ImageI started running nearly eight years ago for the same reason that many people do…in the hopes of losing weight and getting healthy. Running was not a natural choice for me. I was the kid who would find any excuse to get out of running in high school PE class. However, as running didn’t require fancy equipment or an expensive gym membership, I hit the pavement. 

The first few ‘runs’ were miserable, but even through the discomfort, I quickly began to notice the difference in how I felt.  Before I knew it, I was hooked. 

Since that first awkward run, I have completed 5 full and a handful of half marathons. One of my favorite running memories is coming in dead last at a half marathon in France. The firemen in the sweep car followed behind me the entire way. When I crossed the finish line an elderly gentleman gave me flowers and congratulated me on finishing.

Running is about more than miles, negative splits, and PRs.  It is about friendship, laughter, strength, power, self-confidence, FUN….and post-run pastries. Running taught me to admire my body for what it can do and not judge it for what it looks like. I continue to run because of the incredibly awesome community of runners in this great city who inspire me daily.

The best piece of advice I can give to a new runner is to quiet the inner critic and enjoy the run, no matter how far or how fast.  Just keep moving forward! 

I look forward to sharing many miles with everyone.

Image***Side note from Beth: This girl has an amazing power to support. She is the most amazing cheerer, tow truck, sign holder and all around supporter. Unselfishly and Unconditionally.  Thank You Megan!