Of course, I’m writing this almost 10 years after it happened, but I peg everything to this day because it was the first time I’d ever run double digit miles.

July 12, 2003. I ran with Van Dyke and Diane from Cherokee Blvd. to Downtown Knoxville and back. I remember how excited Shawn and I were that we’d actually done this–we ran 10 miles!

Honestly, I was probably liking running a lot well before this, but this is the day that really stands out for me. this is probably the day that I began to think about maybe considering myself to be a runner.