How long you've been running: Technically, since 2004. Consistently, since 2012.
Why you Run? I began running after I happened to be at Walt Disney World during their marathon weekend in 2003. After seeing “normal people” that looked like me running and FINISHING the marathon, I wanted to do it. So, I began training in 2004 and ran my one (and only) marathon in 2005 to celebrate a milestone birthday. After a long break from running, where I gained a ton of weight, I started running again in 2012. Since then, I have run 5 half-marathons, 2 10K’s, a ten miler, and numerous 5K’s. Although I previously used running as an excuse to travel and earn cool medals, I now run to improve my health.
How you got involved in a running group and why it’s great: I could not have finished my marathon without joining a running group. They taught me form, gave me a program I could follow, and best of all, encouragement. After years of being sedentary, I rejoined the running club to hold me accountable for exercising. I knew that if I missed a Saturday or two, the coach would be calling. What initially began as a desire to rekindle my love of running and to perhaps run some 5K’s led me to running a 5K every month for a year (including July and August) and then getting back into endurance running. Yes, the original goal was to run another full marathon for another milestone birthday, but I decided I was only half CRAy-CRAy and decided instead on a half marathon (which led into multiple half marathons). I am proof that slow and steady can finish the race.
As I struggle to find the time to commit to endurance training, I’m happy to train for and run 5Ks, while experience the joy of helping others ignite or rekindle their love of the sport. I have made so many friends through the running club, that for me, the Saturday runs are an opportunity to make new and catch up with friends.
Why Champions Running Association? After being in another running club, which wasn’t fully meeting my needs, I was thrilled to join CRA in its inaugural season. You will discover that we are a family. Running is an individual sport…some are faster (or slower) than others. But, at CRA, we celebrate every accomplishment. From completing your first mile to setting a PR, we celebrate achievement of YOUR goals.
Something about yourself: I am in International Contracts Manager for an oil and gas company in the Champions area. I am a Disney fanatic and love to travel. When at home, I’m entertained by my two dogs, a Dachshund mix named Lovey and a terrier mix named Phoebe.