I wanted to share with you why or how I got into running. Let me tell you, I hated running. I played basketball from when I was in elementary school through my junior year and I HATED running. I think because I was forced to during practice but, now I actually pay money to run; life is funny that way!
I ran my first half marathon in the fall of 2010 and did all of my training on a treadmill. I used to live at the gym and would just run miles and miles. You see, I was married before in a unhealthy relationship and I would be at the gym every evening after work because I didn't want to be home. My then husband wasn't even present at my first race. I knew then something had to change. Once the half was over, I kept running and just fell in love with running. I took myself outside a bit but still ran at the gym. It was my happy place and the place I felt at ease.
Fast forward to January or February of 2011 and I asked for a divorce. I felt like a different person knowing that I stood up for what I wanted, and he didn't disagree to my request. The marriage just wasn't working and I knew there was a better fit for me somewhere out there, I just had to be patient and wait.
Since then, I have ran 10 or so half marathons ( I need to actually count them!) and one full marathon, with my second marathon right around the corner. Running has been my therapy and will continue to be my outlet. The feeling I have after a run is like no other; just refreshing and liberating.
Everyone has a story and this is a glimpse of mine.