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I was a late bloomer to this running craziness.  One of my coworkers would always talk to me about running in the hopes that I would get into it.  Nope.  I was not interested because I could not run even one mile.

I began running in the summer of 2005.  I remember walking along the lakefront and I saw this older man running and I told myself “Well, if he can do it, so can I”.  I immediately signed up with CARA for their Beginner’s Program.  The goal was to run for 30 minutes.  I only made it to about 29 minutes.  Still, it was an accomplishment for me.

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My first race was a 5K in November.  I finished in 39:48.  Not the best time but I was happy for it being my first race ever.  The rest is history.  To date I’ve completed many races with various distances from a 5K to an ultramarathon.  In 2012, I completed my first relay race (Ragnar Relay Chicago).  I had a blast!

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I am also a second grade teacher.  Prior to teaching I was a marketing manager for a nonprofit organization.  Every day brings smiles from my kids.  Throughout the day they learn something from me but I learn much more from them.

I run because I can.  I run because I enjoy that feeling of accomplishment whether it is a short or long run.  I run because it is my “me” time.

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