Thank you for stopping by! Terri here and welcome to Running & Other Things, a vision to document this passion and other things around it. Running has been a passion of mine for a few years and has become a vital part of my life. I did not take up this endurance sport in my younger years. I started when I was turning 50.
Early on, I asked myself at times, -Why I started this sport at 50? Can I possibly run more than a mile? Why am I doing this? Is it just to take the edge off of daily life?
With coaching and training, I realized running is a safe and healthy exercise for individuals of any age. It is never too late to start! I believe not everyone will fall in love with this sport as much as I have, but the health benefits are tremendous.
It is my hope that there is something I can give back that will add value to you, whether you are over 50 or younger searching for information on how to start running.
Paper Clip and Running Journey
Growing up I was the skinniest child in the family of ten. I had very skinny legs, I still do have skinny legs! 🙂 When I participated in sports, or even when I’m just walking normally, I would sometimes fall for no reason, and often scrape my knees. I am proud to have these warrior scar knees! But that didn’t discourage me to stop exploring other things.
What does a paper clip have to do with running, you might ask?
A previous co-worker of mine, shared her interest in running. I was excited and so happy for her! Our office had cubicles, when we had downtimes, we would shoot rubber bands on the wall, just for the fun of it. One day, she tossed a paper clip in my cubicle to get my attention and said ‘Let’s sign up for a race’. It took me by surprise and immediately thought of participating as a walker, as I never ran longer than a mile before.
When I made the decision, the race entry was all sold out. Instead, I volunteered at the race where we were supposed to participate. It was an amazing first experience being in a race event! Volunteering in a race means you have to wake up at o-dark-thirty to get there before the runners arrive, but the positive energy of the running community inspired me, that long distance running is achievable.
In 2012, I signed up for my first half-marathon with Team In Training, to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Talking about from couch to half marathon was completely out of my comfort zone. It worked out perfectly, Team In Training provides great training program and world class coaches that helps their charity athletes get to the finish line!
It is humbling to be training and racing for something other than myself and at same token, help raise funds for blood cancer research and treatments. Since 2012, I have completed 5 marathons, numerous half marathons and a handful of fun runs. I am chasing to complete all 6 World Marathon Major, with Boston & London to complete the series.
Just doing it one foot in front of the other, I somehow arrived here after covering few thousands of walking/running pavement and trail miles. And this is because of ALL the people that invested in me that contributed to where I’m at today.
I’m excited as ever of what is ahead. Running – a passion birthed from that paper clip story!
Now, it is my turn to give back!
Please feel free to leave a comment below, maybe there is something I can learn from you also.