Welcome to A Runner's Life #11, where we ask runners 7 questions about why they run, how their lives have changed from running, and what life would be if they didn't run.
Our goal is to inspire new runners, non-runners and everyday runners to get running, keep at it and see how running can change your life! We are all normal people who had to start somewhere -- not elite pro runners. We aim to show there's no reason to be intimidated by running!
Kari answered our call for runners to share their Running Life Story. Just like her, we agree that running is best with friends and we agree that running really is therapy! Read more about Kari and her Runner's Life:
Describe what RUNNING is to you, in 5 words or less:
My first healthy addiction. Mandatory.
How did you get started running and/or what inspired you to run?
I am not outgoing. 6 years ago a woman (Karen Scott) approached me when I was at the pool with my kids. She complimented me on staying in shape (actually I really wasn’t). We started talking, she was new in town and said she loved to run but needed a running buddy. I told her that I have never liked running much and I am not fast…..but needed to drop some weight so agreed to meet her. She became a wonderful friend and I have been running ever since.
Your favorite running moment? (anything -- achievement, event, people, race, place, etc)
Our community has a half marathon event to benefit veterans. The year my husband and two kids participated with me is one of my favorites. My kids were waiting near the finish of the half and ran me in.
Who/what do you think you'd be like today if you did NOT run?
Depressed, anxious and overweight.
Why do you keep on running? and running and running...
The majority of my running is done with friends. We talk through life’s challenges and successes, the miles fly by. Exercise and therapy all in one!
What is your favorite post run/race indulgence?
Beer! ??? I do live in Wisconsin.
Oddest, most unusual, weirdest running experience...
I run all winter....but still sweat. One of the below zero wind chill days my eyelashes were frozen together and my hair was also frozen solid. Human glacier.
You can follow Kari and her running on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kari.harsch