I’m a 20-something year old girl with passion for running and life. In my professional life I’m a marketer with an expertise in marketing automation. I love what I do because it’s results driven and I can see the impact I have on a business. Even better, I recently took a new position marketing online music courses to people with a passion for music. While I have no musical talent, I love that I am marketing something that may change someone’s life.
After college I coached a High School cheerleading team for 5 years. It was a wonderful experience and I hope to some day get involved in coaching again. Together my close friend and co-coach took our team to Nationals my final season. In those years of coaching I like to think I impacted the lives of the girls I coached because I can certainly say that coaching has shaped me into woman I have become.
This blog is about running, so I should share my running history. I wasn’t always a runner but as a kid I was active. I played softball, figure skated and swam. In High School I was a competitive cheerleader and took up gymnastics because of cheerleading. I started running in college to lose weight. I also started running because it was a great way to relieve stress. Running has always been something I gravitate towards during hard times in my life. It’s a way to clear my head, release nervous energy and most importantly, it gives me much needed time to myself. During my second half of college I was running about 4-5 miles a day 5 days a week. I was very faithful about it during my college days. Post-college I have gone back and forth into my running patterns but have been running consistently 5-days a week since October 2007.
I have never been or will be a “competitive runner”. I am not a fast runner, I run because I enjoy it. In August 2009 I decided to run a 10K up in Cape Elizabeth, ME. I was in a bit of a running funk prior to the 10K but I managed to train and finish it. Something about this race really motivated me to get out of my running funk. A co-worker convinced me that because I ran a 10K, I could run a half marathon with her in November. I told myself that if I committed to a training schedule for a month I would sign up and do it. The rest is history. I ran my first half Marathon in November 2009 finishing in 2:09:16. I have since taken 15 minutes off my time, run another 6 half marathons and finished my first marathon, the Philadelphia Marathon with my running friend Meredith in November 2010. Next up is the Boston Marathon on April 18th. The Boston Marathon is something I have wanted to accomplish since I was a kid, even before I loved running. I always watched the finish on TV with my mom and thought it was such an amazing accomplishment. Shortly, (if all goes well) I’ll be able to say “I ran the Boston Marathon”.