This Running Life

I didn’t always run, and in fact was averse to running because it was a punishment during the soccer season in high school and college.  Warm-ups around the field were not pleasant to say the least–the scent of freshly cut grass kicked up by my cleats kept me going for the two required laps. In fact the farthest I have ever run was two miles with our goalie around my college’s track for pre-season conditioning.  I repeated one sentence to her as a misguided mantra, “I won’t stop running if you don’t stop.”  And that’s how we ran two miles without walking for the first time in our lives, ever.  After it was over, I still didn’t like running.  GRR…

My running story really began on the couch with my husband while watching a PBS special.  I was 36 at the time, putting on midlife pounds and shoveling another spoonful of ice cream in my mouth. He suggested watching a documentary of sorts about how running coaches took a group of non runners to train them to run the Boston Marathon in one year with the goal of finishing the marathon.  I thought, “This ought to be good,” as I stirred the vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup to form a “soup” like I did when I was a kid.

What happened to me while watching this show was nothing short of amazing.  I couldn’t help but think that if they can do it, why can’t I?  It was January, and my birthday was a few months away, so I set a goal of running my first 5K without walking. Then, I did the unthinkable: I signed up for the Bayou Hills 5K in Pensacola, FL.  It was real.  I ignored the fact that “hills” was in the name of the race, and on top of that, I wrote down that running a marathon would be on my bucket list for a few years later, along with finishing my book, and traveling…

At the end of my first 5K, my husband and daughter were at the finish line.  The kiddo wore my windbreaker and was munching on a Chick-fil-A sandwich, which was part of the post-race food offerings.  She said, “Mommy, you ran fast!” And I was hooked.  Since that race, I’ve participated in lots of races from the 5K all the way up to the marathon and crazy overnight relays.  In the past fews years, I’ve also raced in triathlons.

I’ve been running for awhile now and love helping other people enjoy the sport.  I talk about running all the time and try to get other people to sign up for races or take up my triathlon obsession. I earned my RRCA coaching certification in July 2016, not just because I want to know my stuff, but I want people to be fit and active, connect with friends, and have their kids say, “Mommy (or Daddy), you ran fast” too.

Email me to get started on your running journey today! greekgirlruns@gmail.com

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Picture taken at the Breezy Point Triathlon in Norfolk, VA. 2016

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