I am a slow (I mean slow) runner…but I like running because I can push myself past my limits and consistently challenge myself.  I tell myself during my runs just run to the next traffic light, next light post, etc.   When I was in college I would always tell myself I couldn’t run, my knees would hurt (clearly I was doing something wrong, maybe starting too fast), but now I’ve learned to listen to my body and train properly.

The back story…

Back in December 2006, while home visiting my family for the holidays, I sat at lunch with my mom and we talked about what we wanted to change about ourselves.  At the time, I weighed 177 lbs (I’m 5′ 3″) and my mom was a smoker.  We challenged eachother, I’d lose the weight and she’d quit smoking.  I joined a weightloss site that January and started on my way to lose the weight.  While on the site I learned about a program called Couch to 5K and even though I had never been a runner, I could probably do something like that.  Just a few months earlier I had watched my 62 year old dad run the Baltimore Half Marathon and it was so inspiring.  So, I started the program, only a few weeks into it my mom was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome (an autoimmune disorder that affects the peripheral nervous system and destroys the myelin sheath of the nerves causing paralysis, my mom was lucky that the type of GBS she had would allow her nerves to remyelinate, she’s still recovering).  Through my mom’s illness and visiting her almost everyday in the hospital for months, I managed to finish the plan and ran my first 5K in June 2007 and have been running since…


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