I have always hated running. My breasts, legs and lungs have never enjoyed high cardio. I had a girlfriend that encouraged me to do a 5K with her. Who starts running at 40? Isn’t this a high school sport? I mean, I don’t look like a runner. I need to lose some weight first. I said, “sure, why not.” I jogged a little but walked most of it. It was fun. The running community is very friendly and high energy. I was invited to another and then another. Surprisingly, I heard that voice that was pushing me to keep up with the other runners. I don’t know how I heard it, I mean, I’m deaf! I was constantly stopping. I went to Roadrunner Sports and got properly fitted for running shoes. I was put in a very ugly pair of Brooks. Who wears purple shoes?! I’m not a pink and purple kind of gal. Anything in blue? Nope! Pink, purple and neon yellow. They probably glow! After purchasing these very expensive ugly shoes, I completed my first 5K with no walking! I was so proud of myself! I stuck to it. Up early for those Saturday morning races all over Phoenix. I never got faster but I discovered that I have endurance. Slow and steady is my pace. I don’t care if I come in dead last. I CAN DO IT! I ran 5K’s for about a year, then tried 10K’s and 15K’s. Here is me completing a half marathon! Go Me! It’s amazing what our body can do when we take care of it.