Lindsay Huneycutt: Running her way to RADness
In Lindsay’s own words, her running history and how Color Me Rad helped her get her groove back!
I ran all throughout high school and it’s what I felt defined me as being a unique and confident young woman. Even though I never ran more than 3 miles at a time, it made me feel good to be considered a “runner”. After I graduated high school things quickly changed for me. I became somewhat of a “grown up”, and unfortunately running was the first thing to go, followed by my self-confidence. It took me several years to realize what I had lost just by giving up one simple thing I could do for myself on a daily basis. That’s when I decided to sign up for my first race EVER! Color Me Rad 5K in Virginia Beach, VA. It looked like a lot of fun! All kinds of crazy people, all gathered in one place just to have a good time (and possibly get a little thinner doing it)! Being that it’s designed to be non-competitive, just come as you are and finish when you can kind of race, it took a lot of pressure off and it looked like something I could do. I quickly mentioned it to a few of the girls at work and we ran our first 5K ever that day.
A year later here I am, and those RAD memories of Color Me Rad were just too irresistible to pass up! So once again, I will be racing with the Virginia Beach crew. But this time, something about a 5K just doesn’t feel like enough for me. Color Me Rad will always be my “first love”, and I will probably always participate in this race every year for as long as I have two legs that work. YES people, it was that much FUN!! But, I don’t want another year to pass me by before I decide to lace up my shoes and get serious about running. So this year I have decided to go from a 5K to a whopping HALF-MARATHON!!! Yes, that’s right. Some will think I’m crazy. To others it’s nothing but small potatoes:) I don’t care if I have to army crawl myself through the finish line, I’M GONNA DO IT! It’s never been about speed for me, I do it for much more than that. So, as I prepare for the Color Me Rad 5K, and train for my first Half-Marathon in June, I’ve persistently started winning back my self-confidence and can appreciate the fact that Running is truly something that is meant to be apart of who I am. I may not ever win the race, but I will always have the strength, confidence, and pure love of life that comes along with it. That’s all the “win” I need, and that’s what Color Me Rad did for me!
*Shorty after contacting Lindsay and hearing all about her half marathon plans, she found out she is pregnant with her second child (CONGRATS!), so while her half-marathon plans are on hold, her RAD plans are here for another year with baby bump included!