I began running by finding a race, getting a training plan online, racing, and repeating this cycle. By the end of each race, I was burnt out and wouldn't run for several months. Although I saw incremental improvements, I didn't enjoy running, it was simply a means to an end (and not a particularly enjoyable one).
Several years ago, a friend invited me to join their training group for a run. I was surrounded by others with goals, passion, and a strong desire to welcome others into the fold. From that moment, running had a greater purpose. It became an outlet for stress, a source of amazing friendships, and a way to be more present in my community.
I am still motivated by races, but running has become much bigger than simply getting to a goal. Some of my best friends, greatest accomplishments, and most important moments have come from this simple, shared experience.
The best part, it all starts with a single mile. Running is unique in that way, anyone can be a runner simply by getting out and putting one foot in front of the other. These experiences inspired me to establish November Project GR, Bagel Run GR.
They've pushed me to complete marathons and utlramarathons. Most of all, running has pushed me to experience life and it continues to shape who I am.
I can't wait to see where it takes me next!