I have a passion for family, laughter, sports, dogs, and travel, and I’m pissed that I can’t do everything at once. I’d like to be the one wearing the lampshade at every party, but occasionally I know I should share. Six years ago I started running, and woohoo, did my life change. The sport I hadn’t participated in, in over 10 years, became the reason I jumped out of bed in the morning. In 2012, I tip toed into the world of serious runners, joined several groups, got a running coach and a personalized running plan, and began the arduous journey to my first marathon. That’s right, FIRST marathon, baby! At 53 years old. In fact, it was so fun, I did my second one two weeks later. More to follow on that. (Note to self, don’t run 2 marathons in two weeks with torn tendons and muscles.)
Fast forward, I am an accomplished Triathlete, having made it to the podium at all but 2 of my triathlons. I am an Ironman finisher, and have become certified as a running and triathlon coach with PRS Fit as well as a Certified Ironman Coach. I am co owner of a Specialty Running Shoe Store in Portland, and my life is as full as it can be.
Schedules, insomnia, illness, disease, injuries, attitude, equipment failure, fatigue, bad weather, feelings of guilt, and budgets can have a serious effect on maintaining a steady, positive training plan. There’s no reason to let any of this stop you from waking up on a new day, lacing up, and heading out. Some days will be glorious, some will suck. No one is immune. BUT, with the right attitude, a dose of caffeine, and a good training buddy, you’ll be amazed at how you can put it behind you.
I have navigated my way over many pot holes in the past tseveral years, and there may be more to come, but every hill has it’s crest, and the prize is waiting on the other side. Let’s dig in together and throw our hands up with wild abandon as we let out a big WEEEEEEEEE, while flying down the other side.
My first bit of advice to you…always pack tissues.
Again, welcome aboard!