Hello there! Glad you decided to stop by and see what I am all about. I have been wanting to start a training site and blog for quite a while now so I am pretty excited that it is finally up and running. I am sure I will be making some changes and fine tuning things as I go along but for now I am happy that I can start blogging.
Before I begin I have to give a huge THANK YOU to Kristy over at Run the Long Road Coaching. She sat down with me over the summer and gave me some great advice and pointers on how to get the ball rolling on my little venture into the blogging and coaching world. She also referred me to Rita Barry at the Blog Genie. Rita did an amazing job at setting up my site for me, explaining the various aspects of my site to me (I am SO technologically challenged it is not even funny), and quickly responded to the many questions I had about my site when I was not sure about something (which was often). Thank you ladies for all of your help!
I have been following running related blogs for several years. I would find myself nodding my head in agreement, laughing out loud, and wanting to talk to the people who wrote those blogs because I felt we had so much in common. I also found a lot of the blogs extremely motivating and I want to create that experience for an audience. Whether you are a someone who thinks there is no way they could ever run more than 1 mile, someone who has had children and would like to take a little time for themselves and get in shape, someone who is a former athlete who would like to start running (do a sport again), someone who has been running for a while but would like a new challenge (maybe try a new distance or achieve a new PR), or someone who is running, challenging her/himself, setting new goals and just want a group to chat with, bounce ideas off of, vent about life and running, I am hoping you find that here and we can all motivate each other in one way or another!
If you checked out my info pages you will see that I have been running for 9 years. Over the past few years, especially after having my children, I have become much more competitive (with myself). I ran during both of my pregnancies (more with the first). But the thing I love most is to pick a race to run post pregnancy. I usually pick it while I am pregnant to get myself excited to run/train again at a more intense level. It is my little way of kicking my own ass into gear to get back in shape. I crave routine and structure, especially with my running. I need to have a race on the calendar to commit to training. I have a very hard time getting up at 4:20 am to run if I am not training for a marathon. On the flip side however when I am in training, I AM IN TRAINING MODE. I run/train 6 days a week and I HATE missing any of my training days. On my rest days I am anxious because I am not running, but I know how important rest days are to my training so I definitely take them. I usually do 2 full marathons a year, and fill in half marathons that fit in with my training for the full marathons. Running is my passion and I love it. When I am not able to run, I am not a happy person (just ask my husband). The current weather has not made it easy for me to run and I am a bit frustrated about that. Warmer temperatures are in our future so I am hoping to get out there and log some miles.
Again, thank you for checking out my first post. Stay tuned for my next post which will be a race recap of my fall marathon and where I plan to go from here!