I came to running later in life. Although I ran track in high school, my best results were in the long jump, triple jump, and hurdles. I played field hockey in high school, a year in college, and throughout my 30s. I started running off-and-on in my late 20s/early 30s when a teammate of mine started dragging me to 5 and 10Ks with her. When I started placing in my age group, I thought, “Hmmm, maybe if I trained a little bit more, I could actually be pretty good at this sport.”
I started reading books about running and soon thereafter, was following a training plan. Next thing I knew, I was challenging myself to get faster. And then faster. I never thought I’d run a marathon – too far to really run “fast”, I thought. I mostly raced 5Ks, 10Ks, and half marathons for my first few years of running. But, I finally decided not to knock something I hadn’t tried and ran my first marathon in 2010.
Now, I’m a master’s runner in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. I live in Arlington, Virginia but run in Washington D.C. regularly and Maryland when I get lost on the trail. Since 2007, when I started regularly logging my runs, I’ve finished close to 100 races ranging from 5K to the marathon. In the past 3 years, I’ve averaged about 3,000 miles a year with only minor injuries. My current goal is to break 3:20 in the marathon.
This blog is about my training and racing adventures. I hope you get something out of it whether it’s related to training, racing, gear, or some other random thing I decide to write about. Enjoy and happy running!
(Photo Credit for header photo: Swim Bike Run Photo and Pacers Events).