Hands down, I have to attribute my becoming a runner to my lovely freshman roommate, Amanda. She is an avid runner, and I have known it from the start. She even founded a running club at our school and asked me to be the PR chair (since I was an English major). I never...and I do mean never, not a single one...joined the group for runs, but I did save all the newsletters I put together! :) (Funny how, now, I would LOVE to have that running club so close at hand when I never took advantage of it back then!
|Luck sure was on our side when the computer randomly matched us as roomies!|
That is when I looked up the Couch to 5K plan. It worked wonders for me. I followed it religiously, and the success I felt from it truly started the addiction. It wasn't until a several weeks in that I finally told my old roomie about it. :)
At this point, a lot of things changed for me. I went through a nasty break-up, had to move back in with my parents, and was really struggling emotionally. I felt like my whole world had been turned upside-down, and I jumped into running head-first.
Enter the college roomie yet again. She really came through for me when I needed her the most, and we started running together on a weekly basis. I looked forward to these runs so, so much, and, when she sent me the link to a 5K, I joined, and the work began!
Finally, it was time for the big race. With the support of Amanda, Ashley, and Matt, I met my time goal and had an AMAZING experience. I was officially hooked!
|Definitely a great time...although I may not look like it, haha|
So, now, here I am, officially a runner. I love that my love for running has developed because of people I love and is starting to spread to people I love. Looking ahead, I can't wait to...
- Feel the excitement of hitting my sub 2:00 half marathon goal.
- Run the Chicago Marathon (2013!!!)
- Run a 5k with some loved ones who are going for it for the first time