“I can’t run, Doctors tell me I can’t!”, ” I hate running!” “If I am running something better be chasing me” these are the words I would say when any one asked me about running. I said these words so much I believed them. Then I one day at age 40 I decieded why cant I run. The doctors said I would never walk and they were wrong about that. They are probably wrong about running too. I have been running for 8 months and so far so good. No big issues, pain here and there, when stepping wrong, or not in correct form. But that is all mostly normal. When people ask me if I am a runner I no longer hesitate like I used to about my answer. I say YES I AM. I have run 3 races and I am a volunteer as much as possible at the local races in my area. I also volunteer at my childrens school and starting a group with Girls on the Run group. I am super excited to start coaching young girls, and help them find their passion for running. Running did not come easy to me. I remember the group I started back in January it was a C25K running group. I hated it! I had to force my self to run especially when we got far enough along to the 2.75 mile run a half hour is a long time for me then. My mind was my worst enemy! The coach of the group tooke her time to run with me, and teach me some form techniques,and helped me wrap my self around my mind. I continued to run with a few people from the group after the group ended.We talked about running . One night our coach, talked to me about different types of races . I was bored doing the same running path on the pavement. She told me about trail running, and where to go trail running and safety of course. I found my passion on the first trail run it was hard, challenging, but I love to be outdoors in country, in the mountains etc….Now I am so excited to be running my first Ragnar Relay in Sept. with 8 other women who love the trails. I came across this She May Be Small, but Kaci Lickteig (the Pixie Ninja) Is a Giant in Ultrarunning in the New York Times.I was so inspired by her story. I am not sure if I will ever be classified as an Ultra Runner, but I can now say I Love Running! If somethng is chasing me, Good luck keeping up with me!