How it started
Let me preface this by saying I am an average-ability runner. That being said, I have an above average passion for running!
I didn’t start running until July 1, 2014 – yes I remember the day! I remember because it was the week after I graduated high school. The first time I went out for a run, I was 18 years old and I had NO idea what I was doing. I drove to my high school’s track and just tried to run for as long as I could, taking walking breaks when I needed them. One day, I stepped onto the track and I ran three miles without stopping. At the time, I was SO impressed with myself. I had never run that far without stopping and I couldn’t help but wonder…how far can I push myself? What are my limits? From then on, I was hooked!
I went away to college for two semesters to study American Sign Language Interpreting at Bloomsburg University before coming home and studying nutrition. I wanted to give the whole college thing a go, but when I got there I realized how much of a homebody I am! Making friends 150 miles away from home most definitely did not come naturally to me. As a freshman, they had me come to campus a week before classes to settle into my dorm room and meet people. That was NOT my thing, so I spent a lot of time in my dorm room and quickly decided that this was the perfect opportunity to improve my running!
If anyone knows anything about Pennsylvania, they know that there are mountains and hills everywhere. And if anyone knows anything about running, they know that you shouldn’t run hills twice a day, 5 days in a row if you’ve only been running for two months… Naturally, I got really bad shin splints and was stuck in my dorm room with ice packs on my shins for an entire week! I definitely learned my lesson fast!
I kept running, gradually increasing my mileage, and running faster every week. I read everything I could about running and endurance and spent a ton of time on the road and at the gym trying to improve my fitness. It was all I had at Bloomsburg and the miles quickly became my best and only friend. I was getting better constantly and was very much so addicted!I ran my first 5k at Knoebels – aka the BEST amusement park in the world. I grew up going to this amusement park nearly every year with my family. My grandparents had gone there together many times in their younger years so we have been going for quite a few generations! It was really special to me that this was my first race. I ran this 5k and immediately ran another 5k with my mom in New Jersey the next month, but I knew that I wanted to run further. I ran one more 5k before running in the Run for Clean Air 10k in the spring of 2015. This was the first race where I felt really strong. I caught the competition bug.
Next, I ran my first Broad Street 10 miler. This is the biggest 10 mile race in the country! I went into it expecting to run it in a 1:23 [8:18/mile] and I ended up running a 1:17 [7:42/mile]! This was a runner’s high that lasted months.
After my first Broad Street run, my progress plateaued and I have been chasing that level of achievement for nearly two years now! My goal for the 2017 spring training season is to PR in both the Run for Clean Air 10k and the Broad Street 10 miler before tackling my first full marathon in the fall of 2017!