Yes, that’s beer and ice cream in the photo. Don’t knock it til you try it!
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. Although now I’m being coached by someone who does his own plan and I’m thinking it will get me the best results. It’s for sure the most fun and demanding! 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 (www.mattlegal.com); carting one of my pre-teen/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!