Hi, I'm Katie. I'm many things: a mom, a wife, a professional, a new AMR team member, and I'm also a breast cancer survivor. I'll be sharing my story here on Another Mother Runner as I get back into a regular running routine and train for a half marathon. I hope you'll come along. Feel free to ask questions or share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Earlier this week, I was lucky enough to go for a run with Coach MK. We live close by each other, so I reached out to see if I could join her for one of her slow runs. She said yes, so we made plans to meet at 6 a.m. at the park close to where we both live.
I have not run at 6 a.m. aaaaaaaaaand I haven’t run for longer than 1 mile without stopping in 8 months. Eight months! So the night before I laid out my clothes, running shoes, my lucky pink hat (after I found it), and a head lamp, so I would be ready to go when my alarm went off at 5:30am.
What happened was so unexpected -- we ran for an hour straight and talked the entire time. I didn’t have to stop once! We made it 5.5 miles! I have to admit that I’ve never been one to run with someone else. I usually get out there when I have a break in the day or with my BRF, Annie (my youngest).
When I run solo, I pass by these groups of women that are laughing and carrying on a conversation and I usually I get annoyed that they are taking up so much of the running path. But what I discovered was that running with a friend makes the run so much more enjoyable! You get to catch up on life, get your miles in, burn some calories, and clear your head. Plus, a friend doesn’t yell at me to “Run Faster!” like Annie does. I didn’t once look at my watch, search for a different song to get me through the next mile, or find an excuse to stop. I just ran, and it felt good.
I might just be able to run this half marathon after all.
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