After I got out of the army in 1997, I decided that I was going to keep running on my own terms. Now I was going to run for fun and to stay in shape. I started doing every 5k that I could get to. One day a friend of mine said she wanted to do a half marathon. We trained and we did it. I had so much fun that it became my distance and for years I would do 4-6 half marathons per year with 5/10k races in between.
When my kids got older I decided to do a full marathon. I didn’t have a single friend or family member who wanted to train or complete a full marathon with me. I basically trained in my neighborhood and in the gym for 6 months and completed my first marathon in 2009. It was the ING Marathon in Atlanta. It was so hard and my time was terrible! I finished it. I hated it. My kids were at the finish line and the feeling of accomplishment was so overwhelming that it had me signing up for another one very quickly.
In 2015, I ventured into trail running and that very quickly became ultra-running. I am doing my first 50 miler in June of this year and am excited to push myself and see how far I can go. I can honestly say that I love trail running and the community that represents it!