About Me

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

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.

I started running in the spring of 2013 when I realized that I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. 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. I signed up for a 5k with a friend, found a training plan online, and ran my first race that fall.

Running has helped me relax, focus, gain more self confidence, lose weight, and lower my blood pressure. Some days it is a struggle. Sometimes I fail miserably. But I keep trying. I keep moving forward. I refuse to give up, even though I really want to sometimes.

I like to think that I'm slowly making progress and becoming a better runner. I'm getting stronger and becoming faster, and I've started tackling longer distances, completing my first half marathon in 2015, and my first full marathon in 2016.

I plan to continue running until I'm physically unable to run anymore, and I plan to chronicle my journey here, both the good days and the bad days.

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

Wish me luck!

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