Hello Salty Running readers. Pepper here. Salty is a good friend of mine and I am honored to join the fab writers contributing to her awesome website! I look forward to the camaraderie and learning experience this site will provide not only myself but other women runners!
A bit about me: I am coming off of a year that involved many personal struggles. Most of them outside of running, but many with running too. As my running world came crashing down around me I was forced to focus on life’s real issues. It’s amazing how easy it is to use running to avoid dealing with other life stuff.
I am currently rebuilding my life and my running career and the outcome so far has been pleasantly surprising. I went from near break down in April of 2011 and struggled to maintain some semblance of fitness until November to run a fabulous, yet painful marathon.
After a few months of next to no training and dealing with life’s everyday stresses I was able to get back on the training wagon this January. Within two weeks of restarting my training I surprised myself with a fast 5k win at a local race and since then I have literally been off and running.
While 2012 is a rebuilding year for me mentally and physically I do have some aggressive goals and hopes to get faster in all distances. I’m racing (yes I said racing, eep!) Boston in less than 2 weeks and hoping for a quick recovery so I can contribute to a super fast women’s Great Lakes Relay team this summer. Given my running history going from a 3:39 marathon debut in 2004 to a PR of 2:49 in 2010 I know I can achieve aggressive goals. So, I am hopeful these new goals will be achieved. Regardless of the outcome I plan to have tons of fun on the journey!
Along those lines, life is never boring for me, and with no real filter expect my posts to say exactly what I am thinking. I am excited to share my journey here and perhaps voice a few more riské topics than you might expect on a running website. As an intelligent, strong, competitive woman I think it is important to share how I have arrived to this stage of life confident, happy, and faster than ever.
As the name Pepper implies my posts might be on the spicier side while I discuss coming back from injury, discovering my real self, running bonds, lessons learned, and how a little spicy fun in life can enhance and possibly even improve your running!