Introducing Lemongrass!

Lemongrass

Lemongrass

Catherine has written 20 posts on Salty Running.

Runner mom and middle school English teacher whose students often believe you can't do anything cool with reading and writing and who is relishing the opportunity to prove them wrong.

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I’m Lemongrass ready to do my thing!

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!

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I’m another mother runner and this is my family on my daughter’s 1st birthday.

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?

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Some fellow teachers and I doing our thing earning 4th place at the Corporate Challenge!

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.

My most recent half was a way more enjoyable experience than my first!

My most recent half was a way more enjoyable experience than my first!

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.

 

8 Responses to “Introducing Lemongrass!”

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  1. Lavender says:

    Welcome Lemongrass!!! So excited to read your posts. I LOOOVE AMR and have followed them for at least 2 years for all the same reasons. Glad to have you part of the Salty community! Good luck on your training season, you picked a very exciting first 26.2!

  2. Lemongrass Lemongrass says:

    Thanks, Lavender! I’m happy to be here :-)

  3. Garlic says:

    Welcome Lemongrass! Running the NYC Marathon in 2011 was one of the best experiences of my life – I’m so excited for you to experience it, too, and to hear all about your training.

  4. Catnip Catnip says:

    Welcome! Looking forward to reading your posts!

  5. Allspice Allspice says:

    Welcome to the rack! I love Sarah and Dimity – I’ve been lucky enough to be able to attend 2 AMR parties, and both of them are as sweet as can be. Looking forward to following your marathon training.

  6. Sally says:

    Welcome. I am running the NYC 2014 also. Ran it last year and had a blast. I live not far from you in Chatham. Love to run the Albany Corning Preserve trail. Enjoy your training !! I look forward to reading you rpost

  7. jbm02 says:

    Following! Not sure I’ll “graduate” from halfs to fulls but am looking forward to reading this! :)

  8. Vanilla says:

    Welcome! Looking forward to reading your posts!

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