A Runner Shares Her Story

Guest Blogger KirstenKirsten can be found at Running In A Girl’s World. She is a mother of 3 girls
living in Northern Nevada.

Hi everyone! My name is Kirsten, and I’m a runner. (Yes, that sounds like the beginning of an AA meeting. Is there an RA meeting? Runners Anonymous?) Anyway. I’ve been running since I was a kid. When I was six I ran a 5-mile race with my dad. I was the very last person to cross the finish line, but even at six I knew I would finish. My love of running waxed and waned over the years.  In junior high I ran cross country and track. I was slow, but I didn’t care because I loved how running made me feel. Skip forward 20 years and I’m the married, mother of three girls. Running has given me so much. From “me-time” to the health benefits to the numerous friends I’ve met because of running. It has given me confidence and perseverance and pride.

In October 2009 I ran my first half marathon at Nike Women’s Marathon
in San Francisco. I was not prepared for it, but I ran the whole 13.1
much to my amazement. That sense of accomplishment was overwhelming
and beautiful. That experience led to forming a team for Team In
Training with my friends over at The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans. Fourteen of us raised over $40,000 for Team in Training. We ran and walked 13.1 at the San Diego Rock N Roll Marathon in June 2010. Sharing this experience with those ladies
convinced me that I should join one of them for the Disney World
Marathon on January 9, 2010.

Now after having completed my very first marathon, I’m truly in awe of
those who regularly run marathons. The time and commitment needed in
order to achieve that goal is breathtaking, as is crossing the finish
line of your first marathon. There are no words to describe it.

Currently I’m wondering when my next full marathon will be. Any
suggestions of an awesome race?
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