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"My running story starts when I started working at my current job. After college I never could really find a fitness routine that I enjoyed. I started talking to coworkers and one of them talked me into trying a 5k. I thought that there would be no way I could run at all, let alone run a 5k. But I tried and was hooked. I like the fact that I’m competing against others, but that I’m mainly competing against myself. I may not be the fastest out there, but that hasn’t stopped me from trying. The atmosphere at races is so infectious, the running community really is a supportive and an inviting one. Regardless of where you are in the pack of runners, there’s always cheers and high fives going on and I just love seeing that."
"I first started running when I was in the Marine Corps and to be honest, I despised it and wasn’t very good at it. When I got out of the Marines, I gained some serious weight. Time went by and I had a physical scheduled. My doctor told me I was seriously obese and my blood pressure was all out of whack. I decided to make some changes and slowly got into running. I dropped 100 pounds and love running now. I enjoy road races, trail races and obstacle races. When I run now, it’s kind of an escape for me and resets me."