For Cecily, it began in the womb. And for Jessica, it was her earliest memory. Three-year old Jessica would put her face right up to her mother’s pregnant belly and whisper to the sister and best friend she knew was on her way.
The little messages to fetus Cecily must have done the trick, because we’ve been inseparable best friends ever since.
From sharing outfits, to sharing a bed and a room and toys, to sharing friends and likes and interests, there wasn’t much we didn’t share. And if Jessica could do something, though younger, Cecily wouldn’t be far behind in doing it herself. And usually better.
So, when Jessica turned from her dreams to play pro soccer to a new sport, long distance running… Cecily followed suit. Our passion for running grew and we soon had one dream: to run together on the 4-time national championship cross country team at Brigham Young University for Coach Patrick Shane.
It took some time and a few years of separation, but eventually all our hard work and dreaming payed off.
We both ran the 3k, 5k, and specialized in the 10k.
Cecily went on to be a 10k national champion runner-up in the track season of 2009 and top 10 at Cross Country Nationals that same year.
We struggled through injury, disappointments, and set-backs, but we also tasted victories sweet. The best part was that we were doing it together. That was the dream and we lived it. There is nothing like doing the thing you like best, with the person you like best, everyday.
But “nothing gold can stay.” Now, we’re both graduated, married, and moving into different stages of life.
Jessica is a substitute teacher and lives in Northern California with her Air Force husband, Jason. Their new dream is to have a family.
Cecily, is now running professionally, and is moving to the Caribbean with her husband, Matt, where he will be attending medical school.
How could we survive living so far apart? After all this time of being spoiled and having the best running buddy in the world, how could we run alone?
Then we thought of a way that we could stay connected and even feel like we were running together, though we would be countries apart… We would start a blog! We thought that if we could take turns posting about our run that day and sharing stories, it would almost be like being back on our old runs together.
Then it hit us, why be so greedy? We could share this with everyone! Nobody likes to run alone… especially day after day after day, which is the name of the game in this sport. You run, you eat, you run, you eat, you try and have a life in there somewhere and then you run again.
Thus, reRun was born. It’s our way of connecting with each other and with other great runners like you. So, whether you’re a long-time runner, or brand new and trying to fall in love with it, come be a part of the reRun team and don’t run alone!
We’ll share our stories, experiences, advice, and love for running and invite you to do the same! No matter your level of fitness or experience, running has something to offer everyone and we believe that anyone can be a runner… it just take a little consistency… rerun, baby.
So, rejoice! You’ll always have running buddies, because we’re not going anywhere… it’s like Cecily said in her first post about her Race Hangover, many things may change, but our “addiction to running… that will always be on rerun.”
We’d love to hear your stories! Write to us at : firstname.lastname@example.org