A Runner’s Two Cents by Rachel

April 18, 2012

In 2006, Heli invited me to join her on a little race in my neighborhood (the Bucktown 5k.) A 5k is 3.1 miles. As a self defined couch potato, this seemed like a feat akin to climbing Mt. Everest.
Nonetheless, I did it (slowly). I walked, I ran. I ran, I walked. I carbo loaded, even though its not really called for when you only run 2.5 miles at a time.

I was hooked.

The next year, I ran a half marathon. And then another. And some more.

I threw in a marathon in 2010.

Countless 5ks, 8ks, 10ks, 9 half marathons, and one full, running season has begun once again.

I am training for my 2nd Full Marathon (and some other races on the way.)

I love running because it inspires me. It inspires me to be a better me-maybe to run better, or faster. Running is time for me, to be alone in my thoughts, or with my music. Running is time with friends. Running can be what I want it to be.

I am proud to say I am a runner.

This year, I will be running the marathon to raise money for Misericordia, a home for children and adults with developmental delays. It is a cause near and dear to my heart.

In the next few months, I will be sharing “A Runners Two Cents” from time to time. Can’t wait to share the journey with you!

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