Katie Forte: From Walk and Run 101 to Half Marathon Finisher

Training Walk & Run 101

Katie completed the 2018 winter-to-spring season of Walk & Run 101, our beginner walk/run program. Here, she tells us how that first step helped her to accomplish a year's worth of major running milestones.

The Walk & Run 101 program and Coach Lisa gave me the courage to start RUNNING! I knew that I wanted to try running, but always had thoughts of, “Can I do this?” and “Am I a runner?” and, more importantly, “How do I start?” This program showed me that not only were there so many others just like me, but we all had what it took to CRUSH our own goals!

For me, I wasn’t quite sure where I wanted running to take me at first. After completing the program, it was clear to me that I didn’t want to stop any time soon. In the short time after completing my first 5K race, I started signing up for more events. A 5K here, a 10K, a few more 5Ks, and then had the crazy idea (or half crazy) to run my first half marathon in August.

I definitely had some doubts and wondered if I could go from never running to running 13.1 in such short of time but I knew I wanted to try! I put in the time, and the miles, and you know what? I DID IT! I can’t explain how excited I was to have completed something like this after only months of running.

Flash forward to almost my one-year anniversary of finishing Walk & Run 101 and I’ve completed 12 races this year, including two half marathons. I am NO DIFFERENT than anyone else starting their running journey. I had my doubts and still do sometimes—but take it one step at a time and you can do it! If it weren’t for the Walk & Run 101 program to help get me started, I’m not sure I would have taken that first step!

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The winter/spring season of Walk & Run 101 begins February 2. Interested in learning more? Join us for an information session at the Dublin CRC on Wednesday January 16! Please RSVP here if you plan to attend.

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