Last week, I read about Deb’s Running Story as part of a Runners Tell All link-up. This is a monthly link up for runners, with a different topic each month. This month’s link-up is how and why you started running, in 250 words or less. Here’s my story:
While I was growing up, I always ran. But I never ran to just run. I ran for soccer and for swimming, and in high school I added field hockey to the list. The only time I was on a track was for the dreaded Mile Monday. Running for more than 20 minutes straight seemed preposterous. I knew nothing of road races, and actually thought the only adults who ran were the ones that did it as a profession.
I did not pursue any of my childhood sports in college and found myself with a large void to fill the fall of my freshman year, in 2006. Intramural soccer helped, but I was looking for something more. Then I found out about the local chapter of Team in Training, and ventured out to an interest meeting shortly after I had returned from winter break. I loved the atmosphere, the idea of fundraising for a cause (my grandfather is a Leukemia survivor), and the daunting task of training for a half marathon. I had a great experience with TNT and after completing my first half marathon in April 2007, which was also my first road race, I was hooked.
Since then, I have completed one full marathon, eleven half marathons, a handful of 10 milers, a couple of 10K’s, and countless 5K’s. I fully intend for running to be a lifelong activity for me. Running has taught me so much and I can’t wait to see what adventures lay ahead.
To see a list of others who have joined in on this link up or to join in yourself, through Linky Tools, click HERE .
What got you into running?
Have you ever fund-raised for a charity?