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Photo of Kate Kate Barrett  
In September 2012, my husband decided we should run a triathlon the next year for his 40th birthday. I hadn't run a step since the obligatory mile in high school. I completed a couch to 5k program, ran my first 5k November 10, 2012 and (after some scheduling problems) completed my first tri in August of 2013. Training for the swim was too difficult to plan with 2 little kids in tow and I never liked the bike much, but the running part stuck. Fast forward 5 years and I completed my first 50 miler on November 11, 2017. I'm not competitively fast, but I can jog forever. I love running; training runs with friends, small local 5ks, crazy things like multiple hour runs and ridiculous distance races - I'm always in.
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Photo of Katie Katie Edgar
Running has not been a life long passion for me--in school, I ran because they made me, and as a young adult, I was told I shouldn't ever run due to unexplained pain in my knees. Then, in early 2009, a coworker "dared" me to run the the 1 mile "Race with the Hounds" in support of her favorite local charity. At the time, I was about 80 pounds overweight, due to having children and living a rather sedentary life--but I wanted to do something about it. So, I challenged myself to do the 5k associated with my friend's charity event instead of "just" a mile! After finishing that race, I continued to set goals for myself--and soon I was "addicted" to running! Now, what I would've called "crazy" is my "normal" and I try to complete at least one marathon and/or 50k a year (this year, it will be one of each....and a 50 miler!). Distance running and crazy challenges have become my passion--not just because I like to eat, but because I love running and finding out just how much I am capable of.
Photo of Erin Erin Kennedy
I "ran" my first 5K as a senior in high school with a team in the grocery store I worked at. I really liked it, but only did two in the 6 years I was in undergrad and grad school. After a few surgeries kept me from running, I met my (now) husband in 2006 and he was a serious runner...I decided I wanted to be able to run with him. I ran quite a few 5K's and one 10K before I had two kids back to back, but wasn't ever a very "good" runner. After my 2 kids I decided I wanted to get back into it and to force myself I signed up for a half marathon with my husband. Never in my life did I think I would run that far...however, I let my husband convince me to run a half marathon as a "warm up" three weeks before the one we ran together. I trained and ran quite a few 5Ks and 10Ks leading up to it and set some PRs. This past fall I ran my first TWO half marathons and now I find running fun and am actually pretty okay at it :) I plan to continue to run as much as I can and see where it takes me!
Photo of DebbieDebbie Francisco
My first running phase was back in 1984; I signed up for a class in the spring that promised to train me to do a 10K on Mother's Day. I kept signing up for the training groups the other runners were doing and ended the fall with the Marine Corps Marathon. I intended to keep up with running, but then other things took higher priority. I repeated the "start running" and "do other stuff" phases in 1992 and 1994. My husband and two sons stay fit through cycling, hiking, and running. I decided I needed to do something about my fitness level and weight, so I started running more seriously in the past couple of years. I am a "back of the pack" runner and aspire to be faster, but I am enjoying running and am grumpy the days I can't be outside.
Chesapeake Bay Running Club
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