Or at least, that’s how first entries usually start off, right?
Alas, I have succumbed to creating a blog specifically for running, which has become – as of late – a great deal of my life. As those who personally know me, they know me as the girl that runs. But before you go further, I just want to add that I am by no means a spectacular runner, nor does that title attribute to anything great, although I do want to become one. One day. Which is why I wanted to turn to something that I believe would push me to be the best runner *I* can be – which is blogging about it.
My running journey – in my twenty three years of living – has been an uphill and downhill course. Right now, however, I’m trying to keep the pace going.
When I was younger, I had loathed running. I hated how it made me feel: wheezing, out of breath and tomato red. I was slow, and I would be the one that cuts a course just so I would run less than a mile. In high school, I was on the tennis team for two years – and only played a single game, because honestly I sucked so hard at the sport. For my senior year of high school, I knew I did not want to do tennis (because I barely even did squat – yes I got the P.E. units but it was SO boring), but I also did not want to do P.E., so I signed up for cross country, which I thought would be easier.
I had absolutely no idea why I chose to do a sport that I was so bad at. Practice was rough on me, since I did running exercises for about two to three hours afterschool and I hardly ever exercised. However, I quickly found comfort in it after I ran my first 5k race – my first experience with anyone from the running community. I was one of the last people that finished and I felt absolutely horrible about it – but no one was disappointed at me for coming last. Instead, I was surprised with how everyone was congratulating me on how well I did, that they were proud of me, that what mattered was that I finished the race. It was then that I realized that running wasn’t about beating anyone, it was simply about you pushing your limits and doing your best!
Fast forward to a year ago in 2013, when I decided it was time to get back into shape after overindulging in the plethora of junk food due to college. With my sister’s birthday gift of $50 to me, I bought a pair of cheap Asics and hit the road. Yes, years of not running definitely slowed me down, but it trained me well to think that three miles was a piece of cake. With my trusty RunKeeper app, I became addicted to seeing my progress, and from then on, I knew it was the start of something beautiful.
So here I am now: currently training for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in October, aka my first half marathon. Ever. *shudders* *bites nails* *picks on black toenail*
And so, I will conclude my first blog post. Granted, I promise that the other entries won’t be so long (unless it’s a race breakdown, so I’d want to get into detail with those!) and boring (I do apologize), but rather more oriented towards my running progress and the like. Along the road, I do plan on reviewing things that I’ve used throughout my running adventures which will hopefully help out others. And…well, I don’t want to get ahead of myself.
As Brooks says, Run Happy!