I’ve run off and on since I was in high school, but I didn’t run consistently and wasn’t very serious about it until late 2008. I didn’t really begin to think of myself as a runner until sometime in 2009, and I started entering some local races in 2010. I ran cross country my freshman year of high school, having gone out for the team without really knowing anything about it other than that it involved running 3.1-mile races. I was terrible. I ran a few 5K races during various inconsistent attempts at becoming a regular runner in the early 2000s, with unspectacular results. My “return to racing” in April 2010, after not having raced since 2003, resulted in a 5K personal record (PR) nearly three minutes faster than my previous best. I also ran my first 10K and a few more 5Ks in 2010. I’m planning to run my first full marathon in May 2012.
I continued entering races in 2011, including my first half marathon in May and my first 8K in June. I feel very fortunate to live in an area with so many roads, trails, and parks that are great for running and offer a nice variety of terrains and surfaces. Living close to so many different places to run really helps me train consistently without it feeling boring or stagnant.
Running has become an integral part of my lifestyle, has helped me lose (and keep off) a lot of weight, and has really helped increase my physical and mental well being. I look forward to sharing my thoughts, opinions, struggles, and accomplishments with you, and I hope to hear yours as well. Thanks for taking the time to visit and read my blog!