My name is Rachel and I am very curious about all things running. I am married to a wonderful man, I am a new Mum, a Christian, a teacher, a lover of running and a lover of food!
I run to release energy, to feel good, to think, to pray and to calm down. I also run for sheer enjoyment, to keep fit and healthy and occasionally, to try and beat someone who I think looks like they should be beating me!
And secretly I also run so I can eat all my favourite treats (or burn off the ones I have already eaten... Oops!).
I will try to be humorous and I will often use sarcasm, but mostly I just make fun of myself.
So, here's my running story:
When I was at school I hated running, but then after I had gotten married my husband and I moved to Italy for him to play pro rugby. Although Italy was this amazing new place for me, I didn't have much to do other than go to the gym. I began running by just trying to run for a couple of minutes on the treadmill, then gradually build up. I remember being so excited going home and telling hubby that 'today I ran for 20mins on the treadmill!!'. Nek minnit (NZ joke) I am signed up for my first ever 7km run with some friends. YIKES! It took me 52 minutes (which now is about how long it takes me to run almost 10km) but I DID NOT STOP!!! It was the best feeling and just got better from there. Next thing I was doing 15km runs, then on to half marathons (21.1 kms) and marathons (42.2kms).
|In my early running days in Italy|
|After my first marathon in Auckland, 2011, feeling rather chuffed (but looking rather dorky).|
|Before marathon Number two, April 2012|
With all of that out of the way I will leave you with this verse that sums up my balance of running and life:
1 Timothy 4:8
For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
Keep cool til after school kids and happy running!