Making a Runner - Chrisy Ennen

I am a runner.

It took me a long time to be able to say that sentence.

I always wanted to discount it in some way.
  • "I run, but I am not fast." 
  • "Do I run, or is it more like jogging?" (Is there even a difference? - NO.)

I ran track in high school and also ran for fun. I stayed active in college for awhile, but then marriage and family took priority and my life got pretty sedentary. 

When the time came for me to get moving again, lack of money and lack of time led me to the street out in front of my house - back and forth because my babies were little and inside asleep.

I started walking intervals: 1 minute each at various intensity levels building up to all out level 10. And it got to the point that I couldn't walk and get to a 10, so I had to run. That first time I might have made it 15 seconds before I was dying. But little by little I kept going and pretty soon, I had conquered that minute.

Once I got going, I decided maybe I could try a 5K, and after I did that I decided I could try a half marathon. I spent tons of hours on my own training faithfully for the Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini Marathon, and when the day came I finished the race. But again, I felt like I needed to qualify it with, "I had to walk for just a little bit after a potty break at mile 10." I still wouldn't let myself be a runner.

I don't know when it changed. but sometime over the next year I started to see myself differently. I started running with other people, challenging myself with different workouts, and seeing that the simple fact that I run makes me a runner. 

As a runner i see things differently; I view life through a different lens. There are so many things in life that can be compared to running. My mental resolve is stronger - both on the road and in life. I am more in tune with my body than I ever have been before. I read Runners World Magazine and feel like it is a special treat just for me. I enjoy books written by runners, two of my favorites being Mile Markers by Kristin Armstrong and My Life on the Run by Bart Yasso. Things I once thought impossible I have accomplished - in running and in life.
  • 12 half marathons.
  • 1 full marathon.
  • 1 "Goofy" - half marathon on Saturday and full marathon on Sunday at Disney World (which technically makes 13 and 2 for the numbers above, but Goofy gets its own category)
  • 5 10K races.
  • Numerous 5K races.

  • Parenting two great kids.
  • Being a half-way decent wife.
  • Being a full-time working mom with little ones.
  • Being a multiple-job, part-time working mom with bigger ones.
  • Suffering with and working to conquer depression.
​Running has given me so much. Those t-shirts that say, "I run because killing people is frowned upon?" Well, it is a true story. Running is my therapy. My outlet. My time to debrief with my BRFs (Best Running Friends). All of those miles logged in all of those shoes on what I am pretty sure has been EVERY SINGLE ROAD in Greenville have made me not just a runner, but a better me. And I can't imagine my life without it.

I am Chrisy Ennen and I am a runner.

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