Runners tell all: My running story

Last week, I read about Deb’s Running Story as part of a Runners Tell All link-up. This is a monthly link up for runners, with a different topic each month. This month’s link-up is how and why you started running, in 250 words or less. Here’s my story:

While I was growing up, I always ran. But I never ran to just run. I ran for soccer and for swimming, and in high school I added field hockey to the list. The only time I was on a track was for the dreaded Mile Monday. Running for more than 20 minutes straight seemed preposterous. I knew nothing of road races, and actually thought the only adults who ran were the ones that did it as a profession.

I did not pursue any of my childhood sports in college and found myself with a large void to fill the fall of my freshman year, in 2006. Intramural soccer helped, but I was looking for something more. Then I found out about the local chapter of Team in Training, and ventured out to an interest meeting shortly after I had returned from winter break. I loved the atmosphere, the idea of fundraising for a cause (my grandfather is a Leukemia survivor), and the daunting task of training for a half marathon. I had a great experience with TNT and after completing my first half marathon in April 2007, which was also my first road race, I was hooked.

Since then, I have completed one full marathon, eleven half marathons, a handful of 10 milers, a couple of 10K’s, and countless 5K’s. I fully intend for running to be a lifelong activity for me. Running has taught me so much and I can’t wait to see what adventures lay ahead.  

Ha! Got it done in 249 words.
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This link-up is hosted by  The Lady Okie and Sunshine to the Square Inch. You can click the picture below to see all the details about these monthly link-up’s.

Sunshine to the Square Inch

To see a list of others who have joined in on this link up or to join in yourself, through Linky Tools, click HERE .

What got you into running?

Have you ever fund-raised for a charity?

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  1. Great story, Meagan; and thanks for the shout out! I’ve coached for fund-raiser marathons, but I haven’t participated as a runner. A lot of my friends have, though.

    1. It’s a great structure for a first-timer!

  2. Loved learning more about your running story! I’m the same way. I want running to be a lifelong love & pursuit.

    1. I always want to be active, and I hope I’m always able to run. Other activities just aren’t as fun!

  3. You have ran so many races! That’s really great that your grandpa is a survivor and that you ran with TNT! Thanks for sharing your story with us and for linking up.

  4. Wow! You’ve been running for a while and have run so many races! That’s very cool. I’ve run 7 half marathons so far and definitely want to get up to 10 soon 🙂 Thanks for linking up with us!

    1. It has been nearly 7 years, but the time has flown by. I hope you hit your 10 half marathons goal, soon. Thanks for hosting!

  5. Cool story! I can’t believe you’ve done so many half marathons. That’s awesome!

    1. The half marathon is my favorite distance 🙂 By the way- sorry about your icon being messed up. I have no idea how to fix it, but if you have any ideas of things I can do on my end let me know!

    2. I think it’s my fault. I deleted my Google plus account. No worries! I don’t need a pretty picture by my name. LOL

  6. Eleven half marathons is a lot of them! Have fun training for the next one!

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