Why I Started Running {Link-Up}

I wrote a post about being a new(ish) runner a couple weeks ago, so I was really excited to see Amanda's link-up she started all about running! It's going to be a new topic on the 21st of every month, so plan to be a part of it. I'm already looking forward to reading everyone's post and hopefully finding more runner buddies to keep me motivated! 

This week's topic: How/Why You Started Running, in 250 words or less

Sometimes, I really don't know the answer to that question! ;) I kid, I kid. Honestly, running is something I feel like I can be good at. I'm not there yet, I'm definitely not a "good" runner yet, but I feel like it fits me, my personality, my body type, etc! It's something I've always known that I could get good at, if I put the effort and time into it. As terrified as I was, years ago I signed up for my first ever 5k. I did horribly... I was so slow, I'm pretty sure I walked and overall just felt like a slug. But you know what? People along the streets still cheered for me when I trudged by. The gatorade and the bagels afterward were delicious. Being surrounded by other people of all ages, sizes, athletic levels was so awesome! I loved being a part of the running community, even if I was barely a part of it yet!

Since then, I've had my ups and downs with running. I went months and months without lacing up the running shoes. Yikes! However, those days are long behind me and I don't ever see myself ditching the running world again. I'm officially signed up for my first ever half-marathon and I'm excited that every day I feel more and more like a real runner. It's exhilarating to have such a lofty goal and to push myself each week to get closer and closer to accomplishing it. Who knows?! Maybe one of these days I'll even be a "good" runner.

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  1. You are out there doing it. Good luck on your first half marathon! I did mine last year and crossing the finish line was one of the best moments of my life! Which half marathon are you signed up for?

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  2. As long as you're putting yourself out there, you're a good runner! It's all relative. I'll never win a race but as long as I'm beating the old me, I feel like I might as well be an Olympic runner!

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  3. I'm so excited to hear all about your half marathon! It's going to be so awesome :) Thanks for linking up!

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  4. Woop woop!!! Way to go lady, I can't wait to hear all about your half marathon!

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  5. What an awesome link up - great for finding motivation! When is your half marathon? That's so exciting! Keep at it, girl!! I can't wait to get back into running - I've had to give it up in my third trimester but I'm hoping to get back at it soon post-baby!! I love pounding the pavement with some upbeat tunes :)

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  6. Just remember! We're faster than everybody on the couch!! ;) can't wait for the half. I'm so proud of you!

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  7. I'm totally still a "beginner/not good" runner, but I figure if you're sticking with it - you're a good runner, right??

    ~Katy

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    1. Very true! I'm definitely better now than I was a year ago, so any progress, no matter how slow/small is good! :)

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  8. I am so excited for you to run your first half-marathon! You are braver than I am! I know you're going to rock it and I look forward to reading about your continued progress :)

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  9. Running is the best and worst all rolled into one, but I agree with your statement - sometimes I feel the same that this is something I'm good at and no one else can impact whether I work at it to be better or not, like so many other areas in our lives. Do work, girl!

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  10. the running community is seriously the best!!! and good luck on your half marathon! they're so much fun and the feeling of accomplishment afterward is incredible!

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  11. I would love to run but I think the weather put a damper on that for awhile. So maybe once it warms up I'll attempt it. We will see!!

    PS - When is your trip?

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  12. You'll do great and it is such an exciting feeling to be a part of such a community! You'll love the feeling of accomplishment at the end and you'll be ready to sign up for more races :)

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    1. It really is SUCH a cool community to be a part of, and I've only done a handful of 5ks! I can't imagine the feeling after I finish a half-marathon! :)

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    2. Just imagine the best feeling ever, and there you have it. And if you're me, it's that mixed with the desire to throw up a little bit ;)

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  13. I personally think anyone who is out there and trying is a good runner. Running is really challenging, especially at first.How exciting that you have your first 1/2 marathon!

    Thanks for linking up with us today and for sharing your story.

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  14. Once the warm weather is here to stay, I want to get back into running. Although it has been several months since I did any running, so I will prob be a like a baby turtle starting all over again!

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  15. I wish we lived closer so I could run with you lol. I have no motivation what so ever to run :( maybe that will change soon!!!!

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  16. kudos to you! i am not a runner at all, sometimes i have been caught pretending but the simple truth is that i am SO not! i appreciate anyone that does though, b/c i wish it was something my body liked me doing! :D

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  17. The people out there cheering always get me pumped!! I've had my ups and downs with running over the years as well, but there really isn't anything quite like it once you kinda get in the zone with it. This link up is great! Loving reading everyone's story :)

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  18. I'm so proud of you Tat. You are going to dominate this Half Marathon!

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  19. YAYY! I love this and that you signed up for the half marathon! I can't wait to read all about it :) Being part of the running community is positive and uplifting! Even though I may not look like the typical runner, and sure I can't run a 7 minute mile pace, everyone still cheers me on! And yes, the food at the end is well worth everything! Go you!

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  20. Good luck on your first half marathon - mines two weeks away and I'm nervous/excited! I love your comment about the bagels - it's so true isn't it that the food after a run is the best ever! Good luck.

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  21. I love this link-up! Good luck on your first half marathon, that's a huge goal & you're gonna rock it! I'm a relatively new runner, and also would never consider myself good (I'm pretty slow), but I love it! I'm hoping to do a half myself at the end of this year or beginning of next - have to conquer the 10k first!

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  22. So proud of you sweet girl...
    I cannot wait until spring so that I can start running again :)
    I kinda miss it in some ways during winter season!

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  23. Isn't a 5k and the crowd cheering such an awesome feeling?! Glad you're loving running. :)

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