This Fridays Featured Runner is Lisa over at The Running Fire Wife.
Lisa’s Running Journey
I started my running journey in 2010 thanks to my amazing best friend, Erin. We signed up for WDW Royal Family 5k. At the time I didn’t think it was a big deal… whatever I will walk most of it. After my first 5k I did a few more than in 2012 I became pregnant and running was the last thing on my mind, even after baby. I had no desire to run.
In Jan. 2014 Erin was running the WDW marathon. I came up to be there for support. I made a sign and stood in the cold at Magic Kingdom waiting. It seemed like forever, but the minute the first runners came by I teared up. It was an amazing sight to see, to witness. I can’t explain it. You have to be there to feel the rush of emotion for those runners. Truly amazing feeling! After what seemed like forever ( I was so worried I was going to miss her run by), There she was!! I immediately broke out into happy tears! (to this day I tear up thinking, and even writing about it)! Happy tears! I was so excited to see her! We took a few pictures and then she had to be on her way. It was then that I decided I was going to run again. I left M.K. and went back to where I was staying, ate and got everyone dressed to go to the finish line. As she crossed that line I cried again (with sunglasses on this time)! She did it! Erin is 100% the reason for my motivation in taking back up running. She inspires me all the time. After that weekend, I went out got new running shoes and my journey to running again began. My biggest outcome to date is running my first 10K and coming in 4th place!
-What made you decide to be a runner? I’ve never really thought of myself as a runner until this year. The beginning of this year was my eye opener and I’m now happy to say I AM A RUNNER! ( Again, it was Erin who inspired me to run. Now it’s for 100 reasons).
-What is the longest distance you’ve ran? To date is 7 miles. I am currently training for my first half marathon.
-What is your favorite post run fuel? chocolate milk! Nothing is better than downing chocolate milk after a run!! If you haven’t tried it… you must!!
-What song is currently being played on your playlist when you run? Running and music are my two most favorite things (aside from my family). Those that know me, know I LOVE concerts & running. So I will give my top songs in my playlist… because I cannot choose just one!
1. Lost in Stereo -All Time Low
2. Underdog- You Me At Six
3. Can’t Hold Us – Mackelmore
4. Timebomb- All Time Low
5. The Other Side – Jason Derulo
-What would you tell an individual who has just started their journey into running? It’s not going to be easy, at all. And results will take some time. But when you finish your first race, it will all be worth it!! I promise you nothing is better than running across that finish line!