Importance of Running Family

"After running with the group for the first time, I was kicking myself for not joining them sooner."

I was a runner in high school. Never very fast, but still a runner. After high school, it took 20 years before I decided to lace up again. My "baby" was in kindergarten and it was time to lose the weight that crept up through marriage and two young children. I started running on my own using an app on my phone. I was running by myself and really couldn't talk any of my friends into running with me. Running alone is difficult for many reasons. There is no one to push you and no one to hold you accountable. After about six months I decided to check out our local running group in Clarksville, TN. After running with the group for the first time, I was kicking myself for not joining them sooner. From day one, I felt welcome and part of the group.

Fast forward 6 years and I found myself back in Michigan and without a support system. I was no longer teaching full time so my schedule was constantly changing. It didn't take long for the weight to creep back on. I knew I had to make some changes.

When I started working at Gazelle last summer, I joined Gazelle's long distance program. Lots of long slow miles using the Lydiard approach helped me to lose almost 25 pounds in a year. And the best part is that I have found my running family here in Michigan!

Finding your running family is so important to achieving your goals. When I first started running, my main goal was weight management. Today, weight management is secondary to the support of my running family and the natural high of conquering new goals. I have met so many fabulous people through Gazelle. Every day I am grateful for the support the Grand Rapids running community has given to me and what I have witnessed it do for others.

Join Jaime in the 5K/10K distance training program!