When asked about my running background, I generally say I’ve been running somewhat consistently since my best friend convinced me to join the track team in 7th grade. I ran hurdles and some sprints on the track, got a lot of skinned up knees, and eventually became a track drop-out. I balanced lots of activities and work in high school, so running got left behind because I wasn’t very good at it.
Fast forward to college, and I morphed into more of a casual jogger. I didn’t run far or fast, but I did keep at it.
Back in 2009 I muddled my way through training for my first half marathon. My best friend brought me to the start line, and I finished exhausted but ready for more. I try to keep balance/sanity/enjoyment in mind, especially in the midst of busy farm life, so sometimes I take a week off running or go 6 months without a race. Other times I have a big goal race I go after with all I’ve got. I hope running can be a lifetime journey for me, and I’m grateful for the blessings it continually helps me rediscover.
- 5K– 23:10 – February 2012 (7:28 pace)
- 10K – 50:38 – July 2013 (8:10 pace)
- 10 Mile – 1:27:47 – October 2012 (8:47 pace)
- Half-Marathon – 1:50:38 – April 2014 (8:27 pace)
- 20 Mile – 3:23:36 – April 2011 (10:10 pace)
- Marathon – 3:59:52 – June 2014 (9:10 pace)
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