Why We Run Wednesday: AJ

Until I started running, I never even thought of myself as athlete: I couldn’t coordinate my hand with a moving object enough to serve a volleyball, changing directions suddenly on a basketball  court while also remembering to dribble the ball made me nervous, and I was too indecisive to decide whether or not to swing a softball bat at a pitch. But if you wanted someone to run hard and follow a white line until you told me to stop—I was your girl!

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Why We Run Wednesday: Sarah H

My mom says that when she was in labor with me – all 37 hours of it – the nurses were amazed at how strong my heartbeat was. According to her, her first thought was that would make me a strong runner.

And so with running, I don’t really know how to begin my story without first beginning with my parents’ love of the sport. It was something I inherited from them, a birthright of sorts. And probably because of this, it took me a long time to understand for myself why exactly I ran.

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Why We Run Wednesday: Brittany

When I was 19 I ran my first marathon because my mom ran marathons and I wanted to prove it wasn't that hard... it was that hard! I gained so much respect for her during that process and quickly learned that the marathon is as much a mental challenge as it is a physical challenge. I vowed after that race that I would never run another marathon. I used to hate running because I just saw it as punishment. When I graduated college I decided that I needed an activity so I reluctantly joined my mom’s run club. At the time it seemed like just something to do but it has evolved into something much more. Training with my teammates at run club is what I look forward to and is the best part of my day.

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Why We Run Wednesday: Erika

Why do I run?  That’s a good question!  You might be surprised to know it really isn’t about the medals, (although I love a good medal).

Right before my 40th birthday it hit me that I wasn’t getting any younger and it was time to get moving to tackle some of those pesky bucket list items that I’ve said I’d like to do but never really had a plan to do.  Initially my “bucket list” looked something like:

  1. Conquer fear of heights

  2. Run a half marathon

  3. Skydive

  4. Complete a triathlon

  5. Whitewater rafting

  6. Spend Thanksgiving in NYC watching the Macy’s Day Parade

  7. Zipline

  8. Enjoy Paris through the eyes of my kids

  9. Find my superhero mom skill

The first and least scary bucket list item was find my superhero mom skill – something that would make my kids proud.

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Race Recap: Lake Sammamish Half Marathon

The team competed in their first half marathon of the season at the Lake Sammamish Half last weekend. The weather was absolutely GORGEOUS out and it led to a wonderful day of racing. We has strong performances across the board with lots of PRs and several members who just missed their PR. This was a great confidence boost for our members who are headed to Boston in just a few short weeks!

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Race Recap: Magnuson Series - President's Day Weekend

There's something exciting about the first race of any season. After seven weeks of hard training it was finally time for the team to mix things up, get into a competitive mindset, toe the starting line, and run their hardest. But it's also important to remember that the first race of the year isn't about running your fastest time ever, it's about setting a baseline. It's lets you know where your fitness is currently, and what areas of training need to be worked on more in order to reach the goals that have been set for the end of the season.

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New Year. New Season. New Goals.

Whether you’re new to running or an experienced runner, I’m sure you have some goal in mind for this year. If you haven’t done so already, make that goal real – tell people about it, write it down, make it happen – whatever that means to you. Doing so will help solidify that commitment to yourself and help ensure that you hold yourself accountable for following through.

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Why We Run Wednesday: Summer

Why do you run?

I been asked this so many times and still don't have a concise answer.

I began running away from my grief.  My older brother died in October of 2011.  At the time, I was overweight and sedentary.  My brother was my best friend and fierce encourager.  After the initial loss I felt compelled to do something, anything with my pain and frustration. 

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