I loved distance running growing up, throughout University and up until I had kids. Then I took a long break until 2016 when I decided to join some friends running a half marathon. I would run sporadically when my schedule would allow but definitely not enough to say I trained. In April 2016, I ran my first half. When I crossed the finish line I was filled with mixed emotions; happiness for completing the race and disappointment for letting running become so difficult.
A few months later, a friend urged me to join BAF for the half marathon training. I didn’t join the group until August but knew instantly that I would stay. In fact, I asked to be put in the marathon group after the first weekend. I loved the people and learning about running; it wasn’t really just walking out the door and putting one foot in front of the other. I was amazed by the acceptance and guidance from amazing and accomplished runners of the group. BAF became so much more than just a training group; I met so many wonderful friends who have become my running family.
I ran my first full with the group that year in the 2017 Chevron Marathon with the simple goals of finishing around my desired time and not being sore. I accomplished both.
“Nothing’s better than the wind to your back, the sun in front of you, and your friends beside you”
~Aaron Douglas Trimble