My name is Carlee McDot (well, my last name is technically Padot McClurg, but since I couldn’t talk the hubby into combining our last names when we got married I figured I could at least use the combo on social media). I live in Southern California (and have since I moved four days after graduating from the University of Michigan in 2006).
My running story seems rather boring, but it’s MINE and that is what matters (we all have a story to tell, no matter how insignificant we may think it is)!
Back at the beginning of 2012 a friend of mine told me about a little thing called runDisney. You see, at that point I was NOT a runner, but I did love me some Disney. She knew my affinity for the Mouse and suggested that I consider running the Disneyland Half Marathon. Seeing as I was not a runner, I was glad that she suggested this while I still had nine-ish months to train for the event.
At the time I was looking for something to call my own. My hubby had an array of hobbies (surfing, motorcycle, art, etc) but I didn’t have anything that I felt spoke to my
I started by walking daily for thirty minutes on my lunch break and eventually began using the elliptical in the office gym a few times a week. Let’s be real, the beginning is tough (it is for us all), but with a goal in mind, it made the work worth it. In due time I started pounding the pavement and fell in love! Don’t get me wrong, at first I was only running a half mile or so at a time, but I was so proud of what my body could accomplish that I'd smile through the hard effort. [You can read my post about training in January of 2012 HERE and my post about running outside in March of 2012 HERE.]
The 2012 Disneyland Half Marathon was my first half, and this year, when I return for the 2016 Disneyland Half Marathon (as a part of my third consecutive Dumbo Double Dare) it will be my thirty-first half marathon! I would have never imagined that running could have had such an impact on my life when I first started, but I can truly say that it has made the world of difference! I am forever grateful for the ability I have been blessed with, the people running has brought into my life and the places I have been able to see and explore because of this sport!
|I did it! And even had the opportunity to run the 2012 Disneyland Half with Megan, my friend who originally |
challenged me to start running in the first place!
What's YOUR running story?