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 2010, the 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.