Running was how I first started on my journey to health. I remember strapping Little Dreamer into the regular stroller we had at the time and attempting to run. It was more of a “wog” (walk-jog) at first. But I felt good getting out and doing something. I started to time myself and try to improve each time. When I started running my miles were 17-18 minutes. But I did it.
I’ve come a long way since those days. Back then I struggled to call myself a runner. I thought that maybe I had to run a certain pace or distance before I could call myself a runner. But since then I’ve learned that is far from the truth. I was a runner then and I’m a runner now.
I’ve run 3 half marathons, 1 full marathon (can we just ignore that DNF? It was mile 21, thats practically the whole race…), and countless 5ks. I still love running for the love of the run. Something about hitting the pavement is just so refreshing. It makes me feel strong. I see now how far I’ve come. You know what my biggest challenge was? My mind. I had to get comfortable being uncomfortable and push myself beyond what I thought I could do.
Timex is celebrating National Running Day on Wednesday, June 5 (TODAY!) by asking consumers to tweet or post to Instagram with #IMARUNNER. In return for each eligible submission, Timex will donate $5, up to $15,000, toward One Fund Boston which helps those individuals most affected by the tragic events of April 15, 2013. Timex will also be giving away 60 Timex Ironman watches to runners who use the hashtag.
For a chance to win a Timex Ironman watch simply submit your unique running story on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #IMARUNNER on June 5th by 11:59pm EST. Users can also enter by submitting a photo or story directly on the Timex Sports Facebook page “#IMARUNNER Tab” (http://bit.ly/12qH3Xb). Winners will be selected at random and official rules are located here: http://bit.ly/147ilKy.
How are you celebrating National Runners Day?
I am participating in this campaign on behalf of Timex Sports and Catalyst Public Relations. All thoughts and opinions are my own.