“There will come a day when I can no longer run…
…TODAY IS NOT THAT DAY” – unknown
As I sit here, the week of my 4th Half marathon, I think about all of the reasons why I love running. I think as a blogger, that will be talking about running, you should know how I started and why I never stopped.
In December 2011, my second child was born. I had only lost about 80% of the weight I put on from my first pregnancy and I was nervous about how I would manage to get back in shape now that I had two children to care for and more pounds to lose.
Running seemed like the easy solution.
Up until this time, I was not a runner. I had done X-Country in middle school over 10 years earlier and ran a 5k or two, in my late teens, for fun.
With a husband, two kids and a 3rd shift job, I needed something I could do anywhere, anytime, without the cost of an expensive gym membership.
So after being medically cleared, I started up Couch to 5k and I’ve never looked back. I won’t say that I didn’t have my moments where I wanted to quit (and I still do) but after a great mind-clearing run on a tough day or a new PR, I know I was meant to run.
And after 8 weeks of challenging walk/runs following C25K, I completed my first 5k (3/9/12). It wasn’t long after That race that I was registered for the Providence Rock and Roll Half Marathon (8/19/12). I didn’t know if I was crazy or just determined to keep running but I looked up training plans and got my butt out there and did it.
The reason I chose RnR as my first Half brings me to another reason why I started running in the first place. My Aunt would be running it! My Aunt is one of my biggest running inspirations. Now 72, she is still running long distances. She pushes through even when the going gets tough. She gave me advice when I started running and talked me through the pain and discomforts I felt in the beginning. She still randomly reminds me that even when I have a bad run, it does not mean that I’ll never have another great one. I love that running has brought us closer together and given us something to connect on. (Plus having a race buddy that dominates her age division at almost every race isn’t too shabby either.)
When I started running , I thought, I’d lose the weight and stop running. I never thought I would be a runner for life. I never thought I would NEED to run. There are days when I know I just have to lace up my shoes and go for a run. It makes everything better!
Tough day at work? RUN ~~ Crazy day with the kids? RUN ~~ Extra piece of dessert the night before? RUN
And once I started getting more into the running community, following groups, reading blogs, talking to other runners, I fell even more in love with the sport. The running community is the best that there is!
The final reason I can think of as to why I continue to run is that you never know who you are inspiring.
My son loves to run! It warms my heart when he talks about that race (pictured above) and asks when he can run another one. He asks to ride his bike alongside me as I run and he always wants to be active. I know part of it is just because he’s a kid with endless energy but I’d also like to think it’s because he sees me being active.
I have also had other people mention that my running has inspired them. To me that is incredible. I would never have guessed that my turtle pace and choppy training would be inspiring. But I push on. And hearing that I inspire someone, even a little bit, keeps me going.
Running has changed my life, for the better. I am so happy I took that first step!
How long have you been running?
Why do you run?
Who is your inspiration?