A Gym Class Cheater
I suppose you could say that my running journey began many years ago… all through elementary, middle & high school students were required to run a mile twice a year in P.E. I was never a massive fan of gym class in general, but mile days were the worst. My lungs felt like they were going to explode and I always had a terrible finish time.
In 7th & 8th grade, I had a little reprieve from the dreaded mile—my P.E. teacher was sweet and a little elderly (I believe she retired a year or two after I had her). For some reason, she thought I was much more athletic than I was. As I would be finishing lap 3 of 4, some of the better runners in my grade would be completing their run… and, all four times, my gym teacher grouped me in with those kids and said: “okay Katie, you’re all set!”
I’m not proud of it—but I headed to the locker room with minimal regret.
It Runs in the Family
Jumping ahead a few years… I married into a family of runners. Although he has gotten out of the habit, my husband used to run pretty regularly and for many years completed an annual 10K race on Thanksgiving. His siblings both have run in various races, ranging from 5ks to one ultra-marathon. And his dad is an excellent runner who has completed numerous marathons (including 2 Boston Marathon races) and even an ultra-marathon along the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
I have always admired their running abilities, but thought to myself they are crazy—I am just not built for that!
A Stubborn Streak
But then about two years ago my dad got serious about fitness. Over the course of 12 months, he lost 100 lbs, participated in a triathlon and went on to run in the Marine Corps Marathon in D.C. I was (and still am!) proud of all he accomplished. And it got me thinking—if my dad can do it? So can I.
My dad & I have a few character traits in common; specifically, a hard work ethic and an unparalleled stubborn streak. In my mind, these two qualities were the foundation of his success. 2 years ago, I wouldn’t have characterized my dad as athletic. But he worked his butt off and refused to give up, even when it got hard. Now? He’s one of the fittest guys I know and continues to achieve new fitness goals.
My Running Journey Truly Begins
So, here we are—I’ve challenged myself to learn to become a runner. This running journey is just getting underway, so I hope you’ll join me for the highs & lows! Want to get to know me better? Please visit my About Page, or drop me a line; I’d love to hear from you!
What tips would give to a brand-new runner? Comment below; I need all the help I can get!
NEXT BIG RACE New Haven Road Race
Most Recent Run:
This was my first official half marathon: The Flower City Challenge-- I also PR'd my 5K time!