5 Years of Running

I love running. There really is nothing like getting up when the sun is coming up, throwing on some running clothes, heading to North Park, and getting a great run in. It’s one of my favorite things in the world to do!

It wasn’t always that way. If you would have asked me six years ago if I’d ever be a runner, I would have laughed at you. Now just five years later, I’ve run three marathons, thousands of miles, and I don’t plan on stopping.

How did this happen? I started running to lose weight. I had gotten pretty heavy. When I started, I couldn’t finish a 1/2 mile run. Over the course of a summer, I built my way up to 5 mile runs. Then I decided I wanted to run a marathon. I got a training plan together, grabbed some friends, and the rest is history.

I’m writing this post for potential runners. If you’ve ever wanted to be a runner, go for it! You can do it!

Why You Should Become a Runner

Anyone Can Do it – When I started, I couldn’t run a 1/2 mile without feeling like I was going to die, but over time I’ve built my way up. Now I can run 5-10 miles without blinking! It’s a process! Start small! Don’t give up!

It Gets You in & Keeps You in Great Shape – I’ve heard fitness defined as “Being able to do what you want without being held back by your body!” If you’re able to run 5-10 miles, you’re going to be in good enough shape to do whatever you want. It’s worth the price you pay!

You Become a Part of a Great Community – Probably the most surprising thing to me about running is how large the community is. Running is a big deal to a lot of people. A lot of great people! I love meeting other runners and talking to them about our running adventures.

It Helps You Achieve the Impossible! Very few things seem impossible after running a 26.2 mile marathon! I challenge you to put running a marathon on your bucket list! 26.2 miles of pure insanity, but a great life goal! Finishing a marathon was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Why not go for it? You can do it! The discipline it requires will help you in all the other areas of your life.

If you’ve ever considered running for fun, to lose weight, to run a 5k, 10k, 1/2 marathon, or a full marathon. Why not start now? Just start small. Try running a mile. Run as far as you can, then walk, then run again. Over time you’ll be able to run an entire mile. Then try two. And so on! I believe in you!

I hope to see you out running sometime!



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