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    Posted December 3, 2012 by
    Raleigh, North Carolina
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    CNN Fit Nation: 2013 Triathlon Challenge

    How Running Change Me


    Three years ago, I took up running after losing a nearly 50 lbs. My main purpose was to increase endurance and to run a 5K, but little did I know how much running opened up brand new world for me. As an introvert and somewhat socially awkward, I've met and befriend more people from running than any social events. It allow me to push and challenge myself not only in speed and endurance, but at my job, school, etc. Since I became a runner, I also learn ease out of my comfort zone; for example, I always shied away from any leadership duties, now, I currently lead a running group for Black Girls Run! and I serve as one of the local ambassadors in the organization. Additionally,  I eventually accomplished my goal of running a 5K, and although I said that I would never do a half or a full marathon, I ended completing eight half marathons and two full marathons--all within three years. This past year, I further went outside my comfort zone by  taking swimming lessons so I can compete in my first sprint triathlon in the pool. Now that's completed, I am ready to take it to the next level and complete my first open water triathlon--even though I've never swam in a lake or an ocean; however, before I became a runner, I never thought I could run over a mile---now? I can do anything...including an open water triathlon.

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