Here's how it all happened...
My mom trained to run her first 5K in the spring, and she did great! After the race, it was obvious that she had caught the running bug but didn't know where to go from there.
Enter my Aunt Carol. She completed a half marathon a couple years ago, and she decided she was going to do the same race again this fall.
One thing led to another, and my mom decided that she was going to train for the half and surprise my aunt. Then I got to thinking, if they can do it, I should be able to do it too.
My mom, brother-in-law, and I all decided in June/July that we were going to train and surprise Aunt Carol! Since the race is next week and we didn't want to catch her off guard on race day (no added mental stress needed for any of us), my mom let the cat out of the bag last night.
My aunt is so excited, and we are all excited too! I am so glad that she (and my mom) inspired me to start running. I never thought I was physically capable of doing anything like this, so I am humbled with every run I complete (no matter how short of a distance).
When I first started training, and honestly, up until this past weekend, I didn't know if I would really be able to do this or not. Luckily, my long run this past Sunday was amazing. It was the first time that it all felt good, like something clicked. I knew after this run, with its nice little confidence boost, that I could do this.