After reading the book "born to run" (Spanish version), I thought how wonderful was to know that we were born to run. I never thought of that before.

I started running in Nov 2006, when all of a sudden I made up my mind and I decided to run. I must say that at that time, I was really big (I am 5,2 ft and my weight was 190 pounds,). I had never gone on a diet and I was never worried about it. I had always been fat ... but then, I just got tired of being fat and decided to do something about it.

Most of my friends started to laugh when I told them that I was going to start running. They didn't believe me at all. So then, I promise to myself that no one was going to let me down on this.

In Nov 2006 I signed up to the Nike 10km with a friend. None of us had run before. So, when the race began, we were so nervous that we never thought we were going to be able to finish it. We celebrated every kilometre achieved and we took pictures of it. We got to the finish line in 1 hour, 30 min. but we were the happiest people in the world.

Since then, I haven't stopped running.  It has brought to me only good moments, new challenges and a new body. Now, I am not obese and I am always trying to keep fit . I have improved myself in different categories: 10km, half-marathon and marathon. I celebrate every moment, especially when I finish the marathon... it is just an incredible moment :)

Now, I started doing trail running. My new challenge is to be able to run 50 miles. That's why I started looking for information about how to improve myself to achieve that goal and I found the book "born to run" which led me to this website too. (I heard about Eric there). It is a great book!

When I started running, I was 27 years old. (Now, I'm 32). Sometimes it is said that running is only performed by people who are fit and young. I can say that everybody is able to run at any age. It does not matter whether you are fat or old. It is a matter of willpower and perseverance. 

Was I born to run?  The answer is yes. :D , and I am a very proud to be a runner. :)



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Comment by Cecilia Morales Pérez on November 22, 2011 at 2:43pm

Many thanks for your nice comments Whitney Stewart ;) I love that quote too. I feel young every day I run ;)

Comment by Whitney Stewart on November 22, 2011 at 8:12am

I love remembering the statement in the book: "We don't stop running because we get old; we get old because we stop running", and even better is shortening it to a positive message: We are young because we run!

Congratulations on your life changes!

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