It all started with an overheard conversation at Nicholas’ soccer game. I was probably going off about how I was going to ride an astounding *wink wink* 12 miles on my pink bike and another mom heard me. She asked me if I was a rider and said that we should ride sometime together. Sure I thought, she’ll never call, it was just small talk on the soccer field.
But sure enough she did call and the rest is history. That “other mom” is one of my good friends Tracey, a four-time marathoner and mother of three. She is an inspiring woman—both an avid cyclist and runner.
When Tracey and I started to ride together she had just come off the 2009 Pittsburgh Half Marathon. She said that she and her friends were going to do another Pittsburgh half (The Spirit of Pittsburgh) in the fall and I should consider training with her. Haha I thought, I was no runner. Honestly I wasn’t. My longest run at that time was 5 miles and I had only done that a handful of times over the course of my LIFETIME. I told her I hated to run, and I truly did.
Somehow Tracey convinced me I could do it and we started training together in August of 2009. You see, I haven’t been a runner for long (just one and a half years). In fact, I’ve never even been an athlete. I never played sports and I am the klutz of the family.
Tracey was my inspiration. Her children are almost the exact same ages as mine, she’s an involved, devoted mother and she showed me that I could do it. And in November of 2009 I ran my first half marathon.
I’ve run two other half marathons since then including The Pittsburgh half marathon in May of 2010 and Decker Challenge this past December.
My point is, you don’t have to be born a runner. You don’t have to be a long time runner or even an athlete. All you need is a little inspiration. For me that was Tracey. She showed me you can be a mom (and a good one) and still be a runner. She taught me how to train and how to love running.
Thank you Tracey for giving me something in my life (besides my family) to be passionate about. Thank you for being my mentor, but most importantly thank you for being my friend and CONSTANT support even from 1200 miles away. YOU are my inspiration… and I just thought you should know.