If I can do it, you can do it

The title is exactly what I say to everyone I encounter who asks me how my running is going. In my younger years, I couldn’t understand how someone could run-for-fun or literally go out for more than a stroll to walk a dog. Almost two years ago, I decided I was going to run. Literally. I went to the canal in Spencerport, parked at the gazebo, turned on runkeeper and went. And went. I ran straight down that canal path for 4 miles, turned around, and came back 4 miles. I sat on the bench, looked at the water and said, “if I can do 8, I can do 13.” I signed up for a training program that began shortly after that. Week after week, I ran hills, distances and sprints. I was running with the 9:00s and I was happy. Before I ran my first half marathon, I signed up for 5 in total. Winter warrior in January 2016 was my first half marathon. I knew I wanted to finish in under two hours. I finished in two hours and nine seconds. I was filled with nine seconds and a whole lot of pride. I did something I never thought I could do, I ran for fun. 

2016 was the year I ran for many miles, made lots of friends and proved to myself that I’m mentally stronger than I thought. 

Now in 2017, I run to clear my head, come up with the craziest ideas and maintain my health. Some mornings I go out for 2 miles and some mornings I end up running 7 miles. Whatever your reason is to run, whatever the distance, you can do it. 

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