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I am so many things, but most importantly I am a wife, a mommy, and a woman. Most recently I am a RUNNER.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

How My Journey Started

I should start by saying that God did not give me a runner's body or endurance.  I have always been athletic, but NEVER involved in running...until 4 years ago when my daughter was born.  Of course it started out as a way to "get my body back".  lol  Little did I know that no-matter how far I ran, I'd never have my old body back. 
Running my first EVER race, almost 1 year (2008) after taking my first step on the treamill, was the first step into my addiction.  It was a 5k Turkey Trot that took me 56 minutes to finish...and I thought I was running fast.  However, I was so proud of that finish that I went home put on my heels and cooked a Thanksgiving meal.  Needless to say, I haven't looked back!

Fast forward to 2010, I was asked by my fabulous friend, Donna, to join her in running the Disney Princess 1/2 Marathon.  Donna and I have a great relationship, even though we are modern day pen-pals and hadn't actually met face-to-face, but I thought she was C-R-A-Z-Y!  My longest run was 3.1!!!  However, I agreed, mostly to have a chance to meet her for the first time.  So the training began in July of 2010. 
I was running as much as possible and as long as possible in hopes of just crossing the finish line.  In October, I bought a new pair of running shoes, which were not the correct shoes for my gait, and I ended up with Planters Fasciitis.  OUCH!!!  Because I had already paid ALL of the money, including hotel room, I had to keep running, so I returned my shoes and got another pair.  Such a newbie to running I had NO idea what a gait even was.  ;)
So February came around and I HAD to run 13.1 miles...all at once!  I was so terrified to run that distance that I couldn't sleep and deveolped the worst heartburn of my life!  With  only 1.5 hours of sleep, I got up at 3 AM, put on my tiara and tutu, laced up my Asics, and jumped on the bus. 
The ENTIRE race was truly magical!  I loved every step, and cried like a baby when I crossed the finish line.  (The poor old guy giving me my medal must have thought I was nuts.)

Being on top of the world with my 2:44 finish, I registered for the Iron Girl 1/2 Marthon in April with a few local friends.  Boy was that a totally different race!  It honestly made the Disney race feel like a real "Mickey Mouse" race.  Three causeways, the hottest day of the year, and a blister at mile 5, made me re-think why I run.  I wanted to throw in the towel!  It was the hardest thing I've EVER done, and I gave birth.  lol But when I finished it, I felt like a rockstar!  BUT I had decided that I was finished with distance races.
All of my runner friends, will know that once a runner, always a runner, and with time eveything is better.  So my husband, who is also a runner, decided to run the Rock-n-Roll 1/2 Marathon, and I told him I would run it with him.  This brings us to summer of 2011.
This is when I decided to add running a full marathon on my "to do before I turn 40 list."  Am I crazy?  I just might be, but I started my training today and this is my journey into 26.2!!! I hope you will join me and enjoy it all along the way.



  2. Can't wait to read about your journey!!

  3. Fantastic! I'm looking forward to reading about (and being inspired by) your journey.

  4. Great job, Chastity! 'Can't wait to read about your miles!