“Act like a horse, be dumb, just run.”
When I started running at the end of 2008, I ran across this quote somewhere in a running blog or somewhere else on the interwebs and not long after it became my signature line on the old Beginner’s Forum at Runner’s World. It’s become my mantra and inspiration as I’ve run countless (and counted) miles since then.
My name is Jenn, and I just run (well, not really, I practice yoga now, but, I’ll talk about that later). I ran cross-country in high school, but I was TERRIBLE! As a junior, I was the last person on the JV team. I had a great coach, though, and he was very inclusive. I tried running a summer in college, and did well until my running partner and I didn’t have the same schedule and I wouldn’t run on my own.
At the end of 2008, I was living in the Dominican Republic, recently married, and realized that I had slowly been putting on the weight I had lost the previous 2 years. It was “winter” time (in quotes because, well, Caribbean winter) and I was walking after work every day with a friend. The sun was setting earlier and earlier and I decided in order to maximize my sunlight I would try running again. I found a run/walk program on Runner’s World and started up (very similar to Couch-2-5K, but free). Later I found out that my friend bet her boyfriend that I wouldn’t keep it up. Seven years later, I’m still going strong!
In the DR, I did several 5Ks and 10Ks, but knew that I wanted to do longer races. I was really enjoying my alone time and loved most of my runs. Once I moved back to the States in 2010, I signed up for my first half marathon (the very first Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon). I rolled right along to my first marathon in the spring of 2011, and my first ultra in the fall of 2011. I was hooked! Since then, I’ve completed 15 half marathons, 7 marathons, 2 ultras, and a lot of shorter races. In 2012, I qualified for the Marathon Maniacs by running Berlin, Marine Corps, and Richmond marathons in 42 days.
So, as I go forward with my running life, I wanted to find a new way to be inspired. I had been considering a blog for a while when I met Salt at a race this past weekend. I went home that afternoon and signed up for WordPress. I hope to document my training, race reports, and thoughts about running. If I can make some new friends along the way, that’d be great, too!
Enough about me, tell me, how did you start running? What keeps you inspired?