Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it. ~Plato
Thanks to my younger tom-boy years, I was always very active, playing as many sports as my Mom was willing shuttle me to. I continued to try and stay active through college and mid-20’s by sporadically visiting local gyms and getting outdoors for a walk or hike whenever possible. I did not take up distance running until I started working at Ruby Tuesday and discovered the wonderful park system at our fingertips. At first, I could barely jog a 1/2 mile without being out of breath, but with the help of my running partners, I worked my way up to a 5k in about 6 months. At that point, running had become a passion. The runner’s high, boost in self-confidence, and increased energy I felt were amazing. Not to mention, the break from work each day was wonderful and made me even more productive in the afternoons.
These days, I try to focus on various forms of exercise so my body doesn’t get accustomed to anything. A recent addition to my routine is cycling (competitive road biking), which after adjusting to traffic and clip-in pedals, I’m beginning to enjoy. I also take a few classes at my gym, lift weights at least twice per week, use the elliptical on bad-weather days, and run whenever possible at various speeds. On short days (under 4 miles), I’ll try and maintain a 9-minute-mile pace. On longer days, I’ll average around a 10-minute-mile. I guess you could call me more of a jogger than a runner, but I think everyone has to do what works best for them. I also enjoy participating in local races to keep me motivated and always have a goal to work towards.
A Few of My Race Results:
- August 2008 – Scholar’s Run 5k, 0:33
- November 2008 – Millhouse 15k, 1:34
- November 2008 – 1/2 Marathon, 2:26
- December 2008 – Reindeer Run 5k, 0:34
- May 2009 – KTC Expo 10k, 1:05
- September 2009 – 15k, 1:40
- January 2010 – Disney Marathon, 5:17
- April 2011 – Knoxville 1/2 Marathon, 2:10
- April 22 2012 – Greenswell 5k, 28:56… 3rd place!
- October 2012 – Columbus 1/2 Marathon, 2:18