Running story

So, you wanna know how I got into running?

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I’ve always been kind of attracted to the idea of running. My dad was a runner, and I remember watching him leave to go for a run and thinking “now THAT is cool. I wanna do that.” (Obviously, I was REALLY young since I hadn’t yet realized that, of course, nothing my parents did was cool. Period.)

I was in middle school the first time I decided to “go for a run” myself. It was hard, it hurt, and I was 100% sure I was doing something wrong. How could I have messed this up?? It was running. The process was: 1. Move forward. 2. Move forward faster. This was supposed to be easy and natural! I would try to make it past 3 driveways in a stretch before my sides started throbbing in pain. When I asked my mom what I should do about the side pain, she suggested that I just push through it-which, by the way, does not come easy when you’re being stabbed in the kidneys with a steak knife.

Eventually, of course, it got better. The walking periods in my run/walk intervals started getting shorter and farther apart, and the side pain started to ease up.

Throughout high school and college, I continued to run super casually (read: very sporadically). I was always incredibly busy, and although I tried to make exercise a priority, I just wasn’t that successful. When I did run, it was for 30 gruuuueling minutes on a treadmill or a quick jaunt around town.

After college, I started getting more serious about my health and (ever so slightly) more disciplined about running. But I was still all over the place with the frequency and length of my runs-and I’m a person who craves structure. I also respond well to deadlines and challenges, so when a friend (hi, Meghan!) signed up for a marathon, I thought, “BINGO!” Structure and deadlines and challenges (oh my!)…it was exactly what I needed. I ran two half marathons that summer and was quickly hooked.

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By the following year, I was already feeling restless and ready step up my game. I wanted to go for the full marathon. The training was difficult and time-consuming (to put it lightly), but it was such a great experience and a nice little thing to cross off my bucket list. (You can read more about the race itself here.)

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Since then, I’ve run a couple more half marathons and shorter races (I took a hiatus from racing while I was pregnant). I’m not very fast, but I love it, and I learn more about training and racing each time I do it.

But something that’s possibly even cooler than running races is just being a part of the running community. Runners are so incredibly positive, encouraging, and accepting. It doesn’t matter how far you run, what size or shape you are, or how fast you are-you’re in the family, and the running community has your back. It’s awesome.

As for future running goals, I’m not really a triathlon girl (yet?) but I’d love to do another full marathon someday. (Since having a baby, the biggest obstacle for me is time.) In the meantime, I’d like to focus on increasing my speed and beating my half marathon PR of 1:58.

We’ll see what the future holds for this running mama!

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Kloe @ Running Shoes & Chocolate Mousse February 10, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Hey Kim,

Incredible, inspiring story; I’m a running lover myself and am trying to build up the courage to sign up for a half marathon. It’s exciting, but also scares me half to death!

but like you said, it’s the support and encouragement of the amazing running community that keeps me going and feeling motivated and proud of my achievements :)

I love meeting other bloggers who are passionate about the same things as me, i.e. fitness and running!

Keep up the fabulous work xx

Kloe
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Kim February 10, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Thanks Kloe! So nice to “meet” you. :) You totally need to go for the half marathon!! Heading over to check out your blog now… :)

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