Hello and Good Day to you!

Recently, Brooks Running came out with the #thankyourunning Project.

The purpose of the project is to think about how running has changed you, and to thank running for those changes.

I have decided to take this idea and run with it.

See what I did there?

That’s called a funny.

[rolling my eyes at myself]


I have spent a lot of time over the last few days thinking about the #thankyourunning project and how running has shaped me into the person I am today.

I caught the running bug in 2008 by accident.

Yes, I said by accident.

Prior to that fateful day, I HATED running.

Hated with an extreme passion to be exact.

On a whim, I decided to sign up for a 5K Turkey Trot in an attempt to burn off some Thanksgiving grub.

ย Being the crazy person that I am, I switched to the 10K at the last minute.

I had run 5 miles on the treadmill once and thought… what the heck I can do 6 miles.


So, I did it.

I ran the Turkey Trot 10K in 52:48.

Um.. wait.. what?!?!

That’s in case you aren’t good at math… [pointing at myself]… that is an 8:30 pace.

For someone who hated running as much as I did, I sure was good at it.

Fast forward almost 7 years and 18 races later.

I am still at it.

car ride

Running has changed me.

Running has created within me a strong, confident, unbeatable force to be reckoned with.

Running has gotten me through hard times, and has carried me through the good times.

Running has made me cry, caused me pain and has allowed me to experience an immense amount of joy.

Running has become a part of me.


So, I must thank running for the gifts it has given me.


How long have you been running?
What is your #thankyourunning story?


14 thoughts on “#thankyourunning

  1. jonshearin says:

    I began running 6 years ago more as a social activity that has turned into a daily part of my life. It has reminded me to set goals, push my limits and take better care of myself.


  2. Trena says:

    Started running at the end of April 2015 when I thought it might help my breathing/stamina while I am training in Aikido. It started helping so I signed up for the Women’s Rock 2.5K that is happening this Friday night. I am breathing better but still can’t run that far w/o walking but I am getting better. Did a test run last night and at least finished under my goal of 30 minutes. ๐Ÿ˜€


  3. Jess@Flying Feet In Faith says:

    Wow!! That is an impressive first time 10k. What the heck?! Totally jealous lol it took me three years to bring my 10k down to a 44! YEARS. HA. But seriously, I attribute running to saving my life from the depths of totally loneliness and depression. I was a single mom and decided to run run a marathon. And I did. And now, I’ve run 4 going on 5, married, and totally happy! ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. skinnyrunning says:

    That is a crazy “how I started running” story. I did a race, once, without training at all when I was 22. It was a 5k. I just wanted to do it without walking, which I did. I think I ran it in 32 minutes. The next 3 days were the most painful of my life. But, I started running regularly after that until quitting it completely for a decade until this year. It’s funny how a random race can insight you.


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