Just a little over a year ago, I ran my first event–Nike Women’s Half Marathon 2014. At the time, my friends couldn’t believe that my lazy self had actually signed up for this endeavor. In fact, as an established non-athlete who could barely make it through two miles on the flat, scenic roads of San Francisco’s Great Highway during my first week of training, I couldn’t imagine how I’d push through 13.1 miles of the city’s hills and turns. As someone who would rather miss a bus than run across the street to catch it, I couldn’t even explain why I had this sudden urge to run a distance that would amount to two straight hours.
Nevertheless, I stuck to my training plan as best I could (despite a month-long injury-induced hiatus), and finished the race feeling accomplished and empowered. I was intrigued by the fact that running could bring me so much joy, and I wanted to hold on to that newfound positivity for as long as I could.
Fast-forward one year. I’ve run a total of four half marathons, two 10Ks and a 5K across four different countries. I’ll share more on each one throughout my blog, but long story short, it’s incredible how much running has changed my life. I can’t wait to see what the next year holds as I push through to my first 26.2.