About Me

Hello, my name is Rebecca, and I am a runner in Chicago. 

I'm still somewhat new to running, and I'm doing my best to figure everything out as I go along. Some days it is a struggle. Sometimes I fail miserably. But I keep trying. I keep moving forward. I refuse to give up.

I am a runner because I run. I run slowly. Sometimes incredibly slowly. But I still run. I love the way running makes me feel alive and powerful. I'm incredibly awkward and riddled with anxiety on my best days, but when I run, I can quiet my mind and just focus on moving forward. I'm a happier, nicer, more relaxed person on days that I run.

Before I started running, I didn't think I could run. I was certain that running was something that only skinny people did. I had reconciled myself to being one of the first people to die during a zombie apocalypse. 

I started running in the spring of 2013 when I realized that I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I felt like I was falling apart. I was ready for a change. I literally woke up one morning and said aloud, "I think I will run today." And I did. It was awful and painful and difficult. But then I ran again the next day. And the next day. And the day after that. The more I ran, the easier it became and the more I enjoyed it. 

Running has helped me relax, focus, gain more self confidence, lose weight, and lower my blood pressure. There is a sense of pride that comes with finishing a run, and it feels good. 

Things aren't always easy. In fact, they can be really difficult. I've had some set backs, I try hard to view set backs as new challenges to tackle. I'm slowly working to become a better runner. I'm getting stronger and becoming faster, and I've started tackling longer distances, completing my first half marathon in 2015. 

I plan to continue running until I'm physically unable to run anymore, and I plan to chronicle my journey on this blog - both the good and the bad. 

I'm hoping that there will be more good than bad.  

I get super jazzed about running.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Rebecca — I’m with the National Stroke Association which is hosting a 5K walk/fun run in Chicago on June 3 starting at DuSable Harbor and winding along the Lakefront Trail. We’d love for you to join us. Opening ceremony is at 8:45 a.m. There’s a loop for those who prefer a shorter route. We’ll come together to raise awareness for stroke and celebrate survival with stroke survivors and their families. To register as an individual or team visit: http://support.stroke.org/site/TR?fr_id=1642&pg=entry