Wednesday, February 29, 2012

My Running History

I started running competitively when I was 8 years old.  During the annual PE mile run I finished in the top of the grade, I was invited to compete in the annual Halloween run, a mile race held in October for all the local elementary schools.  I did well and was on my way to a long career.  I ran in races sponsored by schools, municipalities, and fundraising fun runs. I loved running and would race whenever I could. 
 In high school I continued to work hard with hopes of earning a college scholarship.  I set the school record in the 800m and 1500m.  I was a state contender 6 times between track and cross country and finished 11th in cross country (5k) and 5th in the 1500m.    
I earned a scholarship to a community college.  I could have gone to other more prestigious schools, but my school of choice was close to my heart.  I was born in that city, it is where many family members still live, I had spent happy summers there, plus it was affordable and had my major.
I was happy with my choice to run at a community college.  I ran there for two years, I had great success, and wonderful experiences.
Best of all it is where I met my husband.  He proposed to me on the track a few weeks before nationals of my sophomore year.  After 12 years of serious competition I was ready for a change. I traded in my running shoes for a sparkly diamond.

Since my final nationals in April of 2001 I have run off and on, nothing serious, not a lot of competition.  I would always try to get DH to join me in my passion for running but to no avail.
Two months ago his buddy at work invited my husband to run a marathon with him.  My DH who HATES running said YES, with one requirement; that I do it with him.  So... after 10 years of marriage with regular pleas, invitations, and bribes (wink wink) to run with me, he agrees to run a MARATHON with a work buddy.  Sometimes I doubt my charm.  I of course jumped at the opportunity to train with my hubby.  While we rarely run together, (DS#2 hates the jogger) we are enjoying training with a common goal.  

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