I am the most unlikely runner. I always wanted to be a runner, but I'm not athletic and it has never came easy to me. After a miserable experience with a half marathon, because I didn't train, I wrote off running entirely. But, my sister decided she wanted to try running and, being my sister, she managed to get the girls in my family to sign up for a half marathon. Yes, a half marathon. I come from a family who wholeheartedly embraces the idea of "go big, or go home." Alex had just been born and I reluctantly agreed. I had no idea what running would come to mean to me. I often joke that running saved me, but in a lot of ways, it really did. I suffered from postpartum depression coupled with an extremely difficult (and emotional) period in my personal life. Running grounded me. It was hard, but three times a week, I laced up my cheap tennis shoes and hit the road. I was struggling through the "Couch to 5K" program. It grounded me, because it was the one thing I could control. It helped me realize that I could do anything, that determination and consistency really do pay off. I made it to the half marathon (after 8 months of training) and finished, strong. I wrote about the run here.
I truly believe that anyone can become a runner.
And now, I am undertaking the biggest running challenge ever. I am running in a relay to Boston. To Boston from Cleveland, TN. Over 1000 miles. Is this insane? Yes! Am I super nervous? Yes! But, I was so upset after the bombing in Boston because I see running as an activity open to anyone. An act of terrorism took a community that I love and tried to inject it with fear. A marathon is one of the few sporting events that anyone can watch or participate in. You don't have to buy tickets to cheer people on and you don't have be a profession athlete to participate in most half/full marathons. It is a beautiful feeling to run through a city and to be cheered on by the community. It broke my heart to see this violated. I am participating in the Run Now Relay to remove the fear that terrorist attempted to instill. I may not be the fastest runner, but I am extremely passionate about the strength and joy I’ve gained from it. Because of running I am a better mom, wife, artist and community member.
|Photo Credit: Shades of Grey Photography|
I will be posting a little about my training (which I started a couple months ago). Don't worry. I'm not going posting lots of running jargon, because truthfully I don't understand most of it myself. Although, I have a feeling I will learn a lot. I am running with some hardcore, legit athletes. I will also be posting about the decision to do this run, I will be gone for a week and I am pretty sure I am the most under qualified runner in the group! And I'll be posting about ways you can support the event, including the sell of some very special art. Our goal is to gain $50,000 for Boston. The money will go to One Step Ahead (an organization that helps children from the bombing get prosthetic) and The Dream Big Foundation (they help underprivileged girls through athletics).
In the mean time . . . .
Visit the website to learn more about the run.
Like our Run Now Relay on Facebook.
I still can't believe I am doing this, 2014 is going to be filled with adventure!