I am so grateful I have today off from work. I still woke up by 6, but knowing I don’t have to go anywhere I don’t want to go is a glorious thing. Instead, I got to go on a beautiful and challenging run.
So to backtrack a little, I love to run. Really, my running journey started after I graduated from graduate school, about a year ago. Before that I was soley a treadmill runner with some dabbling outside in between. Like the gym, running felt like a chore- something I had to just grit my teeth and get through. Who would have thought it would be something I actually enjoyed. After four years of graduate school had come to an end, however, I found I suddenly had some free time! And I knew I wanted to do something outside that I could afford. I considered biking, but I didn’t have the $1K for a brand new bike. I did, however, have $70 for running sneakers.
So I started running. I moved to Baltimore, MD approximately one year ago, and I got to enjoy the waterfront, long and flat runs. In an effort to challenge myself AND meet people, I thought it best to sign up for an upcoming race. My work had a running team involved in the Baltimore Running Festival, and there you have my first race. On October 18th, 2014, I completed my first half marathon. What a rush!
Plus I got to run it with one of my new friend, Sri (see above). I completed in a little over two hours and I knew I was hooked! That’s when I started signing up left and right for races, including the Cupid’s Crush 10 K (during an icy, cold March day with a 22 degree race temperature):
The Sole of the City 10K (during a humid, 80 degree day, first hot day of the year), and, most recently, The Twin Lights Half Marathon in Gloucester, MA.
My ultimate goals are to run a half in every state AND to run a full marathon.
After my last race, I was sidelined for a little while due to a knee injury, self diagnosed as IT band overuse. However, these past two weeks I have slowly been getting back into my grove. Today, I did my first hill run in a while and, though it was tough, I got to finish it up with a beautiful view. I was reminded all over again why I love to run- not only is it great for your body, but it’s good for your soul. 7 miles of hills later, and I can’t wait for my next run!