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For the Love of Running

For the Love of Running

Hello and happy National Running Day! If you’re in Houston and like to run, maybe you should take a minute to register for the Chevron Houston Marathon or Aramco Houston Half Marathon! Registration is open today! I plan to be back in running action by then, so I’m signed up for the half this year. Who’s going to join me? And if you need a running coach or a training program, I’d love to help out!

The past few months, running has been pretty sparse for me. Since I injured my ankle on Valentine’s Day (read all about it here), running has taken a back burner. My ankle is doing much better these days. I wear a sports ankle brace when I’m at work, working out or on my feet for long periods of time. Pretty much I take it off when I’m relaxing at home on my couch or just hanging out. I’ve tried running just a bit. Not a lot. I don’t think I’m capable of a lot. Luckily we have an indoor track at the gym I work at, so I’ve been able to jog a lap or two and then walk. It’s certainly harder now that I’m in my 3rd trimester. I’m looking forward to being cleared to workout after I give birth. I know I’ll be back in my true running form again. It’ll take time, but it’s so worth it.

Running has become a very important part of my life over the past 6 years. After I ran my first half marathon in San Antonio November of 2009, I was hooked. In 2011, my running became an integral part of my life. It kept me sane. It kept me in shape. It helped release anger, tension, frustrations. It helped me feel joy, peace, power. To this day, running still does this for me.

A runner not being able to run is out of place and out of his/her element. As much as it pains me to have to skip out on races and Saturday morning runs with Chandra, I know I”m doing what’s right for my body. Right now rest and relaxation are key. The inability has made me truly appreciate my sport. In the past, I’ve sulked over bad runs and wanted to quit during marathon training. I’m sure one day I’ll have those feelings again, but for now I’ll bask in the happy running memories…


  • Marathon training with Runner’s High Club
  • Crossing the finish line of my first marathon
  • Crossing the finish line for every single race for that matter
  • Loops around Memorial Park
  • Crazy hot 5Ks during Houston summers
  • Dressing like a 3 year old in a tutu and running through Cinderella’s castle
  • Running on the Montour Trail in Pittsburgh
  • Exploring different cities and countries via morning runs (Rome, several cities in Norway, Golden, Boston, Philadelphia, etc.)
  • Adventure runs like the Gladiator Rock ‘n Run and Tough Mudder
  • Meeting one of my best friends through running (I love you Chandra!!!)
  • Most importantly, running my first race with Miss Chloe Grace growing inside my belly


I can think of so many more! Happy memories make me remember why I love the sport so much. I’m lucky to have found a love for running and can’t wait until I’m back in action!

So once again, happy national running day! I managed to get a mile in…did you?

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