I didn't get into running until well after college. And when I started I never expected to still be enamored with the sport almost 9 years later. From a 2:09 half marathon (9:54 pace), I’ve worked my way down to a 3:09 marathon (7:15 pace) – taking breaks to have my two daughters along the way. I don’t consider myself a natural athlete. I never expected to love running so much – and yet, I do. I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for a few years now, but have hesitated. The pressure to add new content, the work to maintain it, and the inevitable negative comments had made me shy away from it in the past. (That, and the slight worry that the minute I hit "publish" I'd be just tempting the universe to throw an injury my way!) But a tiny voice in my head has been quietly urging me to start – to write and try my best to help other runners who may be on their own journey to become the best runner they can be.
I truly believe that we have vast amounts of untapped potential as runners – and that if we can just get our mind out of the way, our bodies are capable of so much more than we give them credit for. It’s never been an easy thing for me, this marathon running, but it’s always felt like a worthwhile pursuit. No matter where you are starting from, whether you’ve never run a marathon or you do a marathon each month, with hard work and consistency, I have no doubt that you can improve.
That’s what I want this space to be about: Recording my own journey in the hopes that it might help others along the way to do the hard, rewarding work of reaching their running potential. I don’t claim to have everything figured out - I’m still on the journey. But I’m hoping you will join me.