Running

It all started after experiencing my first true winter.  We had moved up north to the mid-atlantic in the middle of summer (my first time living in a state without a palm tree).  The fact that I would need a sweater or jeans for nights out in August should have been my first clue.

I soon discovered that in the fall & winter the sun would set around 4pm, the winds would tear right through your clothes leaving me quite literally frozen in misery.  I had always been capable of running a mile here, 3 miles there, never more than 5, but now I wouldn’t even walk 1/10 of a mile to the community mailbox.  It was miserable.  A friend from our previous station convinced me to sign up for the Marine Corp Historic Half.  I started training and survived my second winter without out going batty.  We met in Virginia and had such a great time running (in the rain, singing songs out loud and goofing off for the cameras).  The next thing I knew, I was training for the FULL Marine Corp Marathon.  And the same thing happened the following year.  I’ve since ran two half-marathons and two full marathons.  And since we’ve relocated to the south, we discovered a running club and have had such a great time meeting up once or twice a week to socialize, run, and go out for food & drinks.   Now I’m signed up for Chicago 2011.  We’ll see what happens!

13.1 "NYC" aka, crossed the start line 3 times.  in QUEENS.

13.1 "NYC" aka, crossed the start line 3 times. in QUEENS.

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