This is for the folks who started following my blog recently or don’t know me and my running history very well, as I do consider myself to be a runner. I didn’t always.
I have always been an athlete in some way, shape or form. When I was 8 years old I participated in organized sports, soccer and softball. But my interest in sports began way before that. I vividly remember participating in a YMCA program in which there was a running race and while I can’t remember if I won or not, I do remember running it. I must have been about 6 or so. At the end of the school year there was always Field Day where all the kids would compete in different track & field events.
That doesn’t mean I took up running. It never even occurred to me. In 9th grade I joined the field hockey team and played on the JV squad. I played for 4 years, graduating to the Varsity team where I was a successful and under-rated right wing. I had the speed to get to the ball and surprise the opposing team’s defense every time. In college, this cost me a broken nose. The chick didn’t know I was as fast as I was, I got to the ball just in time for her to high stick and break my nose.
After college I was an archaeologist and for those of you unknowing peeps who conjure up images of Indiana Jones I will let you in on a little secret. It’s really not that exciting. But, it did require a lot of hiking and physical labor. I don’t think I have ever been in as good of shape as then. Imagine carrying a backpack weighing between 20-40#, a shovel, a machete, a screen for screening dirt, and all of your food and water on top of that. Hiking for miles each day. Sometimes 10 days in a row. I was in amazing shape. And what did I do on my days off? I hiked. Go figure.
I stopped doing archaeology and unsure of how to proceed I spent a year working in an outdoor store. That year I mountain biked, snowboarded, hiked, climbed and camped …
Fast forward to 2001. I ran that summer. Nothing structured, maybe a couple days a week. At the end of the summer I ran a 5k and hated every single minute of it. I walked. I bitched. It was hot. I hung up my running shoes after that.
Then came a desk job, marriage and kids. Need I say more?
I was taking anti-depressants for post partum depression and facing a body I no longer recognized, I knew it was time for a change but that didn’t happen until I adopted my overweight dog and decided that we both needed an overhaul. So, in 2007 I joined the gym and started taking exercise and running more seriously. I saw initial improvement in my first year of racing as I figured out my pacing, racing strategies and exactly how to train. While training for a marathon and a move to a new sneaker (which ended up being the wrong shoe totally) I developed a stress fracture and took five months off to heal.
Up until this point I hadn’t really “pushed” yet. After the stress fracture healed and I got the okay from my doctor to start running again I made a deal with myself. My training days are numbered, soon the kids will have activities of their own and I won’t be able to devote as much time and energy to my running. So for now, the deal is to push the envelope and see what I can do. 2009 surprised me. I accomplished a lot more than I thought I would: 5k PR, half marathon PR and a debut BQ performance in the marathon distance. 2010 was meant for seeing just how far I could push things.
- I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, free spirit, adventurer and a runner.
- I love to hang out with friends, knit, watch movies, bake, take pictures, hike and camp, organize things, drink wine in the winter and beer in the summer and go out to nice restaurants for dinner.
- I also like to bike and do free weight training.
- I love dogs, especially Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
- I am 40 years old and feel like I have lived a full life already.
- My earlier careers, before becoming a SAHM include archaeologist, pastry chef, webmaster and software tester.
- As an archaeologist in my 20’s I lived and worked in the following places: Connecticut, New York, Michigan, Oregon, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Louisiana, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and West Virginia.
- I have visited 43 states in the U.S.
- The states I have yet to visit are: Hawaii, North Dakota, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Oklahoma and Montana.
- During that time I hiked and camped a lot, visiting many state and national parks, mostly out west. I promised myself I would return to some of them or saved a few so that I could visit them at another time.
- I hope that “some day” will come and I can explore them still.
- I have also visited France, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania.
- I lived in Hungary for 6 months.
- I have studied the Spanish, French and Hungarian languages.
- I believe that being active is what keeps us young.
- I have been an athlete all my life.
- I played soccer and softball when I was young, starting at the age of 8.
- I played field hockey in high school and college.
- I ran briefly in 2001 and tried to take it up again over the years but laziness and pregnancy prevailed.
- I picked it up again in 2007 and now consider myself a runner