Don’t stop dreaming just because you think you have to.
I started running long distance five years ago. My cardio was next to nothing and my asthma affected me daily. Once I made the decision to run, I dove head first into distance running in minimalist shoes. I bought a pair of Vibram Five Fingers and made my calves burn. I added miles cautiously each week and after a few months, my body adapted to the new toe shoes.
Running became my stress relief, my escape, my extra cup of morning coffee. (Ironically, two cups of coffee can help stop an asthma attack.). I have severe allergic/airborne asthma, same as Galen Rupp. I quickly discovered that running helped open up my lungs, and after a run, breathing felt so much easier. I began to have more energy throughout the day. The better shape I was in, the better I could breath (for the most part). Running quickly became a part of my daily routine.
My only training plan was to run more. I ran by myself either on the treadmill listening to music or from my house to no where in particular. I had no training partner. No coach.
After a few months of running consistantly, I decided that I wanted to run a half marathon. I built up my miles over the summer and ran the 2012 Allstate 13.1 in Vibram Five Finger minimalist shoes. My finish time? 1:56:08.
The day after the race, I saw Dawn Grunnagle’s picture in the Dallas Morning News. She was the Overall Female Winner with a time of 1:17:10. I didn’t understand. With a winning time of WHAT? I had no idea that was even possible. Her time on top of the fact that she took several years off of running after college to focus on her career and the fact that she was 34 blew me away. A winning time of WHAT?
Before that moment, I believed that my shot at having a running career had died, because I didn’t run in high school or college and because I thought I was no longer at an age to consider running at an elite or professional level. Before that moment, I had quit on my dream, because I thought I had too.
Realizing I was wrong changed everything.
2012-2016 Half Marathon Times
2012 Allstate 13.1 – 1:56:08
2013 Allstate 13.1 – 1:46:17
2014 Michelob Ultra 13.1 – 1:33:29
2015 Dallas Half Marathon – 1:29:56
2016 Cowtown Half Marathon – 1:29:17
2017- Still on my way!
Thank you, Dawn, for inspiring me!
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