Friday, February 21, 2014

Why I Started Running {Link Up}

One of my favorite bloggers, Amanda over at The Lady Okie, started a link up for runners.  This is a monthly link up with a different topic every month on running.  This month is why I started running in 250 words or less.


It sort of blows my mind that I am including myself in this link up because I never thought in a million years that I would ever label myself as a runner.  I started running because I wanted to run in the Krispy Kreme Challenge that NC State hosts every year. (run 2.5 miles, eat a dozen doughnuts, run back 2.5 miles) I only ate 1 1/2 doughnuts but I did run almost the whole way! 



After that (Feb 2013) I was done with running until later that summer when I became serious about losing weight & getting fit. Slowly but surely I started running more, especially with my friend Taylor, and running slowly became enjoyable.  I have a few health & fitness goals while I am here in France and keeping up with running is one of them.  Yesterday I ran for 30 minutes without stopping. This may not seem like much but considering a little over a year ago I could barely run for 5 min straight this is a huge accomplishment.  Running makes me strong and powerful.  I no longer dread it or see it as a chore. I actually look forward to running which I guess is what officially makes me a runner.

This is my view as I run here in France. Breathtaking, I know.

I hope to run in my first half marathon this fall - anyone want to run with me? Let me know!


8 comments:

  1. That Krispy Kreme race sounds crazy.. did anybody get sick during the run back?

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    1. Oh yeah! I only ran for fun but some can run as challengers (run the 5 miles and eat the dozen doughnuts in under an hour) and there is usually puke everywhere. It is quite gross actually but all the money goes to the NC Children's Hospital. This year they raised $200,000!

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  2. That view is stunning! And yes please to the krispy kreme challenge! That sounds like fun! Were you able to give the rest of your dozen to a friend or family member watching? I'd have a hard time leaving 10 of those suckers behind! YUM!!

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    1. There was no way I was giving up those hard earned doughnuts! I carried the box back with me the rest of the way :) After the race I felt like I was going to die (I did not prepare enough) so the doughnuts were not appealing at all but the next day they were delicious!

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  3. Thanks so much for linking up! I'm glad you did :) You are awesome, and 30 minutes is a LOT! I remember being so excited when I finally could run for 30 minutes straight.

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    1. Thank you so much! It still scares me a little but I love the rush I get after running for a little bit longer every day. My next goal is to run for 40 straight!

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  4. 12 donuts? That is crazy gross! I think 30 minutes of running is really great! What 1/2 marathon do you want to run?

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    1. I'm thinking about the City of Oaks half marathon in November. It's in Raleigh, NC :)

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