I have never considered myself a "runner". In fact, in high school I played softball for the specific purpose of getting out of PE where they made everyone run a mile every couple of months. I thought my sister was crazy 2 years ago when she accepted a challenge to run the LA Marathon. I mean, only crazy people do that, right?
I even gave it a "go" when Kevin was about 6 months old and everyone around me was convincing me that running was a good exercise to do to lose the baby weight. I ran for about 2 weeks and quit.
Fast forward to beginning of this year, a friend and neighbor of mine was telling me about a program she used to get into running. She had a smartphone and ran the Couch to 5k app. I nodded approvingly, but went home thinking "she's crazy". Then in March, I got my own smartphone and was downloading cool apps when I thought "might as well see what this is about" and downloaded the app.
6 weeks later, I ran my first 5k - the Race for Success. I was so nervous the morning of the race, but ended up finishing in 36:05 and my husband and kids even came to cheer me on!
3 months later (see picture to left) on August 20, I ran my second 5k - the Jet to Jetty Run/Walk for Health. And I beat my previous time by 90 seconds! With my sister Ilene (to the right of me in picture), we ran it in 34:35.
It's really amazing what you can do if you put your mind to it!