“I am a runner because I run. Not because I run fast. Not because I run far. I am a runner because I say I am. And no one can tell me I’m not.” – John Bingham
Growing up, I was never athletic. I always chose academics and the performing arts over sports. In university, the treadmill was my preferred workout the few times I did go to the gym, just to “stay in shape”. Then, in September 2012 I found myself in a small town with a lot of spare time and not much to do. So I went out for a run.
It was hard. I think I made it maybe 2 km before stopping to gasp for air and walk back home, defeated. Man my endurance sucked! But during those 2km where I struggled to keep my legs going and my arms pumping, a spark was ignited in me. That run was a breath of fresh air and a humbling experience. I may have felt defeated at first, but that feeling was soon replaced with determination and a newfound love for being outdoors, pounding pavement, exploring trails, being lost in my thoughts and most importantly finding a strength within me that I never knew I had.
I went on to complete my first marathon ever in May 2013, followed by a second marathon in October 2013. I’ve always been ambitious by nature and have big running goals for 2014 as well as for the future. I hope to share details about my goals, training for my next marathon (and running in general) as well as to provide tips and insight on training for a marathon, etc. Most importantly, if you are new to running or thinking of starting, I hope to inspire you to lace up your shoes and head out the door because honestly, it’s the first few steps that are the hardest. 🙂