Those who know me well, know that running has been a big part of my life in various ways over the years. I started running track in 7th grade and it was my primary sport in high school. One of my fondest memories of high school is when our 4x100 meter relay team won first place at our District championship and got to go and compete at the state level! Unfortunately my sprinting days ended after high school, and I transitioned into more of a mid/long-distance runner for recreation and fitness in my 20s.
I ran my first half and full marathons in 2012, and completed about a half a dozen half marathons between 2012 and 2018 (interspersed between having babies in 2014 and 2016). After ending up in the hospital with my kidney issues in late 2018, I pumped the brakes a little on running, at least for any long races. Between dealing with my kidney problems, bouts of anemia, and GI-symptom flare-ups, I didn't run as much as I would have liked in 2019 & 2020. But 2021 brought a different story.
Last summer I decided I wanted to train for another half marathon, so we signed up for the Kiawah Island half in December. I wasn't sure how it would go, but you know what? I felt great. So great in fact that we signed up for the Scranton half marathon in April! What I love about running is that no matter how much my body has gone through and changed, I can always come back to it. Maybe I'm not as fast as I once was (I actually hit up the track for some sprints a few months back and the 100 meter dash was a lot harder than I remembered!), but that doesn't matter. What matters is that running is good for my physical and mental health and gives me a sense of accomplishment!
I'll be at the Potomac River Running Store at One Loudon on 3/19 from 11-1. Come out to see me and chat about nutrition, running, and overall wellness!
Eat Well. Live Well. Be Well.