RunSamanthaRun is a blog about me, Samantha. It is about trying to be the best me that I can be.
Life is like a road race. (Yes, here comes a blatant cliche running analogy. Please bear with me for a moment before you gag.)
There will always be someone ahead of me, there will hopefully always be someone behind me. There will always be someone who trained harder than me. There will always be someone who looks better in spandex than me. There will always be someone with nicer running shoes than me. There will always be someone who says no to the plate of brownies or free beer at the finish line. You get the picture… there will always be someone better, but with a little hard work there will always be someone that will look up to you too. If we continue to aspire to be better versions of ourselves, and continue to inspire others to be better versions of themselves then we all win. (Ok, so that part is not quite like a road race. ) The moral of the story is to better yourself.
Why I Run
When I got engaged to my husband, I was overweight. I had gained 25 lbs since we started dating and knowing that I had to plan a wedding and be the center of attention was a great motivator for getting my act together. We were living on St. Croix, USVI at the time (remind me to tell you about that later) and joining a gym was well above our budget. Running was our only feasible option. All we needed was a decent pair of sneakers. We could do it any time and anywhere. The first run was terrible, awful, painful, grueling, embarrassing, and only about 1.5 miles. I couldn’t run more than 2 minutes without hyperventilating and having to stop and walk. Fast forward to June of 2012. I was running 4 days a week and could run 5 or 6 miles without a problem. I had lost those 25 lbs and my wedding dress was big! Mission accomplished right? My new husband (who had lost about 35 lbs from running) and I were feeling great, healthy, energetic. We didn’t want to slide back into being unhealthy and gain all our weight back. So we set another goal for ourselves. We wanted to run 10 miles. Once we accomplished that, we entered our first race.
I am now happy to say that I have finished a half marathon! The feeling of crossing that finish line is so incredible, it makes all the grueling training miles (even the ones you really have to talk yourself into) so worth it.
This blog is meant to be an outlet for me to explore the reasons I run. It will explore methods of training, fueling, strength training, mileage tracking, body image, food, and more. I’m sure a lot of life not related to running will spill into this blog as well, but hey – it’s life. And life is like a road race – it might rain, and it might be muddy, and you might have to stop to retie your shoe – but we’re still going to run, because that’s what we do.