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!