1 mile to 13.2

Just the other day I realized it has been nearly a decade since I started running!

When Bobby and I met in the Fall of 2000 at UT Martin, he had been on Houston High School’s track and cross-country team. I was a couch potato who didn’t even own a single item of athletic clothing.

So he invited me to run with him around Pacer Pond one night. I though I would die! I’m not sure how far we ran…probably not even a mile? 1/2 mile? 400 yards? It was BAD.

But I got better and worked my way up to regularly running a mile several times a week, though almost never outside (just on the treadmill).

I stuck with the “Mile Only” rule all throughout college until we moved to Memphis. Then in spring of 2006 I ran my first 5k (3.1 miles) with Bobby and David Spratlin at Shelby Farms on the Chickasaw Trail in preparation for the Youth Villages 5k. Again – thought I would die!

Then Bobby and I started doing more 5ks on the weekends. I started running 3.1 miles regularly on the treadmill instead of just a mile. Bobby did the 2009 Memphis Runners Track Club Road Runner Series and the 2009 St. Jude Marathon.

Then we both signed up for MRTC’s 2010 Winter Cross Country Series, which would end in a 10k (6.2 miles) – Eeep! So I started joining him on his Monday night Fleet Feet runs, Tuesday night Speed Training and Thursday night Breakaway runs (and those Saturday Hash Runs helped too). So when that 10k rolled around, I had a great time!

And now here I am, nearly 10 years later, preparing for my first half marathon (13.2 miles). The Germantown Half Marathon is Sunday, March 21 @ 7:30. My 18 year-old self would have never imagined myself doing this. Excited and nervous? You bet!