In the summer of 2011, amidst finishing my grad degree and planning my wedding, I took up running as a means to de-stress and look good in my dress.
I started my journey into running by completing a couch to 5k program, as inspired by my friends Jessica and Ags. I relied on Suz’s podcasts to get me through each run. Had it not been for the awesome playlists, I would have never finished the program. I did most of my workouts outside from June through August before signing up for the gym in September.
As I neared the end of c25k, I thought I’d put my training to the test by signing up for my first running 5k. My only goal was to finish within 40 minutes which I beat by 3.5 minutes. With that experience under my belt, I was hooked on races and found myself running another 5k two months later. Shortly after those first two races, a friend convinced me that a half marathon wouldn’t be that much harder to prepare for and…
I trained for 16 weeks and on March 17, 2012, completed my first half marathon in 2:31:47!
3/17 Rock and Roll DC Half Marathon PR 2:31:47
4/27 AFCEA 5K PR 28:53
7/21 Rockville Twilight 8K 51:09
9/21 Color Run 5k
11/22 MoCo Turkey Chase 10k PR 1:07:20
12/1 Jingle Bell 5k 36:37
2/2 Penguin Pace 5k 36:29
4/20 Glo Run 5k
4/29 AFCEA 5k 30:46
10/12 Baltimore Half Marathon 3:10:31
11/24 HoCo Turkey Chase 10k 1:17:22
3/8 Break Away 5k 59:40
7/27 Women’s Distance Festival 5k 39:39