Susan Tirch, Talented actress (I act like I'm nice), 37 Texas
My dad definitely inspired me to run. He never really talked to me about running (and he didn't do it while I was growing up), but him starting later in life showed me it was NEVER too late.
In college, sadly I never really ran. I had a friend I worked with who ran 5 miles a day most days of the week. I remember being in awe of her and thinking it was something I could never do. I'm still actually in awe because she did it then and still does it now. I often wonder how I would be different now if I had started way back then.
I'm a triathlete and enjoy both swimming and biking. I wish I would dedicate more of myself to the other parts of triathlon like I do running. What I need to do is just sign up for a big race and start training. Once I get through the NYC, I think that's EXACTLY what I'll do. Once and for all!
My running definitely helps me be better at other things. I know I'm stronger now than I ever have been and you can't tell me it's not from all the miles I run. I went out and rode 50 miles on my bike yesterday when the longest ride I had done lately was 30 miles over 7 months ago. I was pretty proud of myself.
Running is becoming one of my greatest loves. I never thought I'd see the day where I'd crave a run. Most days I actually look forward to my run whereas before I'd dread it (although I'd feel great afterwards).
I hate treadmills. This is no secret! I can't remember the last time I ran on the treadmill. I will avoid it at all costs. That's why living in a warm climate is so wonderful. There is hardly a time where I'm forced indoors due to weather. If anything it's too hot!
Two years ago, I thought I was in the best shape of my life and PR'd on the Pittsburgh Half Marathon course finishing in 2:09. Shortly thereafter I crashed on my bike broke my shoulder and wrist. The recovery took a long time as did returning to my prior physical condition. I feel like I'm back and better than ever and set another Half Marathon PR in Pittsburgh in May of this year, finishing in 2:07.
When I was working I rarely worked out on work days. I value sleep (don't want to wake early) and by the end of a 10 hour day felt too exhausted to workout. I don't know how people work full-time (or part-time for that matter) and still manage to fit it all in. Those people are definitely my inspiration.
I love hearing a song on the radio that's on my playlist. Immediately I'm transported to a time where I'm running and kicking booty. It's funny how just a song can take you somewhere. Conversely if I'm not feeling a run and a great booty kicking song comes on, I can immediately be converted to a better mood.
Racing makes me stay focused. It causes me to really evaluate what I am able to do and not settle. If I register for a race (and plan to race) then I make sure I do the work to give it my best effort. Granted I don't race every race and that's ok too because there's just something about the race atmosphere that invigorates me.
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