I had been overweight most of my life and eating to my hearts content was my "happiness." The truth of the matter is that I was unhappy with who I was at that point in my life until running changed everything for the better. I began running in 2007 after seeing an ad for this new gadget (the Nike+ sport sensor) that you could connect to your iPod Nano and record your running stats. Having never really run before, I started off at about a 13-minute pace when I first ran and it quickly became like a game to me; I wanted to see if I could run faster and farther. It wasn't until almost a year later when I did a relay race at work that I discovered my love for running. From that moment, it's been a long journey to get to where I currently am today. My current pace is almost half of what it was when I first started and that amazes me to this day because I never imagined I could run that fast when I was overweight.
My love affair with running has included many miles and races; I've run many 5Ks/10Ks/Half-Marathons, and I just finished my 21st marathon recently. which gets me much closer to my goal of running 50 marathons in 50 states before I turn 50. I love running, as well as traveling, so it only seemed natural to combine both those passions in order to get the most bang for my buck. I also have done Ragnar Relays and Spartan Races, just to mix it up a bit, and have experimented with incorporating different types of lifting programs into my training; it has proven to have a positive impact on my running.
I chose to start this running blog in order to share my experiences because I don't presume to know everything about running but I know enough that I'm frequently asked for advice on the matter (which I'm glad to give, I like talking shop). Besides running, I also have a career in the Information Technologies field so I stay pretty busy and just like anyone else, it's a constant battle to balance work, play and fitness; as the saying goes if it's a priority to you, you will find the time to do it. I hope to inspire people in an effort to show that whatever it is you want in life, get off the couch and go for it! If I can do it, anyone can.