Hi! It’s time to make a little room in your spice rack for me, Lemongrass!
I’m writing from East Greenbush, NY, a suburb of Albany, NY. I’m a middle school English teacher (6th, 7th, and 8th grades) who loves spending time with my amazingly cute family. I have two children, a boy and a girl (ages 3 and 1) and a husband who understands and supports without complaint that long runs mean that he’s on daddy-duty.
I come to Salty Running with over ten years running experience, but I feel like I’m just hitting my stride. I took up running in 2001 when my then-boyfriend would give me fitness tips so I wouldn’t gain the freshman 15. While I didn’t gain the weight, I dropped him! I ran a few races here and there until 2009 when I decided to try to run the New Jersey Half Marathon. It was 13.1 miles of pure torture, with temperatures over 90 degrees on that early May day. Yet, here I am!
Three and a half years later, when my baby girl was barely three months old, I was itching to get out and move my body without someone else inhabiting it. Running seemed a natural re-entry into the land of the mobile so I signed up for a seminar hosted by our local Fleet Feet, presenting Sarah Bowen-Shea and Dimity McDowell of Another Mother Runner. While I didn’t end up making the event since nursing a crying infant consumed my nights, it sparked an interest in their podcast and their books. I saw women that looked like me, ran roughly my pace without having to justify their times, and had just as much to balance but who made no excuses. It made me wonder, could running actually be my thing?
If you’re anything like me, maybe you too have been on a quest for your thing. Don’t get me wrong: I love my job and children and I have hobbies like reading a good book or binge-watching shows on Netflix, but I’ve always longed for a thing that could be all mine. In fact, I like that the nonrunners in my life look at me with amazement as I tell them I just completed xx miles of continuous running. They might not get my thing but they love me.
After a couple of quiet races in 2013 to regain my running legs, I jumped into running head first. I planned a race calendar that started with the First Night 5K race in Saratoga Springs and (thanks to a lucky draw in the lottery) will end with my first marathon, the NYC Marathon on November 2. On selection day, I obsessively tracked my credit card activity and felt both energized and sickened when I saw NYRR appear on the list of charges.Now, as I stare at my training plan that begins on Tuesday, 6/17 in the (early) morning, I am so excited to have Salty Running readers with me. I will surely look to you as a source of strength and guidance and I hope my thoughts and words might serve as a connecting point for all of us women runners. I have so many things to talk to you about already from how I selected my training plan to my fears about fueling and failing. I also have questions that I’m interested in answering, like, “what the heck are salt tabs?”
I’m excited to share all my first marathon training miles with you who shares my passion for this thing.