I started running in 2001, mainly because I was never a runner. I was usually last or second to last in any P.E. running activities. I thought, wouldn't it be cool to be able to run non-stop for more than 1 minute?! I found an online plan (of which I really wish I still had a copy) that was tailored to get you running 20 consecutive minutes. I remember I started on the week which was "Run 90 seconds, walk 90 seconds, repeat 7 times." I thought I was going to literally drop dead trying to run those 90 seconds but I kept with it, and months later I built up to 20 minutes. I kept adding another minute, and another minute and before I knew it I wanted to run a 5K. The 5K gave me the goal of doing a 10K, then a half-marathon, and eventually a marathon. Somewhere along this journey I felt comfortable calling myself a "RUNNER."
Two months ago I completed my sixth marathon and I'm still setting new goals. My long-term goal is to complete a marathon on every continent (I'm up to three). Shorter-term goals include completing an ultra-marathon, completing a triathlon, and breaking 2 hours in the half marathon. I'm a middle-back-to-back-of-the-pack runner who is loving every minute of this lifestyle I never thought I'd want or be able to join.