Today’s post comes to us from guest contributor Sarah, author of Skinny Runner, who although has over 50 marathons under her utility belt; proclaims that “Average Jogger” is a more accurate self-description. Read on to learn about how she fell in love with running and what keeps her lacing up those sneakers!
My name is Sarah and I write the blog skinnyrunner.com. I was born and raised on an island in Alaska but now live in a similar environment – Southern California.
Just kidding. It’s not like Alaska at all.
I played all sorts of sports throughout my entire childhood (I think my dad wanted another boy?) and even played a year of collegiate basketball (benchwarmer, hey!) but I didn’t really start running until I had the fear of all that’s holy instilled in me: squeezing into a tight-fitting wedding dress. I started running before my wedding so that I could enjoy that wedding cake without busting out of said dress.
I didn’t really get into running and racing until a girlfriend of mine invited me to run a women’s half marathon in San Francisco in the Fall of 2008. I ran with her and had such a great time that I finished and immediately wanted to sign up for a hundred more races. Obsessive personality, what?
Having a friend encourage me to sign up for my first race was really the push I needed – I don’t think I would have ever done it on my own or even imagined that I could run a half marathon. I always encourage people to sign up for a race; even if you don’t want to race-race, it’s a great motivator and has built-in accountability: if you don’t train, race day is going to suck infinitely more.
Running has become a passion of mine and through it, I’ve met great friends (who will even be seen in public with me, I KNOW), I’ve traveled all over the country for races, and most importantly, it’s given me a sense of self-discipline and confidence. Running isn’t always easy, it isn’t always fun, but it’s always worth it. If that isn’t a Nike poster, it should be. When you lay it all out there for a run, I believe that it brings the best out of you.
I’ve run 16 Rock ‘n’ Roll races to date with more on my calendar; Vegas, here I come! Hide the checkbook! My first marathon was actually the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon in 2009, and my most recent and 50th marathon was Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle.
I love to travel and when I can combine running and traveling, that’s a win in my (wordless, pop-up picture) book. I like that Rock ‘n’ Roll has races all over the country in accessible cities, and they’ve made it easy and fun for someone new to the scene to get involved. No matter how many races or miles I’ve run, I always enjoy hearing first time racers’ stories – they’re encouraging, motivating in that they’re so excited about what they just accomplished. Love it.