I’m 33, a mother of a 4-year-old boy, a wife of 8 years, partner in crime for a total of 15 years, center mid-fielder on the pitch (okay that hasn’t been since high school but it’s important you know this), I’m from and grew-up in Connecticut but currently reside and call Maine home, I’m a type A extrovert (to be interpreted as a loud personality that knows what she wants and will do whatever it takes to get it) and I run. According to my mother, I run A LOT, but if she knew some of the people I am lucky enough to call running buddies and all around friends, I run “a smidge”. This last point has taken a while for me to get my head around but as John Bingham said, “If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.” I’m a runner.
Until my husband and I were getting in shape for our wedding back in 2007 I had never ran more than a mile unless I was chasing a ball. I maxed out at around 5 miles during my “wedding training” and nailed a 5k PR of 21:33 (or something like that…important point is somewhere deep inside is a solid runner). I very quickly hung-up my running shoes for about a year but got the itch again and decided to train for a half-marathon which I did in 2009.
Running is easy, right? Or at least convenient so although I didn’t totally hang up the kicks, I definitely wasn’t a regular runner. I pulled myself together for a trip to Italy and getting ready for whatever pregnancy had in store for my body. Pregnancy had a lot of ice cream and sitting on the couch in store for me.
Fast forward 4 years, we moved from Massachusetts to Maine and I’ve been running for 2 years solid with the most amazing group of runners – the Maine Track Club Yarmouth Roasters (I know it’s a mouthful so we’ll go with “Roasters” from now on). I’ve achieved PRs in 10ks and half-marathons, completed my first marathon, and am now on the precipice of starting the training for a sub 4-hour marathon. I’m not scared – in fact I check my training plan often and close the app with a renewed feeling of anticipation for the unavoidable pain after that mid-week tempo run or drudge of that 3rd run of the week where your legs feel like they weigh 8,000 lbs (that’s not an exaggeration). If you’re wondering what type of masochist I am, please refer to the first paragraph and the Type A comments. There’s a plan – I will follow it.
So what’s the point of this blog? To chronical my journey of shaving 45 minutes off my last marathon time and clocking a sub-four hour in Hartford, CT on October 10, 2015, yes, but also bring together some of the best running information I can find, providing you with a one-stop shop for your running needs combined with what I can only assume will be highly entertaining insight into my inner dialogue.
Each day I’ll post a quick synopsis of my training (I’m using the Runkeeper sub-four hour marathon plan), tips or interesting changes in the running world and any important dietary points (this isn’t a diet blog – remember the ice cream comment earlier? – so either take a sigh of relief and bookmark this puppy or keep searching for the blog for you because this one isn’t it).
Thank you for coming along for this journey! I look forward to learning from the World Wide Web too so USE THAT COMMENT BOX! Sub Four Hours or BUST! Training starts TOMORROW!