Meet Courtney, a girl whose love of running is infectious. Courtney proves you don’t have to have been running your whole life to inspire others to run. Check out this bio of a former dancer turned marathoner!
Name: Courtney Schwartz
Location: Denver, CO
Twitter Name: @cisforcourtney
Blog Name: cisforcourtney.wordpress.com
Team: Runner’s Roost
How long have you been running: 1.5 years!
Favorite race distance and why: I’ve definitely raced more 5k’s & 10k’s than any other distance… however I have to say, the longer the distance–the more I love it! So my favorite so far would have to be the 26.2!
How many marathons have you run: 1 marathon
Where you started to where you are now: I ran my first 5k on October 2, 2010 then a year later ran my first marathon in Portland in October 2011! Now I’m training for my second marathon in May 2012, 50k June 2012, 50 miler July 2012.
1/2 marathon: 1:49:48
How did you get into running? I danced for 18+ years of my life. One day I woke up and decided I was tired of all my hard work being judged by somebody else. For all you know you may have not made the “cut” in an audition because they don’t like the leotard you are wearing! I wanted to dedicate myself to something that will ultimately give you back every drop of sweat you put into it. Running does that for me. The clock at the finish line doesn’t judge you.
What accomplishment are you most proud of: So far… I’d definitely say Portland Marathon… sure crossing that finish line and hitting my goal was AWESOME… but I’m most proud of the journey it took to get me there. Training started RIGHT after I moved to Colorado (from Houston) and lets just say adjusting to running in Colorado was not an easy task! I can’t even recall the amount of tears I shed, frustration I felt or how many “I DON’T EVEN FEEL LIKE A RUNNER WHEN I RUN HERE!” moments I had. I’m proud of myself for not quitting no matter how tough it got.
How do you make time to run? I don’t necessarily “make time” to run. I am so blessed that I am able to run and love it so much that it IS my life. I build my life around running and my family. Getting up before the birds to get a long run in on the weekend is by far one of my favorites things to do! My weekends feel incomplete without it.
Favorite Quote: “My motto— sans limites!” -Isadora Duncan