I AM A RUNNER! I never thought I would be saying those words. How did I become a runner? It started this past February when I went for a girls weekend getaway to Walt Disney World. Disney had announced at Christmas that for Leap Day the park would be open (first time ever!) for twenty-four hours. As a huge Disney fan, I flew with a girlfriend to Florida and met two other girlfriends. In our twenty-four hours in Magic Kingdom on Leap Day, I learned that my two other girlfriends had just ran the Disney Princess Half Marathon. It sounded like so much fun and I thought I really want to do this half marathon! When I returned home, I thought about running more and wanting to lose weight and be more physically active, I researched running in my area.
I found a local running group, Howard County Striders (www.striders.net) and joined a training group, FIT (Females in Training). This was a twelve week running/walking training program designed for all fitness and running levels to achieve a 5K graduation race at the end of training. Two weeks in my FIT training, I saw a post about a local 5K in my neighborhood. It was being sponsored by Divas Run-Tri Du. I had no intention of running the entire 5K however decided to attend the race. What can I say? The Divas are amazing especially Adrienne and I am eternally grateful for their support (always!) and with the help of Danielle, I ran the entire race. Here's a video of the 5K and I'm in the orange jacket and striped tank.