I’m becoming a big fan of the Hungry Runner Girl, Janae, because she’s so freaking positive. It’s funny, I’ve seen a few things written about her online, and the overwhelming “complaint” about her, if you even want to call it that is that she’s too positive or that she gets too excited about the littlest things. I can relate to her – I actually had an associate at Barnes and Noble physically back away from me when I expressed my excitement that they had the Gavin DeGraw album in stock. Okay lady, let me be happy, kay?
Anyhoo, so HRG posts yesterday and posed this question:
How long did it take you to fall in love with running?
The truth is, I don’t really know.
Sport Photo mailed me this blast from the past from my first race in 2011. I’m not sure what possessed me to sign myself and my boyfriend (now almost-husband) for the race, except it sounded really really cool, and I think I saw in ad in one of the women’s fitnessy workout mags that I’d been reading like a Bible.
Austin so sweetly agreed to to the race with me, an obstacle 5k in Virginia, and we drove up there after a shift at the Whole Foods Bakery. Yes, I know. I’m a fitness director, and I worked at a bakery my first gig out of graduate school. But I like my sweets, and I love Whole Foods so it worked.
I ran that race. Finished in decent time. Felt great afterwards, and within about a year’s time, I was running my first half-marathon.
There was never a moment where I was like “aughhh this is awesome,” but I guess I always just liked the way it made me feel. I also loved the way you could kind of click into cruise control for a long run and just…run. Like after a while it didn’t feel like death on a stick, but it just felt like a state of being, as natural as anything else did. Sure, there were still some runs that made me feel like vomiting on on the side of the road, but the vast majority of the runs just felt…good!
So all that to say is, I just don’t know when I started to love running. I’m not particularly fast or fancy, but it feels natural to me, and it feels like the kind of workout you can seriously do anywhere, and burn the most calories/stress off without killing yourself.
So my question on this wonderful Friday is….
When did you fall in love with running?