This is the first post in the new Interview category of Joy and Sunshine! I hope you like it and find some inspiration, motivation, and helpful tips!
Photos courtesy of Just Don’t Be Last
First up is Valerie, distance (looooong distance: she’s training for her first full marathon!) runner; super-mom; full-time professional; and the multi-talented blogger behind Just Don’t Be Last.
What influenced your decision to start running?
I’ve been running off and on since high school but never stuck with it consistently. Last summer (2011), I started again with my sights set on eventually completing a marathon in my lifetime. My friend, Katie Key (www.katierunsthis.com), told me about Black Girls Run [BGR] and I joined the BGR-Atlanta facebook page in July. In August I participated in my first BGR group run and ran my first 5k in September. Since then I’ve completed 5 5k’s, 2 marathon relays, and 6 half marathons.
How exactly did you go about getting started?
For me it was simple. Before joining BGR, I bought some minimalist running shoes and began running around my subdivision. After joining BGR, I began going to their group runs along with running around my subdivision. Joining the group, I learned the in’s and out’s, do’s and don’ts of the sport.