by Kim Kalny, Austin, Texas
Hi! My name is Kim and I just completed my FIRST EVER marathon! First of all, I never, ever, EVER expected to call myself a marathoner. Truly. I had friends in college/grad school, and later on, co-workers who completed races and encouraging me to run. My response was always “NOPE. YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING! ME?! NO WAY!” Then, something happened.
In 2016, I made a commitment to health. I started working with a personal trainer. I was lifting weights. HEAVY weights. On the weight floor. With all the “macho bros”. And while weightlifting is good cardio, I used to warm up and cool down on the treadmill.
And steadily, my cool down runs became longer. And longer. And then one day, I found myself going to the gym, just to run! Between the training and the running, I discovered a whole new version of myself, someone that I took pride in, who was brave enough to try new things. And this “new me” registered for my first race (Austin Half Marathon).[Read more…] about Reflections of a First-Time Marathoner — a Guest Post