Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Beginning

I have thought about giving this blogging thing a try for months now.  It isn't an easy decision with a busy life.  It's one more thing to fit in, but as I've read other blogs and become more involved in that world I see how enjoyable and inspiring it can be.  I am learning as I go.  I am excited to start this journey.

I am inspired by other runners especially those amazing tough mother runners out there who have taught me you can fit it in despite having a job and a family.  My heroes are the every day women who make fitness a priority along with family and work. 

A little about myself.  I have been running since I was 18.  I am now 31 so I am definitely not new to the sport, however I am new to being a mother runner.  I started running as a college freshman.  Those freshman 15 that everyone jokes about as you make your way to college turned into the freshman 30.  I was overweight, unhappy, and unsure how to change this.  I had always been active playing softball, tennis, and basketball in high school.  When all my organized sports went away I had no clue what to do with myself.  In high school I joked if I wasn't running to a base or to the hoop I wasn't going to do it.  I HATED running.  That changed my freshman year.  Faced with being overweight and insecure I decided it was time to change.  Luckily my college boasted many awesome free gyms and I began going 4 times a week.  I started slowly on the indoor track run a lap walk a lap.  Soon I was able to trot around for a whole mile.  I won't lie it was painful, I had side cramps, butt cramps, toe cramps and sometimes I felt like my lungs were going to explode, but the feeling I got after finishing that workout was worth the pain.  About 6 months after starting I signed up for my first race.  Crazyleggs 5 mile race in Madison, WI.  It was amazing, painful, and the turning point.  I never looked back.

 The years have gone by and now I am married to my best friend and I have a 14 month old and another little due in September.  Running is a huge part of my life still.  It has become therapy, me time, a way to be healthier, and a way to meet new friends. 

I recently signed up to do the Virtual 5K using the Train Like a Mother books 5k finish it plan.  Thank you Dimity and Sarah for creating these books and websites.  It will be my focus and a way to keep running through this pregnancy.  My next race in May 12th and I am excited!  I will be blogging my training runs and pregnancy milestones as the months go by. 

So here is to the beginning...the best is yet to come.


  1. Congradulations on your new running blog! luv @runningbloggers

  2. Good start at blogging! Keep it up, it'll become your place to shout your wins and cry about your rough runs.

  3. Congratulations on the new blog :)