Have I ever shared this story before? Every now and then people will ask me how I got into marathon running. I wasn’t a very athletic child. In fact in my teens & early 20’s I was overweight. But one day I started thinking about everything I wanted to do before I died and the idea of running a marathon came into my head. I don’t think I had even ran over 1 mile at that point. But I thought, “how cool would it be able to say you finished a marathon.” So I wrote it down.
I lived in Saint George, UT and the marathon is pretty big there. I talked myself out of signing up that year but when I went to the finish line as a spectator, I had an overwhelming desire to be on the other side of that barricade. I wanted to be running in it- not just watching! So the very next year, I signed up!
I could not run a mile non stop at that point. I started out by going to the college track and running 3 legs and walking 1 of them. I did that over and over until I could run a whole lap. Then I work up to say 3 laps running/ 1 lap walking. Then run 4 whole laps- 1 mile.
I must’ve run a million laps of that darn track. But I trained and got in the miles and would be out on the trail for 4 hours if that’s how long it took to go 18 miles. And on October 1st, 2011 I finished my first marathon. I still maintain it was one of the BEST days of my life!! I’m not the fastest or strongest or skinniest or whateverest but I’m damn proud that I did that race. And every race since.