My Journey to becoming a Red Rose Runner April 2, 2015April 2, 2015 By Guest Blogger A five-mile-long run through the Lancaster countryside and city sounds like a blast for some. For others, not so much… The thought of putting one foot in front of the other, up and down the rolling hills of central Pennsylvania can be pretty daunting – especially for those who don’t have experience running. A few years ago, that was me. When I started volunteering with the Red Rose Run 17 years ago, I NEVER thought I’d run in it as a participant. I did not lead an active or healthy lifestyle. In fact, I had only one pair of sneakers, and they came out of the closet very infrequently. When they did, my dog went nuts because it meant that it was time for a walk! I was not an exercise enthusiast, and to say that the Red Rose Run was “daunting” would have been putting it very lightly. Then, about six years ago, I recognized the value of leading a healthy lifestyle and began to change my diet and started to exercise more often. But as a mother of two small children with a full-time career, I had very limited time to exercise. After some time, I discovered running and chose to take it up as a pastime based on its convenience and cardio benefits – I was able to get a great workout in a short amount of time. Since then, my running ability has progressed bit by bit. I’ve also participated in the Red Rose Run twice. The first time I ran it, I couldn’t believe the hills! I had heard it was a difficult course, but didn’t realize the full extent – I just wanted to finish the race and be done for the day. I was a relatively new runner, and the course was a challenge for me, but I kept practicing and continued to improve. Last year, I set a goal for myself: to complete the Red Rose Run in less than 40 minutes. Not only did I achieve my goal, but I set a personal record of 38:43! On Saturday, June 6, 2015, I will take on the Red Rose Run again. Along with several others from the Highmark team and more than 1,000 runners from around the community, we will conquer the course that once seemed impossible. Who wants to join us? In preparation for the race, over the next few weeks, I will provide you with some tips I have found helpful for running the Red Rose Run and to incorporate running into your personal fitness routine. Get out your sneakers and get motivated – 39th Annual Red Rose Run, here we come! On your mark, get set, GO! By Kyra Melleby Myers, guest blogger Kyra Melleby Myers is a Sales Executive at Highmark Blue Shield. She lives in Mount Joy with her husband, Tony and two children, Andrew and Molly.