Hi, I’m Cas! When Lo asked me to guest blog about my running, at first I was super excited and then super nervous–but now I’m excited again! I have to start by saying that I am by no means an expert or extraordinary runner. I am just a girl that enjoys running.
I run for many reasons. Sometimes because I had a great day and want to celebrate it by running, sometimes because I had an awful day and running helps to clear my mind and sometimes…I just run because I ate too much Chipotle! Most of the time I run for the feeling I get. The feeling of accomplishment, strength and freedom. I don’t always love getting up in the mornings to run, but I always love the feeling I have once I am done.
So where does one find this “love of running” that I keep speaking about? Well, I got it from my Mom. (It’s OK if the she get-it-from-her-Mama song just popped into your head.) She has been running since I was a baby and is a veteran marathoner. I started running track and cross country in 8th grade. From the start, my Mom has encouraged me to run and has always been there with me to do it; running is kind of our thing. Whenever I go home to visit the family, one thing I can always count on is getting a run in with my Mom and I always look forward to it.
During college, I would go for a run here and there (in between classes, crew and partying of course!) but the running bug really hit me again after I graduated. I started to sign up for 10Ks and half marathons and in 2012 I decided I wanted to run a marathon–with my mom of course. My first marathon was her 13th marathon!
I did not enjoy training for a marathon, but I think that is normal for first time marathoners! I didn’t train like I should have, but I will save those details for another post. After completing the Marine Corps Marathon in 2012 I swore I’d never run another one. But here we are three years later and I am training for my third marathon. This time around, I am truly enjoying the training program I am using and am hoping for another great run in October. Don’t worry, my next post will tell you about the killer training program I am following right now– so you’ll have to come back for more!
I’m excited to share my running thoughts and experiences with you–what’s worked for me and what hasn’t. I hope you enjoy my posts and find them entertaining and informative, and hopefully I can give you a tip or two to help you enjoy your runs as much as I enjoy mine! Next week I’ll tell you about the training program I’m using to tackle my third marathon.
Until next time, I’ll be out pounding the pavement!