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Friday, October 26, 2007

Remembering how it began

Back in 2000, I attended an actuarial exam preparation seminar. While it didn't help me pass the exam, I did discover the joy of running. I was already a weight lifter and did aerobics, but the gym at this hotel was lacking in those amenities. Instead, they had a ton of treadmills. One of my seminar mates talked me into trying running on the treadmill. So, I banged out my first mile run in many, many years. It took me 14 minutes, but I did it.

Fast forward a few months to June 2001 and I'm still going about 1 mile, maybe 1.5 on the treadmill with an average speed of 11-12 minutes per mile. My friend, Nicole (DWD buddy), talked me into trying a 5k. We signed up for the Ambulance Chase run that wound through downtown Cleveland. I hadn't run more than 1.5 miles, so I was nervous, but her husband said he'd stick with me. And, he did. He kept me distracted and helped me finish my first 5k ever in 31 minutes flat. I almost threw up at the end, but I was so hooked. Of course, another friend talked me into triathlons that next summer and the rest is history.

Why am I going down memory lane? Well, two of my friends are running their first 5ks this weekend and I get the pleasure of escorting them for it.

Kristen and I are doing a 5k in downtown Cleveland tomorrow morning. She is my wonderful friend and also a damn fine massage therapist. She keeps me running each month. I know she is nervous, but she will be great! She has prepared well! Here is a picture of us at her birthday party this summer.

Jen and I are doing a 5k in Toledo on Sunday morning. She has been my friend longer than anyone I know and is one of the kindest people I've ever met. Now, she can be a runner pal as well! I get to visit her and her family on Saturday night, so that is an extra bonus! Here is a picture of us from September 2002 (I'll get more current pictures this weekend, I promise).

I'm very proud of my girlfriends. I know they will run strong and hope they will get hooked on the finish line rush also. I can never have too many running girlfriends!

I leave you with a moment of zen (Jen, I know you love John Stewart, so this is for you). It is a picture of me at a costume biathlon 5 years ago.


Blogger E-Speed said...

hope you have greatly fun 5ks this weekend!

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Anonymous kristenb said...

Thank you so much for doing the 5K with me, Jen. You and Matt are such inspirations to me. Seeing how hard you two work for your goals, and having you both there to always answer my questions is so great! Had a blast, and am for sure doing it again! Thanks a ton!!

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