first 5K in August of 2009. After that, I started a training plan for an 8K with the goal of running a half marathon.
Running towards my first finish line!
Then life and school and all sorts of other priorities came up and got in the way, and I stopped running. Then in 2011, I re-started the Couch to 5K program with the intention of finally running that half marathon. And on October 9th, 2011, I finished my very first half marathon!
Since then, I've gone on to run many more 5Ks, 10Ks, and half marathons, including most of the runDisney events, both in Florida and California. I even finished my first full marathon in January of 2013 and I did not die, which is all I really asked for anyway. I know I will never be the fastest runner or the strongest runner, but I run to keep myself sane (and hopefully to fit in my jeans).