I only run if something is chasing me!

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.

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