My Running Story

This post is inspired by the fact that I found a new running route yesterday! I have had a tough time running in the city because I hate running on sidewalks and busy streets. I’m a very “in the zone” runner, meaning I like to just put my music on, cruise, and not think about stopping to cross the road or try not to get hit by a car. When I lived in Brookline and the Fenway I was able to get to the Charles River pretty easily which provided me with miles of running paths and scenery. Since living in Somerville, I haven’t found a place I like to run outside so I’ve been sticking to the treadmill which is dull. Until yesterday! Check this out…

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I found the most awesome running path by stalking a runner. I was jogging near my apartment to explore and was pumped when the person in front of my ducked into the woods because that meant there was a path. Off roading for runners! The weather recently has been perfect for running so I was hoping my out of shape body would let me take advantage. I was able to go a little over 3 miles and it felt good!

I started running in middle school when I started playing field hockey. I would do it to stay in shape in the off season. In high school it became an outlet for me and I was running much more often. This is also around the time that I learned running is such an awesome and versatile activity. It only takes a pair of sneakers and a road so anyone can do it. And it also brings people together. I was a part of a few running groups with friends, teachers, and family. My family had one going for a while when my brother got out of the navy and was training for the police academy.

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(We’re so good looking.)

At the end of high school I started getting into road races, mostly 5Ks. They were quick, fun, and allowed me to get into the “competitive” side of running meaning that I started paying attention to my time and training more seriously. Eventually I found my way the the Falmouth Road Race, a very popular 7 mile race down the Cape. I have run it 3 times with my uncle and cousins. We never train, it’s always too hot, and we always complain. But in the end it is always a beautiful and fun race. And we eat a lot afterwards.

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In 2013, I decided it was time to run a half marathon. I thought to myself that I could run the Falmouth Road Race, so why not work on crossing something off my bucket list and train for a half marathon? I put in some serious miles. I was in the best running shape I’ve ever been in. I would run 8 miles at 8 minute miles and I loved it. The half marathon was also in Falmouth and in the fall. The weather was perfect and it was mostly on the beach which was amazing.

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(My mom is so amazing. She has never missed a single game or race, even when I’m in my twenties.)

Unfortunately, between school and work and winter, running took a back burner. But now I am determined to get back to it! It really is something that makes me feel so calm and happy, and I would love to get back to running half marathons. Here’s todays run, from the new route!

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Getting back at it, slowly but surely…

So, let’s chat about how to get motivated. Yesterday was a great start for me for finding a route I love outside. I really need to stop running in the gym since being outside makes the whole running experience even better. I think I’ll have to investigate some new music and maybe some new sneakers. I also want to set a goal of running at least 3 miles outside twice a week. Seems reasonable, right?

Whats your favorite song to run to?

Right now mine is 679 by Remy Boyz. Hahaha the beat keeps me going!

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