Today is Jack’s 3rd Birthday so this is dedicated to him!  I love ya buddy!

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In 2000, I read an article in either Self or Shape magazine.  The story was about this woman from New York who, with minimal running experience signed up for and ran a marathon with Team in Training.  I remember clearly finishing that article and thinking to myself, interesting.  I didn’t sign up for a race, begin running more or plan anything.    I didn’t do anything with the article itself, didn’t save it or read it again, I just noted it.

It was not much later that I was chatting with a girlfriend down the hall in my office building and she said to me out of the blue that we should sign up for a Team in Training event and run a marathon.  I gave it some thought and agreed to go to an informational meeting with her.  I went, she didn’t.  I signed up on the spot for the program and in December 2000 began to train for the Country Music Marathon in Nashville, TN.  Less than four months later I finished my first marathon at 5 hours, 31 minutes.  I cried like a baby when I crossed that finish line.  Never had I done something so hard and so rewarding at the same time (at least with childbirth I had good drugs!)

Flash forward to the end of 2008.  I’ve been running on a regular basis since that first week in December, 2000 and have completed six marathons and a bunch of 10K’s, 5K’s and half marathons.  Not bad if I do say so myself.

I have only taken time off from running during the time I was pregnant with Jack ( I really tried to run past the 4th month, but it was just too much on my bladder!)  Once he was born (at 11 pm on November 30, 2005) I began running again, slowly.  Those early runs were the worst and I vowed then never to stop running for the simple fact that I never wanted to have to start again!

I run about 3 or 4 times a week now.  It’s part of who I am, what I do.  I like to be a runner.  I feel better about myself, stronger.  It’s not easy to stay on track,  sometimes life gets in the way.  But I know how I feel when I don’t go out for a run and I know how I feel when I do and that’s why I choose to run.

Run strong and remember to have fun.

Keli

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