I’ve always enjoyed being active and used the gym regularly in college, but I made it a real part of my routine in 2007 when I finally got a gym membership. The main reason was to do strength training and some cardio, which included running a couple miles here and there around the indoor track. My husband was more of a runner, so I was aware of 5K races because of him. I realized that if I could run 2 miles, maybe I could build up to 3 or 4 and finally attempt a 5K. I made it a goal in 2009, and ran my first 5K in April of 2010. I was hooked! My husband and I started to run races on a regular basis. A couple months later I did my first 10K, and a year later I started to run half marathons. In 2013, I ran a 25K that went really well, which finally gave me the confidence to aim for a marathon. I ran my first marathon in October 2013.
Running has become a big part of my life, and I feel that cross-training helps keep me balanced. I’ve been cycling a bit for a couple years to cross-train, and realized I might want to think about triathlons as well. I grew up swimming and was on swim teams through middle school. By the time I got to high school, I knew I wasn’t fast enough to be competitive on a team and didn’t want to do it anymore. In late 2012, I decided I really wanted to get back to swimming and switched to a gym that gave me access to a nice lap pool. I built up the courage to do an indoor triathlon in March 2013 and did really well, so I finally pushed myself to try my first outdoor sprint triathlon in June 2013. I hope to concentrate on doing more triathlons in the future.
I’m always looking to push and challenge myself and enjoy learning what I’m capable of achieving. This blog is here to help share my training and race experiences with anyone who actually finds it interesting! Thanks for reading, and feel free to share your advice or experiences with me as well.
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