I started running back in High School, I joined the Track Team thinking it was going to be an easy class to add to earn my credits. I was wrong I hated it and would come up with every excuse in the book to get out of running, especially when track season was over and had to train with the Cross Country team. After High School I met what I thought was my prince charmin ( he was everyones prince charmin) and married at the age of 19, yes I know I was still a baby but it was love, I had a son right away and 2 1/2 yrs later added a daughter to the family. It was supposed to be my perfect family but boy was I in denial, My ex-husband was verbally and physically abusive and a cheater!!!! I was married to a Con-Man!!!! So my way to get away from it all and relieve some stress was to go out and run. That's when my love for running began, it would feel so good to get out and enjoy the freedom that running gave me. My ex soon put a stop to my running when I would return home from running I would be accused of meeting someone to cheat on him, So to avoid the arguments and to keep him happy I stopped running.
In late 2006 I had enough of my marriage I woke up one day and I couldn't stand him. I hated him of course I knew it would be hard for me to get rid of him, the next couple of months were very hard he noticed the change in me and noticed me rebel against him. I was rebuilding friendships that I had neglected because of him, he started to get very physical with me. By February 2007 I had the opportunity to get rid of him and I took it. I filed for divorce shortly after, My divorce was finalized on January 16, 2009 and was granted full custody of our two children with no visitation rights!!! I was so happy that I was finally in control of my life.
After my divorce I got back into running, shortly after I signed up for my first 5k and I have been addicted ever since. I did a couple of 5k's then I moved up to 10k's and now my 2010 goal is to run my first 1/2 marathon in April in La Jolla CA. Running has given me so much, and I am in the best shape of my life. I have met so many runners and have made many friendships. Running has become a great way for me to get out of my shell and do something for myself.