How did I start this running thing?
I ran short distances (200m and 400m) in track in high school, but didn’t love it. Then I stopped running until about 15 years later, when I needed an escape from the stress of the law (thus the moniker, runnin-from-the-law).
I ran my first 5k race in 2006. I had to walk three times during it. But I finished. And I loved it.
That same year a friend of mine convinced me to sign up for a Twin Cities 10 mile race. I thought she was absolutely insane. RUN 10 miles?? You have got to be kidding me! But I finished it. And I loved it.
10 miles turned into half marathons, and the next thing I knew I was training for my first marathon. I ran my first marathon (Twin Cities) in October of 2008. I cried the last 13 miles of it. But I finished it. And I loved it.
Now I’m hooked. I’ve run eight marathons and each time I run one, I love it more and more. I’ve tried a bunch of different training plans for the marathon: low heart rate training, Daniels Plan A (65), Pfitz 18/55 (actually 65ish); Pfitz 12/55 and Pfitz 12/70. They all have their pros and cons, but the one that has worked the best for me so far is a modified version of the Pfitz 12/55. Training and marathoning is a constant work-in-progress though, which is what I love about it. I’m always learning new things about running. The one thing that remains constant though is that I love it!
How have my marathons gone?
How do I spend my non-running time?
When I’m not running there is a decent chance you’ll find me: Trying to figure out/adjust to the single-parenting thing after 16 years of marriage; Lawyering at my own law firm; carting one of my teen kids around to a friends’ house, baseball, track or cross-country; Playing with the cutest ever Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy Norah.
Life is crazy busy, which is one of the main reasons I need to make time for me and run!