I can’t even begin to tell you how excited and downright bewildered I was when I was contacted about being this week’s “Follow This Mother” on Another Mother Runner. I’m a huge fan of the blog and the book, Run Like a Mother, but it’s a huge leap to go from being a fan to being profiled.
Five years ago, if you’d told me that one day I’d be profiled on a running blog, I would have laughed at you. A loud, hearty laugh at that. With the exception of mandatory laps in gym class or wind sprints for basketball (I was a four-year bench sitter in high school, thank you very much), I’d never willingly run even a quarter mile in my life. The fact that I’m here now, with bibs from half marathons, 12k trail races and 5k races hanging on my wall, is just one example of the Betty philosophy at work.
The first day I tried to run, I think I walked about a mile peppered with short little bursts of awkward running. I couldn’t imagine ever getting better, or faster, or being able to go further. But I kept going through good days (few) and bad days (many), knowing that making it part of my routine would make it part of my life. I may never qualify for Boston or run faster than Kara Goucher, but I’m out there having fun and raising money for leukemia and lymphoma research in the process.
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We get 365 fresh starts every year. Let’s make the most of them.
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