Friday, February 21, 2014

why i started running {a linkup}


I'm linking up today with Amanda from The Lady Okie and Beka of Sunshine to the Square Inch. Be sure to check out the other's posts on why they started running. 

I started running because I was forced to – that’s the short and sweet version. In my small-town high school, if you played a varsity sport you also ran track. Without this rule, the track team would be nonexistent.

So being a 7th grade basketball player made me a 7th grade track star, and I quickly learned I wasn’t the fastest on the team, but I definitely could go the longest. So I ran the 1600 meter run, and my 6-minute mile time {oh the glory days} started to turn heads. One of the football coaches made me stay after practice to work on my time. He claimed he would make me “see God.”

When I reached senior high, I ran both the mile and the two-mile, and placed 4th in the state in the 3200-meter run sophomore and junior years. I was also on the cross-country team the one year it existed and was a favorite for state when ALL my teammates suspiciously became injured and the school couldn’t justify paying for just me to go. For the summer offseason I would run with my dad {or far ahead of him} on the four-mile route around the golf course where we lived.

During my college years, my weight yo-yoed up and down but running was my constant. I pushed the limits on how far I could go, and before I knew it I was running half marathons. I love it so much, I even ran the morning of my wedding. Now, I have the goal to run a marathon in December. And, that’s how I started running.


10 comments:

  1. man that is so neat!!! all of these posts are inspiring! :)

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  2. Great story! I joined the track team on year in high school, but I definitely did not love it. Very cool that you were able to have so much success with it even though it wasn't your initial desire. Good luck with the marathon this year! I did my first last November. It is such a beast, but there's nothing like the feeling of knowing you finished it at the end :)

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  3. Dang! 4th in state?! I had no idea. Loved reading your story. Thanks for linking up! Woo marathon! I'm excited for you :)

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  4. I never knew people were forced to compete in two sports. That's interesting to me. What marathon are you running? The marathon is hard but such a good feeling to run one.

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  5. Writing this post + the great weather = me really wanting to go for a run. Too bad my weekend has been too jam-packed.

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  6. There's something about running around in circles that feels like torture... And thank you! I'm really excited for it!

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  7. Thanks, Amanda! I'm excited too - let's see how excited I am when I get up into the double digits in training...

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  8. That's just one of the side effects of going to a small high school. If we didn't actually compete in track we would still have to practice track as our "offseason basketball." And I think I'm going to run the St. Jude Marathon in Memphis. It's at the beginning of December. I want to run at least one marathon, but I don't think it will become a habit.

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  9. December should be a good time to run! Marathons won't be a habit for me either. It's great to say you did one but the amount of aching after isn't something I want to feel over and over =)

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  10. Exactly! I hurt pretty bad after 13.1 - I can't imagine what 26.2 is going to feel like... maybe I'm crazy!

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