Welcome to Married & Marathoning! I’m Kathleen and I’m a runner. It seems strange to say that, even now, because I definitely was not always a runner.
I began this blog in July 2013 for two main reasons:
1. to chronicle and share our marathon training journey for our first marathon, the Richmond Marathon.
2. to inspire others by sharing my running experiences and love and enthusiasm for running.
I’ve found running to help me, like no other exercise has, to relieve stress, to relax and focus, to build confidence and believe in myself, to push myself to reach goals, to provide energy throughout the day, to eat well and to help me fit into those skinny jeans.
I used to be the girl who would try to skip gym class on the mile run day. However, I was active – I loved spinning, pilates, elliptical, kickboxing – but hated to run. I didn’t start running until 2009 when I was 25.
So why did I start running? In December 2008, I started having severe foot pain. I’d never really been hurt before, having avoided all contact sports my entire life. First mistake was waiting too long to see a doctor. To make a long story short, I had gotten two stress fractures, one probably leading to the other. The dull pain started in November and I developed severe tendinitis soon after. I was put in a boot for 13 weeks. After a bone density scan, I learned I had osteopenia! My doctor encouraged me to start running as well as to take calcium to help build up my bone density. That scared me enough to try to run. I got my first pair of real running sneakers and hit the road, celebrating running my first mile then running two miles. I enjoyed hitting all this milestones and setting higher and higher goals. Plus, I simply liked the feeling. Running soon became relaxing.
I met Mike, my now husband, in May 2010, about a year after I had started to run. Mike encouraged me to sign up for the Annapolis 10 miler at the end of August with him. I was excited but also terrified, worried that I’d run too slow and would be picked up by the race vehicle (and not get my finisher’s shirt!). But I ran pretty fast and realized I loved racing. I loved the energy, the camaraderie, the feeling of being a part of a running community and, of course, the feeling of crossing the finish line!
Mike and I really enjoy running together and Mike has helped me to become the runner I am today. Who knows if I’d ever have signed up for a race if Mike didn’t encourage me to? Maybe. But in 2010, it hadn’t really crossed my mind at all. I didn’t think I could do it. As cheesy as it sounds, we both support each other as well as push each other. There are many early morning runs I would have slept through, if not for Mike encouraging me to get up and run with him. And some races when he starts dragging but I encourage him to keep pushing. In addition to running, we also love biking, cooking, craft beer, photography and traveling.