Prior to 2012, If you asked me to use words to describe myself, runner would definitely NOT be one of them.
Before we get to my running journey, let’s go way back. I had always been a little overweight, never very active. My mom put me in activities like Girl Scouts, art, and piano lessons, while my hyperactive brother did activities like baseball and basketball. I did swim team for a few summers as a kid, but I was super slow….clearly not an athlete.
So when I got to high school, I had a really rough freshman year. But despite this, I was blessed with some really great friends who were juniors (yay freshman me for having older friends!) and they were into swimming.
Sophomore year, I came home one day and told my mom I was going to try out for the swim team. She laughed, but was cautiously supportive. It was soooo out of the realm of what I would normally do. Much to everyone’s surprise, I made the team and was involved with it for the rest of my high school career. (It was there that I met Hollie of http://fueledbylolz.com!)
Once I went off to college, I stopped swimming. I was still fairly active, but going to the gym was not part of my normal routine. After college I became pretty sedentary and got a job at the bank that led to me sitting a lot.
In 2012, I started having gallbladder issues (mostly due to diet) which led to a lifestyle change. I started walking 3 miles a few times a week, then gradually starting running, because, hey, running is faster than walking!
I ran my first 5k in fall of 2012 and have been hooked ever since. I’m not fast, I would kill for a sub-30 minute 5k….but I enjoy the challenge. I enjoy seeing what a healthy body can accomplish. Here’s me looking happy before my first race ever! Didn’t know I’d get so addicted!!