Growing up, I was certainly active… But I wouldn’t say I was ever really a runner. I was a serious competitive gymnast, so I did my share of sprint drills nearly EVERY. DAY…. When track & field came around in middle school, it came in handy to be able to sprint. I did the 100 meter dash, 75 hurtle, and 400 relay…. SHORT. and. FAST. But, this never stuck, when high school came, I never joined the team.
Needless to say, anything much over a mile was a daunting idea to me. Not to mention that by the time I started running, I had lost ALL endurance I ever possessed as a child – teen. It took me time be able to run a mile without stopping. Once I did though, I didn’t stop! I was running 1-2 miles 3-4 times a week and feeling great. Then, my roommate at the time in Florida convinced me to run a 5k with him. GULP. I was terrified, but I did it – and I didn’t die!!! The rest is now history. I ran my first Half-Marathon on April 29, 2012 and will be running my first FULL Marathon in Spring of 2013!