Runners Tell All Linkup: How And Why I Started Running

Today I'm joining in a runners link-up with The Lady Okie! It will run on the 21st of each month, and the first topic is "How and Why I started Running."
It's supposed to be 250 words or less, so I'll try to break it down the best I can! Before I actually run you through my running timeline, you should know that prior to starting this journey, I had never run in my life except around a softball field or up and down a basketball court. I was short, stocky, and had asthma - running just wasn't in the cards for me, or so I thought. Plus it always looked insanely boring, I mean really, just...run? Who does that?
Sometime around 2008ish I was away at college, and my dad started running. He'd tell me about it every now and then, but I was completely ignorant about the sport.
  • May 2010 - After moving to a neighborhood with a nice waterfront, and watching people run around it, for the first time I realized what a vast array of shapes, sizes, and ages that runners come in. Previously, the only runners I saw were fit 20-somethings running on my college campus. I was intrigued! I started thinking, "If they can do it, maybe I can do it?" To this day, I really have no idea what my motivation was other than that.
  • June 2010 - Discover Couch to 5k program, go to running store and get fitted for shoes, even get Ben to agree to try it out with me...super pumped! Except we forgot we were getting married in less than a month and had no time to commit to this running thing. We made it through 2 days of the 1st week before quitting.
  • The next 9 months were crazy - I started teaching right after we got married, and I had no time to do anything ever. I didn't even think about starting up running again during that time.
  • April 2011 - During my spring break I remembered running and thought I'd give it another go. My husband agreed to try the C25K program with me again and it went great! I definitely had some trying runs during that time, but I started to learn how to push through the bad, and it was such a good feeling! Honestly, running was the first thing ever in my life that was hard for me, but that I tackled anyway. Up to that point, I'd been successful at things, but they were things I was already good at and didn't need to work that hard for (not that I didn't work hard...just not the way I had to to run...if that makes sense?). 
  • August 2011 - Completed the Couch to 5k program with my first 30-minute run! (even though I was running so slow at that time I didn't even make it a full 5k in the 30 minutes)
  • October 2011 - Ran my first 5k with my husband by my side, without stopping once! 

I got a slow start, but things started to take off after those first 6 months or so. Five months after my first 5k, I ran my first half marathon, the Shamrock Half Marathon in Virginia Beach. Now I'm almost at 2 years since that race, and I've run 5 more halfs since then and a full marathon. This year I'll be tackling my second marathon at Shamrock! 
Running never ceases to amaze me. I know that last paragraph made it look like I just went from barely making it through a 5k to running a marathon, no big deal, but I promise it wasn't like that.  It took so much work. It took time, patience, dedication, and commitment. And it continues to require those things. Even know, I don't really know how to answer the question of how or why I started running. But I do know I am so thankful I chose to do so, because it opened my eyes to so many new things, so many opportunities and possibilities that are within my reach as long as I keep putting one foot in front of the other.
One of my all-time favorite running mantras...I don't think truer words have ever been said!
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