Running is a huge part of my life and it has been for as long as I can remember. I’ve always been a very active person, though I haven’t always run the way I do now.
In middle school, I can remember being the envy of the really athletic girls (by athletic I mean my friends who played team sports through our school) because I was always the fastest girl in the mile run for our physical fitness test (and often beat many of the fast boys!). It was also in middle and high school that I figure skated competitively, and with no rink to skate on in the summers, I did lots of running and biking to stay in good shape.
I’ve run consistently since I was 15 or 16 and have run the Cooper River Bridge Run a few times, but it wasn’t until I met my husband that I started racing and really caring about my times. In November 2011, I ran my first 5K race and was hooked. I finished in 23:58, much slower than my current race PR of 20:20.
Since that race, I’ve run and won multiple 5Ks, 10Ks and even a half marathon (I didn’t win that one, but I was more than happy with my 1:38:58 and fourth place finish!).
I run because I love it, to stay healthy, to be a good example especially to my kids and because I just love the way running makes me feel.