Thanks for bringing me on board. I'm excited to be here!
I started running about 11 years ago right after college. I did a little running prior to that time, but I was always very self-conscious and never enjoyed it. After college, I found myself becoming more sedentary in the working world and knew I needed to do something about it. I liked running because it was something that challenged me as an individual and I was inspired by the runners I saw in the late years of life still out there doing their thing. I had always been active, but really wanted something that I could learn to enjoy and continue doing for many years to come. In the late summer of 1996, I signed myself up for a local 5 miler and I was instantly hooked.
Why I run is always changing but it all comes down to me. As a stay-at-home mom with two young children, it's really the one thing I do for myself. It refreshes me. It keeps me sane. It provides me with an outlet when I need one whether it be to vent or to simply clear my mind. It connects me to other moms who also love to run. It challenges me both physically and mentally. It makes me feel alive.
I've run every distance from an 8K to a full marathon. My favorite distance is the half marathon. I've never been a fast runner, but I have steadily improved my time and will hopefully continue to do so. I'm coming back from a second baby so my runs are really slow and short right now. I have dreams of running Boston in 2012 as a 40th birthday gift to myself.
Upcoming races? None at the moment. I have my eye on a local half marathon in mid-October, but have not registered yet. Maybe Kelly and Suzie would like to join me for it??
[Note: Cherl is really Cheryl, sans the "y". They have reasons for doing this, but my theory is that my parents simply spelled it incorrectly to begin with.]