January 7, 2017 – unbeknownst to me, my running journey was about to begin. On that day, I walked into Fleet Feet Sports for the first time looking for a good pair of sneakers. I was not a runner and had no plans to start. Walking was my thing and someone referred me to Fleet Feet to get fitted by a specialist. Armed with my new sneakers, I found myself looking at Fleet Feet’s website where I stumbled on the No Boundaries Learn to Run program. I was convinced that I could never run, but thought I’d give it a try because you never know.
Less than a month later, I’m signed up for the No Boundaries Learn to Run program and it’s kick off night. Week after week, I show up at the group training workouts. Each week the coaches have me running longer and longer and each week I’m thinking they are crazy. I can’t run this long . . . but I did. The entire session I was filled with self-doubt, but the coaches and mentors kept telling me, “You can do this. You ARE doing this”.
April 2017 was the graduation race: the Wegmans Family 5k. As I stood at the start line, I was both nervous and excited. Then Ellen, the co-owner of Fleet Feet Sports Rochester, shouted GOOOOOOOOO and I started running. It started to rain but I kept running. As I came around the last corner and saw the finish line, I couldn’t believe it. I had succeeded in running my first 5k! It was a moment I will never forget.
Over the last year, I’ve done things I never thought I’d do. After completing the 5k, I signed up for No Boundaries 2pt0 in the Spring of 2017, and then 3pt0 in the Fall of 2017, and I have run 8 miles! I’ve done trail runs where I was covered in mud from the knees down, and ran in zero degree temperatures. It’s been amazing!
I have met so many wonderful people since I began my running journey. The friends I have made have pushed me and supported me. They have introduced me to new things and made my world a better place. It’s been just over a year since this all began, and I can’t wait to see what’s next!