Say hello to Jennifer.
I discovered my love for running in 2010 after joining the Texas Running Company’s Thursday night social run. After running with the group for a while, my friend decided she wanted to do a marathon. I on the other hand was still deciding if I was going to like running or hate it!! I would wake up late on Saturday mornings and drive to meet her for the last part of her run and then make her take me back to my car. Somehow, she manipulated me into signing up for and training for the Mardi Gras Rock-N-Roll New Orleans half marathon, while she would be doing the full. After the feeling of accomplishment I got from completing the half marathon I was hooked! Since then I’ve completed nine half marathons, one full marathon and various shorter races.
I have also found a passion for triathlons and a couple of weeks ago I completed my first 70.3 triathlon. I was not certain that I would be able to finish in the time allotted and imagined myself one step ahead of the guy picking up the orange cones. If it had not been for my training buddies and TRC run family I would not have been able to do it. Twelve people drove over an hour to come out and support me. I have never felt so loved. Knowing they were there gave me the strength to power on. My finish time was thirty minutes faster than I thought I could do it – 7:25:17.2.
I am a middle of the pack runner; I do not place in my age group often. But man, I have so much fun training with friends and seeing the successes of other people and myself as I grow in the sport!! I cannot wait to see what adventures I get to go on next!