My Running Story…..
My running journey started when I was a young teenager. I hated running. Running was work, it was exhausting, I couldn’t breath, my body hurt and ached every step I took. But my Mom pushed me to get outside and run with her and now, I am thankful she did. My Mom has been a huge influence and role model who showed me her love for running. When I was 15, if you asked me to run 10 miles I would think you were crazy.
I was active in dance and sports as a young girl. But I didn’t start running until I could no longer play soccer. When there was no longer a girl’s varsity soccer team, I joined cross country. Since I ran 5Ks with my Mom and played soccer, the cross country coach recruited me and the team was thrilled since this meant the girls would have a team that season. And to my surprise, I ran better than I had imagined and I learned so much. I learned how running wasn’t just physical, but also mental and to push myself. I wasn’t the best runner, but I helped my team. That year, my team voted for me to receive the MVP award at the end of the season. I was shocked and thrilled. After my first cross country season in 2006, I was hooked to running. I went on to join the cross country team at Westminster College, but only had the opportunity for one year since the following year, I left Westminster College. But I didn’t stop running even though I wasn’t running competitively anymore. I’ve ran various 5Ks and 10ks, two half marathons (13.1 miles), a sprint triathlon, a Spartan race, and my first full marathon (26.2 miles) in Scranton, PA in 2015.
My advice I’d like to give anyone that doesn’t think they can run, is to try! Running has been such a big influence in my life that I want to share my story, connect with other runners, and inspire others to run!!