I did not realize it at the time, but I was actually pretty good at running. I did my first half marathon(which was hilly!) in 1:45:55. Not super speedy but very respectable. I have since run four 5k's, four 10k's, three 10 mile runs and three half marathons. I also did my first full marathon in May(Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City, Michigan) with my running buddy with a time of 4:12:17 less than two years after I started exercising and I'm currently training for my second marathon, the Detroit Free Press marathon in October.
Running has completely changed my life. Also, my family has helped support me throughout the process. In addition, the running community and the many blogs I read are great sources of motivation. Blogging about my progress also helps me - kind of like therapy. I love talking about running with other runners and my blog () is a great place to do that. Runners are very supportive of each other and I have met some great people over the last couple years. I hope to be able to run for the foreseeable future and I do what I can get other other people involved in the sport.
Thanks Jeff for sharing your story! Be sure to check out Jeff's blog Detroit Runner !