The first time I walked into Greater Boston Running Company in Lexington to buy new shoes, I had no idea that my life was about to change.
Margaret fitted me for my shoes and then asked if I was a runner. I’ve always wanted to be a runner, but there was a little voice in my head that made me believe it was something I would never actually be. Now at the age of 39 and overweight, what are the chances that running was in my future? Margaret explained she had a beginners running group that I would be perfect for. With a nudge from my husband, I took the plunge and joined. The first morning of running with the group, I was beyond nervous! That voice was still in my head telling me I couldn’t do it. You’re too old, you’re too out of shape, you might embarrass yourself. But after listening to Margaret’s pointers on proper running posture and encouraging words, I slowly began to feel comfortable. Surrounded by enthusiastic ladies of every shape, size, and ability, I felt like I was a good fit for the group after all. The atmosphere was positive, nonjudgmental, and uplifting. Gradually, with every run, that voice in my head started to disappear. That negative voice was replaced with motivational quotes that Margaret sends in every email prior to a run, and the overwhelming support from everyone in the group. Now, I can proudly say, that I AM a runner! Running has become a huge part of my life. I have become more confident in my ability, lost weight, and made some incredible friends along the way. I started out being a person full of doubt and anxiety when it came to running, but now I feel proud, secure, and can’t imagine my life without it. Who knew walking into Greater Boston Running Company in Lexington would change my life forever?
By Sara Connor