Although I’ve been a dancer for almost my entire life, running has quickly become my new love. I used to despise running. I walked most of the mile runs in high school and complained about the torture of running when doing laps for the dance team.
A few years after finishing high school, I began to adopt a healthier lifestyle. I didn’t belong to a gym and I had yet to discover the benefits of weight training, so the only thing I could think to do was lace up my old lawn mowing shoes and head outside. That first run was just a few miles and slow as can be, but I found myself pounding the streets three or four times per week. I never viewed myself as a runner, never thought I was particularly athletic, and I definitely didn’t know the first thing about racing. I wore the same old shoes for almost two years and eventually worked my way up to 5 and 6 miles at a time.
Before I knew it, I’d caught the bug. After reading the race recaps of other bloggers, I thought it might be fun to try it myself. In a moment of sheer excitement and nerves, I signed up for the 2011 Go!St. Louis Halloween 10k. And I haven’t stopped since.
During race training, I generally log 50-65 miles per week, and 30-40 when I’m not training. This year, I ran both my first half marathon and full marathon.
Today, running reminds me just how much a person can change for better with nothing but hard work. No luck, no outside help; just dedication and relentless faith. I have gone from grass-stained-sneaker wearing, slow, recreational jogger, to a happily addicted marathoner in obnoxious Mizuno Wave Elixirs.
2011 Chesterfield Gumbo Flats Pumpkin 10k (2nd place Age Group)
2011 Missouri MASTERS 5 Miler
2012 Go!St. Louis Halloween 10k
2012 Chesterfield Gumbo Flats Pumpkin 10k (3rd place Age Group and PR)