My name is Kim Chanel. I’m just a normal girl with an abnormal love for running and racing and everything race outfit related (I wish I was joking). I’m a commercial real estate broker/attorney by day and by night/early morning, I am runner waiting to be sponsored (no- but seriously, is there a sponsor out there for really slow runners?) Just a few years ago, I wouldn’t be caught dead in a gym. Or on a run? Please. The one time I did run, I lost an earring I was wearing and that was the end of that.
So here is my love/hate relationship with running, from the beginning:
I started running as a senior in high school- I really wanted to be on a team and my dad was a runner so I figured- why not Cross Country?! (Read: they were the only team that would take me…) As a baby runner with zero knowledge of what I was doing, I unfortunately ran myself into the ground and had shin splints that turned into stress fractures- that didn’t stop me from running though and I finished the season as dedicated and injured as they come.
At the end of my senior year of high school, I told a friend that I would do a marathon when I was in college- he said he didn’t think I could do it. That automatically became a challenge. I found out that San Diego Rock N Roll (2002) was later that week, signed up at the expo and suffered through 6 hours and 8 minutes of personal hell. (To my credit, I ran the first 17 miles without walking, and at that point my knees stopped bending, and I was forced to get my legs massaged out at every Aid Station, and walk/jog the last 9 miles. Miserable.) That concluded my running career for a very, very long time. And that my friends is why you TRAIN for a marathon.
I went through college and law school without getting back into running and when my cuz Erin told me that she was doing the LA Marathon in 2012- I got it into my head that I wanted redemption in the SD Rock N Roll Marathon. I decided to train this time because the only thing worse than a marathon is a marathon untrained. I joined the San Diego Track Club, trained for two months for the LA Marathon and while it was extremely painful, had a great race- and fell in love with running.
I ran three marathons in 2012 and gained a lot of speed and endurance. Then at the end of the year, found out I had some health issues that I basically took most of 2013 dealing with. I had to get back in shape again at the beginning of 2014 (seriously running 2 miles felt like a big deal) and made it my goal to qualify for Boston in 2014- which I did at Mountains 2 Beach Marathon (3:28:56). I am so thankful for the great comeback and I’m keeping at it to hit some big goals I’ve set for myself. I’ll be at Boston in 2015 and that will be my next big PR. ;-)
I started this blog because I'm hoping that through my running and experiences I am able to meet more people that LOVE this sport as much as I do. Hopefully some of my training, race reviews and runlove encourage you to get out there and run and race more. Feel free to email me with any questions or if you need some run encouragement.