I used to be a total and complete non-runner; I was totally out of shape and couldn't run a half mile. As a means to get back into shape after Skyler and Reed were born, and to keep myself sane, I decided to try to learn to run.
I used some basic Couch-to-5K running plans to get me started, and very slowly (extremely, painfully slowly) worked my way up to running 3 miles, then 4, then 5. Somehow, I got up the courage to sign up for a half marathon in the winter of 2008, and set off in May for the Boston Race to Remember; I managed to finish it, but it wasn't pretty, so I wanted to train for another one to redeem myself. Four months later, I ran the MDI Half Marathon which was MUCH better. The distance seemed more manageable and I coasted across the finish line with a full-on runner's high. At that point, I was hooked.
As of today, I have over 60 races under my belt, including 14 half marathons, and 4 full marathons: 2009 Nike Women's Marathon in San Francisco, the Vermont City Marathon in 2010, the Vermont City Marathon in 2011. and the Sugarloaf Marathon in 2012.
Next, I got the triathlon bug, and completed the Pumpkinman Half Ironman Triathlon in September, 2012. I have a healthy dependency on running, a wonderful group of running friends, and a pile of race t-shirts. I only feel complete with a training calendar on my refrigerator.
|my first half marathon|