I never ran in high school or college. Instead, I was a typical weightloss/diet yo-yo-er most of my life. I started running in the fall of 2010 as a way to maintain the weight I had lost over the summer of 2010 through walking.
At the time, it was one of the hardest things I did (as I could barely do 100 meters without feeling like I was having an asthma attack) & would pretty much use every excuse to not go outdoors (e.g., raining, too cold, etc.). Then came a week of rain & fear of bad habits - the weight I had lost creeping back up. I decided to challenge myself to run around a local park (roughly 1.86 miles). Little did I know that would begin my running journey & love for the sport.
Since then, I've set multiple different goals for myself (run my 1st road race/Half Marathon, finish a marathon, qualifying for Boston Marathon, becoming a Boston finisher, etc.). Each run & road race has taught me something new. It has also further motivated me to break previous mental limits I had.
Along the way, I have fortunately met incredible people/runners, made lifelong friendships, explored different places, & made countless memories. While every run may not be easy or fun (those track workouts never seem to get easier), I truly love to run. Running has become my daily "coffee" (trust me, I don't function well without it).
I started posting on social media too, hopefully, inspire people. If I can inspire even just 1 person to try the one thing they've been wanting to do but is scared of, then I will consider that a win. It may be hard at first (as all things worthwhile are), but it'll be one of the most rewarding things that you can do for yourself!
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