Finding Fitness and Fellowship at the St.Charles Running Festival
My name is Kim and I am so excited to be blogging about my training experience leading up to the St. Charles Running Festival!
I LOVE to share my story in hopes of inspiring someone: overweight and sedentary 37 year old woman joins running group and goes from couch to Half Marathon in 9 months. Loses pounds, gains a support group, and earns the title of “runner”!
In January 2012, spurred by a New Year’s Resolution to reduce the “junk in my trunk” I joined a new running group at my church (South Potomac Church, White Plains, MD). The group, headed by Laura Hall, set out on a 12 week 5k training program. Over the 12 weeks, we'd train a few days each week on our own and meet once each week to run together. Through that program I learned a lot about the analogies in the Bible between running and faith. It has since become much more than just a running group to me; it’s a fellowship of folk pushing forward and towards the next mark and a place where we reciprocate encouragement. At the end of the 12 weeks we ran the SCRF 5k as our “graduation” race!
Since that first race ya’ll, I’ve run a Half Marathon, participated in a 200 mile relay race, and covered more collective miles than this chick could’ve EVER imagined possible in January 2012! I’ve even registered for my first full marathon; the Marine Corps Marathon in October 2013!
We re-launched the running group in January 2013 as the SPC STRIDERS and now have nearly 60 walkers and runners! Once again, our graduation race will be the SCRF 5k.
I have a motto: my race, my pace! So, while I don’t run with a time goal it would be so gratifying to best my previous SCRF 5k race time of 43:13, and I’m all the more excited to run alongside and hoot-n-holler for my fellow Striders, many of whom will be running their first 5k!
Kim Lott (in photo) ran the Virginia Beach Rock and Roll Marathon on her 38th birthday!