[Mama Goes Running]

Before I was a mom, I was 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 80 races under my belt, including 17 half marathons, and 5 full marathons:  2009 Nike Women's Marathon in San Francisco,  the Vermont City Marathon in 2010the Vermont City Marathon in 2011, the Sugarloaf Marathon in 2012, and the MDI Marathon in 2014.

Next, I got the triathlon bug, and completed the Pumpkinman Half Ironman Triathlon in September, 2012 and 2013.

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

If you ask me about running or triathloning, and whether I think that maybe, possibly, you should try it too, then I will send you training plans and annoyingly enthusiastic training advice, and will tell you in many different ways how endurance events have changed my life.