I have never been a runner. Even in High school I didn’t run the mile, I walked it. A few years ago I decided I wanted to learn to run. I did a couch to 5K but was still mostly a walker. In spring 2012 I joined a group called No Boundaries sponsored by New Balance at my local Fleet Feet Running store. This is a beginner 5k training group. It changed everything. I learned to find my own pace and not worry about others. I was still run walking but more running than walking.
Nov 2, 2012 I completed a 1/2 marathon run/walking. It was fantastic!! A week or so after that a friend invited me to run with her. I was nervous because she’s training for a marathon and is not doing a run/walk but I knew her pace was about were mine was with my run walking.
I was amazed that by slowing my running pace down I was able to run continuously talk and laugh and not have to walk up the hills!!
I’m a runner. You wouldn’t know it by looking at me, but I’m a runner and I love it!