Sarah's Up & Running Story

Some real-life inspiration to get running for anyone who thinks they'll never run a mile let alone a marathon!

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I was always bad at running. PE was the only subject I dreaded at school. But I secretly wished I could enjoy running because it sounded perfect for me: a solitary, repetitive activity in which I could get lost.

One day I was complaining about being lazy and stressed and a friend suggested I try running. But I just couldn’t get past the “run four minutes” stage of the plan I was trying to follow.

Then I met Julia and fell in love with her practicality and no-BS attitude. The moment she launched Up & Running with Shauna, I did something crazy: I signed up.

Those first eight weeks were hard, amazing, intoxicating, and filled with awesomeness. Running my first 5k was exhilarating. Not only was I doing something I’d never thought I’d be able to do, but I was loving it. In the years since my first Up & Running 5k course, I’ve worked my way up to a 10k, half marathon, and finally the mighty marathon.

The weirdest thing about running is that no matter how miserable I feel during a workout, I always feel good when I’m done. Running made me realize that I’m stronger than I think. I’ve learned that I am not a quitter, and that surprised me.

My advice? Only worry about the workout you’re about to do and ignore what’s coming next week, because it’ll always seem too much. But it won’t be, because next week you’ll be a different runner. Enjoy the process. The final race is just the crowning of the whole thing, but you’ll find out that the feeling of accomplishment at the end of some of those training runs is just as satisfying.

 

For more running inspiration, check out Up and Running by Julia Jones and Shauna Reid.

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