10 Years a Runner

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Today marks my tenth runniversary. Things are a lot different than that first day, when I struggled through a mile at a high school track. Never in a million years did I imagine then that I would accomplish everything I have. The idea of a marathon was only a flicker–something other people, “real” runners did. And an ultramarathon was still an unknown, as I had never heard of one.

There are so many things to love about running, but there are many things to learn from it as well. I’ve learned that I’m strong. I’ve learned that I can set a goal and meet it. And I’ve learned that I can keep going through sheer will. I know own body and mind better than I ever imagined I could.

Thanks to running, I’ve been able to explore cities and meet amazing people. Running helps me see the world a different way.

Here’s to ten years and ten more…and ten more…and ten more…


“Our running shoes are really erasers. Every step erases some past failure. Every mile brings us closer to a clean slate. Each foot strike rubs away a word, a look, or an event which led us to believe that success was beyond our grasp.” – John Bingham

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