Monday, April 30, 2012

The 'it' factor

To start, I have to congratulate my younger sister, Bri, on not only completing her first half marathon (The Illinois Half) but completely rocking it. She came in at 1:54, a solid 8:45 pace. Coming off the heels of a wild spring break, and working two jobs, that’s pretty damn impressive.

Run Bri Run!
Transitioning into the topic of this post… that right there is why I’m in love with running.

I’ve voiced this before; I’m well aware that I jumped on the running bandwagon. That it’s more recently become ‘cool’, that races are filling up in record times, and more and more options for racing are popping up across the country.  Similar to yoga, it’s safe to say running is definitely trending in the fitness world right now.

But why has it so quickly stolen my heart? Keep in mind; it was only 2 years ago that I ran my first half marathon. And shortly after crossing that finish line, I turned to Andrew and said “There’s no way in hell I could turn around and run another 13.1. I don’t know how people do that.”

But where there’s a will, there’s a way. That’s why I love it. Because almost anyone, of any height, size, weight, and age can complete a race if there's desire behind it. There’s a curiosity factor that comes with it too; the very reason I ran my first marathon. I didn't get why people were doing it, and I was curious to test my own limits. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Of course, there is always some kind of training involved. But usually once you’ve slapped down the money for the race entry fee, that’s enough to keep you motivated to put in the miles for the week. So why am I ranting about this? Because I honestly think it’s beautiful. Just recently my office put together 3 teams of 4 who are going to be running in the Baltimore Running Fest (the marathon relay) this fall. The team’s currently consist of people ranging from experienced runners, to people who haven’t run further than the mile required in gym class. But people are willing to try. 

Anyways, there’s my rant for the day. If you’re reading this post and laughing at it, sorry I'm not sorry. It’s what I believe. You can do it. Sounds cheesy, but you can. It’s an experience I think anyone who is curious about, or has any kind of desire, should try. And believe me, I get it, some people just don't want to. And that's fine too. Everyone has their different passions, whatever they may be. Just find something.

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