I’m Now A Runner…in Training!

One of the things I would like to accomplish from my bucket list was to run a marathon. It’s been a huge personal goal of mine for quite some time. I consider myself a fit person who wants to challenge myself. However, my only problem was I hated running. I remember during my high school years in field hockey doing sprints around the field, and that to me was unbearable. After really thinking about it, I finally decided to do it.

I just started running almost two months ago and I’m enjoying it so far. I finished my very first four-mile race on September 18 in Montclair, NJ for the Junior League of Montclair-Newark’s Children At Risk. It was hard, but it was worth the 5-6 weeks of training I did prior to the event. At 88th place (out of 105 racers) with a time of 41:01 minutes, I considered that a huge accomplishment for a newbie!

Sport-Memories.com just sent this link of photos they took of me at the event, as well as some random photos I took below.

That very first race was a first step in achieving my marathon goal, but I’m taking things slow so that I don’t overtrain myself. To help continue this momentum, I recently joined a running club in central NJ to train and to meet new people with similar goals like mine. Plus, I’m looking forward to sign up for the Unite Half-Marathon at Rutgers University on April 2012. This will be a huge journey in my life and I can’t wait to see where this goes.

woodman field
Beautiful day at Woodman Field, where the race took place.
JLMN T-shirt
A really cool shirt they provided at the event.
Wearing my sneakers hours before the 9/18 race.
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