You could probably tell from my stature that I am not your classic runner. I am a field hockey player that decided that I was sick and tired of not being able to compete any longer. I also needed more motivated to work out on a regular basis. I decided in the Spring of 2012 to sign up for the 2012 Philadelphia Half Marathon which would be that November. I was very excited and nervous about the task at the same time. I had never run anything over 3 miles prior to my training so I was nervous about the mental difficulty of it. I had convinced one of the girls I discipled at church, Lindsay, to run the half marathon with me so we took on the challenge together.
We ran the entire race together except for the last 2 miles which is when Lindsay started to pull away from me. We had been going at a decent pace the entire race and Lindsay was in cross country shape so I allowed her to keep going but to meet me right at the finish line. At that point one of the biggest mental struggles of my life began. I wasn’t sure if I could finish the race then finally I started to see the end drawing near and people cheering for you to finish. When I saw the finish line I sprinted as fast as I could and I crossed the finish line and felt like I had conquered the world! I felt like I could do anything! I found Lindsay after I got my finisher medal and we hugged each other and I cried. I couldn’t believe I had ran 13.1 miles, I never thought I would ever, ever run a half marathon.
Ever since that day I have been on a running high. I run as many races as I can fit into my schedule and can financially afford. I am so thankful for this new fitness journey that God has been taken me on and I am excited to see where else it goes. I completed my first full marathon on November 22, 2015 at the Philadelphia Marathon. I am so thankful for the experience and all I learned about myself through it. That I can always do more than I think I can.