I've always been active, but like most people I caught the running bug during an effort to lose weight. I was out of college, living on my own, homesick, worried about being in the real world. I was really not taking care of myself, I ate too much of the wrong things, and spent the weekends at happy hours and parties.
Finally one New Years Eve I decided to make a change, bought some diet and exercise books, and joined a gym. I started slowly on the treadmill, I wouldn't look at myself in the mirror or talk to others. But I went back every day, and did a bit more each day. I would bargain with myself and challenge myself, by running farther each day, or faster. All through the winter I did it, and by early summer, I lost 12 pounds. It was time for a new challenge, running outside. I did the loop around the neighborhood that I used to walk.
I still remember the day I ran a whole six miles, to the Reservoir and back. I couldn't believe it! I started running six miles a day. I still couldn't believe it! I decided to test myself some more and do a 5k. Then a 10k. This past July I did the Utica Boilermaker 15k run, for the third year in a row! Just last month, I did the unbelievable, I ran my first half marathon Half Marathon!
I love to run. I run because I can. I run for other people who cannot run. I run for the challenge. I run for me. I've got "the marathon" in my sights. I'll get there, someday. —Molly
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