Monday, February 24, 2014

...get set...

Before jumping right into a race report for Hawaii, I thought it might be helpful to outline a bit of my running history.  I did not run track in high school or college.  I used to firmly believe that running was something that one should only attempt if being chased.  Now I can't stand going more than a day or two without going for a run.

My transition into a runner (a title I still feel weird using) started with running a 5k every summer with my best friend.  Each spring I would start training, build up to three miles, run the race, and then call it quits until the following spring.  In 2011, tired of restarting year after year, I decided to start building a running base that would keep me going beyond one 5k per year.  I spent the next two years building up from 3 mile runs to running my first half marathon in 2013.

The shoes that started it all.
Sometime in 2012 I managed to apply enough peer pressure on Mr. Shoe to get him running too.  In 2013 he ran his first 5k and agreed to a honeymoon race later that year.  Mr. Shoe tends to have a hot and cold relationship with running, either he loves it or he hates it.  I think I've finally convinced him to try a longer distance this year. 

Up next: Hawaii race report!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Runners, take your mark...

The plan to run a race in every state started out with a pretty innocent question.

"Can we run a 5k while we are on our honeymoon?"

Fortunately, I was able to convince the future Mr. Shoe that this was a great plan and definitely something that normal couples do while honeymooning.  Okay, so maybe that second part isn't quite true.  But, for a girl who loves running, it seemed like the perfect addition to two weeks in Hawaii.

It was Mr. Shoe who suggested that we take it one step further and try to run a race in every single state by the time we celebrate our 50th anniversary.  Running, traveling, and spending time with my beloved? I couldn't say no.  We decided that a blog would be the best way to track which states we raced as well as document our training, local races, etc.  Thus, The Shoes Run 50 was born.