As a child, I never scored a point in basketball and my teammates sighed when I approached the plate to bat in softball. I was pretty sure athletics wasn't my thing. It wasn't until high school that I realized I could be successful in sports that only required swimming or running without any pesky balls or rules getting in the way.
My freshman year of college, my mom and I decided out of nowhere to do a triathlon together. It seemed pretty crazy and impossible at the time, but a few months of training and one swim/bike/run later, we were triathletes! It turned out to be hard to shake that racing bug once we caught it.
Now, 8 years later, I've completed 5 half marathons, 2 marathons, 5 triathlons, and more 5Ks than you can shake a stick at. I ran every day for 275 consecutive days over 2007 and 2008 and once, I swam across a lake.
My ultimate goal is to run 365 consecutive days: one year of daily running. I've had several starts and failures and I've decided the timing isn't right now. It's still on the "someday" list. For now, though, I'm teaching, running, and keeping up with everything in between.