My Running Story
After college I took a year or so off from running & competition. I felt like my body needed some time to heal. I started running again the winter of 2008. My goal was to run the Bloomsday 12k in May in under 1 hour. If I did that then I would sign up for the CDA 1/2 Marathon on Memorial Day Weekend. Baby steps, okay? I ran Bloomsday in 58 minutes so of course I had to run CDA. My next goal was that if I ran CDA in under 1:50, I would sign up for the Portland Marathon in October. Yep, you guessed it! Ran my first 1/2 marathon in 1:43 and placed 5th in my age group. I trained hard for Portland all summer. I went into the Portland Marathon thinking I might have a chance at getting the BQ that everyone was talking about. Of course I wanted it more than anything, I just didn't publicize it. The race started and I instantly started to doubt myself. At mile 8 I almost thought about quitting, but I powered through. The weather was awful- it rained the whole race. I was cold, tired, and miserable. I ended up finishing in 3:37. My first marathon AND a BQ!!! I was beyond excited of what I had accomplished in such a short amount of time.
I ran Boston in 2010 and ever since I have been dying to go back. Unfortunately I didn't have the best Boston experience because my training was curtailed with an illness a couple of months before. I was proud of myself for getting there, but was disappointed with my finish time. I hope to be able to go back in 2013 and redeem myself.
My first class was on Saturday, January 15th. I will NEVER forget that day. I have never felt so out of shape and fat in life. I felt like a contestant on the Biggest Loser. There was a lot of running and there were ropes and these things called kettle bells. What the heck did I get myself into?! I finished my first 60 minute class (barely) and went home and slept for the rest of the weekend. I could barely move on Sunday, I felt like I get hit by a fire truck named Amy Black. Parts of my body hurt that I didn't even know existed. I was sore for at least the whole next week, but I went back on Tuesday, and Thursday, and even on Saturday.
Amy gave me workouts to complete on the days that we didn't have class. I told her that my goal was to train for a spring 1/2 marathon. The workouts she gave me were geared towards that. Once I started to run again my times dropped pretty rapidly and I was finding that the combination of running and the SJ class was really beneficial. I ran the Windermere 1/2 marathon in May and almost beat my PR. A couple of weeks later I ran the Helvetia 1/2 Marathon in Portland and did beat my PR by about 5 minutes. It was an awesome feeling.
Here is a link about Windermere:
Here is a link about Helvetia:
I credit my workout buddy and partner in crime, Angie, for lighting the fire under me and re-sparking my interest in getting another BQ. I am hoping (crossing my fingers & toes) that I get another BQ at CIM on 12.04.11. I have never been so excited about running before. I actually smile when I run now. I get excited about my workouts and I have been thriving off of my training plans. I sincerely appreciate all of the time and effort that Amy has put towards my training. I don't know what I would do without her.
Skinny Jeans was a HUGE turning point for me and a wake up call to how unhealthy I had become. Amy was incredibly inspiring to me. She was just what I needed to get myself back on track. Since January she has become not only my trainer and running coach, but a great friend. When I first weighed in, I weighed an awful 165 pounds. I was so embarrassed! Over the next couple of months I got my weight down to my first goal which was 135 pounds. I then slowly took for a couple more pounds here and there and weigh about 128 pounds right now. I lost count of the actual inches I lost, but I know that it was a lot. I have gained muscles that I didn't even know existed. I am in by far, the best shape of my life and I am proud of everything that I have accomplished in the last 8 months.