I have struggled to find what my physical activity is. As a kid, I couldn’t dance, which was a shame because of my interest in theater. I couldn’t play soccer because I almost threw up in the training sessions. I was (and still am) afraid to play basically anything with a ball because I got a softball in the eye during kindergarten t-ball back in the day. I didn’t make it onto the middle school basketball team due to terrible hand-eye coordination.
I did venture to track; I ended up running the 400m and 800m. I was consistently in the last 2 of any training run. I only was relatively successful at two meets - one was a practice meet and the other was probably pure luck.
At the end of 8th grade, I was shocked to receive the MVP award. Basically, I never gave up, and I always encouraged and cheered on everyone else (particularly the other stragglers). I think the little plaque is sitting somewhere in my mom's attic.
My senior year of college, I volunteered as a Running Buddy for Girls on the Run, my sorority's philanthropy. Parents and family are invited to run with their young runners, and for students that don't have family that can participate, they are assigned a Running Buddy. I was partnered with a young elementary school girl and trained with her to complete a laid back 5k on their school campus.
On June 4th, 2016, I completed the Asheville Half Marathon. I trained for 14 weeks. I thought it would be easier than it is; every time I lace up it feels almost impossible. Luckily, my partner is always willing to get up an extra hour earlier in the morning and maps out our runs for us. I am so grateful that I was finally able to reach this goal!